For more than three decades, Capt. Andy Martin has been fishing the productive waters of the Southern Oregon Coast. He is one of the few year-round, full-time charter boat captains and sportfishing guides working out of the Port of Brookings. Growing up in Brookings, Andy knows every rock and reef in the area, and had a lifetime of experience catching the fish that live there.
From hard-fighting king salmon to ferocious lingcod to abundant black rockfish, fishing charters off the Brookings, Oregon coast often feature fast action and produce great table fare. The Port of Brookings is known as the safest ocean crossing on the Oregon Coast. Fish are also found within a short run from the harbor, often in water much calmer than the rest of the coast. Brookings Fishing Charters uses top-quality, light tackle. Anglers fish from fast, clean, comfortable boats. We specialize in small groups, and with much faster boats, are able to spend more time fishing and less time traveling to the most productive fishing grounds. Capt. Andy prides himself on providing the ultimate guided fishing adventure. He works hard to not only get his customers into limits of quality fish, but also makes sure each passenger has an enjoyable experience, often pointing out whales and other marine mammals, sea birds and unique features of the rugged Oregon coastline.
Aside from targeting salmon, lingcod and rockfish, Capt. Andy usually sets crab pots out of Brookings when the season is open. He cleans the crabs along with filleting each customers' catch.
During the winter, Brookings Fishing Charters offers guided river trips on the Chetco, Rogue and Smith rivers through www.wildriversfishing.com
Our Offshore Boats
The Miss Brooke
Andy fishes from a custom 29-foot heavy-gauge aluminum offshore charter boat. It can fish up to six anglers with comfortable seating, a marine toilet, and an enclosed cabin. Powered by twin 150-horsepower Mercury outboards, it is one of the fastest charter boats in the fleet. The boat is equipped with a self-inflating life raft, radar and GPS, and other safety equipment. The Miss Brooke can reach speeds of 40 knots.
The Miss Brooke features the latest high-quality light tackle, with Penn spinning rods for rockfish, heavier Penn baitcasters for lingcod, and G.Loomis rods and Shimano Tekota reels for salmon trolling. The boat also is equipped with electric Scotty downriggers.
The Miss Brooke is one of the only six-pack charter boat in Brookings designed specifically for guided sportfishing. It is the same type of boat Andy operated as a charter boat in Alaska for nearly 10 years. The Miss Brooke is an efficient and effective fishing platform, it was engineered to be safe, stable and fast.
The newest addition to the Brookings Charter Fleet, the 41-foot Nauti-Lady has a rich history fishing off the Oregon Coast. Previously home-ported in Ilwaco, Wash., at the mouth of the Columbia River, the Nauti-Lady was used to take customers fishing for salmon, halibut, tuna and bottom fish offshore of Astoria and Tillamook Head. Licensed to take up to 26 people offshore, the Nauti-Lady now operates half-day bottom fishing charters out of Brookings, and also is occasionally used for halibut, tuna or salmon trips. With plenty of seating, two onboard heads, or restrooms, and full-perimeter fishing, the Nauti-Lady provides a safe, comfortable ride to the fishing grounds. It’s heavy-duty fiberglass hull is seaworthy and doesn’t pound against swells or waves. The only large charter boat in Brookings with a “dry stack” the Nauti-Lady’s design keeps diesel fumes away from its passengers. Equipped with the latest in fish-finding technology, marine radios and Coast Guard-approved safety equipment, the Nauti-Lady is ideal for larger groups, families with children, and customers who prefer to fish on a bigger boat.
The Dash is a 29-foot Alumaweld offshore charter boat owned and operated by Capt. Rye Phillips. One of the newest six-pack charter boats on the Oregon Coast, The Dash, also known as “Live The Dash,” was custom built in 2019. It works exclusively out of the Brookings Fishing Charters office. Capt. Rye has operated charter boats in Oregon and Alaska for a decade, and targets everything from albacore tuna to king salmon to Pacific halibut out of Brookings. The Dash comfortable fishes six passengers and is one of the fastest charters boats on the Oregon Coast. Built by Alumaweld Boats in Eagle Point, Ore., The Dash was specifically designed for charters on the Oregon Coast and Southeast Alaska. It is powered by twin 150-horsepower Mercury Marine outboards. Like all of the charter boats running out of the Brookings Fishing Charters office, The Dash exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements for charter boats.
Papa B, Offshore Boat
The Papa B is a 27-foot Farallon owned and operated by Capt. Mike Brouillette. Designed for big water, the Papa B has a roomy cabin and enough space on the deck for six passengers. This charter boat is especially popular with families and private groups. Capt. Mike specializes in lingcod and bottom fish, salmon, albacore tuna and halibut. Like the other boats that operate out of the Brookings Fishing Charters office, the Papa B has all the safety equipment required by the Coast Guard, as well as a radar and EPIRB. It is powered by a Volvo diesel and is one of the most efficient and fastest charter boats in the Brookings fleet.
he ‘Bout Time is a 26-foot six-pack charter boat owned and operated by Capt. Rich Signorelli. It takes customers on everything from bottom fish to salmon to albacore tuna. Fast and comfortable, this charter boats was designed to get customers quickly to the fishing grounds and has plenty of room on the deck for jigging and trolling. Bout Time also runs crabbing, whale watching and lighthouse tours. It is powered by twin Mercury outboard motors.
