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Newport Halibut
« on: May 22, 2017, 06:24:01 PM »
Looking for an open seat, within a few feet of a working Scotty plug, June 1-3 for Newport Halibut.  Weather not looking bad, marine in about a week.

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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2017, 10:23:44 PM »
Russ, I plan to be down there, but I don't know yet how full my boat will be. 
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017, 04:54:20 PM »
Now Russ what in the world would you need seating near a plug like that for?

Offline Red 22

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017, 05:40:01 PM »
I think he missspelled Beer tap.
« Last Edit: May 23, 2017, 10:12:26 PM by Red 22 »
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017, 09:25:52 PM »
Red22 I think you misspelled whiskey.
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2017, 10:26:05 PM »
Russ I have open seat on Thursday and Friday , only me and my mechanic but, Saturday a friend come out to fish with me , so we will have full boat I alway fish with 4 people. if you don't mine you can fish with us. 3WT Rock Pile are hot again many boat limit out


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Offline Red 22

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017, 10:56:31 PM »
Russ, my friends from Idaho have their own RV so I have an open bed if don't want to pay for a hotel. Will arrive at the Marina RV park about 4pm on weds., walking distant to boats.
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2017, 07:14:27 AM »
Red22 do you have open seat for Russ also?
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 07:24:17 AM »
Sorry no, I have 3 guys coming from Boise. They have their own RV. Russ and I discussed open seats  in a PM before he made this request. I do have an open bed.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2017, 07:46:46 AM by Red 22 »
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2017, 07:48:05 AM »
Wow...  Could not be much better that that...  :party:  Thank you for the offer of a place to sleep Tony and Eric for the ride. 

Tony, Wed. & Thursday both?  Wednesday would be great...  Long morning commute from Oregon City   :biggrin:

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« Last Edit: May 24, 2017, 08:04:33 AM by StreamFixer »
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2017, 07:57:30 AM »
Russ, I'll be there Wednesday through Saturday your welcome as long as you want.
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2017, 10:12:49 AM »
I ll be in Newport late Wednesday evening , launching 4-4:30 am Thursday , see you then
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2017, 04:40:06 PM »
I am planning to head down Thursday, maybe Wednesday if I can twist Katherine's arm  :whistle:
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2017, 09:09:26 AM »
Did you all go out and, if so, how did you do?  I cancelled my weekend bottom fishing plans after seeing the huge tide exchanges, talking to CG at Garibaldi about the bar conditions and thinking about 10+ vertical feet of water rushing out of the bay to meet the ocean and how that would look...
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2017, 11:30:09 AM »
Halibut was closed over the weekend because of the big tides, we are all plotting our strategy for the opener starting this Thursday (June 1 -3).

Looks like I'll be able to get down to Newport Wednesday night. NOAA central OR coast forecast is deteriorating for the weekend, but Thursday looks do-able.

WED NIGHT
S WIND 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SW 5 TO 10 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES SW 3 FT AT 4 SECONDS. SW SWELL 5 FT AT
14 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

THU
SW WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES SW 2 FT AT 4 SECONDS. W
SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

THU NIGHT
SW WIND 10 TO 15 KT. GUSTS TO 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES SW 3 FT AT 4 SECONDS. W SWELL 5 FT AT
10 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY.

FRI
NW WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 4 FT. W SWELL 6 FT.

SAT
N WIND 20 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 5 FT. W SWELL 5 FT.
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2017, 11:54:14 AM »
Well that forecast sucks. Looks like I am going to explore one of the coastal range creeks with my 4 weight.
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Offline Red 22

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2017, 06:32:25 PM »
Magic seaweed just backed off their forecast a little  for Thursday, Friday and might be good up to noon on sat  :bowdown: I'm heading down in the late am.
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2017, 10:01:59 PM »
We'll be heading down tomorrow evening after work.  Tin can will be in a slip.
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2017, 10:20:27 AM »
Heading out to meet Tony around 14:00.  I'll give Steve a call.  Eric coming later tonight. 

Newport Oregon area Marine Forecast as of Wed. AM

Thu

W wind 5 to 10 kt...backing to SW with gusts to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves SW 2 ft at 4 seconds. W swell 5 ft at 10 seconds. Chance of showers. 
Thu Night

SW wind 10 to 15 kt...becoming S 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Wind waves S 4 ft at 5 seconds. W swell 5 ft at 10 seconds. Chance of showers.
Fri

SW wind 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt... becoming NW to 5 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves SW 5 ft at 5 seconds... shifting to the NW 1 ft at 4 seconds in the afternoon. W swell 5 ft at 10 seconds.

