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DanH posted 03-18-2015 09:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for DanH   Send Email to DanH  
This is obviously for the PNW guys. It has been years since I have been out to Neah Bay. My memory of it was that the inside waters were fairly calm. When I went before we found a lot of sea bass inside close to the kelp and rocks. I am thinking of trying that area again. However, it has been so long, I don't recall if a 15-foot Montauk would handle the waters okay. I've found lots of info about taking a boat outside the straights (ocean) but nothing about inside. I've had the boat out in some pretty nasty stuff--what I consider nasty--in the San Juan islands at Cattle Point, and it handled great. Any input appreciated. Thanks--DanH
Tom W Clark posted 03-18-2015 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Dan--your boat will do just fine all the way out to the Whistle Buoy, so long as it is not too rough. Swiftsure might be a stretch. But anywhere along the Straight will be fine. Feel free to email me for more specific local knowledge.
kwik_wurk posted 03-18-2015 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
Inside will not be an issue, just make sure you are smart with the weather and fish upwind first, making the return home easier.

There are several kelp bed and rock ledges that are actually rather short distance and produce sea bass, and a occasional ling (and cabazon if you like dealing with the meat). And generally speaking a lot of fishy choices all around.

I make several trips a year to Neah Bay, half of them solo in a Montauk and run well outside to places like Table Top, Swiftsure, and Point of Arches. It's just a matter of weather windows.

Out in a 15 to Swiftsure would be pushing it, mainly in the sense that abnormal front could move in on you and make for a rough ride home. I've been there. If you go with a buddy boat, preferably larger, you could make the run, knowing on the return you could ride the wake back.

Just be aware the Neah Bay Big Salmon ramp does have a ledge at the end where the concrete ends; and at tide of 0 to -2-feet, it can get iffy for some. I think with a 15 your trailer would be short enough to not have too many problems.

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