New to fishing-- first time at Barview Jetty this weekend (Feb. 6-7)

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Hello, I've stalked this forum a lot for the last several months, and thought I'd make a post. I'm still very new to fishing... I live in Portland and have been trying stocked trout lakes nearby (Hagg, North Fork, Trillium) with relatively low success. I decided to try jetty fishing this weekend and had so much fun. After doing tons of research, my cousin and I went out to Barview Jetty (north jetty) with:
  • sandshrimp
  • Gulp! squids and crabs
  • high/low rigs roughly 10" apart
  • 25lb monofilament line
We caught 3 kelp greenlings and 2 black rockfish and 1 perch that got snagged on its way up from the rocks. haha

Of course, getting snagged was very common, but I was hoping some of yall on here had some tips on how to decrease snags. Every time we had to cut our line (after 10-15min of trying to de-snag), we felt awful. We didn't know what else to do, so we climbed as low as we could on the rocks and clipped our line.

Is there anything we can try next time to lessen our chances of snags? We aren't as concerned about losing gear as we are leaving hooks and line floating around in the ocean. :frown-new:

Otherwise, we had loads of fun and plan to go again soon and try the south jetty next time. Any tips/advice would be awesome! :smile-new:

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P.S. Everyone was so friendly. If any of the folks who gave us their leftover sandshrimp yesterday are out there: THANK YOU so much!
 
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Getting hung up fishing amongst the rocks on the jetty is going to happen. The saltwater will do pretty quick work on the lost hooks. You can always try a slip bobber and see if that helps with the hang ups. Welcome to OFF and those are great pictures for your first post.
 
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Welcome to OFF Todd nailed it for you. Fishing off those jetty is going to get you snagged no matter what. I never let my line sit. I would cast out then retrieve to cut down on snags but still it would happen.
 
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Getting hung up fishing amongst the rocks on the jetty is going to happen. The saltwater will do pretty quick work on the lost hooks. You can always try a slip bobber and see if that helps with the hang ups. Welcome to OFF and those are great pictures for your first post.

Thanks! So do you mean the saltwater degrades the hooks? That is a bit of a relief then. Like I mentioned, losing gear sucks but I'm way more bummed imagining all my line and hooks down there underwater. :(

Welcome to OFF Todd nailed it for you. Fishing off those jetty is going to get you snagged no matter what. I never let my line sit. I would cast out then retrieve to cut down on snags but still it would happen.

Darn... That's what I feared. Yeah, the second day we found ourselves retrieving much sooner. My cousin switched it up and she tried using much smaller egg sinkers towards the end.

Thanks for the replies!
 
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Thanks! So do you mean the saltwater degrades the hooks?/QUOTE]

Saltwater and metals do not mix well. The hooks will rust away. Always remember to rinse your gear well with fresh water when you get home also.
 
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Welcome to OFF. Great report. Nice fish. And those cooked up fillets, look deelish!

The pic of your cuz, silhoutted against the sunset, is AWESOME! You should consider sending it, in to ODFW. They have a photo contest--and that one, could be a winner.
 
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Thanks [MENTION=2549]troutdude[/MENTION]! I'll look out for that photo contest. :thumb:
 
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Thanks for the report. You have some great photos.

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When I'm fishing the jetty's I use super cheap gear. Also you can tie your weight on with like 10 pound test so when you yank on it that will break and you get all your stuff back. Some people use rubberbands to hold the weight on. The cheaper the hooks the faster they will rust and dissolve. Nice fish, I love black bass!

Welcome to the forum

Tight lines
 
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Try using jigs and lures. You will catch rockfish and even lingcod. less snags. But you would probably have a better chance with live bait.
 
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Losing all that lead in the rocks gets expensive fast. I carry a package of little 2 inch X 3 inch cotton cloth cinch sacks in my surf box. I bought them at a tackle store, but I bet they can be found at craft stores too. Fill them with pebbles and sand and cinch the sack shut. You now have an inexpensive, weight adjustable, biodegradable weight that you do not mind losing so much.
 
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I've fished the Jetty for years, you can also catch crabs there on a rod with a crab rig. Love the pics.
 
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OK, I am old and my mind is goofy since I had the high fever a while back, but I can't remember where Bar-view is. Can someone clue me in. Thanks you guys and gals are a great help. Qwapaw
 
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OK, I am old and my mind is goofy since I had the high fever a while back, but I can't remember where Bar-view is. Can someone clue me in. Thanks you guys and gals are a great help. Qwapaw


Barview is at the mouth of Tillamook bay, where thr county park is. I sympathize with the memory thing, I forgot what I was going to say!:yikes:
 
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