The forecast seemed too good to be true.
It was, as it was OK on the way out and then blew up big time, like 20 knots and 6' at 6 seconds.
It made fishing challenging, but we were in fish right away and stayed in them most of the day.
We were drifting at 1.5 knots, which pretty much killed our bait game, most of our fish were on the troll, which is pretty weird for the end of September.
We marked TONS of fish, but most of the time they stayed down at 50 feet.
Our 5 man crew still got it done and put 37 tuna in the box on the roughest ocean we have fished in a long, long time.
No fishing for a few days, as the wind is supposed to blow.
At it again this weekend.
We ran back to where we killed them yesterday.
It took us 20 minutes to find them, but once we did, it never slowed down.
It steadily built until it was unreal.
A quad on the troll turned into fish boiling everrywhere.
They fought over our baits 3 feet off the transom.
I tossed out a Halco lure that has never worked before and got bit right away and multiple tuna chased it to the boat.
We could have caught 1,000 fish if we wanted to.
It cannot get any better.
The ocean was sloppy, but got better as we went west.
After a few practice stops we started clicking.
It took us awhile to figure out that one of our crew only spoke German.
Once Clark figured it out, he said what is "reel" in German?
From then on out he was yelling "rhine" every time our German speaker hooked up.
Great fishing, great crew, and even a good ocean on the way in.
We scrubbed yesterday, but today looked a little better, plus we had a crew of killers who have fished with us a bunch.
We ran 28 miles SW and were into fish right away.
Lots of small bait stops and the crew did not miss ANY fish, like no saw offs, no fish in the props, no setting the hook, no thumbing it, zero excuses, just excellent fishermen getting the job done.
50 fish later and it was time to head in early to get to the bar before it blew up like it did yesterday.
Sitting out for a week or so, as the forecast is no bueno.
The forecast was off by a little bit and the ocean was pretty sloppy in the AM.
It took a little while for our crew to get the hang of it, but by the end of the day they got it down.
This is definitely the year of years and the best fishing I have ever seen.
We sat out tuna fishing today for a combo trip- a wedding and some bottom fishing.
Clark and Nancy tied the knot along with friends and family as Pez Diablo, Opportunaty, and Shake N Bake bobbed in the river near the lighthouse.
Nancy caught the first rockfish of the day and their marriage.
Clark definitely needed a partner who likes to fish and he sure got a good one.
Our buddy Brett Dickerson had a change of plans and is sticking around Ilwaco for another month or so.
He did not plan this, so he has some open dates.
2019 is the best fishing ever and is just getting started.
You can contact Brett at:
A big fast boat and a great captain that came in with 85 tuna today!!
We went back where we left off yesterday.
We got bit when John was letting the first jig out and we were in the fish nonstop for two hours.
It helped that we had some real killers, including 2 buoy 10 guides that absolutely killed it on bait, iron, and swimbaits.
72 fish later, we we out of room and headed home at 11AM.
We were back to the dock before one.
At it again in the AM.
We were done by noon with a light crew of new tuna fishermen.
Because of all of the fish hitting the dock, if we are not the first charter to bring in fish, you will probably not get your fish until the next day.
We are working on a fix, but don't have on yet.