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