(July-September) Besides Salmon and Bottomfish, some locations also
provide the opportunity to fish for fast and furious Albacore Tuna. Try something new this summer.
warmer water, so boats will find water that is warmer then 58 degrees
(the warmer the better). In late summer warmer waters are found 30 to 40
miles off shore.
Albacore Tuna fishing has got to be the most exciting of all the fisheries. When fish are coming on, the action will be the experience of a life time and one you will never forget!
There is no limit for tuna, but a fishing license is
required. Most anglers will average anywhere from 4 to 15 fish apiece.
Best time to catch tuna is typically late July through September when
warm currents move within 20-40 miles of shore. Warmer currents are
usually found closer to shore along the central and southern Oregon
coast. Therefore Oregon is one of the best locations to fish for tuna.
But how do you catch em?Patience and attention to detail that’s how!
The best method is with a pole trolling a jig at speeds of 6 to 9 knots.
Everyone has a line in the water they're responsible for. This way you
can play the fish and really feel its power. When someone gets a hook
up, the captain will continue to troll for about 10 seconds for multiple
hook ups then bring the boat to a slow trolling speed so the fish can be
All the other fishermen who do not have a fish on
will continue to fish and move out of the way of those fight fish. After
the fish are boated, they will continue the troll and go back over the
spot for more. So everyone has to be paying attention and be able to
move your gear and help out. This is a proactive fishery with little
room for looking at the scenery.
The other method many boats use is trolling with hand
lines. This does not get as many hookups but you can get the fish in the
boat quicker and you don't have to slow the boat.If the bite goes crazy, boats may switch to hand lines to
increase our catch numbers.
Many fishermen who have experienced the awesome fight on a pole, (and
after they're pooped out) also like to use hand lines.
The Albacore will range in size from small at 9-12 pounds to large weighing from 30 to 35 pounds. When you're catching the large fish, charters encourage use of the poles. This is for two reasons. One is that Albacore tend to become more isolated swimmers the larger they get. They don't school up but travel in small groups of between 3 and 10 fish. So when you get one hookup of a large fish, chances are you will get another almost immediately. That's because Albies are line shy and can see the heavier stuff. So if you use a pole with lighter line, you have a chance to get more hookups.
The other reason is that a 30 to 35 pound Albacore will strike the jig at speeds up to 50 mph. Their weight coupled with their speed will often break 300 pound test tuna cord which is what we use for hand lines. There is no drag or extra line to feed out when they hit so a big strike puts a lot of strain on the line. That is why many charters use poles for the big ones. Average catch per angler is fish. There is no limit on tuna.
This is something everyone should experience at least once in their life!
All bait and equipment is provided. You will need to bring something to eat and drink. Daily fishing licenses are available at the charter office.
The Albacore will range in
size from small at 9-12 pounds to large weighing from 30 to 35 pounds.
Albacore titles by size:
Coke Bottles - 5 to 9 pounds, fiesty fighters!
Schoolies -10 to 20 pounds, these will wear you out!
Fat Boys - 21 to 30 pounds, you'll be crying for your mama!
What to bring:
Dress warm. Preferably in layers
Light rain gear recommended
Wear nonskid shoes or rubber boots
Bring a lunch and a hat
Changes or cancellations must be made at least two weeks (14 days) prior
to date of trip for refund of initial deposit unless stated otherwise.
All trips that are canceled by the guide or charter service due to bad weather or
poor fishing conditions are fully refundable (including initial deposit)
up to the day of scheduled trip.
All trips that are canceled for any reason at any time by client are
subject to a $15.00 filing fee.
All changes and cancellations must be made by calling 503-720-9033.
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on nearby lodging and fish processing can also be provided by request.