Winchester Bay Salmon, Lingcod & Rockfish

K-Dogg

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I took advantage of a small weather window Tuesday and Wednesday this week to get Blackjack on the big salt. I planned on running NW to fish the Heceta Bank but steep seas, wind and high fuel costs prevented us from running the 88 miles (26 gallons of non-ethanol fuel at $6.60 per/gallon) it takes round trip to the offshore halibut grounds. Burned 11 gallons on Tuesday and 13 gallons on Wednesday fishing nearshore.

Hit 4 mile and 10 mile reefs for limits (15) mixed rockfish (mainly yellow tail canary), (1) lingcod and (3) chinook salmon each day. The bottom fish hit red/yellow shrimp flies, the lings grabbed a 6” pipe jig tipped with a 6” white/glow gulp grub and the salmon hit a Hot Spot Apex in blue/silver with a bead chain swivel hidden by a 3” UV hot pink hoochie to a 4/0 open-eye siwash hook by Gamakatsu.

The salmon hit the silver/blue apex trolled 2.8 to 3.5 mph behind a green/glow/silver flasher on a 42” to 48” leader of 30lb Seagar STS Florocarbon. Whole green label herring run naked behind a delta diver picked up 1 of the 6 chinooks and a hot pink 6” UV pink hoochie with a whole herring trolling behind a red/chartreuse/silver in-line Big Al’s flasher picked up another. The Apex picked up 4 of the 6 salmon at 55’ on the down riggers. The fish checkers were surprised to see 3 king salmon on back-to-back days since they’ve only been seeing one fish here and one fish there the past 5 weeks.

Can’t wait for better ocean conditions to get back out offshore (halibut and tuna) or nearshore for salmon and bottom fish. Didn’t drop crab pots since I’ve heard it hasn’t been productive as of late.

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K-Dogg

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I am planning a trip for this Sunday ocean looks amazing hope the cold water moves out and salmon have moved in.
We fished Depoe Bay today from 7am for 4pm in real sporty conditions. Trolled for salmon 4 +/- hours w/o a bump. Ended up salvaging the day with limits of rockfish (15) and lingcod (3). The fish checker said not many people fishing, very few salmon and the commercial guys said the same.

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marlyn

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Great job and nice skippy!
 
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Bo Peep

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We Fished out of Winchester Bay Sunday we went through 25 Coho to get our 8 fish limit. My 90 year Grandpa had a blast watching his Great Grand Daughter pulling on fish as well as him still pulling on some. Priceless memories for me as he has been my fishing partner for 40 years now.


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Bo Peep

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Fished the last three days north about 2 miles in 280-300 FOW Friday we ended one short of our limit releasing about 10 Nates the wind started and said that was enough. Saturday woke up to a sloppy ocean but got 6 clippers in a row and then the ocean laid down and we got our final two. Yesterday went 6 for 10 in an hour and back in by 8AM. I have not seen fishing like that in years Gramps had a great weekend boating many fish and enjoying the ocean at 90 years old.
 
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K-Dogg

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Navioncs is great. I just browse on this free website.
I highly recommend the Navionics Boating App as well. I run it on my iPhone and a Samsung tablet as backups to my Garmin GPSMAP 943XSV. Unfortunately Garmin raised the price from $14.99 to $24.99 but it’s still a BARGAIN compared to the card linked below.

Garmin Navionics Vision+ NVUS008R US West​

https://www.thegpsstore.com/GPS-Map...arts/Garmin-Navionics-Vision-NVUS008R-US-West

As others have mentioned on iFish and BD the relief shading feature is great for “couch fishing” and scouting future fishing spots. The autoroute guidance feature will help you save fuel, plan safe(er) routes on shallow water bays you might be unfamiliar with, etc. Finding longleader rockfish spots will be a lot easier if you get it! 👌🏻

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curtisD

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There are so many resources available to the novice. We are fortunate today with everything available to make us successful grocery shopping the ocean.
My first deep water rockfishing trip was the 10 mile reef. We knew it was out there. We knew the depth. We knew the compass course from the reef to the mouth of 10 mile. We knew this by looking at a paper chart.
No GPS. No fish tv. We had a depth sounder that basically looked like a clock with a red light that would flash at the depth. If you had some flashes above bottom that was probably fish.
I remember it so vividly that first trip. We caught a bunch of red fish. Probably canary or vermillion. Still unsure to this day, but we threw them all back cause they "might of been yelloweye". Kept some yellowtail and widows. 1992.
Very similar to my first tuna trip. Commercial guy said go 35 miles that way, and pull Mexican flag feathers until you get bit. 1993.
We're pretty damn fortunate today.
 
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