Ocean Joy sets off for observing 2015 Albacore Troll fishing
1 Jul 2015
After doing some winter projects and maintenance to the vessel, Ocean Joy is off and running. We will be conducting Albacore Troll fishing for the summer. This entails a highly sustainable fishing method, using barb less hooks attached to lures that are drug behind the boat at 5-6 knots.We will be looking closely at the Tuna, as they come aboard, for any scratches or markings made by IUU drift nets.
Sadly enough, last year was the highest % of net marked fish we ever saw. This left a soured taste in our mouths and our hopes that illegal driftnet fishing would stop were diminished.
There has been a sign of fish being caught close to shore as a big body of warm water appeared off the Columbia River. This warm water, also known as "El Ninio", has been going on for the past 2 years and has moved all the sea life to the North of normal fishing grounds.
We shall see, and off we go.
Captain John-boy Harder