I hope you enjoyed our recent brush with winter and didn’t end up as one of the unfortunate few that ended up in the ditch! I came close a couple times as I was driving from the Douglas County Sportsmen’s show back to Charleston and by the time I realized how bad it was I was at the point of no return with icy roads and blowing snow both behind and in front of me.
I had a great time and want to thank all our readers that took the time to track me down and shake my hand; it was sincerely a pleasure to meet you all.
As far as fishing goes the ocean is starting to kick up again and I don’t think we will be out there for several days. When its calm the lingcod remain awesome, the rockfish good, and the surf-perch very good. Crabbing in the bay remains good to very good; you may have to hunt a little but it’ll be worth it. Off the docks you can get a meal or more but you probably won’t limit out although there’s always that “one guy” out there that does. If you are that “one guy” no one likes you, you need to know that.
Fishing in the bay remains stellar, yes stellar. I don’t use flamboyant words like that unless there is cause to do so and I’m telling you that in this circumstance the word stellar doesn’t even do it justice. On one of our recent bay fishing adventures we only caught sixty or so fish and were really put off at how slow it was. THAT should give you some indication as to how good this fishery has been. The vast majority of the fish we are catching are black rockfish with the remainder being copper rockfish. Many of these fish are in the two to three pound range and if the ocean doesn’t allow you to get out this is always a good option to fill the ice-chest. I can’t say exactly what these fish are feeding on but small dark lures are the ticket with an inch and a half to three inches producing the best results. Put these on a small jig head from a quarter to one ounce and you will have a bay-bass killing system in your hands. Some days I’ll fish off the jetty, others I’ll fish out of a boat but wherever you are make sure to use the high tide as your time to fish. Get out there an hour before high tide and if you have a fish-finder keep your eye on it as the barren desolate bottom you see at first will suddenly spring to life with orange fish shaped dots everywhere!
As the tide slacks, bait fish and predators alike will start to swim around and feed and it’s only a matter of getting your bait in front of their faces to illicit a strike. Use trout or freshwater bass gear to get the most out of your time on the water. I personally use a 7 foot light or medium action pole and either 6 or 8 pound test on whatever reel I choose and fish on the larger side will have you chuckling all the way to the frying pan as you reel them in!
From the jetty to the train trestle this bay as most bays are full of rockfish if you know how and where. I hope to see you out there.
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. 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 or on his Facebook page. In addition to all this he sometimes actually gets out and catches a fish or two.