Deep Sea and River Fishing in Northwest Oregon / by Benjamin Steele

Blog #43

I feel I've begun to transition into a choice lifestyle since I last wrote about my parting of Sir Wylde (an accessory brand I started). I'm currently off college coursework for the summer and will be graduating in December of this year. I'm blessed to have a great job at a local Utah company called Rustico and have enjoyed working on their marketing and PR team (I am still very passionate about branding and business). Also, I've had the opportunity to travel to some incredibly beautiful spots these past few months. As this summer and hopefully the rest of my life will be filled with various adventures, I wanted to start recording some of these experiences in this blog. I hope that these such excerpts can be entertaining, inspiring and helpful.

To simply say Oregon is beautiful would be a serious understatement. Over the four day trip we were able to fish the Tillamook Bay, Trask River and off the Pacific City shores in the ocean. I've had a deep love for the Northwest for sometime now and would highly recommend that everyone experiences the area.

To simply say Oregon is beautiful would be a serious understatement. Over the four day trip we were able to fish the Tillamook Bay, Trask River and off the Pacific City shores in the ocean. I've had a deep love for the Northwest for sometime now and would highly recommend that everyone experiences the area.

Although I work throughout the week, I've found that I can usually plan affordable trips on the weekends. This Oregon trip was somewhat an exception to this rule, as the guided deep sea fishing wasn't cheap, but it was still an experience worth having. Traveling on a smaller scale can usually can be very affordable, especially if you're willing to tent or car camp as I am. Some keys to this are: (1) planning ahead, (2) going somewhere where you can drive, (3) buying groceries rather than eating out and (4) as already mentioned, camping or staying with a friend. The reason I say planning ahead is that typically you can budget a trip out if you take the time to before hand. Also, if you don't plan ahead, it's likely you won't go.

My Uncle Greg and 2nd Cousin Rick on our boat as we fished The Tillamook Bay and Trask River, which are both beautiful fishing spots. For this trip we were in search of Salmon and Steelhead. Unfortunately we didn't catch any that day, but I still can't complain about the experience. (A Steelhead is a Rainbow Trout that has lived part of its life in the ocean. Typically its lifespan can include 2-3 years in freshwater and 2-3 years in the ocean. Because of this time at sea, they are typically larger than trout. Unlike salmon, which die after spawning, Steelhead can spawn, return to the ocean, and migrate back upstream to spawn several times.

My Uncle Greg and 2nd Cousin Rick on our boat as we fished The Tillamook Bay and Trask River, which are both beautiful fishing spots. For this trip we were in search of Salmon and Steelhead. Unfortunately we didn't catch any that day, but I still can't complain about the experience. (A Steelhead is a Rainbow Trout that has lived part of its life in the ocean. Typically its lifespan can include 2-3 years in freshwater and 2-3 years in the ocean. Because of this time at sea, they are typically larger than trout. Unlike salmon, which die after spawning, Steelhead can spawn, return to the ocean, and migrate back upstream to spawn several times.

I think the reason that I enjoy traveling so much is because it often puts me in a situation where I am required to be completely present in the current moment. When you're hiking, camping, fishing or swimming in the ocean, it's easy to forget about yourself and life's challenges. I can feel similarly when I'm spending time with good people.

The time when the sand was moving along the beach. We went for an evening stroll on the Oceanside beach, which ended up being just the sort of medicine I needed. The Oregon coastline has frequent instances where large land masses (rocks) standalone in the deep ocean water. The most famous of these is Haystack Rock, which is located on Cannon Beach, but these three at Oceanside were pretty spectacular.

The time when the sand was moving along the beach. We went for an evening stroll on the Oceanside beach, which ended up being just the sort of medicine I needed. The Oregon coastline has frequent instances where large land masses (rocks) standalone in the deep ocean water. The most famous of these is Haystack Rock, which is located on Cannon Beach, but these three at Oceanside were pretty spectacular.

Despite only being in Oregon for four days, we were able to accomplish a lot by making plans. Other than the fishing we also stayed a night in a house here in Oceanside, walked on the beach, went to the Tillamook cheese factory (touristy I know), went for a little hike off the Pacific City beach, ate fish and chips, and saw old friends and family. It doesn't make much sense to travel somewhere just to hang out, be sure to plan in a few activities as well.

Fishing about a mile off the shores of Pacific City was definitely a rewarding experience. Although my Uncle Greg is an avid fisherman, he doesn't have access to a deep water boat. Consequently, we booked a guide as pictured here.

Fishing about a mile off the shores of Pacific City was definitely a rewarding experience. Although my Uncle Greg is an avid fisherman, he doesn't have access to a deep water boat. Consequently, we booked a guide as pictured here.

Ocean fishing in Oregon was a little bit of a different experience than the fishing in the Tillamook Bay, because typically ocean fishing involves many more catches (also other fishing can be more unpredictable). Our guide Grant really knew what he was doing, which helped. Throughout the course of the morning we caught more than 50 fish and ended up keeping our legal limit to eat (can't remember exactly what that number was). These fish were primarily Lingcod and different types of rockfish, both of which you typically fish for along the ocean floor (roughly 100 ft. deep where we were at). Grant had dropped some crabbing cages the previous day, so we were able to get a few crabs out of the experience as well. These we cooked right after the trip on the beach for lunch.

How I live everyday without the ocean is a mystery to me. I love the mountains as well, but the beautiful thing about Oregon is that you can have both the mountains and the ocean. The ocean is a vast and wonderful thing.

How I live everyday without the ocean is a mystery to me. I love the mountains as well, but the beautiful thing about Oregon is that you can have both the mountains and the ocean. The ocean is a vast and wonderful thing.

As I have rededicated myself to adventure these past five weeks, I have undoubtably found myself more happy and satisfied with life. Although I enjoyed working on my startup and am grateful for that experience, now that I've stepped away I've gained a more complete vision into who I am and what I want to do with my life. As part of this, I'm hoping to get more serious about this blog, which should be fun. Also, I'm hoping to join the Marine Corps when I graduate in December.

I would challenge any reader of this to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the world. Doing so will help you to forget the 'challenges' that you are faced with in your life and rather see the blessing that life is. Compared to many parts of the world, I realize that I am incredibly privileged. It is important to remember this privilege and be grateful for it. Please let me know in the comments somewhere that you are planning to travel this summer.

PS - A few of my favorite outdoorsman and travelers to follow for inspiration: (1) Ben Brown, (2) Chris Burkard, and (3) Jimmy Chin.