A large group of dolphins was seen swimming offshore in the Pacific by fisherman on the hunt for early season Albacore tuna. Never know what you might see when you are 50 miles from shore. Fishing out of Garibaldi, Oregon anglers often encounter whales and other mammals, this was however quite a large group on the move.
The last weekend in July in the coastal town of Garibaldi is for the annual Garibaldi Days weekend celebration. There is a parade on Saturday through the main stretch of town starting at 11AM. The park area will be filled with vendors selling local crafts, wares, and foods. There will be live music playing at the food court area at S. Sixth Street and Garibaldi Avenue.
There is always tons of family fun activities, this year is no exception. There will be a fishing tank, gokarts, a Gyro ride, and other shows for the kids near the Lumbermen’s park. There is also a Fireworks display on Saturday night over the harbor. The train rides go back and forth between Garibaldi and the Rockaway Beach wayside, this is a fun way to see the scenic bay as you pass by the Three Graces and the barview jetty. Stop in Rockaway to check out the fun shops or walk on the sand and ride the train back later in the day.
Come enjoy this local festival for a good Oregon coast time. Stop and buy a crab or tuna from some of the local fisherman for a seafood dinner.
The albacore tuna fishery of the pacific northwest is a special deal that provides anglers the opportunity to hook into these fast swimming hard fighting fish in good numbers all within the a reasonable distance for the sport fishing boats. The ports up and down the coast from Ilwaco across the boarder in Washington down to Southern Oregon are called home by the tuna fleet. Tuna begin to show up in very limited numbers near the end of June beginning of July and will be caught through the summer into the fall. Albacore can be caught in a variety of ways, most anglers will troll a combination of different lures such as cedar plugs, clones, diving baits like Rapala X-Raps, and swimbaits. After finding the fish on the troll, getting a bait stop going by chumming with anchovies can keep the school of fish close by that it is possible to then catch more fish on live bait, large iron baits similar to spoons, and casting lures like swimbaits. It is possible to get into large numbers of fish and catch many fish from a single stop and it is this lights out fishing that makes fishing for TUNA! so much fun.
There are many excellent tuna fishing charters available for scheduling trips if you are looking for someone to teach you how to fish offshore.
Keep tabs on how the fishing season is progressing by checking on the salty dogs forum. Learn more about catching these fish from anglers that have been fishing the salt for years.
2013 brings a new adjustment to the regulations regarding tuna fishing and how anglers can prepare their catch prior to landing. It is possible to partially cark the tuna in order to reduce some of the fish remains that need to be retained. Anglers with smaller boats with less space for holding fish catches will be able to gain room in their fish holds. If you plan on partially carking fish at sea make sure you read the full details here so you do not get in trouble with breaking the fishing regulations.
The Oregon Tuna Classic will be held this year in two locations: Ilwaco on July 26 and 27 and Garibaldi on August 16 and 17. All of the details about these excellent fishing tournaments can be found on the official website: http://www.oregontunaclassic.org/
If you are in Tillamook county on Sunday make sure to check out the Garibaldi Lions Club fish Fry. These guys and gals know how to put on an all you can eat fish lunch. It runs from noon until 6PM. Looks like there is also going to be a great sale and BBQ down in Pacific City.
Sunday, May 26
Garibaldi lions club fish fry – Old Mill Marina Resort. noon – 6 p.m. (or whenever fish runs out).
Memorial Weekend Sale – Kiawanda Community Center In Pacific City is having a Memorial Weekend Sale and BBQ from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lunch is $5 and is hamburger, choice of salad chips and drink. Antiques, collectibles, hand-made gifts and much more! For more information contact Heidi ReidKiawanda Community Center Events and Facilities Coordinator at 503-965-7900.
Here is where the fish fry will be located at in Garibaldi.
Halibut fishing has been one of the most rewarding and productive types of fishing in the North Pacific. Most of the time, it serves as a race and a form of entertainment to the anglers involved seeing who can get fish in the box the fastest. First to gain the most number of pounds in a limited given time wins. Although there are certain rules that they should follow such as not catching any halibut below 30 inches or 76 cm. One of the problems faced by fisherman is the weather. When the weather is bad, it becomes dangerous to go to sea.
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In Oregon, the fishing trip would generally take about 12 hours and a limit of one halibut per person with no length limit is given. However, this type of fishing is not recommended for children below 12 years old, because this giant flatfish has great strength and it is very difficult to bring in a huge 70 to 100 pound fish.
This kind of fishing is said to be so much fun due to the challenge of catching the big and heavy fish and being able to put it on deck. It is hard to find another fish that fights like a halibut. This fish tends to push and pull back and forth making the catch feel like you are dragging more than what you are getting.
According to The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, they will be deciding the fishing seasons in Salem on the 26th of April. The proposed dates are from the Department of Fish and Wildlife staff and the Pacific Halibut Commission.
Below are the dates for the seasons for Halibut fishing:
May 9-11, May 16-18, May 30, June 1, June 6-8 (All-depth seasons along the central Oregon coast as recommended by the staff.)
June 20-22, July 4-6, July 18-20 (Back up weekends)
August 2 and 3 then every other Friday and Saturday (Summer all-depth)
May 3 and every other Friday to Sunday (when the area of the mouth of the Columbia River opens)
August 2 (Summer season)
If there would be in season changes to open dates, they will be announced on the NMFS Hotline (1-800-662-9825; #5; #1) and posted at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/
Give Garibaldi Charters or JB and Water Sportfishing a call, if you are looking to go out for these bottom dwelling fish out at Halibut hill around 20 miles past the Tillamook Bay bar near the Garibaldi marina.
Find Oregon fishing guides here.
Here is what it is like to go fishing on a charter for Pacific Butts off the Oregon Coast.
The Candy Cane Express is about to get going again for the Christmas holiday season of 2012. Running on December 8, 9, 15, and 16th this year, this is a fun train ride along Tillamook bay. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad trains are a classic look back at the trains that transported goods and people across the country. These relics are a way to not only learn about the history of the coast, but the chance to live it by taking a ride. The ride leaves three times per day from Garibaldi at 1PM, 3PM, and 5PM. The train rides costs $20 for adult passengers and $15 for children.
The train gets decorated with lights, Christmas trees, and more holiday decorations. It is recommended to wear a set of warm clothing due to the likely hood of inclement weather during the winter, but regardless upon your arrival in Rockaway Beach, you can take some time to check out the shops such as the frugal crow or grab a bite and drink over at Rick’s Roadhouse. The train stops off right in the heart of town at the way station, so a quick walk on the beach can also be in order pending the weather for the day. Keep your eyes peeled on the train ride and you will enjoy the wonderful three grace’s rock out croppings just North of Garibaldi.
Santa will be riding on the train and passengers of all ages are welcome to visit with him. Everyone will get a little bag of goodies with candy and cookie for the ride.
This is a fun family activity and a way to enjoy this part of the coast from a different perspective. Instead of zipping by through the highway in a car, enjoy the slow ride and take in the beautiful sights of the bay, birds, and trees along the hills.