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The Forecast Promises This For A Few Days


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Fishing Report:

10/18/2017

It looks like we will be staying on the beach for the rest of the week and even through the weekend, the marine forecast is fierce with high winds and swells up to 20 feet.

We have had a great run at the Long Leader fishery since it opened October first. Ten fish limits of big offshore Canaries, Yellow Tail and Widow Rockfish for almost everyone that has engaged in this fishery. It is a challenging fishery, working with the long leader and at the depths we are fishing at but the rewards (big fish, big limits) are worthwhile.

We will be making trips as the weather allows through the month of October. As always Dockside will be closed for the month of November to perform maintenance on our boats, skippers, deckhands and office staff. We will be back at it with vigor December first.

Season Info:

Fishing inside 40 fathoms depth allowed only for flatfish, i.e. Sanddabs, Sole and Halibut (Halibut until October 30). No Rockfish or Ling Cod until January 1, 2018.

Long Leader fishing for selected Rockfish open outside 40 fathoms depth until January 1, 2018. No retention of Yellow Eye Rockfish or Ling Cod.






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Camo Raingear Let Them Sneak Up On These Dandies


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Fishing Report:

10/16/2017

We have been getting out on these Long Leader trips and have been doing very well. Limits (ten per person) of big fish have been coming onboard with startling regularity. Crabbing is now closed for the season.

The intent of the Long Leader Fishery is to provide fishing opportunity without impacting the endangered Yellow Eye Rockfish (a bottom dwelling species). The Long Leader Gear has been extensively tested over a two year period with excellent results. ODFW stepped up to provide this opportunity after the closure of the inshore fishery for Rockfish and Ling (inside 40 fathoms) after some rather intense negotiations involving the agency, this office and the Oregon Coast Charter Association. Opening the fishery and establishing a ten Rockfish limit (rather than seven) was accomplished quite literally in days before October 1st. This is a win for all the parties involved as this will keep us on the water through the end of the year. January 1, 2018 the quotas reset and we are back to business as usual.

Using the long leader gear is not without it's problems however. There are frequent tangles ranging from mild to epic. Because of the tangle factor we are taking fewer people at a time and using other means to mitigate the tangles too. Patience is required at times but it will be rewarded with excellent catches.

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Long Leader Rockfish


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Fishing Report:

10/07/2017

We have had some great opportunities offshore with the Long Leader Fishery. As you can see from the pictures the Rockfish are larger than the fish typically taken in the nearshore fishery. The marine conditions have been favorable for the past week since the fishery opened up on October 1st, and we have produced limit trips consistently.

The intent of the Long Leader Fishery is to provide fishing opportunity without impacting the endangered Yellow Eye Rockfish (a bottom dwelling species). The Long Leader Gear has been extensively tested over a two year period with excellent results. ODFW stepped up to provide this opportunity after the closure of the inshore fishery for Rockfish and Ling (inside 40 fathoms) after some rather intense negotiations involving the agency, this office and the Oregon Coast Charter Association. Opening the fishery and establishing a ten Rockfish limit (rather than seven) was accomplished quite literally in days before October 1st. This is a win for all the parties involved as this will keep us on the water through the end of the year. January 1, 2018 the quotas reset and we are back to business as usual.

Using the long leader gear is not without it's problems however. There are frequent tangles ranging from mild to epic. Patience is required at times but it will be rewarded with excellent catches.

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Long Leader Rockfish Results


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Fishing Report:

10/02/2017

Day two of the Long Leader Fishery produced limit catches early. A great grade of Yellow Tail and Canary Rockfish. What else is there to say? We again achieved our goal of no by catch of Lings or Yellow Eye, the Long Leader Gear works.

We have one seat available for Tuesday morning, just be here by 7:30 in the morning.

The nearshore fishery inside forty fathoms remains open for flat fish and crab only. (No Rockfish or Lings there either).

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Long Leader Rockfish


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Fishing Report:

10/01/2017

Today was the first day we could fish outside forty fathoms using long leader gear, and it was a dandy. Although it was a little cobby we got the job done with limits or near limits of great sized Yellow Tail and Canary Rockfish. We achieved another goal in that fishery too, we caught No Lings and No Yellow Eye, so the long leader gear worked as designed.

The nearshore fishery inside forty fathoms remains open for flat fish and crab only. (No Rockfish or Lings there either).

