Westport Charter Recommendations - April Bottomfishing

Polarbill1999

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I am planning a bottomfishing trip in early April with my Father, FIL and possibly a couple others. I would like to book with Mark and the All Rivers folks but I don't think I am going to be able to get 4+ people to commit much in advance. That leaves me looking at the big boats.

I have reviewed some older threads but wanted to see if members here had any current boat/captain recommendations. Some of the boats I was initially looking at are Hula Girl, Gold Rush, Tequila Too and the Slammer.

I also saw something that the charters are going to be able to go out to 300' instead of 180'. Does deeper water equate to bigger or more fish (on average)?

Thanks in advance.

-Brett
 
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wdlfbio

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mrfish11

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    Slammer is best. 30 fathom restriction is in place in early April so you will be in 180 fow max. It should be good fishing for both lings and rockfish early in the season. Weather may be a little iffy though.
     
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    Polarbill1999

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    Slammer is best. 30 fathom restriction is in place in early April so you will be in 180 fow max. It should be good fishing for both lings and rockfish early in the season. Weather may be a little iffy though.

    Can you explain the 30 fathom restriction? From the WDFW site it looks like the 30 fathom restriction is only the Month of May. Am I reading that wrong? Is the deepwater closure anything past the 30 fathom line?

    Also, does the restriction only really apply to Lingcod? They aren't going to fish rockfish out deeper then normal will they or if the restriction is farther out, would they find rockfish spots closer to the line and closer to deeper lingcod?

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    • Marine Area 2 (Westport): Open March 13 – October 16, 2021.
    • The daily bag limit is two per angler.
    • No retention or possession seaward of 30 fathoms May 1 – May 31 (except when the primary halibut season is open)
    • No retention or possession seaward of the deepwater closure area except, lingcod retention is allowed seaward of the deepwater closure area (see above) on days open to the recreational halibut fishery and from June 1 through June 15 and September 1 through September 15.
     
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    Salmon King

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    I’ve never fished a big boat, but I hear good things about slammer and goldrush.

    You might want to try to do a six pack (or smaller) and target a “deepwater” ling trip. It is more expensive but a much better trip. And you will catch a lot of lings.

    ARSC does them but also consider @lingcodtodd as he might be able to sell you the seat and not the whole boat.
     
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    Salmon King

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    Oh, and deepwater doesn’t mean much for rockfish size, at least for rockfish species that should be targeted. For lingcod, deep is a must as there aren’t too many shallow spots that will punch a boatload of ling limits.
     
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    mrfish11

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    Can you explain the 30 fathom restriction? From the WDFW site it looks like the 30 fathom restriction is only the Month of May. Am I reading that wrong? Is the deepwater closure anything past the 30 fathom line?

    Also, does the restriction only really apply to Lingcod? They aren't going to fish rockfish out deeper then normal will they or if the restriction is farther out, would they find rockfish spots closer to the line and closer to deeper lingcod?

    Lingcod
    • Marine Area 2 (Westport): Open March 13 – October 16, 2021.
    • The daily bag limit is two per angler.
    • No retention or possession seaward of 30 fathoms May 1 – May 31 (except when the primary halibut season is open)
    • No retention or possession seaward of the deepwater closure area except, lingcod retention is allowed seaward of the deepwater closure area (see above) on days open to the recreational halibut fishery and from June 1 through June 15 and September 1 through September 15.


    Well that regulation you posted condtrdicts the book, so who the hell knows what the real regulations are. Typical wdfw...make it as complicated as possible.
     
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    hawksfan75

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    Rhett posted something about the 18-foot rule being different this year. It seems to give them a few more options of where to go, but they won't be doing true "deep water" trips until that season opens.

     
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    Genie Aye

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    Slammer is best. 30 fathom restriction is in place in early April so you will be in 180 fow max. It should be good fishing for both lings and rockfish early in the season. Weather may be a little iffy though.

    Starts at 300' line this year....change from printed rules.
     
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    TimeZoned

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    Oh, and deepwater doesn’t mean much for rockfish size, at least for rockfish species that should be targeted. For lingcod, deep is a must as there aren’t too many shallow spots that will punch a boatload of ling limits.

    Not true. You just need to spend time and find the right places. I don’t waste time running way off shore for early season Lings. No point when I can catch them shallow
     
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    Genie Aye

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    I haven't looked it up, but everyone in Westport seems to know about...common wdfw right...
     
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    Walker Inc.

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    The rule change is legit. We knew about it last year. On top of the that the straight out YRCA and the one south of town have been eliminated. I can’t wait to fish those on deep water days!
     
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    mrfish11

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    The rule change is legit. We knew about it last year. On top of the that the straight out YRCA and the one south of town have been eliminated. I can’t wait to fish those on deep water days!

    I went by the closure last year and there were 9 sport boats parked in it one day. It was a slow day for most, so that may have had something to do with it. ;)
     
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    I am planning a bottomfishing trip in early April with my Father, FIL and possibly a couple others. I would like to book with Mark and the All Rivers folks but I don't think I am going to be able to get 4+ people to commit much in advance. That leaves me looking at the big boats.

    I have reviewed some older threads but wanted to see if members here had any current boat/captain recommendations. Some of the boats I was initially looking at are Hula Girl, Gold Rush, Tequila Too and the Slammer.

    I also saw something that the charters are going to be able to go out to 300' instead of 180'. Does deeper water equate to bigger or more fish (on average)?

    Thanks in advance.

    -Brett
    Hi Brett,

    We offer Westport Lings, Rockfish, and Halibut inshore and deep. We focus on 6 passenger trips and get out there, and to and from spots fast!

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    MarkColeman

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    MarkColeman

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