Westport Lingcod & Rockfish Saturday May 18

I had the pleasure of working as a deckhand for All Rivers & Saltwater Charters this weekend in Westport, Washington. Captain Ian Winder and I took a great group of guys out for an express Lingcod and Rockfish fishing trip on the Reel Tight. I jump at the chance to fill in for Ian’s fulltime deckhand, as this boat is a flat out blast to fish from. Saturday’s trip was nothing less than spectacular with fast action, easy limits, and a very happy crew!

Our group of six clients met us at the Reel Tight at 6 a.m. Brian & Larry drove down from Spanaway and the other four (Carl, Jeremy, Nate & Robbie) drove down that morning from Seattle. We cruised across a relatively calm Bar, and headed north up the Coast to a few of our favorite inshore Rockfish spots.

There are a few small rockpiles to the north of Grays Harbor that have been pretty consistent for Black Rockfish. Typically we are fishing in water 20 feet to 50 feet. We made a few drifts over our favorite spot, each generic viagra 100mg. Our client’s tandem shrimp fly setups were getting hammered! Each drift produced multiple double and triple hookups, often times our clients would haul in two Rockfish at once. While a Rockfish limit of 10 per person may seem like a lot, when you get into schools of aggressive fish, the limit is reached fairly quickly. We limited (60 Black Rockfish) within an hour. Time to head to our Lingcod spots.

We headed into deeper waters to target Lingcod, and the fishing was very consistent. Today we fished for Lingcod in waters 100 feet to 150 feet deep. Drifting with Herring was the ticket. The drifts were long, and each produced at least a few hookups. Most of the Lingcod we encountered were in the keeper range of 22” to 30”. After a few hours in our offshore spot, we had our limit of twelve Lingcod to add to the fish box. Ian piloted us back to port, I filleted the catch.

With calm seas and a great group of guests, days like this remind me of why I love it out here in Westport!