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Good News On The Deep Water Rockfish


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Fishing Report:

09/29/2017

ODFW just informed us that the Long Leader Fishery for Rockfish will have a ten (10) Rockfish bag limit from October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. That is great news from ODFW, raising the bag limit from seven to ten to compensate for not being able to retain Ling Cod (due to Yellow Eye impacts).

Following is an excerpt from an ODFW e-mail...

Effective October 1, ocean waters outside the 40 fathom line only will reopen to fishing for groundfish (bottomfish), with long-leader gear only.

Black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and yelloweye rockfish may not be retained.

This combination of open area, gear, and species will allow anglers to selectively target species such as yellowtail, canary, and widow rockfishes with minimal bycatch of yelloweye rockfish and other bottom-dwelling species. The bag limit will be 10 marine fish, and a descending device must be used when releasing rockfish.

Flatfish (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut), as well as spearfishing for lingcod only, remain open at all depths, but flatfish (or lingcod) may not be retained on the same trip with any other groundfish. Inside the 40 fathom line, the ocean remains closed to all bottomfish angling, except for flatfish, through the remainder of 2017. We have updated our sport groundfish webpage (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/groundfish_sport/index.asp) with the new information, as well as a diagram and specifications of longleader gear (minimum 30' leader between terminal weight and lowest hook; non-compressible float above the hooks, lures no longer than 5"), and an updated "What Can I Keep and How Many" card. There is also a link to the 40 fathom line waypoints.

Season Info:

All-Depth Halibut reopens September 2nd and 3rd (Friday & Saturday) .

Non-Selective Coho opens September 2nd for a quota of 6000 fish (from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain).










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Tuna In September


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Fishing Report:

09/25/2017

The Triumph was out on the Tuna grounds today and came home with some real Hoggs. 25 -35 pounders. The numbers weren't real high, just 2 1/2 fish per rod but the grade was wonderful. We have space on Thursday and Friday.

This news from ODFW tonight.


Effective October 1, ocean waters outside the 40 fathom line only will reopen to fishing for groundfish (bottomfish), with long-leader gear only. Black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and yelloweye rockfish may not be retained. This combination of open area, gear, and species will allow anglers to selectively target species such as yellowtail, canary, and widow rockfishes with minimal bycatch of yelloweye rockfish and other bottom-dwelling species. The bag limit remains 7 marine fish, no more than 4 of which may be blue/deacon or other nearshore rockfish, and a descending device must be used when releasing rockfish.

Flatfish (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut), as well as spearfishing for lingcod only, remain open at all depths, but flatfish (or lingcod) may not be retained on the same trip with any other groundfish. Inside the 40 fathom line, the ocean remains closed to all bottomfish angling, except for flatfish, through the remainder of 2017.

ODFW will distribute a news release and a notice to our sport groundfish public email list with additional information tomorrow, Tuesday 9/26, when we are available to respond to the many anticipated questions. We have updated our sport groundfish webpage (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/groundfish_sport/index.asp) with the new information, as well as a diagram and specifications of longleader gear (minimum 30' leader between terminal weight and lowest hook; non-compressible float above the hooks, lures no longer than 5"), and an updated "What Can I Keep and How Many" card. There is also a link to the 40 fathom line waypoints. I have also attached a copy of the longleader information to this email.

Season Info:

All-Depth Halibut reopens September 2nd and 3rd (Friday & Saturday) .

Non-Selective Coho opens September 2nd for a quota of 6000 fish (from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain).










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This Could Be Yours !


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Fishing Report:

09/24/2017

Breaking News...We have space available for Tuna Monday the 25th, call us quick!

A sport boat was out of Depoe Bay today and did bring in some tuna. Not big numbers but they were big fish. Call us so we can get an expedition underway soon.

Just to clarify the Ground Fish closure that was effective Sunday the 17th of September. Due to having reached the quotas of Black Rockfish and Cabezon for 2017, all fishing for Rock fish and Ling Cod in the ocean is closed (and from the shore). This closure is for the entire Oregon Coast, not just limited to Depoe Bay and Newport.

This is Not because we have caught all the fish, the fish populations are strong, we have just reached this years quota on the previously mentioned species. There are several factors that have impacted this. The first was a less than stellar salmon season, putting more pressure on the ground fish. The second factor was a poor Tuna season, putting even more pressure on the ground fish. Additionally our black rockfish quotas were reduced significantly at the beginning of 2017. Fishing for rockfish has been very good this year, all year. Statistically both Newport and Depoe Bay have recorded the highest catches on the coast for rockfish.

