OCA Meeting For May.

The Oregon Coast Anglers will meet on May 3rd at the Marina Activity Center in Winchester Bay at 6:30 PM. Delicious pizza and refreshments will be available.

Our Guest Speaker will be a member of the United States Coast Guard, Station Umpqua River. We will be informed of any new regulations or changes related to the Umpqua River. This will be a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you might have regarding safe river bar crossing.

I went to Astoria to support / defend the OCA Petition to the ODFW Commissioners to split the Central Coast Halibut Area on April 20th. There was much discussion about wolves, electronic duck decoys, crab harvest tracking (commercial) before they got around to Halibut. Lynn Mattes from ODFW presented the 2018 Halibut Regulations and there was no one to provide public comment or challenge these regulations. I think the North Coast Halibut anglers should have been there to contest the Saturday off regulations! I was the only person to offer public testimony and it didn’t relate to the proposed 2018 regulations. At any rate I presented three minutes of testimony relating to the OCA petition (attached). The good news is that there was no push back from Newport anglers (yet), no questions from the commissioners and Bob Webber, Commissioner representing our area, grilled ODFW with questions about the OCA petition. GO BOB! Our petition will continue to go forward in the complex ODFW process.

The OCA Bottom Fishing Event is scheduled for June 10th. Mark Teeter has arranged for both the Betty Kay and Chinook to be available. OCA has 40 reservations available. Please sign up soon!

There is much more to discuss at our meeting, Yelloweye Impacts, OCA Banquet (tickets will be available), OCA Bottom Fishing Event (reservations available), Halibut fishing starting May 10th, Steelhead petition to be discussed.

I’ve got some fishing stories and I’m looking forward to yours, we’ll have a raffle for some nice items and great camaraderie, so bring a friend.

Good Fishing,

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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