When was your first time to cross the Columbia bar??

Cornfed

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Sep 18, 2007
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TOMMY DONLIN
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the first time for me was two tears ago, we went down to illwaco to fish a tuna tourny we got down there a day early so we thought we would do i lil pre fishing.Lets just say it wa a lil bit sportty that day and the run was suppose to be 40 miles.the wind and waves were kickn so much that to take a piss the capt says just hold on tto the tower and piss on the deck. soon after that we take 3 waves one right after the other all you could see was water continually running down the windows. after that and only being 20 miles out it time to call it a day. After that day i hate going over that bar.
No need to cry about it....whiner.
 

catch and eat

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Jul 18, 2007
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Bernie
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26' Glacier Bay 2680
The columbia is a tough place to cut your teeth. No quick in or out stuff. You really pay attention to predictions and conditions.
 

Marlin Mike

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Dec 11, 2007
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boat ho now gimme a call
No need to cry about it....whiner.
there where so many tears cuz i was doubled over laughing so damn hard. How could such a manly man as yourself be touting around that damned leopard skinned pillow.
 

Cornfed

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there where so many tears cuz i was doubled over laughing so damn hard. How could such a manly man as yourself be touting around that damned leopard skinned pillow.
Let me know when you want a workout to get rid of those chicken arms. Your ass is going in the drink this summer. Better start pumpin weights. You got along ways to go to catch up to me, sucka.
 

Tower Todd

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May 2, 2006
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Let me know when you want a workout to get rid of those chicken arms. Your ass is going in the drink this summer. Better start pumpin weights. You got along ways to go to catch up to me, sucka.
You better get him a leg workout going too while your at it. I don't want his legs shaking when he is bringing in a little albie.

:rofl::rofl::rofl:
 

Marlin Mike

pimpin aint cheap
Dec 11, 2007
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Mike
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boat ho now gimme a call
you guys better just smooooooth out. Didn't you see what a good adreneline rush does to me. Its been known to to break a fighting chair right off the deck.
 

tunaahelper

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Feb 12, 2008
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TunaaHelper
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I had a brother-in-law by the name of Allen Cook that ran a 30' SeaRay called Pulse Boat. Some oldtimers here may recall him. he was down fishing nearly every Thursday-Sunday during the season. Hell of a fisherman. He's passed away recently, but my fishing life started off with him and that great boat. Had tons of time staring at the head or the freeboard "chumming" as he would say.

So many memories of crossing the bar... We escorted the Pride of Baltimore in once (the first replica that later sank) with all her sails flying- to another time being escorted ourselves in by the Coast Guard due to massive seas- to catching monster chinooks.

Probably the worst crossing experience that I have had wasn't the huge seas with stern CG warnings years ago, but a couple years ago we were out for Tuna and ran late (my brothers and I). By the time we made it back to the bar, it was dark and building seas, waves over the bow in a sea of black ink. Pucker factor 10. Handheld search light spotting swells before we finally caught up to a troller coming in that allowed us to tag along in his wake. Nice guy! He turned on the huge sodium lights to illuminate things and it made the crossing much better. Everyone on board said afterword (on the dock) that it was the last time we EVER did that... I was glad to get home to :boobies:

Cheers to you Allen, I know the lines are tight, reels singing, and sun in your face bud. Thanks for all the memories.
 

patker2101

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Dec 19, 2007
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The L&W Clark museum on the Wa. side of the Columbia is awesome,if you ever get a chance and want to see the true destruction of the Columbia bar you owe yourself a few hours to check it out
 

Reel Obsession

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Oct 26, 2007
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The L&W Clark museum on the Wa. side of the Columbia is awesome,if you ever get a chance and want to see the true destruction of the Columbia bar you owe yourself a few hours to check it out
Yeah, and if you want to whine about rough bar conditions, you should go to the Maritime museum in Astoria, and spend 30 minutes or so on the Columbia River Lightboat they have there. Those guys spent months on end anchored off the mouth of the CR so that ships could use them as a beacon, literally, when heading over the bar. Month after month it a fairly small boat pitching in rough seas up to 50' and stormy weather that can last for weeks during the winter. I can handle the bar just fine on most days, and yet just being below decks on that boat thinking what they went through almost makes me sick. And that's tied at the dock!
 

KeyWest

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Mar 15, 2008
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1971 while in 5th grade. What a trip. Carbs got clogged with gunk. Seas at about 10'. Towed in by the CG during a flying ebb tide. Pulled the bow cleat off mid-way across the bar - had to resecure to the side cleats with a bridle. Remember the trip like it was yesterday. This was on a 35 footer.

But hey - I limited out on silvers!
 

trackerputnam

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Jun 9, 2007
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four years ago! Followed another boat over in the dark. Did not help that I could only see his lights just now and then. Largest swells ever for me but they were far apart and very smooth. What was I thinking following Dean anyway?LOL
 

Green Wasabi

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Apr 6, 2008
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Dexter
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Two years ago I went on a Tuna charter out of Ilwaco. We left port at some un-godly hour. No sleep, tired, dark as hell, and big swells over the bar and I start pukin'. I was sick all the way to the Tuna grounds.

When we get to the tuna grounds of course everyone that was in the cabin comes out to start fishin'. I'm still sick so I head inside and take an hour nap. I finally came to and headed to the deck where no one has caught a thing. I shuffle over to an empty corner rod and soon as I get there, the rod goes off. I bring the fish in and figured I would have to wait my turn for the next fish so I turn around and headed back in the cabin to take another nap. After the second power nap I felt so much better and enjoyed the rest of the trip.

Coming back over the bar was uneventful, lumpy but doable.
 

swelltime

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Oct 18, 2006
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You guys have got great big kahoolies. I have had my ass kicked in the Gulf of Alaska, and have not a desire to cross that bar.

My family used to take charters out of there before I was born. My dad used to tell me the stories. He was one of two not sick on a troop carrier in WWII. He and the cook even ate the captains chow. So he feared no water per say. Respected yes.

Just Hats off to you that cross that thing, and all safe returns.