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BigFishy:
Do any of you fellow kayakers fish Buoy 10? I am well aware of the weather reputation it has earned but have seen kayakers in the past on that stretch of river and feel this is a time to try that spot. What are the good launch spots? I was thinking to possibly go Saturday and fish under the bridge on incoming tide. Basically it will be a first trip and I will be on a cautious side hanging close to a launch spot. Will quickly dart back if weather deteriorate. I will be grateful for any shared knowledge.

BigFishy:
Update. "Search" function on this web site revealed some helpful material. Admin, please feel free to delete my post as I can't delete it myself.

Pinstriper:

--- Quote from: BigFishy on August 18, 2022, 09:57:41 AM ---Do any of you fellow kayakers fish Buoy 10? I am well aware of the weather reputation it has earned but have seen kayakers in the past on that stretch of river and feel this is a time to try that spot. What are the good launch spots? I was thinking to possibly go Saturday and fish under the bridge on incoming tide. Basically it will be a first trip and I will be on a cautious side hanging close to a launch spot. Will quickly dart back if weather deteriorate. I will be grateful for any shared knowledge.

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It's the current that you need to worry about. Make sure you are fishing above your launch spot so you aren't working against the current and the tide.

Adrift:
Iíve hit Buoy 10 4 times in the past 2 weeks.  I launch out of Hammond or the the West Mooring Basin in Astoria, depending on the tides.  On Monday, I launched out of Hammond just after low slack, and the ebb current was still ripping.  I trolled against it, but still ended up 1-2 miles downriver before it slowed and started to turn.  I ended up back at Hammond around noon, and actually ducked back into the harbor due to the deteriorating conditions.  After about 45 minutes, things seemed to settle down a bit, as the tide turned, and the wind waves out of the west werenít smacking head on into the ebb current.  I ended up riding the flood up to the bridge, and then the outgoing back to Hammond.  I finally hooked up and netted a nice hatchery chinook about 1/2 mile above Hammond. 
Yesterday, I launched out of the West Mooring Basin just before high slack.  I trolled almost to where the big ships are moored, then trolled the ebb down to Hammond.  I had to duck into Hammond for and hour or so, as even though it was a smallish ebb tide, the current was still ripping.   I spent 10 1/2 hours in the kayak, and covered 18 miles.  All I ended up with was a single takedown and brief fight before I lost him.   
If launching out of the West Basin, I park in the west parking lot, then push my PA14 to the east gangway down to the harbor.  Iím usually able to just slide it off the dock at the bottom of the gangway, but sometimes I have to get a bit creative.  Iím not really sure if youíre supposed to launch kayaks there, but I go out of my way to be friendly, and stay out of the way. 
Most days I can work around the tides, but you donít want to out there on a large ebb.  The other factor is the wind.  I look for days with a forecast of 10-12 MPH or less.  It almost always kicks up out of the west in the afternoons, and a strong west wind meeting and outgoing tide turns into a huge roiling mess. 
Itís big water, there are huge ocean-going vessels, commercial fishing trawlers, guide boats, yachts, etc.  I fly a fairly large American flag, and wear a blaze orange ball cap to try and make myself visible.  My fallback plan is to take an Uber or taxi back to my vehicle if I get pinned in somewhere due to conditions.  Make sure you have good electronics with GPS mapping, and take a really good look in both directions when crossing the shipping lane.  Also, make sure you understand where the Youngs Bay Control Zone is.  It extends from the sawdust pile, to the green buoys, all the way to the 101 bridge.  I usually follow the ďgreen lineĒ (green buoys) to the sawdust pile, then stay close to the shore above Hammond.  Be careful of the pilings and potential strainers along the way. 
Man, that got really long!
Good luck!

BigFishy:
Wow! Thanks Adrift! This is exactly the type of response I was hoping for. This will be my Buoy 10 Bible for awhile. Very detailed and educational! Thanks for sharing the West Mooring launch spot as I did not notice it initially when I was google map scouting. I ended up going to PC on Saturday but will probably hit B10 in a week or two!

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