Fishing for albacore tuna off the Oregon coast is an awesome Oregon adventure, depending on the year the season varies but generally between the late spring to early fall is when Albacore tuna can be caught within a couple hours off shore. There are many certified charter guidess that pursue these pelagic fish that you can fish with and they run out of all the major harbors from the Columbia River, Garibaldi, Depoe Bay, Newport, and Charleston. If you have your own boat that is ocean worthy then all you need are a few tuna fishing lures and boat full gas and ice and you can run off shore and get into these tasty fish as well. Most anglers will do a combination of trolling and bait stops in order to plug the boat with tuna. These fish make the reels scream as they bite the lures and make big hard runs and fight like no other fish found off the coast of Oregon. If you have only experienced salmon or halibut fishing offshore in the Pacific Ocean then you are in for a treat as even a small albacore can wear your arms out in a hurry.
Check out some fish catching action.
Here are a few of the well known Tuna charters and individual guides that are available by the various ports.
Astoria (Columbia River Estuary)
They do it all from salmon fishing to bottom fish for sea bass to halibut and of course TUNA!
Garibaldi (Tillamook Bay)
JB & Water Sport Fishing
JB charters two boats one for salmon fishing and another larger 35′ boat fully equipped for deep halibut and Tuna fishing.
Garibaldi Charters – is a long standing charter operation out of the Port of Garibaldi that provides a party boat experience for Tuna fishing. If you and a dozen friends want to have a great time together this is a great outfit to go with.
Tradewinds Charters has a large fleet of different vessels including boats that are fully equipped for Tuna fishing. Regardless of the type of fishing you are looking to experience on the Central oregon Coast Tradewinds charters has a boat, skipper, and crew ready to get you out on the water for a good time.
Nalu Charters is another excellent option from this port. If you own your own sport fishing vessel that is ocean ready, but you have never experienced Tuna fishing before Nalu Charters may be the right option as you will get the experience of fishing for Tuna from a 4 pack boat versus some of the larger vessels which sometimes fish over a dozen people, learn the techniques that you will need to get out on the big pond by yourself and catch fish.
Newport (Yaquina Bay)
Yaquina Bay Charters – keeps a very active blog with available trips and activities and is worth checking out if you are looking for awesome salmon, bottom fish, or tuna action leaving out of Newport.
Charleston (Coos Bay)
Betty Kay Charters based out of Charleston runs a 12 hour Tuna trip in season at only $190.00 per person which is very reasonable for a Tuna fishing experience.
Hope you get the chance to get out there and catch some of these awesome hard fighting and delicious fish. Fresh tuna medallions on the grill and fresh canned tuna is phenomenal. Albacore tuna is also rated as a sustainable fishery and can be harvested in large numbers off the Oregon coast by sports anglers without having any effect on the population of fish that make the Oregon coast there home during the summer months.