This is the stuff we wait and expect all year for, the gear is purchased, assembled, and prepared. The boats are maintained, tested and run so that we don’t have any surprises when were offshore 50 miles. This year Jason T. invited Phil K. and myself with his usual crew of Charlie D. and Lance A. for their version of the halibut opener. It was nice to be able to ride along in 1 ton Rams, 266 Worldcat and spend the night in the comfort of the 37′ Artic Fox with 3 slides.
Lance and I left Edgewood at 10 am and headed west towards Neah while Jason, Charlie and Phil were off shortly after with the cat in tow. Our destination was the Hideaway RV ‘resort’ where we were hungrily looking forward to Vicki’s halibut and chips feed for the campers.
Fueling up the rigs at the Elwah Food and Fuel stand, don’t forget to sign up for their discount card. Plus they have non-ethanol fuel for the boats.
We took the Joyce exit, highway 112 for the scenic views of the straights and also to avoid the construction that is happening along the Lake Crescent side where the road is down to 1 lane.
At the Hideaway, we feasted on some freshly caught halibut and some of the best fries I’ve had. Thin, tender inside, crispy outside, goodness!
Capt. Jason with Phillip with a couple cold ones and fish n’ chips.
Jason’s AIS and Team Prestige Worldwide locked and loaded in slip D3
Day 1 run was a little sporty with some un-stable air and water until we got past Tatoosh Island. You can see Skagway rocks in the background as we came back to port that evening. It laid down nicely for the next two days.
This year we were able to keep Canary Rockfish, but remember to carry your identification charts and release all YellowEyes and have a descending device on your boat.