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Albacore Fishing Reports North Pacific Season 2017

August 7, 2017: Albacore fishing has picked up in a number of spots, although there are empty areas too. Off Newport and Coos Bay, OR 80-120 mi scattered spots with many boats not finding too much fish. Some fair scores out 1,000 miles also. For the first time in years there is a scattering of albacore from Crescent City to Pt Arena off California. Things maybe changing in the overall cycle, could be more off Cali than in the past 8 seasons. Time will tell.

August 4, 2017: It has been a slow week for information possible due to slow fishing
and extreme heat inland. There are alot of rumors about fish off California  esp in the Ft
Bragg area. I checked out the sport boat reports just now and it seems
even though the weather has been bad and windy the ones out of Ft
Bragg have been catching 12-30 per day on small sport boats around
the 125 W line. Also a couple reports od sport catch off Eureka but bad weather.
Supposed to improve. There also was a sign of fish in the mid 150W
region for the boats out there but have not heard much for a few days.
One boat did report about 300 one day 4-5 days ago.

July 27, 2017: Albacore fishing off Oregon and Washington continues very slow for vessels. If there are any catches they occur about 30-50 miles off Oregon. Water conditions are improving but little feed is in the water. There has been no reports of sport or commercial catches off California or Canada. Some boats have left for more offshore areas to try their luck.

July 17, 2017: For the past week albacore fishing has been very slow. Most of the fleet remains off central Oregon and some off Washington. Sea water remains cold and streaky temperatures with small amounts of feed at this time. High daily catches have rarely exceeded 100 fish and most boats have been in the 30-70 range.

July 11, 2017: There has not been much activity in the past week or two. Boats are scattered up and down the Oregon coast from 40-120 miles offshore. Very slow in most places with average of about 40 fish per day.

June 28, 2017: Albacore have started to be caught along the coast from Northern California to Washington State by both commercial and recreational boats. Sport fish were reported about 50 miles off both SW Washington and Coos Bay, Oregon. Commercial vessels were slowly getting out along the regions and finding moderate success at times. There have also been some albacore caught off central and Northern California 100 plus miles offshore.

June 21, 2017: A few boats have been fishing albacore off the central Oregon coast in the past week. Water temps have been 56-58 for the most part and boats had small quantities of albacore 0-50/day were reported. The winds from the NW are picking up now and gale force is expected through early next week.

June 15, 2017: No marketable amounts of albacore has yet to be caught. A few boast have been searching off Oregon and have caught 0-5 albacore in mainly cold 56 degree water.

June 5, 2017: In 2016 Albacore were already biting of the Oregon coast. However, Sea-Surface-Temps for 2017 look like a normal pattern and no albacore have been caught. We expect fish to show in 3-4 weeks as with most normal seasons.

January 30, 2017: While it is many months until the US West Coast albacore fishery, we do have about a dozen boats fishing far south in the South Pacific at this time as we have had since 1985.Albacore troll fishing has been reported good early for the boats and we expect their catches to last until around April. Most of the fish frozen at sea will be sold back into the west coast for domestic and overseas sashimi and loin markets. The catch is certified by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Archival Tag Recovery Information: American Fishermen’s Research Foundation has deployed over 1,000 tags since 2001. The reward for recovering and sending in the whole fish is now $500. If you find one in your catch, please separate the fish and contact SWFSC, your buyer, or AFRF. AFRF is continuing the long-term tagging cooperative project with SWFSC – NOAA/NMFS.

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