Garibaldi coho Jul 20 & 21
Headed to Garibaldi for one last weekend in my travel trailer Friday afternoon. Planned to fish with my new friend Jim in his well equipped 19’ Arima on Saturday and Sunday. The forecast for Saturday was not good, but the bar was only restricted to 16 and under, so we ventured west about 9:30 a.m. We fished until about 12:30 with no real action, a couple of real light bites that may have been mackeral, did not even strip the herring of the hooks.
Sunday the bar was not restricted and the ocean was fairly flat. We ventured west off Twin Rocks fishing between about 160’ and 200’ with no action. Moved a little north to a “secret spot” with no action for the first hour or so. I then remembered sturgeon fishing a couple of years ago, and when we could not get bit, played the song, “What does the fox say” placing the phone against the rod, within seconds, fish on, keeper sturgeon in the boat. I asked Jim if he wanted to see my secret, played the song, put the phone on my rod, and, no kidding, with 10 seconds or so, fish on, hatchery coho in the box. Coincidence? I do not know. We managed one more hatchery, Jim caught it, and released a couple of natives, before calling it a day about 1:00 p.m. Spend Sunday night at the RV park before heading back to PDX Monday morning.
I really love being able to start and end my day with a nice walk around the Garibaldi Marina, it is such a beautiful place, in my opinion. Now, if we could just get the fishing to be as consistent as the Columbia River Buoy fishing, we would really be in business.