Those with a hankering for albacore tuna will be glad to know that the fish are starting to appear off the southern coast much earlier than expected.
An Ilwaco tuna boat last Friday found good fishing just a short hop and skip from port in water about 30 to 35 miles offshore. Those lucky five anglers caught 30 fish.
“To catch tuna this early in the season is pretty unusual, and normally it gets started at the end of July and peaks in mid-August,” Beeghly said. “We’ve seen a few private boat trips out of Westport for tuna with no success yet.”