Fishing Reports

Rockfish limit increases for 2021

The daily bag limit for rockfish on the Oregon Coast will increase to six fish a day in 2021, in addition to the two-fish lingcod limit. Anglers will also once again be allowed to keep a limited number of China, copper and quillback rockfish. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2021 rockfish and … Continue reading “Rockfish limit increases for 2021”

Cioppino great way to enjoy rockfish, crab

One of the most delicious ways to enjoy Oregon Coast rockfish and crab is in a bowl of cioppino, a seafood stew with a rich history on the Pacific coastline. Cioppino originated with the Italian immigrants in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1800s. From its humble beginnings, the tomato- and wine-based seafood … Continue reading “Cioppino great way to enjoy rockfish, crab”

First big storms arrive on coast

Fishing for lingcod and rockfish was very good off the coast of Brookings in recent weeks until the first major storm of the fall season arrived and forced boats to stay in port. Brookings Fishing Charters reported limits of rockfish and lingcod during its Point St. George Reef Lighthouse trips, and a good rockfish bite … Continue reading “First big storms arrive on coast”

41-footer expands Brookings charter fleet

A beautiful 41-foot fiberglass charter boat that has been an active part of the fishing scene at the mouth of the Columbia River has been added to the Brookings Fishing Charters fleet. Last week, the Nauti-Lady made the 300-mile voyage from Ilwaco, Wash., to Brookings, where she joins the Miss Brooke, Papa B, The Dash … Continue reading “41-footer expands Brookings charter fleet”

Big lings, tuna, halibut biting

September is off to a great start for the Brookings Fishing Charters crew, with a nice variety of fish being caught aboard our six-pack boats. Big lingcod have moved in, giving anglers a chance at a trophy ling, while the Pacific halibut bite remains good, and there have been some opportunities to chase albacore tuna. … Continue reading “Big lings, tuna, halibut biting”

Lighthouse trips a hit with customers

Brookings Fishing Charters’ new long-range trips to the historic Point St. George Lighthouse have been a hit with customers, who have caught trophy-size lingcod and rockfish in recent weeks while fishing at the extremely productive reef between Brookings and Crecent City. “This was one of my favorite saltwater trips ever!,” said customer Brent Foster. “Amazing … Continue reading “Lighthouse trips a hit with customers”

Halibut action heats up near Brookings

Anglers fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor are being treated to a surprisingly good season for Pacific halibut, while their cousins the California halibut also are making a strong appearance. Brookings Fishing Charters has been at the forefront of getting anglers into these prized fish. The season for Pacific halibut has been open … Continue reading “Halibut action heats up near Brookings”

New lighthouse fishing trips offered

Brookings Fishing Charters is pleased to announce it is now offering long-range fishing trips to the Point St. George Reef and Point St. George Lighthouse, where the average size of rockfish and lingcod is often much larger than waters closer to the harbor, the action is usually fast and furious, and the experience of fishing … Continue reading “New lighthouse fishing trips offered”

Rockfish limit increases to 7!

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has increased the bag limit for rockfish out of Brookings and other Oregon Coast harbors to seven a day, up from five. Anglers also can keep two lingcod per day. The increased limit has been a hit with charter customers, who can now bring home more fish. The … Continue reading “Rockfish limit increases to 7!”

Panko breaded fish easy and delicious

One of the easier and quicker ways to prepare rockfish or lingcod fillets is coating them with panko bread crumbs and frying with a small amount of oil. Delicious, with a crunchy coating, this is a standby recipe for many Oregon Coast anglers. Pour enough oil into a skillet to completely cover the bottom. Heat … Continue reading “Panko breaded fish easy and delicious”

Nice weather improves lingcod, rockfish action

After two weeks of extremely windy weather, the ocean calmed down this week, giving anglers a better shot at lingcod and rockfish. Salmon fishing, meanwhile, slowed after very good fishing the first two weeks of the season. With the calm weather, our charters made it back to Mack Arch for the first time in a … Continue reading “Nice weather improves lingcod, rockfish action”

Brookings salmon opener best in years

The ocean salmon season off the coast of Brookings started with a bang over the weekend, but the hot opener, which produced limits for Brookings Fishing Charters customers, wasn’t a complete surprise. As the ocean salmon seasons for the West Coast were being developed this spring, the Brookings Fishing Charters crew pointed to forecasts and … Continue reading “Brookings salmon opener best in years”

