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This video is of commercial fishing boats returning from fishing off the coast of Washington and Oregon. They are crossing the Columbia Bar, which is the site the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.

This is designated as one of the most dangerous ports of entry anywhere in the world. There are at least eight to 10 deaths per year with people trying to get in or out in boats that are not made for this kind of severe beating - the kind you will see these boats going through.

These boats are self-righting, have a super low center of gravity, sealed engine compartments, basically bullet proof glass windows, double steel hulls.



They are commercial shrimp and fishing boats. The Coast Guard has closed it to any other boats due to waves of 35 to 45 feet. It is quite a sight to see. Watch the You-tube video and determine if you would like to have been a crew member on either of these two vessels.

Columbia River bar - let's go fishing!

 

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Just DRIVING across the Bridge from Washington to Astoria Ore. is quite the rush..
My Wife closes her eyes every time...:eek:
 

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Hey Z! Lets take my tracker out there and chase salmon!
 

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Check out the Coast Guard vessels that patrol there, they are awesome, built even tougher than those fishing boats...
 

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BTDT, went out with a couple old sea dogs, watched another boat disappear I thought it had sank in the rollers, only to have it reappear after 3 more rollers, and said I guess we'll have to head in, then got told oh no, its nice today, you should have been here yesterday. Pretty sure I had more than one Hershey stripe.
 

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Why do those boats look dead in the water? Are they just sitting there or are they trying to get somewhere?
 

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After living in Portland for 18 years I have a healthy respect for the Coasties up there. One of our pilots (prior to coming to our unit) ended up in the drink off the coast when he lost control of his F-4. The Coast Guard did a fantastic job getting him out of the drink (both the boats and the helo's). I never did go out over that bar but much preferred going down to Depot Bay and going out of that small harbor when I went deep sea fishing.

There are (or at least were) several tv spots that show the Coasties training in that area that are eye catching to say the least. As for driving over the Astoria Bridge I never thought it was that big of a deal. Now some of the bridges up in the San Juan Straits are another matter. They were scary but you had to cross them to get to some of the good restaurants up in the islands.
 

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I never did go out over that bar but much preferred going down to Depot Bay and going out of that small harbor when I went deep sea fishing.

DEPOT BAY ...... 8)
Isn't that where JACK NICHOLSON commandered the "charter boat" to take all the NUTS out Salmon Fishing in "One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest" ??
 

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Asleep at the keyboard....its Depoe Bay not Depot. And yes, that is the port that Randall took the crew out for the fishing excursion....btw have I ever mentioned that I think Nurse Ratched is the most evil villain to ever hit the silver screen!!

When we lived in Oregon we normally took at least one yearly trip out deep sea fishing. Used Tradewinds located there in Depoe bay for bottom fishing and crab hauling. They were always great to fish with. Also went out one time salmon fishing from there and had pretty good luck but the size of that boat was a bit worrisome. Went out and everyone on board got at least one salmon. The bottom fishing excursions had bigger boats - mostly like the movie trawler....although we didn't have to worry about the Capt'n humpin' the hottie.
 
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