The only reason(s) the dory season out of Pacific City is tapering off (are)
1. too many days with rough seas
2. too many people booking salmon trips in the river
The seas were supposed to be rough this morning, but after meeting John Harrell for coffee, we drove down to Cape Kiwanda to see what the real conditions were – compared to the forecast.
“Let’s go fishing” John said as we sat in his white suburban on the beach watching the surf.
30 minutes later, we launched and were through the surf heading for schools of Pacific black rockfish that were cruising 15-30 feet deep in the waters a bare half mile offshore.
It took us a mere five or ten minutes to find receptive bass and the game was on for the three of us that fished.
A few of the bass were small but many were very respectable sized, all took Clousers with a little blue in them and flies in the 3 inch size class.
Jack only fished a little but had bass pulling on his fly most of the time he had a fly in the water.
Limits of bass in the box, it was time to pull crab pots and head for the beach. The crab were abundant, firm, and big.
A few charters are may still be possible this fall, depending on the weather, but it is time to call and book dates for spring and summer of 2017 already.
Thanks for a great day on the ocean John, it was just what I needed today.
Jay Nicholas – September 21st, 2016