Rockfish bite good out of Brookings

Despite windy weather for much of the past two weeks, fishing for rockfish has been very good out of Brookings, with limits of snapper to 5 pounds. Fishing for lingcod also has been good on the nice weather days. Fishing has been good in the bay, off of Chetco Point and in the Bird Island … Continue reading “Rockfish bite good out of Brookings”

Back on the water, back on the bite

Our charters are back in operation after the temporary shut down caused by the stay-home orders, and when the weather cooperates, fishing has been very good. We have five six-pack boats running daily, as the weather allows, and they have been finding a very good grade of rockfish and lingcod up to 18 pounds. Recent … Continue reading “Back on the water, back on the bite”

Brookings ocean fishing charters to resume

We’ve missed you, and are ready to take you fishing again. The stay-home mandates from the state of Oregon have sidelined our ocean charters for the past month, but we are now resuming private charters (smaller individual groups) and expect to expand to mixed charters again in early May. We have been in close communication … Continue reading “Brookings ocean fishing charters to resume”

Enjoy albacore tuna year round with these simple recipes

Aside from the thrill of catching them, the great thing about an Oregon Coast albacore tuna trip is the mountain of fillets anglers end up when they get back to the docks. An albacore trip will yield an immense amount of prime fish, which is best enjoyed fresh, and canned for meals later in the … Continue reading “Enjoy albacore tuna year round with these simple recipes”

2020 ocean salmon season set!

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the ocean salmon season approved today (April 10, 2020) for the Ports of Brookings and Gold Beach. Although the June 20-Aug. 7 season is shorter than most years, running only 48 days, it takes place during the peak time of the year for salmon fishing out … Continue reading “2020 ocean salmon season set!”

Current charter status: COVID 19 update

Brookings Fishing Charters continues to suspend its ocean charters until the social distancing mandates from the state of Oregon are relaxed. We are not running charters through mid-April, when we will re-evaluate the governor’s temporary closure on many businesses along the Oregon Coast. Currently, short-term lodging is not available. Motels and RV parks still open … Continue reading “Current charter status: COVID 19 update”

Sweet Chili Smoked Rockfish

A few weeks ago, frequent customer Glenn Thill brought some smoked rockfish on the boat that was great: sweet, not too dry, good flavor. You wanted another piece after trying it. Glenn shared the ingredients with Capt. Andy, who tried a few versions before settling on this recipe. 1 cup Yoshida’s original sweet teriyaki sauce1 … Continue reading “Sweet Chili Smoked Rockfish”

Easy, delicious rockfish chowder recipe

A great way to enjoy fresh or frozen Oregon Coast rockfish, especially on a cold, rainy or foggy day, is rockfish chowder. The fillets from a couple of rockfish will yield enough chowder for your entire family, or for a feast to enjoy with friends and neighbors, double the recipe. Here is Capt. Andy’s favorite … Continue reading “Easy, delicious rockfish chowder recipe”

Lingcod biting, charters on idle

Just as the lingcod and rockfish action accelerated out of Brookings, and our charters were getting nice limits of both, new measures from the state of Oregon to combat the coronavirus pandemic have sidelined our charter boats for right now. Brookings Fishing Charters has suspended ocean charters at this time, in accordance with the governor’s … Continue reading “Lingcod biting, charters on idle”

Lingcod, rockfish biting off of Brookings

The 2020 ocean lingcod and rockfish season out of the Port of Brookings is off to a good start. The Brookings Fishing Charters fleet was the first charter company in Brookings to begin running charters this year, and the Miss Brooke, Papa B and ‘Bout Time have already run several dozen trips. When the weather … Continue reading “Lingcod, rockfish biting off of Brookings”

Winter lingcod action heats up

In between winter storms, we have experienced some of the best lingcod fishing of the year recently out of Brookings, as fish have moved into shallow water to prepare to spawn. We have run a handful of ocean charters in recent weeks, with good success for lingcod, black and blue rockfish and canary rockfish. We … Continue reading “Winter lingcod action heats up”

Salmon, halibut seasons open

The ocean salmon season and Pacific halibut seasons are now open out of Brookings. Although the weather has been rough in recent weeks with only a few days that boats have been able to get offshore, there are some halibut and salmon being caught. Brookings Fishing Charters once again has the distinction of getting a … Continue reading “Salmon, halibut seasons open”

Oregon Coast fish taco recipe

We are huge fans of fish tacos, and like to share our favorite recipe with customers. Here is a quick and delicious way to prepare fish tacos with Oregon Coast rockfish or lingcod. https://brookingsfishing.blogspot.com/2019/05/www.brookingsfishing.com.html

