Getting crabby on the coast

Ever thought about heading to the southern Oregon Coast for a little crabbing? If so, you should.

Last year, we went down to Coos Bay for a weekend of all kinds of fishing, including surfperch, bass via kayaks, and clamming and crabbing. We even caught a red rock crab in no time, something we’d never done before. (All the crustaceans we’d hauled in up till then had been Dungeness.)

A few months later, I got an assignment from Travel Oregon and Oregon’s Adventure Coast for a more in-depth story all about crabbing and clamming on the southern Oregon Coast: how to do it, where to go, what kind of species are around. Find the story on the Travel Oregon site.

Casting away in Coos Bay

It was a weekend of big waves and spouting whales. Of red rock crabs, surfperch, bass and gaper clams. Of new adventures in new places along the Oregon Coast with friendly new faces.

Now, it’s my latest piece for Travel Oregon.

Back in April, we headed down to Coos Bay for an assignment I got from Travel Oregon. The goal was to spend a weekend exploring what the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau has dubbed “Oregon’s Adventure Coast,” particularly all the various fishing options that abound.

So, with the help of CBNBVCB’s executive director Janice Langlinais and Rob Gensorek, owner of Basin Tackle Charleston, we did all that and then some. We crabbed off the docks, fished off the beach, paddled the waters of Empire Lake and dug clams from the tidal flats of the South Slough in Charleston.

In between, we took in the amazing views from Cape Arago State Park, dined on incredible seafood at the High Tide Cafe and had a nightcap at 7 Devils Brewing Co.

But there was more to it than that.

At the end of the weekend, we’d gained a newfound appreciation of a stretch of Oregon Coast that we’d never spent much time in before. From now on, rather than passing through on our way to somewhere else, we’ll stop in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston and stay for a while.