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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Coastal salmon fishing good, but tuna not living up to expectations yet

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The ocean salmon fisheries continue to garner most of the attention this week, and for good reasons.

“In Westport we had a 1.2 fish catch average (0.5 was chinook and 0.7 hatchery coho) this past week, and that is pretty good fishing,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “At Ilwaco we saw just barely over a fish per person, and about a ratio of 2-to-1 coho to chinook.”

At La Push, the catch was about 1.7 per rod with pinks, and 1.5 without, and little more than half the catch was chinook. In Neah Bay, it was 1.3 with pinks and 1.9 without.

The albacore tuna action remains mostly spotty coast-wide with a big variance in success although Westport charter boats fared the best.

“We saw catches anywhere from one fish per person to eight, and it doesn’t seem like any one place is good,” Beeghly said. “It looks like most were heading between 35 and 50 miles offshore.

Westport charters are doing better, and getting 10 fish per person or more.”

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