Coos Bay Fishing Gear
There is some additional gear (which if possible) a saltwater angler should carry or at best have close by if needed. As you know, fishing can present many different circumstances so it’s safer to be on the “over prepared side” rather than perhaps lose a fish because you didn’t have the correct gear at your immediate disposal. You’ll never know when that trophy fish may hit.
1) a fishing backpack: Nothing fancy is necessary, but something decent quality is a good idea. The backpack can get a little heavy at times, so some durability will ensure years of service from the pack. If you only have to walk a short distance to your fishing location, or if you are fishing from the shore, a tackle box may be an idea. Fishing rocky areas or jetties which require a bit of a hike, especially the sometimes treacherous nature of the jetties, a backpack is perfect, and will contain pretty much everything you need.
2) Measuring tape: essential for ascertaining the size of fish requiring minimum size limits. The type which measures about six feet, made of vinyl-like material and commonly used in sewing, is perfect. A retractable tape measure, like those used in construction, is NOT recommended. They tend to rust quickly and break.
3) Net: Hands down, the best net to purchase is one using a fine, soft mesh netting material. The other type has a sharpness to it and can cut the fish, possibly very detrimental to those that you want to release.
4) Camera: digital, for those fortunate enough to own a computer, but a disposable or regular cam is great to capture that great catch on film, and provide memories for years to come.
5) Hand towel: often overlooked, it is great for cleaning knives off at the conclusion of a trip, and for wiping bait slime off the hands, especially mussels.
6) Gloves: a pair of working gloves is fine. They come in handy for grabbing mussels off the rocks and avoiding cuts. Also, when it’s necessary to grab a fish by the gills, they can prevent damage to the hands. Lingcod, in particular, have sharp gill rakers and can slice up the hands when the fish starts thrashing around.
7) Pliers: a pair of needle nose is great, especially those with a cutting feature. Wonderful for extracting the hook from the mouth, especially in the case of a Lingcod with big teeth.
8) Knives: a bait knife and a fillet knife are essential. In California, some species must have some of the skin left on the fillet if the fish is filleted before coming in, so that the Game Warden can make an ID if they stop you. Not sure about Oregon, though.
9) Sunscreen: probably necessary in Oregon mostly in the spring and summer, but it’s great to have in the backpack at all times, just in case.
10) Watch: you’d be surprised how many times I’ve gone fishing without one and felt pretty dumb afterward, especially if I have to leave by a certain time. I finally bought a good one and attached it to the backpack to solve the problem once and for all.
11) Flashlight: many fisherman fish into the afternoon/early evening, and even into the night, having at least a mini-maglite is great.
2) Reel Oil: sometimes reels will seize up if water crept inside of it the last outing. If it’s not checked prior to going out again, the angler may be sorely disappointed when the reel wont crank, especially if it’s the only one they brought out. Having reel oil can be a lifesaver in this situation. WD-40 is not as preferable but works well, if that’s all that’s available.
13) Fishing License & Shellfish License: absolutely imperative for all anglers to possess.
I would suggest that viewers always refer to the ODFW’s website for current, up-to-the-date info regarding size limits, open seasons, and closures. I strongly SUGGEST that you check the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife page to review size limits, closures, and anything new which might affect your fishing experience.