Star Fishing Report:
8/31/2015 10:46:03 AM
We got to the ocean on Sunday and fished through the week. Early in the week both Lings and rock fish were biting good to the point we were done way early several times. Thursday it came to a screeching halt when I went back our on a commercial trip to load up for Woggies (the fish and chips trailer next door). I went back to where both boats had them on six at a time the day before. After an hour we only had seven Black Rock Fish. Quite a difference. We went all decided to go in at 11:00 with not even enough to cover fuel, etc. The only good thing was at least it wasn't a charter for such a bust. Friday it was a wide open Ling bite as we threw back eight Lings over 20lbs. while we were trying to finish with rock fish. We didn't quite get them all on the trip with Ralph and Cole and the guys from the Middle Rogue Steelheaders in Grants Pass but had a good time. Saturday it was the Annual Sea Lion Patrol salmon derby. The wind was a steady 10-15 and gusting to 25 with rain but people stuck it out for slow fishing. Al and Bev Erickson fished with Jeff as in the past ten years and Al ended up winning and got 1st Place with a 25lb. fish. A little over 20 fish were weighed in for 85 entries. So not red hot but all for a good cause. A great chicken BBQ dinner and auction raffle in the evening finished the day off thanks to the Gold Beach Rotary and Gloria Eide and crew. The storm on Saturday jacked the ocean for Sunday and through early this week. We hope to get going again on Wednesday. We may have to go to Port Orford to get it done. Jeff will start upriver mid week after it drops and the moss cleans up. Fall/September is here for sure. We're having cool mornings and later start times.
8/24/2015 10:39:44 AM
This is short and sweet thanks to the wind. Monday through Saturday was a bust on the ocean. Sunday it was like it had never blown. Limits of Lings and Blacks with a Vermillion or two thrown in. The bay was good for Jeff on Tuesday and some others but for the most part tough through Friday. Saturday they bit for lots of people and Jeff had three for an afternoon trip. Sunday it was back to whether or not it was your day. Some with two or three others zip. A good forecast will keep us on the ocean with luck. The bay could be good to zero as the fish are ready to go and just need a little temperature change to dash off up-river. After that the bay will stabilize and be good through September.
8/17/2015 11:21:42 AM
The ocean was pancake flat and the fishing even better while I was gone and the last report. Several highlights of the fishing were two really nice salmon on a bottom fish trip on the same morning - a first ever. There were five Cabezon for the boat with one over 15lbs. and a new world record Vermillion had the person wanted to go through the process. The bay was wide open also with three to five fish for Jeff on the half day trips in the afternoons. The wind came back yesterday to make for a marginal trip to the ocean but the super crabbing saved the trip. Jeff was six for seven on the bay yesterday so with luck that will continue until the wind dies late in the week. We will troll the bay until the wind dies and keep an eye on the river as some fish are starting to leave and that might turn on sooner than later. HAWAII REPORT: My trip to Kona was a big success as my nephews bachelor trip with my brother was to catch a big fish. He did just that with a 250lb. Blue Marlin on 50# stand-up gear in 30 minutes to the boat and then released it. He also caught a 40lb. Ahi Tuna the evening before. When the trip was all said and done we released two Marlin, lost three and missed multiple strikes. We camped on the boat six nights and ate Aku poke till we couldn't take another bite. They snorkeled with Spinner Dolphins and Manta Rays and they also went on a super hike to the Wapio Valley for what they said was unbelievable scenery. Next trip is scheduled for late September for boat maintenance and with luck some fishing.