Brookings Fishing featured on KTVL Channel 10

The crew of Brookings Fishing Charters was recently featured during a three-part series about winter lingcod fishing on the Oregon Coast that aired on KTVL Channel 10 in Medford. The segment, part of Oregon Outdoors with Mark Freeman, can be viewed at https://youtu.be/NwqAZNWL7Cw To film the series, Capt. Andy Martin took the Miss Brooke to … Continue reading “Brookings Fishing featured on KTVL Channel 10”

Ocean fishing good between storms

While stormy weather has kept charter boats at the docks much of January and February, on days when the ocean has been flat, in between storms, fishing has been good for lingcod and rockfish. The sport crab season also is now open off of Brookings. Capt. Andy and Capt. Travis have both run charter trips … Continue reading “Ocean fishing good between storms”

2019 ocean season off to hot start

The Brookings Fishing Charters crew kicked off the New Year by running the first ocean charter of the season out of Brookings, getting customers into limits of big rockfish and a boat load of lingcod. Bottom fishing seasons are open year round in Oregon, but rough weather kept boats at the dock since before Thanksgiving. … Continue reading “2019 ocean season off to hot start”

Salmon beginning to show up

Salmon season has been open since May 19 off the coast of Brookings. The season runs through Aug. 26. Although fishing has yet to bust wide open, some nice kings are being caught. We ran trips last Monday and Friday, and both days returned with a couple of nice kings. The salmon are running 12 … Continue reading “Salmon beginning to show up”

Brookings lingcod, rockfish opener yields limits

The 2018 lingcod and rockfish season got off to a great start out of the Port of Brookings, with quick limits of lingcod, as well as a nice variety of snapper and rock cod. The Oregon bottom fishing season opened Jan. 1. With calm weather the first week of January, Brookings Fishing Charters ran two … Continue reading “Brookings lingcod, rockfish opener yields limits”

Salmon season begins on Chetco, Smith rivers

The fall rains have increased flows on the Chetco and Smith rivers, kicking off the fall salmon season on both rivers. During the fall and winter months, Brookings Fishing Charters captains Andy Martin and Travis Sallander switch over to the drift boats to guide on both rivers. Andy and Travis are both licensed to guide … Continue reading “Salmon season begins on Chetco, Smith rivers”

Thanks for making 2017 a great season!

We have finished our 2017 ocean charter season, and it was a great success. Our busiest season to date! Overall, we had a great lingcod season out of the Port of Brookings. The Miss Brooke, our offshore boat, ran nearly every day of the season. We also put our new 26-foot bay boat into service … Continue reading “Thanks for making 2017 a great season!”

JUNE 29, 2017 FISHING REPORT

Summer has arrived on the Oregon Coast and we are at our peak season for rockfish and lingcod. The rockcod have moved in shallow as giant schools of anchovies move close to the beach. We are seeing daily limits of nice rockfish on light tackle. Aside from plenty of black snapper, we also are seeing … Continue reading “JUNE 29, 2017 FISHING REPORT”

March 22, 2017 Fishing Report

We have entered the peak season for spring lingcod, with limits common when the ocean conditions cooperate. So far we’ve seen stormy weather for half of March, but also some nice days where we’ve enjoyed fast action for lingcod and a variety of rockfish. With the new rockfish regulations for 2017 on the Oregon Coast, … Continue reading “March 22, 2017 Fishing Report”

OCTOBER 29, 2016, BROOKINGS FISHING REPORT

Rough weather has kept all the charter boats off the ocean for the past few weeks, so Brookings Fishing captain Andy Martin has been focusing on the Chetco and Smith rivers for fall king salmon. Fishing has been good, thanks in part to lots of early rain on the Oregon Coast. Capt. Andy and the … Continue reading “OCTOBER 29, 2016, BROOKINGS FISHING REPORT”

JUNE 25, 2016, BROOKINGS FISHING REPORT

Salmon fishing is slowly improving out of the Port of Brookings Harbor, with a lot of coho, or silver salmon, showing up in the catch. Before the coho season opened on June 25, we were releasing coho, including fin-clipped hatchery fish that we can now keep. While overall kings fishing remains slow, it has been … Continue reading “JUNE 25, 2016, BROOKINGS FISHING REPORT”

June 6, 2016, Brookings Fishing Report

Calmer weather has arrived on the Southern Oregon Coast as fog has replaced the strong northwest winds that made fishing somewhat tough throughout May. We have enjoyed a rebound in the lingcod fishing, although full limits of lings are still not easy to come by. Fishing for big rockfish has been good, with a nice … Continue reading “June 6, 2016, Brookings Fishing Report”


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