The closure is in effect until January 1st when we start fishing on a new quota. At this time it is unknown if the Deep Water Fishery (outside 40 fathoms) that traditionally opens October 1st will open. We should know by September 27th if that fishery will open on time. If it does it will be open for Ling Cod and Rockfish species of Canaries, Yellow Tail and Bocaccio. It would of course exclude Black Rockfish and Cabezon.

If the Deep Water Fishery does not open October 1st it will open January 1st 2018 when the 2018 quotas take effect.

If there are changes to this we will let you know.

Season Info:

All-Depth Halibut reopens September 2nd and 3rd (Friday & Saturday) .

Non-Selective Coho opens September 2nd for a quota of 6000 fish (from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain).










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Tuna Actually Came Into Depoe Today


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Fishing Report:

09/23/2017

Breaking News...We have space available for Tuna Monday the 25th, call us quick!

A sport boat was out of Depoe Bay today and did bring in some tuna. Not big numbers but they were big fish. Call us so we can get an expedition underway soon.

Just to clarify the Ground Fish closure that was effective Sunday the 17th of September. Due to having reached the quotas of Black Rockfish and Cabezon for 2017, all fishing for Rock fish and Ling Cod in the ocean is closed (and from the shore). This closure is for the entire Oregon Coast, not just limited to Depoe Bay and Newport.

This is Not because we have caught all the fish, the fish populations are strong, we have just reached this years quota on the previously mentioned species. There are several factors that have impacted this. The first was a less than stellar salmon season, putting more pressure on the ground fish. The second factor was a poor Tuna season, putting even more pressure on the ground fish. Additionally our black rockfish quotas were reduced significantly at the beginning of 2017. Fishing for rockfish has been very good this year, all year. Statistically both Newport and Depoe Bay have recorded the highest catches on the coast for rockfish.

The closure is in effect until January 1st when we start fishing on a new quota. At this time it is unknown if the Deep Water Fishery (outside 40 fathoms) that traditionally opens October 1st will open. We should know by September 27th if that fishery will open on time. If it does it will be open for Ling Cod and Rockfish species of Canaries, Yellow Tail and Bocaccio. It would of course exclude Black Rockfish and Cabezon.

If the Deep Water Fishery does not open October 1st it will open January 1st 2018 when the 2018 quotas take effect.

If there are changes to this we will let you know.

Season Info:

All-Depth Halibut reopens September 2nd and 3rd (Friday & Saturday) .

Non-Selective Coho opens September 2nd for a quota of 6000 fish (from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain).










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Black Rockfish and Cabezon Quotas Reached (everything is off kilter)


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Fishing Report:

09/20/2017

Just to clarify the Ground Fish closure that was effective Sunday the 17th of September. Due to having reached the quotas of Black Rockfish and Cabezon for 2017, all fishing for Rock fish and Ling Cod in the ocean is closed (and from the shore). This closure is for the entire Oregon Coast, not just limited to Depoe Bay and Newport.

This is Not because we have caught all the fish, the fish populations are strong, we have just reached this years quota on the previously mentioned species. There are several factors that have impacted this. The first was a less than stellar salmon season, putting more pressure on the ground fish. The second factor was a poor Tuna season, putting even more pressure on the ground fish. Additionally our black rockfish quotas were reduced significantly at the beginning of 2017. Fishing for rockfish has been very good this year, all year. Statistically both Newport and Depoe Bay have recorded the highest catches on the coast for rockfish.

The closure is in effect until January 1st when we start fishing on a new quota. At this time it is unknown if the Deep Water Fishery (outside 40 fathoms) that traditionally opens October 1st will open. We should know by September 27th if that fishery will open on time. If it does it will be open for Ling Cod and Rockfish species of Canaries, Yellow Tail and Bocaccio. It would of course exclude Black Rockfish and Cabezon.

If the Deep Water Fishery does not open October 1st it will open January 1st 2018 when the 2018 quotas take effect.

Season Info:

All-Depth Halibut reopens September 2nd and 3rd (Friday & Saturday) .

Non-Selective Coho opens September 2nd for a quota of 6000 fish (from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain).










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