Tuna Report from Columbia River Bar

Tuna Report from Columbia River Bar

  • Posted by TackleDirect
  • On June 29, 2016
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Fishing sport commercial (=deckhand) aboard the Fish Tales II, a 37’ Viking battle wagon out of the Columbia River bar.

We got a late start as there was an 8 foot exchange on the bar—we didn’t even cross until 9:30. At about 30 out (which took 2.5 hours due to a square stacked ocean), we smelled something weird, so we throttled back and checked everything. We couldn’t find anything wrong, and since we were about 5 miles from the break, decided to throw in trollers and do a fast troll just in case. Within a few minutes we a had a double on, but as we were fighting the first, our Captain yells out from the flybridge that we are taking on water and the ass end is in the water.

We dropped what we were doing, kicked on all the pumps, pulled out the hand pump, and started moving stuff around to get a look below. We turned the boat toward home and continued working on the problem. Finally, we found the issue —  the hot water discharge hose on the port cat popped and was pumping water into the hull. We got that fixed up, all the water out (4k #’s) and then turned back around towards the fishing grounds.

With the late start and the boat troubles, we had a very short fishing window in order to get back to the bar while still light. We did scratch up 20 fish for a crew of 4 tired, dirty, smelly, beat up guys. I’m thankful for getting some fish and making it back to the dock without the coasties assistance. It’s shaping up to be an awesome season this way, as the tuna kick off isn’t traditionally until after the 4th of July. I even got to use my new TackleDirect wrapped jig stick, which was killer with a Williamson Speed Jig.

Tight lines – till next time.

Travis Seaton

Gear Used

 TackleDirect TDSSJ63M Silver Hook Series Spin Jigging Rod


TackleDirect Silver Hook Series Spin Jigging Rod

Crafted from an ultra-high strength blank featuring a precision blend of both graphite and fiberglass fibers with an integrated solid tip to ensure full sensitivity and extra durability during high strain situations with big fish.


Williamson Abyss Speed Jig


Williamson Abyss Speed Jig

The Williamson Abyss Speed Jig has a unique potbelly shape that will get your jig down fast and enable you to fish harder and longer. Yet the computer aided design will offer far less retrieve resistance than any other jigs and make your days fishing a lot less tiring.


Fin-Nor Offshore Spinning Reels


Fin-Nor Offshore 6500 Spinning Reel

A massive dual drag system provides up to 60 pounds of lock-down pressure and dissipates heat during the longest offshore battles.


Avet SX Single Speed Lever Drag Casting Reel


Avet SX Single Speed Lever Drag Casting Reels

Avet SX Reel Features:
Precision machined 6061 T-6 marine grade aluminum and stainless steel components, anodized for superior corrosion resistance and beautiful finish, true one piece frame for the ultimate in strength vs. weight, powerful lever drag system with adjustable strike pre-set, and precision machined stainless steel gears.



Randy Kane
Great report. Thanks for posting. All this albacore and I'm caught with my engines in for service. I'll be fishing soon enough out of Garibaldi. I think our season is a good two weeks earlier than normal. Meanwhilecharters@gmail.com
Kim, TackleDirect
Thanks Margrett -- this blog is maintained in-house by TackleDirect.com. Cheers!

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