Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria

If you’ve heard of Buoy 10 of the Columbia River, but you’ve never had the chance to cast your line in these productive fishing grounds, then it’s high time to give it a go. From August until mid-September, Play N Hooky Guide Service runs trips from Astoria, just in time for you to catch your biggest King Salmon yet.

Captain Eric Baird, who will be your guide for the day, has over 25 years of experience chasing Salmon in these waters, and he knows all their secret hideouts. Chinook and Coho Salmon are in the cards, and both of them are excellent fighters that will not make it easy for you to reel them in. Bear in mind that this area has strict limits on how many fish you can catch per day and that they vary from season to season.

One thing Buoy 10 is known for is its tides and a massive difference they make on the day-to-day fishery. Have no fear, Capt. Eric will know when the best time to start your expedition is and he will know just where to go to put you on the fish. And for a great day on the restless waters of the Columbia River, you need a strong and safe boat as your ride.

Captain’s trusty ally in all the fishing quests is a 24’ Riverwild with the capacity to take out up to 6 people to the best fishery of the day. She’s rigged with twin 225 HP Yamaha engines and has all the fish finding electronics you could ask for. You will have rods, reels, and tackle on board, as well as fresh live bait and lures.

You’re in charge of bringing your own lunch, snacks, and drinks, or you can ask Capt. Eric to provide them for you for a small additional cost. After you’ve fought the King and came out a winner, your guide will fillet your catch for free, that way you’ll have a mouthwatering dinner as soon as you come home.

Play N Hooky Guide Service is ready to show you the abundance of Buoy 10, just bring a valid fishing license and join in for a day for amazing Salmon fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Sep 15
    $500
    There's no better place to get hooked on Salmon fishing than Buoy 10! Come along for an 8-hour trip that will get you to wrestle with the tides and catch massive Chinook and Coho Salmon they bring. All the fishing equipment is provided, just bring a valid fishing license.
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About the Charter Operator

Play N Hooky Guide Service
Warrenton, Oregon, United States
5 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
23 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since August 2018
Captain Eric Baird has spent the last quarter of the century casting his line in the waters around Washington and Oregon and he's got ample experience to share with his customers. His parents' love of fishing and the great outdoors was what got him into fishing in the first place. Today, Capt. Eric enjoys the most taking out families with kids and helping them reel in their first catch.

About this listing

Targeted species

Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat specs

25’ willie raptor (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2011, and restored in 2022. Powered by 2 225HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Lunch
Request upon booking

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Kids are great
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
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Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Nikolaus N.
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Full day with captain Baird

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 25, 2022
Rough day on the water, bite not too hot. Captain Baird knows his stuff and put us on the fish regardless. We hooked at least...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 3, 2022
Had a fantastic day fishing! The catching was even better! Trip was excellent from beginning to end!! Eric you made this trip...
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Ashlie S.
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 1, 2022
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Jane G.
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 9, 2022
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David S.
Kent, WA
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Full day trip with Eric

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 30, 2020
Awesome fishing experience with captain Eric Baird. This was my first time fishing in the ocean for salmon. When I booked the...
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FAQs about Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria

Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria offers the following trip to customers:
  • $250 per person - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Lunch (Request upon booking)

Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria include:
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)