Shaping up to a good couple of days fishing...  Gitter done Thursday morning,,,,Sporty Friday AM then nicer afternoon.

I was thinking about maybe losing some weight with the predicted showers, but was assured by my wife that while I am sweet, I am not sweet enough to melt...  So much for that weight loss plan   :hoboy:

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« Last Edit: May 31, 2017, 10:30:19 AM by StreamFixer »
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2017, 04:34:16 PM »
Go get them, guys.  Good luck and have fun!
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2017, 01:42:50 PM »
It's Saturday and I have returned.  Ended the trip with 4 lings, 8 black rock fish, the biggest cabezon I have ever seen (around 30") that I had to throw back (cannot retain until July 1.  I usually toss Cab's back as they don't have much meat, but this one was more than 15" girth behind the belly) and a 35" 'butt.

Thursday a really rough ride out but the day smoothed out and we got into some bottom fish (cannot have 'butt's and bottom fish on the boat in Oregon).  That translates to several hours of hard fishing and not catching.  So we went bottom fishing and ended the day with limits on board.

Friday, Pan joined us...  Young man with lots of energy.  Helped make up for this old man recovering from the beating the seas gave us yesterday.  He dropped his line over as did Eric.  I was almost back to my corner to drop my rig when Pan went off like a stream driven siren ---  Fish ON!!!!...  42" butt within a couple of minutes of getting his rig to the bottom.  One excited fellow. 

Tried here and there, finally returning to where we got the first one where we quickly picked up a couple of 35".  Took the fish in, put them on ice and returned for some bottom fishing...  Much slower than Thursday.  Picked up several ling, a few black rock, the aforementioned Cab (on a pipe jig) and Eric's kicker began having problems.  We were ready to call it a day. 

Weather for today was predicted to be marginal so Eric pulled his boat, on the way home to get kicker problem addressed. 

Fun had by all..  I am still sore in several spots..  Seems to be an issue younger, more supple, people somehow avoid   :biggrin:

Ready to go again if the season still open later this month.

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« Last Edit: June 03, 2017, 01:48:54 PM by StreamFixer »
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'05 Yamaha T8 Solas 4 blade prop

"By the grace of God we travel upon the rivers and sea..
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2017, 04:09:57 PM »
I am still sore in several spots..  Seems to be an issue younger, more supple, people somehow avoid  :biggrin:

I hear younger folks saying "WSup"  a lot- maybe it's a mantra thing....
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2017, 04:14:48 PM »
My wife and I have been repeating this to each other. Hope it helps....

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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2017, 03:52:17 PM »
I pulled the plug Thursday after crossing the bar and banging out about 4 miles into a south wind and 3' wind chop.  Shoulda kept going, it cleared up in the afternoon and became the best day of fishing, from what I have heard.

We battled our way 30 miles SW into the south wind on Friday, tagged two nice fish (a 47" and a 44" halibut) then banged our way home after the wind reversed direction straight into a north wind.

Had a friend join Saturday.  Conditions were nasty nasty, but we made the 30 mile run again.  Backing into drifts with the kicker, we had wind waves breaking over the cowling of the motor periodically.  We managed to tag a 43", a 41" and a dinky little 36" then tucked tail and crawled home.  Brutal ride home, 30 miles straight into a 15 knot north wind, gusting to 20, and white capping wind chop.  Boat handled it like a champ, and Smooth Moves seats mostly did good (bottomed out a few times).  Back felt fine Sunday morning till I pulled a muscle washing the boat!

A few photos...

Heading out:



Wheelbarrow full of fish:



Katherine got a double on Friday, she reeled up a 47" and about a 35" at the same time.  We turned the little guy loose.  She couldn't lift her 47", so we hoisted it up on the rocket launchers:



Katherine battling a fish saturday:



Saturday's fish:


« Last Edit: June 05, 2017, 04:01:37 PM by Threeweight »
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2017, 04:28:33 PM »
Nice!!  Looks like the Tanecum reel did well.

How does the Hewes compare to your Arima in chop?  I'm thinking the bow angles are similar
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2017, 05:42:15 PM »
Huge difference in ride between the Hewes and my old Arima 17.

Arima fully loaded w/ 2 passengers and gear was maybe 2500# and 16'11" long... Hewes with three passengers, 100 gallons of fuel, gear, etc... is likely around 5500-6000# and 24' 6" long (counting the full planing bracket).  Saturday's conditions would have been life threatening in a 17 Arima.  We were one of the smaller boats where we were fishing.

