Howdy everyone I hope you have been staying warm and dry!
The winter rains and winds have finally come and folks are catching steelhead in many of the local haunts. Crabbing remains ok to good on the docks, good to very good in the bay, and nobody knows in the ocean because it’s been downright nautical out there. The same applies for rockfish and lingcod. Rockfish in the bay remains excellent but you have to use the right gear; don’t think “ocean fishing” think “lake fishing.”
I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the 1976 Gordon Lightfoot song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” but there is a line within that song that says “The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound when the wave broke over the railing.” While the storm we had recently was far from the biggest I’ve seen in my five years on the Oregon Coast I still could not help but hear those words in my head when the winds blew through our marina. Quite literally the wind in the wires does make a tattletale sound and it is both eerie and beautiful at the same time. That distinctive whistling and the rattling of chains tells all that will listen that it is fit neither for man nor beast and it is best to wait for the calm after the storm ‘fore venturing out to sea.
During these times the birds hunker down, the streets are quiet, and the marina and surrounding areas seem devoid of life. My absolute favorite part of these storms is the rare occasion when the power goes down. When this happens, the hum of the coolers and freezers in the shop comes to an abrupt stop and one is left in blissful silence save for the wind in the wires, the waves and the patter of rain.
When one does venture out in these storms it is hard not to be drawn to the water to set one’s eyes upon a beautiful power and fury that cannot be experienced any other way. The safest and most scenic way to do this is at Shore Acres State Park, just five miles south of Basin Tackle. For a mere five dollars you can load up your friends and family and experience one of the most amazing displays of power in all creation. This natural show is better than any movie ever filmed and it has something for everyone. From the sun’s rays glistening off the shimmering sea, the lush greenery and coniferous trees that surround you, to the spectacular show of force as thundering waves crash with immeasurable power. These waves force hundreds of thousands of gallons of water straight up in a display that rivals any Independence Day celebration. Now, I’m a guy, and as a guy I like things that go “boom” and I’m a firm believer in the bigger the ‘splosion the better. Some of these giant crashing waves at Shore Acres make a thunderous boom of force and fury so loud they make you think lighting has just struck beside you. There’s something to appeal to everyone’s taste and I’m really trying to convince y’all you have to make a storm watching trip out here at least once this winter season; I promise you won’t regret it! If you follow us on Facebook we will post ahead of time when these things are going to happen. The pictures I attached for this article aren’t the best as I missed the peak wave time but hey, we were busy in here and duty before pleasure. Oh, and don’t forget raingear and a hat.
Shore Acres State Park is located at 89526 Cape Arago Highway, south of Charleston. You can reach them at 541-888-3732.
Rob Gensorek is the owner of Basin Tackle www.basintackle.com in the Charleston Marina and can be reached by phone at 541-888-FISH, by Facebook at Basin Tackle Charleston, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rob's fishing reports can be heard daily at 6:20 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. on KRSB Best Country 103 out of Roseburg and his Basin Tackle Outdoor Show can be heard Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 a.m. at kwro.com. In addition to all this, he sometimes actually gets out and catches a fish or two.