If you're coming from Boise and heading out of Oregon, it would make sense to fly into Portland and then it isn't that far to the coast. Yo Ed (Mumbles), I can make you a loan of a reel if you need one. I'm planning a tuna trip with Anil this year, too.
Steve, I've got a Redington Breakwater 11/12 that I'm likely going to use...maybe it melts down...I have no idea. It has some cool karma though...
Two well respected members here have owned this reel and I know they know much more than I do about big fast fish in the salt water. Maybe they moved it along because it was not effective enough, maybe they just upgraded nicely.
I do hope to get onto one of those trips...but I bet I'll be puking my ass off until that first fish is on.
Thanks Steve. I've heard nothing but good things about the Ross line. I only have one little Ross Rhythm myself, I like it a lot.
As for chumming, I fished a lot when on the Gulf Coast and chummed like that regularly. The few trips I've taken off our PNW coast have been very much the same. It is a long run out but if there is fish I suddenly am healed. If there are no fish then I'm just miserable. I think I recall seing one of Ibn or Anil's vids when there was some mad fish catching going on along with a bit of chum blowing too.
Three E's and a JC sounds cool to me. Timing will be everything for me too. I agree with E Herl that we don't leave fish (pinks on the beach) to find fish (human chum off shore). So long as the trip is a one or two day event I can probably pull it off without much time in the doghouse.
The Albacore fishing starts later in the summer, probably late August through October if I'm not mistaken. Since I am a teacher, I rarely get to make a trip because school is just starting. I'm shooting for a late August trip this year. The weather patterns have a great deal to do with it too. It can get pretty nasty in late September and early October.