I had a 100% verified tuna report of a few fish being caught just north of Newport at the 125 line, so we decided to head deep SW and see if we could find them.
We dropped gear 86 miles from the bar and trolled SW until we were 70 miles SW of the CR.
The water was WARM, 62.5 in the morning, and got up to 65 in the PM (thanks sun).
We started marking bait balls and then the other boat fishing the area (he left Garibaldi at 3 AM) got one and we figured it was just a matter of time.
We never got a bite or saw a tuna on the sonar and the other guy never saw another fish all day.
5 hours later we pulled the plug and ran in on a gorgeous ocean.
It is going to go big soon, as they are killing them in Charleston, but I am guessing it might be another week or two.
Time to got to the ITC kickoff party and rest up for the next run.
Saturday June 30th we are having our annual tuna kickoff party at the Ilwaco Tuna Club.
The seminars, beer, and BBQ are 100%, thanks to some great sponsors.
The seminars start at 3:00 and there will be a BBQ plus lots of ITC Jackpole Ale provided by Mt. Tabor Brewing.
Bob's sporting goods will be having a "one time only" sale on Accurate reels- Accurates NEVER go on sale, so this is a pretty big deal.
Bob's will also have Costa sunglasses and tuna tackle too.
Terrafin Satellite Surface Temps service is giving out 100, 10-day trial memberships, so if you are on the fence, this is a great way to test drive their service- I can't imagine tuna fishing without it.
Speakers will be the Coast Guard, a member of the American Fisheries Resource Foundation (they tag and study albacore), and a WDFW representative.
There will be tons of raffle stuff too.
See you there.