Sunday, August 27, 2017
Fishing in a Dream
Photo Credit-Grant Rilette
We were laughing like 10 year boys on a playground. The fishing was so good it didn't seem real.
Sneaking away from a family vacation to go on a guided fishing trip can be a precarious proposition, and I doubled down by letting the rest of the 10 people on the vacation on the Oregon Coast that I'd likely be coming back with dinner.
Time to do work.
For the longest time I've wanted to experience the unique dory boat fishery out of Pacific City, Oregon. It's a wild experience launching from the beach, through the surf and out to the fishing grounds.
The boat and the Captain Grant Rilette were as dialed as I have ever seen and my buddy Kyle and I were giddy with anticipation as we made it through the surf line and out into the open ocean
It took about 5 minutes of driving through the thick marine layer to the appointed place that Grant had dialed in. The first couple casts with conventional gear were met with a resounding yes, the fish were present.
We brought our fly rods as a complete maybe. Ocean Rockbass are targeted via fly presentations effectively, but we were not going to be bound by technique to make sure we had a good time
Then we saw it. Fish after fish finning on the surface. Boils all around the boat.
Time to bring out the 8wts.
The best way to describe the next hour or so was like being a bird dog on point. The action was frenetic as each cast was met with a hook up. Miss the fish? No worries just keep stripping because it was going to get blasted again.
With limits filled immediately, we began a epic (hate using that word but it's the only on that applies) catch and release session that set the bar in my mind for when a plan comes together perfectly
I dove into my fly box and found a popper that I had bought for jacks and snook in Belize and the Rock Bass crushed it time after time. A twitch twitch to a long pause had the fish rocketing up and blasting it off the surface.
Here we were in 60-80 feet of water, in the ocean, having the best top water action I had over seen.
The fog wrapped around us all morning and a more dreamlike state I cannot describe. Big, strong and healthy Rock Bass smashing your every cast. It was unreal, and if I could have frozen time, I would have.
And to add a dollop of whipped cream on top of the day, we pulled up to Grant's crab pots that were absolutely stuffed with Dungeness crab.
Photo Credit-Kyle Smith
Hell of a day. Hell of a day.
Photo Credit-Kyle Smith
We drove away from Pacific City with coolers full of crab and rock bass limits, a wicked case of bass thumb and the resolve that this wont be the last time we have our hand at this fishery.
Grant's dory program is safe, affordable, family and kid friendly. I highly suggest spending a day with Grant if you can. It's well worth your time!
Additionally he guides for winter steelhead in the local rivers, fall Chinook and coho to go along with the dory trips in the ocean
Hook up with Grant via his FB PAGE or his WEBSITE.