Our Bay Boats
This season, Brookings Fishing Charters has added a 26-foot bay boat to its fleet. The Alumaweld Columbia comfortably seats six customers, and is our primary salmon fishing boat, but is also used for near-shore, light-tackle lingcod, rockfish and crab. The bay boat is ideal for fishing the bays and estuaries of the Oregon Coast, but also is a roomy platform for bottom fishing during the summer our of Brookings. Powered by a 150-horsepower Mercury four-stroke outboard, the bay boat can reach speeds of 45 mph, and has a deep vee for cutting through wind chop. Extra-high sides and comfortable seats with arm rests give each angler lots of room for our near-shore fishing charters.
Growing up in Brookings, Andy spent hundreds of days fishing on the ocean during his youth. His father worked the graveyard shift at a local plywood mill, and when he got off work in the morning, he would wake his children up and take them out on the family boat to fish for salmon, lingcod and bottom fish for a few hours each day. Capt. Andy learned to catch lingcod and salmon at an early age, and has been honing is skills since. Many of the oldtimers around the Port of Brookings knew Andy would grow up to be a fishing guide and charter boat captain, and Brookings Fishing Charters is his dream fulfilled.
After graduating from Brookings-Harbor High School, Andy earned his U.S. Coast Guard captain's license, and later became a full-time sportfishing guide. He spent a decade running halibut and salmon charters in the Gulf of Alaska and also guiding on the world-famous Kenia River, but now guides fishing charters year round in his hometown of Brookings. In Alaska, Andy guided anglers to halibut as big as 405 pounds, and regularly brought 200- to 300-pound halibut back to the docks.
Andy is well known among the local fishermen in Brookings as one of the top salmon and lingcod fishing guides on the coast. His customers often catch some of the biggest kings of the season, both in the ocean and while fishing the rivers during the winter. One of his customers caught a 58-pound king salmon while trolling near the Brookings jetties, while another holds the Chetco River salmon record, a 65-pounder caught in 2011.
Like Capt. Andy, Capt. Travis Sallander is a native of Brookings who has spent his entire life fishing on the Southern Oregon Coast. Travis is a full-time fishing guide and saltwater charter boat captain, with extensive experience in Oregon and Alaska. Andy and Travis grew up together in Brookings and have known each other, and fished together, since grade school. Travis captains the Miss Brooke while Andy runs his Alumaweld Columbia for salmon on the Rogue River, Coos River, and Chetco Bay. Travis earned his stripes guiding on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers in Alaska, as well as the Chetco River in Oregon. He spent several years deckhanding on the Brookings Fishing Charters boats before earning his U.S. Coast Guard near-coastal captain's license.
A pitcher for his college baseball team, Capt. Rye Phillips has guided and worked on charter boats full time since graduating from Western Oregon University 10 years ago. After several years of running six-pack charter boats in Southeast Alaska, Capt. Rye designed a charter boat specifically for the coastal waters out of Brookings, the 29-foot Dash. Prior to that, he ran charters out of Brookings in his guide sled, and quickly developed a reputation for finding big king salmon during the famous Chetco Bubble Season. While guiding in Alaska, one of his customers caught an unofficial world record halibut, a 482-pounder caught near Glacier Bay. The giant fish did not qualify for the IGFA record because it was harpooned and shot, and the angler needed help from others one the boat landing the fish. Capt. Rye is an albacore tuna specialist, and also runs charters for lingcod, rockfish, king salmon, Pacific and California halibut and crab out of Brookings.
A river guide in Oregon and Alaska, Capt. Shane Brooks also works on the Brookings Fishing Charters boats, deckhanding on the Miss Brooke and guide sled. Never short of stories, Shane is a customer favorite. He also operates Chetco Estuary and Rogue Bay salmon charters. He grew up fishing in Oregon, Northern California and Alaska with his grandfather, and now works full time in the Sportfishing industry.
Capt. Rich Signorelli owns and operates the ‘Bout Time. Known for consistently catching kings in the Chetco River estuary season, Capt. Rich also has great success getting customers into limits of rockfish and lingcod during offshore charters. Having fished throughout the country, Capt. Rich is always looking for new methods and techniques for catching fish out of Brookings. Capt. Rich also operates albacore tuna charters, halibut charters and salmon charters. Capt. Rich also offers trips to the Point St. George Lighthouse.
Capt. Mike Brouillette owns and operates the Papa B. A former commercial albacore tuna fisherman, Capt. Mike also owned a catering business, is an accomplished barbecue chef, and worked in the grocery and meat business before focusing his full-time efforts on his Brookings-based charter boat. Capt. Mike is a customer favorite, not only because of his ability to get limits of lingcod, rockfish, salmon and crab, but also for his funny stories and jokes. Ensuring customers have a good time on the water is always a priority for Capt. Mike, aka “Old Dog.”
Primarily working aboard the Miss Brooke, Michael McGahan has been a deckhand for Brookings Fishing Charters since 2019. A customer favorite, Michael’s enthusiasm for fishing is contagious. When not working on the boats, Michael spends as much time as he can “fun fishing” on the Chetco, Smith, Rogue and Klamath rivers for salmon and steelhead. His father was a commercial fisherman in Fort Bragg, and Michael has been around the water and commercial and sport fishing boats his entire life. Working on the requirements to captain a charter boat, Michael is attending a class to obtain a Coast Guard license.