Fishing Reports

Huge lingcod, lots of salmon highlight July 4 off of Brookings

(BROOKINGS, Ore. – July 5, 2022) – There were plenty of fireworks off the coast of Brookings during the July 4 weekend, including some phenomenal catches for the Brookings Fishing Charters crew. Fishing for silver salmon was wide open at times, with our six-pack charter boats hooking 30 or more silvers a trip, and bringing in limits or near limits of salmon. Most of the keepers were hatchery coho salmon, but a few nice king salmon also were caught.

One of the highlights from the weekend was a massive 44-pound lingcod caught by Rod Allec of Happy Camp, Calif., while fishing near the Point St. George Reef Lighthouse aboard the Nauti-Lady on July 2. The giant lingcod was one of many big lings caught aboard the Brookings Fishing Charters boats over the July 4 weekend.

July is peak season for ocean salmon, and the catch rates soared over the holiday weekend. The season runs through mid-August, so there is still plenty of time to get in on the action aboard our productive six-pack charter boats.

Customers hold limits of hatchery coho salmon caught aboard the Miss Brooke with Capt. Sam on July 4, 2022. The group also released numerous wild coho and shaker kings.
Capt. Michael holds a nice king salmon caught aboard the Kraken.
Limits of salmon caught aboard the Dash with Capt. Mick.
Limits of salmon caught July 3 aboard the Kraken.
Deckhand Eric with some of the salmon and rockfish caught aboard the Kraken on July 4.
Nice catch of salmon from the Dash.

The best salmon fishing has been in 240 to 300 feet of water off the coast of Brookings. Our six-pack charter boats quickly and comfortably get to the fishing grounds. No rough, wet ride in a flat-bottom sled boat designed for river fishing. Our six-packs are equipped with twin outboard motors and have fully enclosed cabins, combining safety with fishability. Below are more great salmon catches from the July 4 weekend with Brookings Fishing Charters.

Lingcod fishing was very good over the weekend. Some giants were caught at the Point St. George Reef during our long-range trips, but plenty of big lingcod also were caught closer to the Port of Brookings. The biggest lingcod, Rod Allec’s 44-poiunder, was caught during an exciting day aboard the Nauti-Lady, when Capt. Andy found several groups of big lings. Allec’s trophy was part of a triple-hookup, when three big lings were hooked at the same time.

Nauti-Lady deckhand Eric holds a massive 44-pound, 45-inch
Three big lingcod were hooked at the same time aboard the Nauti-Lady on July 2. The day ended with a pile of lingcod on the boat.
Deckhand Eric shows off a couple of monster lings to visitors at the crabbing dock in Brookings.

Our local half-day bottom fishing trips also produced nice limits of rockfish and plenty of big lings. We also caught a few Pacific halibut and petrale sold over the weekend. Here are just a few of the great bottom fishing catches aboard the Nauti-Lady, Miss Brooke, Kraken, Papa B, Dash and Bout Time during the July 4 weekend.

We hope to begin albacore tuna charters out of Brookings soon.

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