As I highly anticipated looking forward to fishing Westport after last years success with my dad we wanted to give it another stab. However, a poor marine forecast, morning max ebb tides, and migratory fish reports being spotty it was tough scratching out the Kings.
The opener, which was June 1st was greeting angler with the Coast Guard closing the bar due to rough conditions. At first it was limited to 30′ and larger vessels and then opened to 22′ and larger, so you can imagine all the folks hoping to fish and then being locked out and or going into town for breakfast hoping that the system would lay down enough for the bar to re-open. June 2nd would give a green light at 08:00 and there were no restrictions on the bar and it appeared the weather would lay down a little but it was still rough with 10-20 knot winds from the northwest and 2-4′ wind waves with swells up to 10′ at 13 seconds. Definitely was a pucker fest as we crossed the bar at 4:30 am and was greeted with big water into the bow and big rollers. I don’t think I’ve ever been as scared or concerned about my personal safety and the safety of my passenger as when I was crossing the bar the following morning. The ocean is something to be careful of and respectful as she can bless at times but also cause some serious pain the next. I didn’t know if we could get out as the seas were still rough in the mouth and we were tossed and thrown around so much we ended up with bruises and sore thighs and limbs as every part of our bodies were bombarded with the seas. The relief came at about 50′ of water around Ocean Shores where we did find calmer water and an abundance of bait. Bait is usually the key to finding fish but it wasn’t going to be easy
The first fish came in 60′ of water with 30′ of cable on a flasher and Kitchen Sink 3.5″ Silver hoarde spoon. I briefly had another on but came unbuttoned after a short fight, a couple of other shakers and then it was it. We tried to fish the south jetty wall but found the north face to be too rough and decided to try the south face which was dead calm. Phil K. hooked a nice sea bass trying to target ling cod, he also got a bonus fish a blackmouth of 4-5 lbs that took the orange bunny double leech! After we got pounded with another big roller while trying to make the turn near the sunken jetty I finally called it and we packed up, cleaned the boat and its fully soaked interior and contents, and went home. One of the worst trips that I’ll never forget and almost caused me to quit fishing the open ocean altogether.