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Old 07-09-2008, 07:31 AM
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Well it has come down to this…Our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter are moving from Miami, FL, to Seattle and because We couldn’t bear to be without her so are We. My wife and I have lived in Miami all our life..I grew up fishing, surfing, and diving here in Miami. I have a 20 ft center console, which I hate to sell but probably will sell along with my truck. So I am looking for some advice. What about my fishing gear, sell all my rods with the boat or take them with me. Of course I’m selling all my dive gear here. What type of rods and gear would I need in the Portland or Seattle? Should I take my boat or buy one there? Andy (Depressed In Miami)
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:39 AM
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Well,
Keep your dive gear. There is some pretty good diving here but visibilties will make you feel claustrophobic at times. If you are in Seattle the Puget sound is the place to fish. Lake Washington and some of the surrounding lakes are good at times as are some of the rivers. The east side of the state has some great fishing also.

As for fish and gear?? Downrigger fishing is the way to go in the sound for salmon. The trolla-mooch technique works also. The two main varieties are Kings ( blackmouth, chinook ) and Silvers (coho). Kings can get pretty good sized and silvers not so big but great fighters.There are also Pinks, and Chum that come through every now and then. Steelhead, sockeye etc . Most of the rods I use are light to mid weight with a snappy tip. Line weights from 15 to 20 lbs. For bottom fishing (lingcod, cabezon, rockfish) I use a slightly modified version of the above just a heavier line. Halibut are great also. That's a different set up entirely. Think short heavy rods with heavy line. (60lb+). 40lb flat fish in 300+" of water are awesome to hook into. Some go into the 100lb range. If you go out to the coast (Neah Bay, Sekeiu areas ) you can get some nice bottom fish in the springtime and Salmon in the summer/fall. In the last few years I have started chasing fresh water fish a lot more. Trout, bass, walleye etc are all here if you know where to look.
You don't see too many center console fishing boats here. A lot of walkarounds with tops to keep you out of the rain.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:10 PM
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Don't forget about tuna fishing offshore. The past few years have been very good although this summer the North wind is working against good catches. There are also the occasional larger blue fin tuna offshore, but we don't know how to hook them up. There have been sitings within the month of 150 fish jumping out of Newport, Oregon. They could not get the fish to bite. Don't sell all your salt gear. And if you do, bring some to Portland and sell it here. We can always use a good sale. Log onto IFish.net and read the Salty Dogs board.

As an aside, my wife sells real estate, and there are killer deals to be had in Portland. I know nothing of the Seattle market.


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Old 07-14-2008, 02:35 PM
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G'Day Angler 204. My son and daughter-in-law moved to Seattle one year ago and they lived in Hollywood, Florida. I have visited them there and fished for snook, etc. Good fun. I bought a 20' bay for fishing fresh water and salt water and it is a good boat for the sound and would be ok at La Push near shore in good weather. I would not want to take it over the bar on the Columbia!!!

I prefer the Seattle area for fishing as there are many different opportunities. Since you are coming from Miami you will need to make an adjustment in expectations. Your area has lots of different species, and as noted above, the NW does not. I would bring your Angler boat and all your gear! You will need a good wet suit (or dry) for diving. The Puget Sound has some amazing diving. Don't start getting depressed as you are not moving to an inland state that is far away from fishing. There is also wonderful opportunities to travel to British Columbia and fish. I really love the Seattle area even though it is crowded. Portland is a gorgeous city, but you have to drive aways to launch and there are only a few sheltered areas (bays) to fish and crab. This is just my opinion. I will be heading to Seattle in a couple of weeks to fish for Silvers and maybe a King or two.

BTW, you won't get too many lightning storms, but you will get lots of rain and much colder weather. You could just stay in Miami and visit the kids a couple times a year (get Skype)--just a thought. It will be a major adjustment. You need to visit the Seattle area in December before moving. Also, housing costs have remained high in the Seattle area and are quite depressed in the Miami area. You may take a major financial hit on housing. Good luck with your decision. Cheers, Gary
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:14 PM
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Your following your kids , dude you have a problem..................

Stay where your at , they will come home after the 1st winter.

It says in the good book to raise them and send them on there way.

Mark my woods you and your wife will regret chasing the kids around the country.

Good luck buddy.
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:08 AM
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What he said
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:49 PM
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Buy a condo out there and go on extended visits-send wife solo sometimes also
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:44 PM
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that last comment made my wife laugh....hey that does sound like a good idea!
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:54 PM
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Bring all of your toys except the CC. You will need a boat that protects you from of our weather. In the past, boats were cheaper in Florida than here in the NW, not sure that is still true. You might want to compare used boat prices first.

The good problem we have in the great NW when trying to decide what boat to buy is, we have so many different fishing and boating options. It is not uncommon to own 3 or 4 boats here in the NW. I am now down to only two boats and wish I had a 2 more to fill in the gaps.

