Tuna Fishing Trip

Betty Kay Charters

Zerve Seller: FishBettyKay
Activity #2272
  • Try this 5 hour fishing trip and enjoy the beautiful Oregon coastline as you fish over kelp pads, reefs, and pinnacles for rock fish!

  • On this 12 hour trip, join us to search for halibut, a big fish that is a delicious Pacific Northwest delicacy as well as a fun catch!

  • Join us for a two hour whale watching cruise to see Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, "Killer" Whales, and wildlife such as sea lions!

Available Dates & Times Price Duration
All times listed are Pacific time zone


Join us for a 12 hour tuna fishing trip on the beautiful Southern Oregon ocean waters at Coos Bay/Charleston.

Our tuna trips run during the summer and are dependent on the currents. You will see the beautiful Oregon coastline while fishing near-shore (20 to 60 miles from Charleston Harbor). We will troll at 6 knots using tuna jigs on the surface.

Our tuna trips feature:
  • The most experienced captains & deckhands out of Coos Bay
  • U.S.C.G. inspected vessels
  • The safest bar crossing on the South Oregon coast
  • Family fun and adventure
  • Beautiful scenery!
Tuna are fast, fighting fish and a thrill to catch, not to mention delicious to eat! Nothing can beat the taste and flavor of fresh Oregon ocean caught fish!

What Is Not Included?

  • A one day fishing license is not included in price of trip and is required for all participants ages 14 and up (available for $12 each at the start of the trip).
  • Food is not provided on the vessel, so please bring your own.
  • Complimentary coffee and water will be available, but feel free to bring your own beverages (alcohol must be limited to 6 beers per person).
  • Feel free to bring a small ice chest for your snacks and drinks.
  • Rain gear is not provided.

