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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Coastal tuna fishing remains good, and salmon are still on the bite

The coastal albacore tuna fishery remains very good with a 40-pounder that is on the derby leaderboard at Westport.

“Tuna was a little bit slower than the week before, although we saw some pretty successful trips up north out of Neah Bay and La Push,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

“Westport charters were still doing really well on tuna and close to 10 fish per person average, but ranged anywhere from eight to 20,” Beeghly said. “The private boats success has varied across the board from zero fish all the way up to 14 per rod.”

Beeghly says Neah Bay was the hotspot for salmon with a 1.3 fish per rod average, and almost the entire catch was coho. At La Push it was 1.1 with the majority being coho.

At Westport, anglers averaged 0.80 per rod, which was really good since the weather this week wasn’t too cooperative and a little more than half the catch was chinook.

At Ilwaco it was 0.60 fish per rod, and more than half were chinook.

“The hatchery mark rate dropped off for coho at Ilwaco,” Beeghly said.

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