redtail perch

Rob Gensorek holds a red-tail perch caught at Horsfall Beach.

Howdy everyone! I hope you have been out fishing lately, and if you haven’t, I want you to put down this paper, walk to a mirror and repeat these words: “I WILL go fishing, I WILL go fishing, I WILL go fishing.”

It’s already the middle of August, or as we call it here on the coast, “Faugust,” as the low-hanging fog banks greet us most mornings. And being the middle of Faugust means that summer is going by fast, too fast for this sportsman, so you and I both need to get out and enjoy it before its gone and the cold, wet winter days are upon us. Let’s move on to the fishing report now, shall we?

We’ve still seen a few die-hard tuna fishermen get out and have some decent scores, and I just finished talking with a gentleman that landed 12 fish at 45 miles yesterday. While 12 isn’t necessarily worth doing cartwheels over, the grade of these fish is what makes them worthwhile, with a lot in the 20- to 30-pound range.

Rockfish and lingcod remain hot with the occasional day of bad thrown in just to keep us on our toes. We saw a lot of ling in the 20-pound range and a lot of large rockfish last week. Then suddenly the next day it was almost impossible to buy a fish. The following day it picked right up again, so who knows why they mess with us like that. Lots of perch off of Horsfall Beach this week, and Team Basin Tackle went out twice to lay a beating on them. Ice chests were full of tasty white fish when we were done, and just let me say that the 15-fish limit goes a long way. I’ve included a picture of one of the higher-grade fish to show you what you are missing.

Schools of herring are finally coming in the bay to lead the charge with salmon following close behind. We are still seeing a few fish caught daily and expect those numbers to steadily increase. There are several opportunities for fishing for salmon without a boat here in the Basin Tackle area and on Saturday, we will be hosting a bank fishing salmon clinic right here on the edge of the marina. We will be meeting at Point Adams at 9 a.m. and are co-hosting this class with Jason from Nautical Creations Lures. This guy and his products are a local, home-grown success story, so be sure to come out and have some fun with us and get in on give-aways and all kinds of information.

Oh, and as always our clinics are free to attend. Now on to our weekly topic. This week we are discussing…um…nothing. Don’t yell at me! We’ve been super busy, have been hosting clinics, and the days are only 24 hours long, so this week I am going to skip out but I will endeavor to make next week’s article super-duper awesome with an extra side of duper. Until next week folks, and in the meantime I hope to see you out there.

Rob Gensorek is the owner of Basin Tackle in the Charleston Marina and can be reached by phone at (541) 888-FISH, by Facebook at Basin Tackle Charleston, or e-mail at

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Something smells fishy to me 😂


I agree with Paul McCarthy when it comes to fishing.

just me

what was that


That he realized one day while fishing that he was killing something not for food but just for the fun of killing. Sort of equate it to the shark that was pulled behind a boat but above water. Just cruel.

just me

thanks mogie. i rather like the taste of the fish i catch

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