By: Kimber Roberts
Saturday, July 26th 2014 started early for me. I drove up to Westport Washington at 8pm the night before so I could get a quick 4 hour nap in and be fresh for the morning. It’s easy for me to get little to no sleep knowing I’m fishing the next day unlike knowing I’m going to work (funny how the mind works). I get up ready to go, no shower no rhyme or reason to my attire, slap a hat on and call it good. I drove a short distance to Westport marina Float 6 and was getting more and more excited. I could smell the air, it was crisp and salty with a hint of fishy success from previous days. It was warm and clear and beautiful with the sun making its way up for a glorious entrance.
I found the boat easily Offshore Northwest and was greeted by 6 gentlemen who instantly made me feel like one of the guys. Smiles and excitement was all on their faces. My captain Kerry Allen was very friendly and busy getting ready to shove off. Meanwhile we were getting to know each other and having great conversation and reminiscing on past fishing adventures.
It was time to leave, so we left the slip and made our way to the live bait station. They scooped up a few net-full of beautiful sardines and off we went. Leaving the marina was probably the best part, because it meant it was TIME TO FISH!!!. Again the weather was perfect. The bar crossing was calm and glassy and absolutely beautiful. We started to notice some random fish jump, some were Coho and some were Tuna. We decided to troll at 30 miles when we got the first screaming reel. We stopped and stared chumming. Kerry hooked a wiggly Sardine on my hook and showed me how to free spool it out so it looked like it was swimming, this was my first time doing this so he was very patient with me while instructing. I got my first bite then quickly lost it but found out that it was more than likely a shark since my hook was missing, that happened 4 more times .
Finally I got what felt to be a tuna bite; my line didn’t break so it was Fish On! I can’t really describe what a fighting tuna feels like but I can come close …..Pissed off salmon on steroids with a little freight train mixed in. I got my fish up enough where you can see color and shiny chrome. It’s very exciting to see this but don’t let it fool you, that fish is going to take you for another ride of noodled arms and panting. I got my first tuna of the trip to the boat and was warmed up now.
We fished for a while longer and kept getting shark bites then eventually no bites so we put out the trolling rods and headed out. Things got a little slow in the hunt for these guys, chatter on the radio seemed all the boats shared our frustration of finding them again. It’s pretty cool how most work together to help each other out. There is no secret fishing spot when it comes to tuna, so it was nice to see teamwork for a change. During the down time I got to chat and hang out with the crew and Kerry and talked about fishing and well fishing. A few hours went by and I was on high alert looking for that flash and splash of the chrome we were seeking. There were no birds and no sighs of them feeding on the surface at all. We continued to troll. Kerry had faith we would find them, he informed me they had high metabolisms and had to feed regularly to maintain their energy. FINALLY we all heard that beautiful sound of a screaming reel, Kerry stopped and we got the gear in as quickly as possible and started to chum immediately. They were jumping everywhere and we could see them under the boat swimming chasing the anchovies. We had two fish on almost right away! then three! We were going every which way.
Under and over then back again. It was organized chaos. I’m not sure how many fish we got to the boat at this point but it was like 16-20 on the deck. It was a blood bath! Kerry and his deck hand were great at keeping the tuna at the boat for us. I was re baited every time quickly so I could be in the water fishing. Gosh my arms were tired at this point I had to tap out for a min and Kerry nicely took my rod while I caught my breath. The sweet deal about my tap out was I got to gaff my own fish! I missed a few times but ended up getting him in the dorsal fin and swinging him into the boat. I guess you could say either good aim or bad aim hahaha but I got him in either way.
Alright, so it slowed down again and we switched back to trolling to see if we could find that pod again. It didn’t take long after I got cozy on the kill bag when another sweet sound of a screaming reel snapped me out of my delirium and it was FISH ON again!!!! This was the last and best stop of the day, Kerry threw out anchovies and the tuna were EVERY WHERE!! Jumping and darting all around us. We could tell this was our moment for an epic finish to the day. I’m pretty sure we had four fish on at once. Everyone was running back and forth, over and under and then back again. We landed fish after fish. I hooked one landed it and then as soon as I put my bait in the water I hooked another one!!! Holy moly my arms were gassed but I got it done. I think we pulled 16 fish out of that stop and Kerry had to stop us because we had no more room in the kill bags for more. I didn’t want to stop though, I tried the sad face and weaseled one more anchovy out of him but I didn’t get another bite. We ended up with 33 really big tuna!!!