What kind of fishing do you want to do??? To be safe, you need a boat for each type of fishing.
1) Offshore
2) Inside the bays and large rivers for Salmon, sturgeon and crabbing (A light long aluminum boat that is easy and safe to anchor in fast currents)
3) Running small rivers for Salmon and Steelhead (drift boat)

Other boats you may need.
1) live on a boat
2) Kayak or canoe
3) Rafting
4) Wakeboarding and skiing
5) Tug boat to move all your other boats around

Try the bloodydecks web site if you move to WA. IFIsh caters to the OR boaters.
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Old 09-21-2008, 09:38 AM
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i thought boats were cheaper in fla.

many people fish cc's here, but many more have full canvas w/a's or pilothouses.

water is a lot colder here btw. i think the puget sound is 57 degrees now.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:58 AM
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There are tons of boats here and now with the price of fuel there are bargains. I'd like to take my CC but will sell it here and look for a boat in Seattle when I get there. Any suggestions on type and brand of boat? Any recommendations for a guide till I figure out the NW fishing?
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:30 PM
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I think Baja Dan called it. You could have a dozen different boats.

If you plan to fish the sound a good cuddy or walkaround is a great choice. I use a welded aluminum boat with a removeable top. It's rigged for the sound with downriggers etc but also has a bowmount for a trolling motor. Remove the canvas top and shazam it's a bass boat. Trophys are popular around here. So are gradys etc. As far as guides go? There are plenty. I bet the guys here would take you out and show you some of the ropes. I would be happy to any time. It's always good to meet new people.

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Old 09-24-2008, 03:12 PM
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If you are looking to rent for a year in Seattle I know a great house. Enough room for a trailer in the driveway too.
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:16 PM
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:21 AM
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Boating is quite different here than in Florida, that's for sure. But it's certainly every bit as enjoyable. It's true that there are nowhere near as many center consoles up here, but that is not to say that there aren't still a lot. Heck, I own one (18' Boston Whaler Outrage), and it's great for fishing, crabbing, or just general all-around cruising. Open boats are only used in the winter by the most die-hard boaters and fishermen. But cabin cruisers (tralwers, cuddys, etc...) are used year-round.

I wouldn't sell your CC unless you think the cost to transport it outweighs your desire to bring it with you. Boat can be had incredibly cheap down in California these days thanks to the housing crash down there, and can be transported home to Seattle in a day or two for under $1,000 in fuel and expenses (I bought my boat in Sacramento). Center consoles are hard to find in the PNW and command higher prices.

If boating is as important of a part of your life as it is of mine, you will want to live in Seattle rather than Portland. Portland has boating, but there's really just the two rivers, some small lakes, and the ocean. The North Pacific is a treacherous place. Not many people go offshore fishing up here. The season is short and the water is rough, even in the summer. Of course, for those that do, the bounty is impressive. The salmon and halibut that are brought up out there are only rivaled in Alaska. Seattle, by contrast to Portland has lots of protected boating options, while still affording great access to the ocean and even semi-protected deep sea fishing in the Straight of Juan DeFuca. I've done a fair amount of boating in Florida, and I will take boating in Puget Sound over it any day. The catch, of course, is that it rains so much in the winter, but in the summer...it just doesn't get any better.

I won't comment on your plans to follow your son and grandaughter. That's your call. I'm not qualified to make any recommendations there, but I will say it sounds a bit odd.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:30 PM
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welder - 7/14/2008 10:14 PM

Your following your kids , dude you have a problem..................

Stay where your at , they will come home after the 1st winter.

It says in the good book to raise them and send them on there way.

Mark my woods you and your wife will regret chasing the kids around the country.

Good luck buddy.
I would think the kids made the decision to move knowing they would be away from you... I don't know the situation though.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:12 PM
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Pglien is giving you good advice.

I do most of my boating offshore and take what Pglien says to heart, the North Pacific offshore is a treacherous place.. I spend hours going over weather reports and many satellite charts before heading offshore. We have very dangerous offshore conditions here that can change rapidly. Everything from tides to wind direction can change the conditions in a flash. Thanks to a popular TV show, everyone is now familiar with how dangerous commercial crabbing is in Alaska. The fatality rate for commercial crabbers for OR. & WA. is twice the rate of Alaska, and is a much smaller area.

The problem with the Puget sound is, it is almost fished out. The fishing opportunities inside are not as good as going offshore. The other situation we have in the PNW is the fishing regulations are very restrictive and confusing. Take a look at both the OR. and WA. state fishing regulations when you have a chance to see what I mean. You need to take a lawyer with you to fish up here. Also our fishing regulations can change at a moments notice so the written regulations can often get you into trouble.

I will add, given the choice, I would not live in ether Seattle or Portland. I would get off into one of the nearby mid to smaller surrounding towns. Seattle and Portland will not be very far of a drive to get into the big city.
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I agree. I actually live in Tacoma. Although my girlfriend is pushing for it, I don't have any desire to live in Seattle proper. Not enough room for the boat.
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Old 10-18-2008, 05:55 AM
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all great advice..I will probably sell my CC before we move and buy another boat once we settle in....We will be in Seattle again in November to be with the Kids for our annual Thanksgiving Family Get-to-gether as We always do...Dreamweaver21 our Kids are begging Us to move to Seattle to be with them...my Son who is in the Elevator Constructors Union hated Miami and couldn't wait to leave and has been on Us to move. I told him to get me a fishing guide so I can fish when we get there!
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:41 PM
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Lots of good advise from the guys above..We have terrific, world class, boating here in the san Juan Islands and into Canada on protected inside waters but the north Pacific is another matter..The fishing is not as diverse as you have but when you hrow in crabbing, shrimping and clamming you can get your fill of outdoor activities.

Here is the brand of boat I run and this type or rig is popular in the Northwest.

http://www.seasportboats.com/

Don't let the rain scare you, Florida in August is no fun either.
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