Sunday, July 17, 2011

36 Tuna, Risso Dolphins, out of Depoe Bay

We noticed a weather window opening up, so Chris loaded the truck and headed west.  I met him at Depoe Bay, where we launched the boat.   Another friend joined us for what turned out to be an amazing day on the water.  The tuna were close that day.   Only 22 miles!  We headed west, out of the hole, to the tuna grounds!    Another flat ocean day!  While out trolling, we came upon a pod of Risso Dolphins.
The were leisurely breaching, tail-slapping, and swimming in pairs all around.

Would love to learn more about what they were doing.   We took some video as well.

I didn't bring out the camera while we were out there, but was able to get a few shots of our bounty.

36 fish that day!!  Came back and had some chowder at a local pub and grub, watched the Coasties come back in, and saw an amazing sunset on a great day on the pond!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Yellowtail/Tuna Trip- Garibaldi 7.10.11

Went out yesterday in hopes of chasing my first tuna of the year. There WAS no bar, no worries when crossing, and very little wind to speak of..

We left at first light and were blessed with a sliver of a sunrise on the way out...

The ride out just got smoother and smoother...

The water was Split Pea Green for the longest time. Finally it started clearing up.

We continued a little further til it was the clearest, deep blue, almost purple. We were amazed to be fishing on this calm of an ocean in July with such ideal water.

The Captain checking his spread...

First couple fish were scratch one's and two's. Raps or clones, didn't matter.

At one point, we had a fish hooked up and I grabbed the WaxWing from Shimano that John Childs had brought, and dropped it back behind the boat. I was using the new Curado 300DSV... Talk about light action! I felt like I was bass fishing or something?! It instantly gets hit. FISH ON! We pop a few anchovies in the water and the fish come up to inhale them...

...First live bait stop, currently in action!

We bagged 10 fish in that stop.. Bloody decks around! Next troll, Dick rolls the gear right past a giant kelp raft and 'THUNK' the outrigger releases.. FISH ON! I was fortunate to be at the reel for this one. It fought differently, with more erratic head shakes. We get it to the boat and net Dick's first Yellowtail on Tuna Time! Not just a dink, it was about 15#! VERY strange for early July up here.

The day got calmer, the fish boxes filled up, and the wind died.

Was an actual lake out there by the time we loaded the boat and decided to run for the barn.
Ideal conditions for all who ventured out!

Thanks again for the sushi last night, Dick and Nichole! Awesome time!!