A pretty good number of albacore tuna have started to arrive off the Washington and Oregon coasts with some within an easy boat riding distance from shore.
“The tuna are everywhere off the coast from Ilwaco all the way up to Neah Bay,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist “We usually see a few boats finding tuna this time of the year at Neah Bay and most aren’t very successful, but they were getting tuna this past week.”
The Ilwaco Tuna Classic was held on July 27-29, and many anglers fared well considering this is just the start with action peaking in August and September.
“Right now is the right time, and I think the salmon boats are also getting a lot of mackerel, which means the water off the coast must be warm,” Beeghly said. “It has been a few years since we’ve seen mackerel in the data off the coast.”
“I was at Ilwaco and it looks like they did really well at the classic with some boats getting over 10 tuna per person,” Beeghly said. “On average it looks like between four to five fish per person at Ilwaco. The closest one boat found them was 20 miles out, and most were between 30 and 40 miles.”