Fishing Reports

Brookings enjoys stellar tuna season

The albacore tuna action was fast and furious for a couple of weeks this summer out of Brookings, as the hard-fighting, great-eating fish came within 20 miles of the harbor and produced steady action for the charter and private boat fleet.

Customers hold some of the albacore tuna they caught in August 2021 aboard the Nauti-Lady.

Brookings Fishing Charters ran numerous tuna trips this summer aboard the Miss Brooke, Nauti-Lady, Dash and Papa B. The best action was in mid-August, but fish were caught in early September as well.

Anglers watched satellite images for weeks and waited for a break in the weather. On Aug. 12, Capt. Andy aboard the Nauti-Lady found 59-degree water only 18 miles offshore. He took 12 anglers aboard the Nauti-Lady to the tuna grounds, and they got into the albacore quickly trolling tuna drones behind Okuma big game rods combined with Penn Squall big game reels. A few miles further offshore, Capt. Travis and Capt. Michael aboard the Miss Brooke found another large school of tuna and quickly filled their fish bags and barrels.

A boat full of albacore tuna caught aboard The Dash with Capt. Mick.

The next day, the Miss Brooke, Dash and Papa B returned to the tuna grounds for more hot action. The Brookings Fishing Charters crew ran a few more trips that week before windy weather returned. Later in the month, tuna were still caught, but the fish had moved offshore and scattered.

During the peak of the action in mid-August, the Dash returned to port with 75 tuna for five anglers. The boat ran out of room to hold any more tuna. Most days the charters averaged four to six tuna a person.

Capt. Travis shows off an average tuna from the Miss Brooke this past summer.

The Brookings Fishing Charters fleet is equipped with the highest-quality tuna gear in the local charter fleet, with Penn reels and high-end big game rods, plugs a wide selection of tuna lures. The six-pack boats also get to the tuna grounds quickly, while the Nauti-Lady can accommodate larger groups and hold bigger quantities of fish.

To learn more about tuna fishing with Brookings Fishing Charters, visit Most tuna trips are booked through a call list, since the albacore arrive off the coast of Brookings at different times each summer.

A nice load of tuna from the Dash in 2021.
Some of the great albacore tuna caught aboard the Papa B with Capt. Mike.
Customers hold some of the albacore tuna caught aboard the Miss Brooke during the summer of 2021.
One of many double hookups aboard the Nauti-Lady.
Family fun catching albacore aboard the Miss Brooke.
Another double aboard the Nauti-Lady.
Wheel barrels full of albacore tuna after a day of fishing aboard the Nauti-Lady.

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