The coastal summer/fall tuna fishery is underway for those anglers equipped to run a fair piece offshore or willing to buy a charter trip on one of the larger, longer-range boats. Cathy Sawin at Westport Charters (1-800-562-0157) said the two-day boats have been doing pretty well, but that the fish are a little too far out right now — at about 70 miles, she said — for the one-day boats.
Anglers on the longer-range trips, using live bait, have been averaging about five to seven albacore per person, and Sawin said many of the fish have been larger than usual, going 20 to 30 pounds.
One-day tuna charters are in the $430 range, while the two-day trips cost about $600, she said.
Salmon fishing has been off and on, though generally pretty good, with a mix of chinook and coho (heavy on the coho). The silvers are up now in the 8- to 10-pound range, Sawin said.