Take Dad fishing on his big day
Fishing — it’s an unbroken line to the past, to your dad, and chances are, to a lot of dads before him.
This June 16 — or any day for that matter — take your father out for one of Newport’s fun and defining activities.
Plunking in the bait and waiting for the fish to strike is never a bad way to get outside and catch up. It’s a time-honored tradition and chances are your dad has stories about doing the same thing with his father. Big Creek reservoirs at the north end of Newport are stocked with large trout and ready for your line and some placid fishing.
Or cast off the jetties with a heavy jig and retrieve with a slow, jerking motion for lingcod, sea bass and perch. Surfperch fishing is always an option on mellow days if you’re equipped with waders and curious enough to learn how to ply the areas just outside the first couple of set of breakers with a lead weight and jig setup with rubber sandworms. The public fishing dock in South Beach offers a prime area of Yaquina Bay for crabbing, and shellfish ranging from delicious razor clams to butter clams can be dug from the bay’s tidal flats. Check the weather and your tidebook.
For result-oriented fishing or crabbing, hire an outfitter whose prime mission is to put you and your dad on fish. Charter operators will whisk you offshore to fish for the prized Chinook or coho salmon, abundant bottomfish and lingcod and many offer crab trips or crab-and-fish combo trips with poles, bait and tackle provided.
Newport has plenty of choices for charters. Here are some of the local guides:
Newport Tradewinds, located at 653 SW Bay Blvd, has a three-hour crabbing trip onto the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll pluck crab from the same rich grounds plied by the commercial operators during the winter. Chinook salmon and bottom fishing trips ranging from five to eight hours, plus a 10-hour combo trip. Call 541-265-2101 for details.
Captain’s Reel Deep Sea Fishing offers three-hour crabbing trips, five-hour and eight-hour rockfishing, and six-hour and eight-hour deep sea salmon fishing. The fishing trips have an optional crabbing add-on well worth the extra money. The charter business is located at 343 SW Bay Blvd. Call 541-265-7441.
Yaquina Bay Charters takes you on salmon, rockfish, crab or halibut trips in state-of-the art fiberglass boats straight to famed haunts like the Rockpile, 11 miles west of South Beach. This outfit — always on top of what’s biting and where to find it — received the News-Times Readers’ Choice Award in 2018. They are located at 1000 SE Bay Blvd and can be reached at 541-265-6800.
Newport Marina Store & Charter is located in South Beach at 2128 SE Marine Science Drive and can be reached at 541-867-4470. Bait, tackle and hot coffee included. This outfit loves to set crab gear on the way out, then fish and pull the pots on the return, so the crabbing add-on is a good option. Let them take you on the chase for rockfish and lingcod in the inner reefs or salmon and halibut in the deep.
Most outfits also chase tuna in the fall, and the halibut seasons are limited openers so check in advance. With any outfitter, it is smart to call ahead at least 24 hours for up-to-date departure information.