Good recent catches, a flat ocean and an even flatter forecast are giving a Northwest Sportsman contributor a severe case of tunavision for this weekend.
“I don’t think I’ve seen a better looking forecast in my entire albacore career,” says Portland-area scribe Andy Schneider in an email this afternoon.
He’s been writing about tuna fishing for Northwest Sportsman, and if I recall my Ancient History, Fishing & Hunting News for several years now as the sport has grown.
Being a complete and total albacore neophyte myself — tho I can tell you that I had the Best Ever Tuna Fish Sandwich at Gino’s in Newport last weekend (and, yes, I will continue to rave about the pulled albacore BBQ sammie in hopes of getting free meals there) — I asked Schneider what exactly makes this weekend such a good-looking prospect.
“When the current ocean looks like this:
And tomorrow’s forecast predicts an even better ocean at:
NNW wind 5 to 9 kt. Cloudy. Mixed swell…WNW 3 ft at 7 seconds and SSW 1 ft at 17 seconds. Wind waves 1 to 2 ft.
It’s going to be tough to pass up!” Schneider emails.
Also making it tough to pass up, several reader pics that arrived at Northwest Sportsman World Domination and Cherry-pit-spitting Headquarters this week, including this one just moments ago:
Conditions are looking good not only for freelancer fishermen, but for the first leg of this year’s Oregon Tuna Classic, held out of Ilwaco. Another Northwest Sportsman contributor is rumored to have been headed to the general vicinity to take part in some sort of albacore assassination attempt.
As for how far out, Schneider reports, “Albacore died today at West 124.27, approximately 20 miles west of Tillamook.”
He’s planning a flame run out tomorrow morning with a certain Oregon fishing ambassador and Tillamook County Emissary of Eats, David Johnson.
I’m sure I’ll hear all about it on Sunday, when we plan to hit the Cow for summer-runs.