All in all it was sunny and beautiful and we were all tired after that. We cleaned up and headed back to port. Kerry’s beautiful daughters met us there to help out with that carking. The girls did a great job and got us on our way soon after our return. I had a 4 hour drive home and was happy that all the work was done for me.
I honestly can’t wait to go again. I’m addicted for life now, I completely recommend Offshore Northwest for your next or first tuna trip!!!
Kerry, thank you for such an awesome trip and I will see you again!!!!!Lets Go Get Some!!!!
Q: How many did you get?
A: all of them
You may have noticed we have stopped answering this question. We are also trying to avoid the pictures of gratuitous piles of Albacore Tuna dead on the deck of our 28 foot Parker boat.
There are a few reasons for this but the most important is responsibility. Tuna fishing is like a drug. We all get caught up in the action and it is really hard to stop when you know you could get more. The “Take” is incredible. The pull at 30 mph is awesome. The entire experience makes you want to do it again and again. Unfortunately Albacore Tuna are warm-blooded animals and as such need to be bled and iced down right away or the meat is ruined for consumption. So we can only catch what we can ice and we can only carry a limited amount of ice.
Secondly, we can only process so many in a reasonable amount of time. We are pretty good at it so we can do quite a few but there is a limit to what we can do here.
We also have the problem of perception. People watch us and can’t differentiate between albacore and endangered bluefin tuna. These people see us taking big numbers while restrictions are being placed on companies and people based on impact to “Tuna Stocks”. This is how we end up with limits and other restrictions.
The fact is Albacore tuna are natures perfect game fish. They have small stomachs and high metabolisms so they eat voraciously and often. They live a relatively short lifespan and breed like rabbits on the run. More on that here. The reality is Albacore tuna are one of the most sustainable fisheries on the planet, There are lots.
The biggest reason we don’t really want to talk numbers of fish anymore is that every angler is different. Every day we go out with six different anglers with varying degrees of experience and ability. Some days those anglers can catch 15 and be happy as heck to have had the opportunity and have a great time. Other days our anglers will fill the boat and they also have a great time. The important thing is everyone has a great time aboard the “Lucky Dog” with Offshore Northwest Charters. We are all about having fun and that can’t be measured by how many fish we caught.
So you will not see the pics of lots and lots of tuna anymore, well maybe occasionally. What you will see is lots and lots of happy anglers with big smiles and fish. I promise, there will be no shortage of fish pictures. It’s not about how many it’s about how much fun!!
Thanks,Lets Go Get Some!!!!
Those that know us know that Capt. Brian goes to Guatemala every year to build houses for the impoverished peoples there. This is just one of the many things about him that makes me proud to have him on the team. This project is not cheep however and every year we scramble to try to raise enough money to get him there. This year we are going to try something different.
We have Friday June 12th available for Salmon fishing aboard “Lucky Dog” with me and the world famous Montana Dave. For this trip we will have special pricing of $150/angler and all of the proceeds go to help get Capt. Brian to Guatemala to help those people. I am very excited about this. Please call as soon as possible because there are a limited number of seats.
Let’s get this done!!
If you cant go fishing but you still want to help here is a link to donate:
Lets Go Get Some!!!!
I just read the proposals from North of Falcon and apparently there will be no Chinook retention in Area 10 at all. I don’t know who was responsible for this but I don’t see how this can be considered a collaborative decision. And before you net ban people start getting fired up there will not be a non-tribal net fishery either so you can’t blame them. The good news is there are going to be lots of pinks to retain while you are catching and releasing all those nice kings. woopedy doo!!!
I am very disappointed. The process has let us down, again.
On the other hand our outlook off the coast of Washington is awesome and the same people that cut you guys off are increasing our quota over last year so we can expect another year of Banner Chinook fishing out of Westport.
To help my brothers and sisters from area 10 out I have decided I am going to offer a special deal. If you live in area 10 and book a June Salmon trip with Offshore Northwest we will donate a portion of the proceeds to PSA to try to make sure we don’t get screwed like this again.
