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!!!!
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!!!!
This is a test. I’m trying out a new phone system that I hope will help me track callers better and provide a better customer experience from start to finish.
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!!!!
The Christmas cards went out today. Watch the mail your not going to want to miss it. When it arrives check the back for a secret code. We will be running a special after Christmas where you can use the code to get a deal on the most exciting Westport fishing adventure you can get. If you don’t receive the card it’s because your not on the list. There is still time.
Fill out the customer registration form on the website and I will be sending out another batch Saturday.
We are Extending this deal through Monday Dec 1st 2014.
Everybody is doing a Black Friday deal. People will be out trying to kill each other to get $20 off a TV or some other silliness.
So here’s mine. You don’t even have to leave the house. No traffic, no tackling people and no camping out in front of the store for a week in the cold.
Book a 6 pack Westport Tuna trip (with deposit) for July 2015 before Friday night November 28, 2014 at 9:00pm Pacific, and get not this years price but this years price -10%. That’s a six person trip in July for $1890. You will not see a lower price anywhere at any time from anyone on Westport Tuna. But you have to book and make the deposit by Friday at 9:00pm Pacific time.
Because of the immense popularity of this promotion
We are Extending this deal through Monday Dec 1st 2014.
Here’s a little Gaff Cam video to fire you up a bit.
Don’t wait call now:
(253)-380-9973Lets Go Get Some!!!!
You’ve all seen the commercial where one woman says to another “he went to Jarred” and they all get giggly.
If you’ve got a fisherperson in your family and you want to give them a gift that will generate this kind of response,
THIS IS THAT GIFT
Westport tuna fishing is the most fun and exciting fishery in the Pacific Northwest. We continually hear from people “I have been wanting to do this for years” or “I’ve always wanted to try this”. All these people need is a good excuse. You can give them that excuse.
What better gift for your friend or loved one than the Westport tuna fishing adventure they have always wanted. I guarantee this will be the gift they will be excited to tell their friends about. They will start calling their friends to brag the same day. Some of those friends will be excited for them, some will be jealous and others will try to jockey for position to be the one to go with them. And you get to be the person that gave them the adventure they have been after for a long time.
Call soon for best availability. You don’t even have to pick a date, just put down a deposit and we can set you up a gift certificate that will make you a hero. There are a limited number of these packages available so call today:
(253)-380-9973Lets Go Get Some!!!!
The season is over and as I look back at all the great trips we did and the wonderful people we met I cant help but smile and feel very satisfied.
This year we did trips for Halibut from LaPush, Salmon from Westport and our featured one day tuna runs from Westport.
To view the video right click and select show controls:
While in LaPush we caught our Halibut every open day and most days limits of lings also. We caught rock fish, China rock fish, and Cabazon. We had two Halibut over 75lbs and lots in the 30lb range. We were also treated to shows from Whales and some dolphins and Dahl’s Porpoise came to play. It was an awesome spring.
We moved to Westport in June and our salmon trips were off the hook. This years run was huge and we were
able to keep our customers on fish enough to be a little selective on what we caught. The problem with this kind of fishing is that, with these quick limits, the day’s end too early. Next year we hope to add a little value to that trip, assuming the fishing is as good, and that’s all I’m gonna say about that.
Then there was Tuna. This years tuna run was a little different from years past. It seemed we started hitting them in July and they were BIG!! We had some great days in July and August with a lot of windy days to challenge us a bit. We had a bit of a lull where we had to go a long way south to get them in September and there was some fear they were leaving for the year then BAM!! it came on like a light. Late September and October were awesome and some tuna were even caught in November this year.
We made new friends this year from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and even Texas. We learned valuable lessons about scheduling, teamwork and communication. We are automating a lot of our processes and streamlining to make things run smother and take out the guess-work we have been a victim of a few times.
This year was GREAT!! Next year is going to be even better. We are preparing some great things for our valued customers for next year and I really can’t wait to show people what is coming. Make sure to stay tuned or better yet sign up for the E-mail list on the right.
It’s gonna be BIG!!
It’s never too early to book for next year. Last year weekends went really fast so if you think you may need a Saturday you’ll want to get on that. The fact is we tripled the number of trips we did last year over the year before. Next year looks like it’s going to be even better so call as soon as you can to get the day you need.
Lastly there is still a little time to get signed up to receive the world-famous Offshore Northwest Christmas card. If you haven’t experienced the Christmas card just know my Christmas cards Kick Butt!!!
Get signed up for that by filling out the form below.
Capt. Kerry Allen
We’re On!!!Lets Go Get Some!!!!
- Westport Salmon – It’s gonna be BIG!! March 5, 2015
- BIG Westport Chinook run coming, don’t miss this!! March 3, 2015
- One day “Run and Gun” Tuna Charter, and free Tee’s February 17, 2015