The feeding grounds of the Pacific Ocean are only a short boat ride from the Ports of Astoria, Warrenton, Hammond and Ilwaco. And the ride is even shorter in a 40+ mile an hour boat. When you’re considering who to fish with for your day on the ocean, this should be a big part of your decision. On a decent day, from the launch in Hammond, we can be over the bar and in the Pacific in about 20 minutes.
I run a 2010, 25′ Willie Raptor with a 2010, 225 HP Mercury Optimax. The boat will fish 6 very comfortably and yes, we charge about $50-$60 more than the large charter boats for the ability to get to the fishing grounds quickly and with a small number of fishermen. I can assure you that those that endure a day on a “cattle” boat (one of the large charter boats) with 30 of their closest friends trying to find fish in a 15 mph “tug boat”, would have gladly paid the extra $60 bucks as we fly by them in comfort. The ocean and even the Columbia River is a big place and we regularly need to make moves that might take us 5 to 15 miles. Often times, because of fuel costs and the amount of time that it takes to move a vessel like that, the captains simply don’t make the moves they need to make to put their clients consistently on fish.
Some people will mention that they “have a much larger group than a 6 person boat can handle”. And the guide community takes care of these large trips very easily by simply contracting with one another to
accommodate the number of people. In fact, the tournament aspect of fishing several to many boats is a lot of fun. We even have groups that take this concept to the next level by having dinner/banquet get togethers after the day of fun.
Just let me know, I’ll be glad to accommodate you in whatever manner you need.
The Ocean Salmon Season usually runs from July until the middle of August. By the middle of August, nearly all of the charter boats prefer to fish the river anyway as most of the fish have moved into the confines of the Columbia. For more on the Astoria mid August to September fishery on the Columbia River visit my Astoria Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing page. For information on my Sturgeon Charter fishing trips, visit my Astoria Estuary Sturgeon Fishing page.
For any questions you might have about ocean fishing charters from Astoria, or to simply book a trip, email me, or call 971.401.0521.