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It’s the end of March. The weather is getting nicer and a young man’s fancy may turn to love but this middle-aged man has just one thing on his mind. TUNA!!!!
So yesterday we pulled the boat out, cleaned her up a bit and ran the engines for a while. Our Avet reels are having their annual maintenance (Thanks Mike) and we spent some time cleaning rods. We have a bit of re-wiring to do and some electronics to install but were getting very close to being ready for another season of carnage.
This year we are excited to add to our arsenal of American Made equipment with a half-dozen CUTCO fillet knives. The things that impressed me with the cutco knives are the quality and sharpness of the blades, the lifetime guarantee and that they are sold and serviced by a local rep.
If you would like more information on one day “Run and Gun” tuna fishing with Offshore Northwest please call.
Westport Salmon charter trips will start for us June 5th though the 30th. We will be running as many trips as we can. We have already booked two Saturdays one Sunday and several other weekdays. If you have a date preference you better get crackin’.
Cost is $180/angler and includes Tax, all equipment, bait and tackle. And, as always, a nice boat ride with an awesome crew.
Lets Go Get Some!!!!
BIG Westport Chinook
Westport Chinook projections are in and they are better than last year. Let that sink in a minute……….
If you will remember last year was one of the best Westport Chinook salmon fisheries in the last 80 years. We had easy limits on plenty of fin clipped hatchery chinook and some nice coho too. This years projection has the coho number a little down from last year but the chinook number is higher. What this means for you is plenty of nice big, bright, lively and fat Westport chinook salmon to choose from. One of the great advantages of fishing on a smaller six pac boat is the opportunity to be selective in the fish we retain. With numbers like this we should be able to pick out some nice ones.
Please don’t hesitate. We have a limited number of trips available for Salmon in June before Tuna gets fired up in July so you’ll want to reserve your spot as soon as you can. This is especially true if you want a Saturday.
Runs like this don’t come around very often. You need to get in on this.
Let’s Go Get Some!!
Lets Go Get Some!!!!
That’s right boys and girls it’s that time again. We run the most exciting fishing trip in the state of Washington. One day “Run and Gun” tuna is awesome. We depart at first light from Westport Washington. Load up on live bait and run 35 miles offshore at 30 miles an hour to catch a boat load of the pacific northwest’s strongest, fastest and most sustainable game fish. Albacore Tuna.
This video was made on July 19th last year. As you can see July tuna fishing was off the hook in Westport and this year promises to be more of the same. August is filling up quickly but there are still some great dates left in July.
To help you book a July tuna charter I am offering free tee’s for every member of your crew. Here’s the deal; book a one day “Run and Gun” tuna charter for 6 between now and February 28th and receive free tee’s for every member of your crew. That is a $120 value.
The best dates are going to go quick so push this button to call right now.
Lets Go Get Some!!!!
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If you choose to keep your number private I will probably send it to voice-mail until I figure this out.
Thanks let me know what you thinkLets Go Get Some!!!!
I promised a deal for the Christmas card people and here it is:
This deal can only be had with the secret code on the back of the Christmas card I sent out this year.
Book a Westport full boat charter for Salmon or Tuna before February 1st and get 10% off. That is up to a $220 value.
These are our best selling trips. Salmon charters aboard our smaller faster vessel means we get to the fish and 6 passengers means we can be a little more selective.
Westport tuna charters are the most exciting fishery in Washington state, bar none. And one day run and gun is the way to do it. 10% off is pretty cool too.
It’s not too late to get that special fisherperson the one thing they really want for Christmas. If there every was a perfect last minute gift for someone that loves to fish this is it.
One day “Run and Gun” Is the coolest fishery in Washington State. This one is on everyone’s bucket list.
It doesn’t get any easier to give them the adventure they want. With just a phone call you can send them out to the blue water and you don’t even have to pick a date. Your fisherperson will probably want to take some of his friends anyway (and maybe you too). Just call me at 253-380-9973, tell me you want to give Tuna for Christmas and leave a deposit. After Christmas your recipient can call and work out an available date.
This will make you the Christmas Hero.
But…time is running out. call now before it’s too late.
Lets Go Get Some!!!!