The past few weeks we’ve had some amazing fishing out of Astoria. I haven’t seen early ocean fishing like this for awhile – a flat ocean, beautiful weather, and mostly limits of salmon make for a perfect day on the water. But we decided to throw in something new while we’re out on the ocean – bottom fishing! And it’s been lights out for black rocks, canaries, and lingcod. You may be thinking I’m crazy, and if you’re picturing me out in my classic 25’ Willie sled, you might be right. But…we decided to step it up a notch and have put a new boat in the slip at the West Mooring Basin. Here she is…
This boat is incredible! It’s 9′ longer and a foot and a half wider than my old sled. Everything has been updated and we’re set for our premium fishing trips. You’re going to love what Legion’s Mercy brings to your experience on the water. First off, it has a center console, with a head (yes, a bathroom on board). Can we get an amen, ladies? We’ll be fishing up to 5 people for most of the trips on Legion’s Mercy. This boat is built for safety, comfort and speed. How about a self-bailing deck, a 24-degree deadrise to cut the water, a dry, not pounding, ride at cruise speeds up to 37 mph. Think salmon, trophy sturgeon, bottom fish, halibut, and tuna – in comfort and style! Legion’s Mercy is a boat that allows us to get away and fish areas that 99% of the fleet can’t fish.
Couple Legion’s Mercy with the rest of our boats and we think we have an option for just about everyone that would want to fish the Astoria area.
Here’s what’s coming up for Legion’s Mercy and our classic sled trips…
If you’re heading out to the ocean to chase some salmon, why not hit the reefs for some bottom fishing while you’re out? We’ve been having a lot of fun with this new fishing experience on Legion’s Mercy. Take a look at Lance live from Legion’s Mercy while cruising back in from a bottom fishing/salmon combo trip last week. With twin engines, it’s a quick trip down the coast to the reefs by Tillamook Head or out to the Astoria Canyon. Both are home to rockfish and lingcod and we’ll go to whichever offers the best fishing on a given day. On the way back in we can spend some time in the salmon fishing grounds if you would like a combo trip. After Labor Day we may be able to drop the crab pots as well. Talk about a smorgasbord! Dates are filling up quickly, so let us know if you’re interested in a trip anytime between now and the first half of October.
Yes, you read that correctly! Legion’s Mercy is set up for tuna fishing and we’re looking forward to some exciting ocean trips this year. Imagine heading back into Astoria with the ice box full of fresh tuna! Will you grill it, kabob it, or can it? This trip maxes out at 4 anglers and we’ll have a deckhand onboard to help give you the best experience possible.
Summer fishing culminates with the Buoy 10 salmon season, which opens on August 1st this year. For many anglers this is the highlight of the year. Who wouldn’t want to have the opportunity to target salmon as they enter the mighty Columbia? Hatchery Chinook retention is allowed through Labor Day weekend this year, just like last year, while Native Chinook may be retained from August 25th through September 6th. After Labor Day we move to a Coho only fishery with a 3 salmon limit per day. Between Chinook and Coho, we’ll be chasing salmon as they funnel through the mouth of the Columbia River clear through September and into October. That’s a lot of days of salmon fishing to look forward to! Let us know if you’d like to get out.
With so many options to choose from, you may not know where to begin. Feel free to contact us with any questions or to book your trip. We’re always happy to help.