Brookings Ocean Fishing Charters
The Premier Charter Boat Company on the Southern Oregon Coast for King Salmon, Lingcod, Rockfish and Halibut
The Port of Brookings is the premier sport fishing harbor on the Oregon Coast, with the state’s best king salmon, lingcod and rockfish fishing. Anglers have discovered Brookings is home to the calmest water on the coast, and the world class fishing is just minutes from the jetties.
Capt. Andy Martin is one of the very few charter boat skippers operating out of Brookings who grew up in the area. He has been trolling for king salmon and jigging for lingcod and rockfish his entire life, and has developed a reputation for consistently getting his customers into the best ocean fishing Brookings has to offer.
Andy, who ran large charter boats in Alaska for nearly 10 years and has helped customers catch hundreds of trophy-size halibut and countless giant kings, is a light-tackle specialist. Out of Brookings, he caters to small groups of six passengers or less for the best fishing experience possible. His boats are among the fastest in the fleet, so anglers spend more time fishing and less time running to the fishing grounds.
Ocean charters are available year round out of Brookings, but March through October is the peak season.
Lingcod, rockfish provide fast action on light tackle, yield great-tasting fillets
Lingcod, rockfish, cabazon and rockcod are not only fun to catch on light tackle, they also produce some of the best-tasting fillets anywhere for fish and chips. Known as deep sea fishing, bottom fishing charters are an exciting way to bring home a cooler full of prime fillets.
Brookings has the calmest ocean waters on the Oregon Coast, and the best fishing grounds are only minutes away from the harbor. The lingcod and rockfish season is open year round, with a daily limit of two lings over 22 inches and seven rockfish. Black and blue rockfish, also known as “black snapper” or “sea bass” are abundant out of Brookings, but canary rockfish and vermillion rockfish, with bright orange or red colors, also are caught. Cabazon, Pacific halibut and California halibut also show up in the catch during Brookings ocean fishing charters.
Capt. Andy Martin uses light tackle to target lings and rockfish during his deep sea charter boat trips. By using light spinning rods, anglers get to enjoy the hard fight and aggressive strikes of these fish. To ensure the fillets are of the highest quality, each fish is quickly bled once it is landed, and promptly fillets back at the docks.
Andy mainly fishes from his new 26-foot Alumaweld Columbia powerboat, one of the fastest and most stable charter boats out of Brookings. The boat comfortably fishes six passengers.
Peak season for lingcod is March through May, although they are caught year round. The summer months produce wide-open action for rockfish, and generally offer calm ocean conditions.
Halibut season opens May 1. Although Brookings is near the southern end of the range of Pacific halibut, fish to 100 pounds are caught each summer.
Brookings top port for Oregon ocean king salmon fishing
Ocean salmon fishing draws thousands of anglers to the Oregon Coast each year. The hard-fighting, great-tasting salmon are perhaps the most prized game fish on the West Coast.
Brookings has a well-earned reputation of being the ocean salmon capital of Oregon. Each summer, Brookings often has more king salmon landed than the rest of the Oregon Coast combined. It also has many of the biggest salmon caught on the entire Oregon Coast.
Aside from local salmon from the Chetco and Rogue rivers, Brookings is located in the middle of one of the largest salmon feeding areas on the Pacific Coast. Huge runs of salmon from the Sacramento, Klamath, Smith and Trinity rivers gather off of Brookings each summer to feast on abundant anchovies, herring and sardines. Exceptional salmon fishing is often as close as the buoys just outside of the Brookings jetties.
Ocean salmon season opens in May and runs through Labor Day in early September. A second ocean salmon season takes place the first two weeks of October.
Capt. Andy Martin is one of the most successful ocean salmon charter captains in Oregon. One of his customers has caught the largest king taken in saltwater in Brookings in decades, a 58-pound king. His guide boat is often one of the first to limit out each day. Andy uses light tackle to troll or jig for kings. Having fished for kings out of Brookings for more than 25 years, he is one of the most experienced salmon anglers and charter captains in the fleet.
Please visit www.brookingsfishing.com to learn more about Brookings ocean fishing trips.