- Apr 28, 2014
- Eugene, Or.
But here's my report anyway. My partner went to Coos Bay yesterday to fish and crab out of Charleston harbor. The weather was great with just a mild breeze rippling the water when we got there at 11 AM. We were looking at an afternoon low tide about 4 PM. across the bay channel, we set our traps and shortly found that the current was ripping so much it was dragging our pots. It was a slow drag but they were moving down river on the strong outgoing flow. So each time we checked them we had to run them back up bay to reset. This was only a couple hundred yards over a 1-1/2 hour soak. But with that much current the crabs were staying hunkered down in the sand/mud and not moving. We were really thinking we wouldn't do much until the slower water at the tidal shift. Unfortunately, we didn't do much even then, with only three legal Dungeness and two red rock.tossed back a couple dozen undersized and females. Between checking and moving our traps, we fished the jetties with little success, Although I did boat a couple of nice black rockfish and one legal-sized ling. Even so, it was my first outing onto the water in weeks and I was happy to be out enjoying the day.