Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Columbia River Bar Crossing & Salmon Fishing Adventure

22 August 2010 Sunday
Jean, my twin, has arrived for a short stopover, so we head for the Washington coast for a little salmon fishing and bar crossing. The north jetty tides for the day are:
low- 0609
high- 1340
low- 1801

We depart the Ilwaco harbor in the vessel Sarah Kay out of  Pacific Salmon Charters at 0545 with a long line of fishing boats in front, along side and behind us. At 0600, the gentlemen have started their engines at full bore as we enter the channel and make the Columbia river in a swift 15 minutes. At 0615 we approach Buoy 6 and proceed diagonally across the bar to the south and west. Our fishing grounds will be about 8-10 nm off shore from Seaside, where the vessel landed limits yesterday.

Jean Prepares For a Rain Squall

The Fish Locker Fills Up

Buoy"South Jetty 2" is Occupied

Buoy 10 A Calm Bar at 1435 hrs

Jean Gets the Bigger Salmon
While Hira Gets One and
Looses 3

A Happy Captain

Filleted, Vacum-Bagged, and Frozen

This was a first for us to cross the infamous bar and had an easy crossing both ways.
This Bar is the 2nd most dangerous bar in the world and 
 is known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific".
The projected courses are just estimates on my part and do not reflect our
exact course.
Goggle Earth photo of  Bar

To Learn More about the Bar see: http://www.columbiariverbarpilots.com/