Brookings Ocean Lingcod Fishing
Season: Year round
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Brookings Saltwater Fishing Trips
Brookings, Oregon, has the reputation of having the safest bar, or ocean crossing, on the Oregon Coast. It's the best place in the state for year-round ocean lingcod and rockfish action, and produces the biggest ocean salmon in the state as well. Chinook salmon bound for the Chetco River stack up off the mouth of the Chetco in October, in what is known as the trophy bubble fishery. Many of the biggest lingcod in the state are also caught out of Brookings, which also has abundant black rockfish, cabazon, greenling, and other saltwater species.
Pro guide Andy Martin is one of the few Brookings fishing guides licensed to run both river and saltwater trips. He is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain. During the summer he operates a 40-foot charter boat in the Gulf of Alaska, targeting trophy halibut, and then returns to his hometown of Brookings in mid-September to run salmon and steelhead trips on the Chetco and Rogue rivers, as well as guided ocean trips out of Brookings.
Andy has been fishing the ocean out of Brookings his whole life. He grew up owning his own boats before he was even old enough to drive a car.
Andy is one of the most successful salmon guides out of Brookings during the October ocean salmon season. This is when fish up to 50 pounds are caught in the calm water just off the mouth of the Checo River. The big, bright salmon stack up off the mouth of the river waiting for fall rains. To learn more about this great salmon fishery, click here.
Long before he established himself as a standout Alaska charter captain, Andy earned a reputation of being one of the most successful saltwater anglers out of Brookings, catching lingcod, limits of black rockfish and other species year round. He is an expert at using live bait for lingcod and catching rockfish on light tackle. His seminars on Oregon rockfish and lingcod techniques draw crowds during the sports and outdoor show circuit.
Andy specializes in smaller groups out of Brookings, usually fishing charter with four or less passengers. He is one of the few charter operators who run trips during the winter, when lingcod fishing is at its best. Lingcod move into shallow water from November through April to spawn. The larger females can be found in 30 to 80 feet of water during the winter, while smaller yet abundant males will be guarding the nests. During a typical lingcod charter, Andy will take his customers into the kelp beds to catch live greenling, then take those fish into slightly deeper water to catch the lingcod.
One of Andy's more popular winter trips is a steelhead and lingcod combo, where anglers fish one day on the Chetco River for steelhead, fishing from a drift boat, then spend the next day in Andy's jet sled targeting lingcod and rockfish.
After catching their limits, Andy fillets his customers' catches and bags them.
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