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· Gnu to the board
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I've fished with Westport Charters a couple times on the Sea Angel and was real happy. The captain, Brian Mirante, is (or at least was when I fished with him) young and energetic. I believe his brother, who used to be deck hand on Brian's boat, is now captain of the Pescatore. If I were hiring a charter I'd request either of those boats.

Just ask if the skipper plans to fish out at Blue Dot (Westport) or you will be in-land with some crummy fishing. Deep Sea Charter on the Scooter a 6 man boat or the Slammer a 15 man boat. Deep Sea Charters always did it right and I have been on a few over the years for family party's...... DON'T FORGET THE BEER.........AND BEER SNACKS. Good Luck

· Team Umiak
412 Posts
Hmmmm, this gets me thinkin I should get my mum (82yo) out on the big water for some salmonids. Nice thread for us that haven't done this in a long time. I've been outa Westport a long time ago on charters and was a hoot with a group. I'm thinkin a family thing..fish, food, beverages. Still down with the above recommendations??

· Registered
21 Posts
I have had good trips with Ken Culver on the Tequila Too with Deep Sea Charters. http://tequilatoo.com/index.htm

Something Ken did differently was reward the people who worked the hardest. Last couple of times we went out, the effective method was to dop the bait down about 60-100 pulls then reel back up quickly and repeat. I assumed the idea was to entice the fish to the boat. A lot of people on the boat would last for 3-4 tries then put their pole in the holder. My buddies and I kept at it, stopping only for beer or coffee or sandwich. We caught a few small coho while others lucked out on some larger ones and a chinook that we led to their lines. The boat got about 75% of the limit.

Back at the dock, Ken lined up the fish by size and gave us the biggest fish. He explained to everyone in the morning before we left the dock and again as he distributed the catch, that the people who actually work the fish will go home with the reward. He didn't think it was fair for some one to spend the whole day inside the cabin and get rewarded for having a lucky pole in the holder, while others got sore arms from reeling.

Look at a combination trip - salmon and rockfish. It's not fly fishing, but it is still fun for a family outing.

· Not Politically Correct
276 Posts
I grew up in the Westport region. Worked as a bait boy in the 60's starting at age 12 and then skippered them when I got my first CG license at 18. As Bouncin Bob stated the Westport charter style of fishing is mooching. Drop the line down and crank back. We considered a crew of tourists good if they were "crankers". It's actually kind of fun way to fish other than fly fishing of course which I do almost exclusively now. It is fun to feel that tap, tap...crank slow tap, tap and then hook the fish. I guess you could say fly fishing is somewhat similar...cast and strip back giving the fly action...mooching cranking the cut plug or whatever giving it action.

The following guys have been down there forever and I'm sure will give a good trip regardless of the fishing.
Mike on the Fury worked for my older brother years ago as a bait boy and then worked for me on deck in Alaska for a few years. Whenever he could he would have a sport rod in his hand so lives and breathes it. The other three have been at Westport since the hey-day and are still operating which shows they run a good operation.

Have fun

Dave Camp -- Boat Discovery, http://cachalotcharters.com/
Tommy Bennett -- Boat Spindrift, http://deepseacharters.biz/
Mike Harris -- Boat Fury, http://deepseacharters.biz/
Kevin Vasereno -- Boat Gold Rush, http://westportcharters.com/
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