albacore tuna

JUNE 14, 2016 — Rob Gensorek caught this tasty albacore tuna 33 miles west of Charleston. It was later introduced to teriyaki sauce and charcoal grilling.

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Howdy everyone!

Summer is over, light rains are beginning to fall, leaves are turning golden yellow and the tuna are starting to bite. What’s that you say, Tuna? Yep you heard me right. I’m pretty certain it will only be a short bite but while the ocean is calm we are seeing good numbers of albacore from about fifty miles and further. One of our good customers and friends Heath landed forty three tuna yesterday (Thursday, Sept. 26).

Salmon remains slow with some bites being reported up the channel and past Chandler Bridge. There are some folks that are consistently catching fish but overall it’s a lot of time invested for minimal return, much like tax dollars and the ODFW.

Surf perch is still good to very good on our beaches, smallmouth are biting like crazy on the Umpqua and Coquille and the crabbing in the ocean and in Coos Bay is crazy hot off the charts good. Even dock crabbers are coming up and showing us their catch with some serious jumbos to show for their efforts.

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We are still been dealing with the backlash of the rockfish closure and are scrambling to survive but I will make certain we have a new article next week! Oops, I almost forgot to give a shout-out to the Umpqua Fishermen’s Association for inviting me over to their meeting last Tuesday. They are a great group of folks that get a lot of good work done for anglers like us. Look them up at www.facebook.com/umpquafishermen.

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 basin_tackle@yahoo.com. Robs 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.

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