By Andy Schneider
I've had a tradition of spending a week in October on the Northern Oregon Coast for as long as I can remember. This year the Family and I opted for the 1st week of October and it turned out to be a wonderful week; weather, fishing, crabbing, family and friends truly made a year to remember and compare following years to. We fished lower Tillamook Bay and the Ocean with Herring, upper Tillamook bay with Spinners and Tidewater with FlatFish all in hopes of finding a Chinook or two. My Dad was able to fish with me for all 5 days and was lucky enough to get 2 of the biggest fish landed on my boat all week; a 37.6 pounder and a 33 pounder!
My friend John Lacarno joined us from Forest Grove and found himself a nice, big Tillamook Bay hen too. When the Chinook bite slowed, the Coho would keep us busy...almost becoming a pest at times. What? Wait....did I just say that Coho were becoming a pest? One second thought, Coho are a good 'problem' to have!
While fishing we soaked Crab Pots in the Ocean in 40-feet of water north of the Bay entrance. Crabbing was beyond expectations and huge Dungeness Crabs were standard and 'Keeper' Crabs were sent back to the Ocean floor. Just after just 2 days of crabbing we had enough crab to satisfy our family and our friends families. Joanna Fenner (left) and my wife Missy (right) teamed up for a day of crabbing and fishing on a extraordinary calm day on the Pacific, Joanna had some previous crabbing experience and it payed off pulling traps and sorting crabs. The Dungeness didn't seem to have a preference for bait; Albacore scraps, Salmon Carcasses and tender index fingers (it still hurts!).