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Buoy 10 spot recommendation

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BigFishy:

--- Quote from: Pinstriper on August 19, 2022, 06:21:49 PM ---
--- 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.

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Very solid advice. I've been stuck in high current before and its no fun and sometimes can be dangerous.

Larry_MayII_HR:
I've launched from Ft. Steven's Sate Park (lot F I think) just inland from the jetty on the Oregon side. You will need to shuffle your boat down a 6 ft sand cliff - relatively easy if you've got decent upper body strength. Its a nice place to launch, free, toilet nearby, and close to good fishing water. I agree about being careful with tides. Until you're very comfortable with fishing in the Columbia estuary, make sure the tide is going to push you towards your take out point and that you're highly visible. If there is even a remote possibility of fog you need to have GPS.

Good luck out there!

Adrift:
Iím looking at launching out of the West Mooring Basin early Thursday morning.   It opens up for both wild and hatchery chinook that day, and Iíve been hearing reports of coho in the system.  It may be one of those days where I have to duck into Hammond as the tide turns, but Iím planning to to stay rigidly flexible.  With the large flood tide, I should be back up around the WMB by early afternoon, and will have to make a decision on-the-fly about trolling past the 101 bridge, the ship mooring, and possibly up to Tongue Point. 
After that, itís most likely going to be the Columbia above Warrior Rock, and the early Western Oregon archery deer hunt. 
Iíll probably sleep in my rig Wednesday night, and launch as close as possible to 1st light on Thursday. 
The high temp is forecast to be in the upper 60ís, and the water temp has been averaging 68-73, so Iím planning on just wearing shorts and sandals, with some warmies stashed just in case.   

BigFishy:

--- Quote from: Larry_MayII_HR on August 22, 2022, 09:01:21 AM ---I've launched from Ft. Steven's Sate Park (lot F I think) just inland from the jetty on the Oregon side. You will need to shuffle your boat down a 6 ft sand cliff - relatively easy if you've got decent upper body strength. Its a nice place to launch, free, toilet nearby, and close to good fishing water. I agree about being careful with tides. Until you're very comfortable with fishing in the Columbia estuary, make sure the tide is going to push you towards your take out point and that you're highly visible. If there is even a remote possibility of fog you need to have GPS.

Good luck out there!

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I have a Garmin unit that performed well in dense fog multiple times so I am pretty comfortable with that part. Now I just need to get over there and give it a try. 

BigFishy:

--- Quote from: Adrift on August 24, 2022, 12:37:45 AM ---Iím looking at launching out of the West Mooring Basin early Thursday morning.   It opens up for both wild and hatchery chinook that day, and Iíve been hearing reports of coho in the system.  It may be one of those days where I have to duck into Hammond as the tide turns, but Iím planning to to stay rigidly flexible.  With the large flood tide, I should be back up around the WMB by early afternoon, and will have to make a decision on-the-fly about trolling past the 101 bridge, the ship mooring, and possibly up to Tongue Point. 
After that, itís most likely going to be the Columbia above Warrior Rock, and the early Western Oregon archery deer hunt. 
Iíll probably sleep in my rig Wednesday night, and launch as close as possible to 1st light on Thursday. 
The high temp is forecast to be in the upper 60ís, and the water temp has been averaging 68-73, so Iím planning on just wearing shorts and sandals, with some warmies stashed just in case.   

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I heard reports that yesterday was very good at B10. I work this week but next week should be a go, unless I hear of a very good bite higher up the river.

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