When traveling the Pacific Northwest, seafood is a must do – both the catching and consuming of it. And Captain Mark Lytle’s Pacific City Fishing charter gets it done.
During a four- to six-hour fishing trip off Cape Kiwanda, you’ll be reeling in bottom fish, ling cod, salmon and Dungeness crab from an open 22-foot dory boat. All the gear is provided, so anglers just need their sense of adventure and patience. Part of this experience is the dory launch itself, a local practice that dates back more than a century. Known as the Home of the Dory, Pacific City is one of the few places worldwide where this maritime marvel still takes place. The dories of yesteryear were flat-bottomed double-enders with two sets of oars to carve past the surf. Today’s models often utilize outboard motors, but many committed dory men and women at their helms row through the surf like their ancestors. Either way, the boat’s massive bow diffuses the waves, claws through the tide and surges out to sea. As an added bonus, you may also get the opportunity for some whale watching if the creatures are out and about.
Once back ashore, Captain Lytle’s crew will clean and fillet your catch to take on your way. They’ll even cook up a bit of it up on site so you can taste it warm before you go.