Can't compare the ride to an Arima 22', but my guess is the Hewes is similar in weight but has the extra length to help it.   I was able to make 14-18 mph into the nasty 3' chop, using trim tabs to hold plane.  When it laid down to a 2' chop I had periods of 20 mph or so.  I'm guessing the 22' Arima could match that, but I don't think others could.  The suspension seats make a huge difference.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2017, 06:06:24 PM by Threeweight »
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Offline HemiGTX

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2017, 06:02:57 AM »
Sounds like typical halibut conditions.  Nice job on the fish, and it's always great to see wives enjoying our hobbies as well.
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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2017, 10:20:10 AM »
3WT,

I wouldn't mind tagging along sometime. 

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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2017, 10:09:47 PM »
Lets keep in touch when summer halibut opens in August.  I just got back from 4 days down there taking advantage of the "spring" halibut extension.  We only fished Thursday and Saturday. 

Took my wife out Thursday and we ran 30 miles SW to some numbers that have been producing me... beautiful ocean inshore that got unpleasant on the halibut spot, then really bad really fast.  She was chumming by the 2nd drift, and we had wind waves breaking over the motors.  Ran the kicker at medium throttle to get a decent drift.  We tagged 2 40ish inch long fish and made a loooong ride home at 14-16 mph.

Made it up to her by taking Friday off and doing stuff around Newport.

Saturday I had two buddies come and fish... they usually fish out of Tillamook, where a 'big" halibut at halibut hill is 30".  Ran to the same spot and made 3 drifts.  First drift resulted in 2 fish about 36" long, they really wanted to tag one so we did.  Next drift resulted in a 45" or so fish.  Last drift was a heart breaker. I fish a version of the ultimate chicken ranch rig, with 2 16/0 circle hooks about 4' apart. Buddy hooked up and thought he had the bottom till I saw head shakes on the rod. Passed it off to a guest who does not fish much who then took 15-20 minutes to reel up, working really hard. Got it up and saw a good 45" fish so I asked if he wanted it and when he said yes I harpooned it. As we get ready to gaff it we notice the leader below it has a lot more than a 32 Oz weight on it.

Pull up the lower rig and hidden in the murky water is a 2nd fish around 55" that dwarfed the top one. We let the big guy go to gain some weight for August season.

I saw Russ' boat down there, moored on F dock, but I never got the chance to talk to him and see how he was doing.  Talked to Eric on the radio a bit Thursday, he was out fishing in a buddies Hewes Alaskan.  I only have one slot left on my halibut tag for the year... nice problem to have!
« Last Edit: July 02, 2017, 10:13:03 PM by Threeweight »
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Offline HemiGTX

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2017, 11:01:12 PM »
What a great, if somewhat tragic, story.  Your buddy brought up a lot of meat on a single drop! 
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Offline Vancouvertechie

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #30 on: July 03, 2017, 06:52:30 AM »
Some friends and I were able to get down on Saturday for some crab.  Had I brought halibut gear with me I would have been tempted to try, but I don't think they could have handle the ocean.  We arrived around 8 a.m. or so and got out to second green ATON around 9.  I can say that crabbing was really good and we were done by noon with 4 limits. 

On the way back I hit the scale and with 1/2 of tank of fuel, crab gear and misc stuff I was at 7,050 on the scale.  The first week in August I will be fishing out of Kona.  Hopefully we can meet up.

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1991 16' SeaChaser 50HP Johnson (Keith)
1995 19' SeaRanger 115 Yamaha (FI4Strk)

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Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #31 on: July 03, 2017, 01:06:53 PM »
Here's Terry with his consolation prize 45" fish. Charts say it should have been around 42-43 pounds:



Here's my buddy Wil holding the little guy and another 45ish inch fish.  Wil is 6'6" or so, note the size of the fish relative to him:



Here's Wil holding the head of the big boy as we got the circle hook out of him:



I've given away a bunch of halibut, but my freezer is pretty full!



We left our crab gear at home because it was pretty terrible the last few times I tried.  Hearing reports, it sounds like it has really improved over the last week and was red hot over the weekend.

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Offline Rokefin

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2017, 01:16:51 PM »
Threeweight - My season hasn't started yet, I have plenty room in my freezer :food:
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Offline HemiGTX

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2017, 03:17:56 PM »
Beautiful fish, 3WT.  Time to pick up another freezer.  Or two!

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Offline beancounter

Re: Newport Halibut
« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2017, 06:02:41 PM »
Naw no more frezzers just start eating faster dude.