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!!!!
I can’t really believe it but my Saturday cancelled at the last-minute. This creates an incredible opportunity for anyone with a bunch of friends that want to go tuna fishing. The weather looks awesome and the fishing has been great.
Oh, and did I mention it’s a Saturday!!!
All of my Saturdays have been booked since April.
Don’t wait, this one will sell out fast. All seats $350.
Lets Go Get Some!!!!
We are cancelling the trips planned for Tuesday August 19 and Wednesday August 20th 2014 due to weather.
I was able to contact the customers from Tuesday but have no contact information for the Wednesday trip so if you were booked on Wednesday August 20th, 2014 the trip has been cancelled and you need to call me ASAP at
Capt. KerryLets Go Get Some!!!!
OK so I’m going to try this and see how it works.
Numbers for yesterday were 27/07. If you understand the way this is written you will know where we are going.
I will not put these numbers out on the radio but i will tell you where I am in reference to them.
Good Fishin’Lets Go Get Some!!!!
Westport tuna fishing is off the hook this year. Usually in July we have hit and miss fishing with some good days and some slow days. The fish generally start out a little smaller and they run deep and can be a challenge to bring up.
This year….not so much.
This year we are seeing good numbers of LARGE fish. Saturday we caught 33 and had to leave feeding fish because we couldn’t properly store anymore.
We had an awesome crew this Saturday including Kimber Roberts of the Portland Sportsman’s Warehouse.
It was a beautiful sunrise as we loaded up the Parker 2820, SEEKER Rods/Avet Reels and headed west for the tuna grounds at about 33MPH. We had all heard stories of loaded boats from the day before and we were feeling very excited about the prospects.
The morning started a little slow with only three fish in the first couple hours. This was disappointing after the stories we had heard but radio chatter said it was the same for everyone. This tells me the fish just aren’t feeding, but they will. Tuna have high metabolisms and small stomachs. They fill up and stop for a while, then come up and feed again.
We trolled around a bit and hit another troll fish. This converted to a long (hour and a half) bait stop where we caught two’s and threes at a time. When it would slow down we would through a little chum and “Fish On!!!”. When it finally ended we had 16 more fish on board and 19 total.
After this bait stop died, we went back on the hunt with the troll gear. We stayed around the area a while but it was obvious we had lost the school. We trolled toward some god reports for a bit. we all felt pretty satisfied with what we had done and were going to give it another half hour or so and call it a day.
Then it happened. We hit on a Mexican flag colored clone. We had lots of bait left so I started chumming big scoops of bait. This drove the tuna nuts. We had Tuna jumping all around the boat. In front, behind, 10 feet on either side, it was just like September.
We were watching tuna swim out from under the boat and grab our anchovies. There is only one thing cooler than a live bait take and that is actually watching it happen. It was awesome. We caught 14 tuna in a very short time and quickly got to the point where we couldn’t store anymore. And, these fish were TANKS!!!! Big fish and lots of them. We got back late. My kids helped the deckhand Cory cark all the fish and the customers went home very happy and exhausted.
This year is shaping up to be huge Westport tuna fishing year. You don’t want to miss action like this. There is still a couple of dates left in August and a few in September. But they are going fast.
I little video from a recent Westport tuna fishing trip on the “Lucky Dog”. A great crew working the best equipment in the business. Look at the beautiful bend on those American made SEEKER 270′s.
Great dates are still available
Saturday was big. Westport tuna fishing is setting up to be Awesome this summer. Already we are catching good numbers of nice sized fish.
We have one last saturday available. July 26th is our last saturday opening till October. This is going to fill up quick so don’t wait.
Lets Go Get Some!!!!
The good: There is an awesome temp break happening right now about 40 miles from Westport. We have two brave souls to go and try what looks to be a very fishy piece of ocean.
The Bad: Right now the weather forecast looks a bit “Sporty”. These things change rapidly and We believe this will get better.
So here’s the deal. We need at least two more people. We are not taking deposits on this and if the weather doesn’t look safe we just wont go. On the other hand if it does look good the conditions are right for a great haul. We make the call on Saturday morning.
So, for the adventurous this is a potentially great opportunity at discount price.
Call soon this wont last :
The Westport tuna calendar is getting filled up. There are still a few dates open for Westport Tuna so if you have six people please call soon and we can get you scheduled. What we need now is to fill in around some smaller groups that have reserved specific days. If you have two or four people and you can be a little flexible we can probably squeeze you in somewhere. But, you need to call soon.
The Westport tuna are here and they are “TANKS”. We have already caught several over 30 pounds.
It’s gonna be BIG!!!!!!
Lets Go Get Some!!!!
Yes boys and girls the Westport Tuna have arrived in a big way. They are still a bit of a hike away but with our newer faster boat they are easily within range.
So all you people who have been writing and calling to ask me to “Let me know when they get here”, here is your call:
The Westport Tuna are here
So call and set up your adventure before July is sold out too.
For all the hunters that thought Westport Tuna fishing was impossible because it happens in the fall (hunting season)”
Now is your chance
July is not always like this. Often it is pick a few here and there and the fishing picks up as the season goes. This year we hit 25 on the first run and had to stop because we weren’t prepared to catch a full load. We could have done a lot more. This is going to be a great July, you want to be a part of it.
Lets Go Get Some!!!!