Meeting Location

Boat Basin Rd. at Charleston Harbor (Coos Bay, OR) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
What have you been catching recently?
8/13/14 This year the warm waters have come within the reach of the 12 hour day trips, from 30 to 40 miles out. We are having fishable ocean conditions for off shore tuna lately. It is harder dealing with wind. The Betty Kay has been returning with 2 to 5 albacore tuna around.
How many tuna can I catch?
You are allowed to catch up to 25 tuna.
What kind of fishing trips do you have?
We have a variety of different fishing trips available. Our half day rock fishing trips are near shore ocean bottom fishing trips that are 5 hours in duration. We also feature seasonal ocean salmon trips, spring & summer offshore 12 hour halibut trips, and summer tuna trips! To view our calendar, click on the "Calendar of Other Activities" link on the left of the page.
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and trips often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Which boat will I be on and how many people can go on it at once?
You will either be on the Betty Kay or the Shamrock. The Betty Kay is a 50' delta fiberglass vessel that can accommodate up to 20 fishermen, and the Shamrock is a 47' youngquist wood vessel that can accommodate up to 15 fishermen. Sometimes we will take both boats out fishing (total 35 passengers). Please note that if you have more than 20 people in your group, you will need to be split up onto two different vessels if we are taking both out. Both vessels catch fish real well and are famous on the Southern Oregon coast!
How many hours do we fish?
We troll for albacore tuna for 8 hours.
Is there food served on the trip?
No, as there will be no food served on board, we recommend you bring the food you like with you. Feel free to bring a small ice chest with you!
Can I bring an ice chest for my food?
Yes, you can bring a small ice chest for your food.
Are there drinks served on the trip?
There will be water and coffee served on board, but please bring any additional beverages you'd like with you. Note that alcohol must be limited to 6 beers per person (cans or bottles).
Is there a galley?
No, but we do have a comfortable cabin area and will provide water and coffee. We recommend you bring any additional water, soft drinks and food that you'd like with you.
Is all the fishing equipment provided?
Yes, we provide all the fishing equipment and tackle. We do not recommend that you bring your own equipment on this trip.
Will I get a discount if I bring my own rod & reel?
Do you use electric reels for deep ocean fishing?
How far out will we go?
We will go anywhere from 20 to 60 miles out, and will troll at 6 knots on the surface.
How long does it take to get onto the ocean from the dock?
It takes about 10 minutes to cross the bar onto the ocean once you leave the dock.
Is there someone to fillet the fish upon return?
Yes, we have professional filleters to fillet out your fish.
What is the cost to have fish fillet?
The cost you pay the filleter is usually $4 per tuna.
Can I take my dog on the trip?
No, pets are not allowed on our fishing trips.
Will you watch my dog while I'm on the trip?
We will check on your pet now and then if you leave your dog tied up on dry land. Or if you prefer, we can refer a pet sitter for you. If you're interested in a pet sitter, contact us after purchasing tickets.
How should I dress?
Please dress warmly, with comfortable shoes. A warm hat and gloves are also nice to bring along just in case.
Can I smoke on the vessel?
Yes, smoking is allowed on deck, but not in the cabin area. Illegal drugs are forbidden.
Is there a bathroom/head on the vessel?
Yes, there is a bathroom on the vessel.
Do you operate year round?
We operate March through October, but are looking to run year round. Please check back from time to time for new, updated schedules!
Can I bring my infant or toddler?
No, unfortunately children 3 and under are not allowed on this trip, and children 7 and under are not recommended. If you choose to bring a child of any age, that child must have a regular priced ticket purchased in order to fish on board. Note that children ages 14 and up must have a fishing license in order to fish with us. One day licenses are available at the start of the trip for $12 each.
Can I go along as a rider?
Yes, adult riders can go on any fishing trip at a reduced rate -$45 for tuna trips. Remember that riders will not be allowed to fish during the trip and cannot share a rod with other guests.
Do you have wheelchair access?
Yes, our vessel Betty Kay has a swing gate onto the deck for wheelchair access from our ramp platform. The Shamrock does not have such a ramp - the passenger would have to be lifted onto the deck. Please "Contact FishBettyKay" if you would like to bring a passenger in a wheelchair so we can make the appropriate arrangements for you.
Do you go fishing in the rain?
Do you go fishing if it is blowing gale with big seas?
No. In that case, we will give you a credit or you can reschedule your fishing trip.
Are the captain and crew helpful?
Yes, you will have a safety lecture and get helpful hints on having great catches on your fishing trip. The captain and crew will help you during your trip.
What if I get seasick?
It is best to stay out on deck and keep the fresh air around you. If you are particularly prone to seasickness, we advise taking preventative measures beforehand.
Do I have to be experienced to go fishing?
No. The captain & crew are very helpful and work hard to make sure you catch your limit and have a great time.
Are we guaranteed to catch our limit of fish?
No. We go out for tuna when we hear of good catch reports within our reach of 60 miles - we will do our best to help you find them!
Will I see other things out on the ocean?
Yes, you may see orca, pilate, blue and humpback whales. There are sea birds, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, sea lions, jellys, and bait balls. Because we're in a commercial port, you will see big ships, tug boats and other vessels leaving and returning to port.
Do you set out crab pots before leaving out on a fishing trip?
No, not at this time.
Can we catch other types of fish if we limit out on tuna?
No. We target only albacore tuna when we go offshore.
Can I keep the fish I catch?
Yes, you can keep the fish you catch. Your fish will get your special colored tag. Our filleters will fillet the tuna for $4 each. Tuna make a delicious treat!
Can you freeze the fish while I stay in Charleston?
Yes, we have freezer space for our customers during their stay. Vacuum packing is also available and Chuck's Seafood can UPS your fish to you.
Do I have to sign a liability waiver?
Do you go whale watching?
Yes, we go whale watching in March and April when the California Gray whales are returning on their northward migration to the Gulf of Alaska. To check out our whale watching schedule, click on the "Calendar of Other Activities" link on the left of the page!
Are cameras allowed?
Are GPS's allowed?
Are video cameras allowed?
Are binoculars allowed?
Can I book a private charter?
Yes, you can contact Betty Kay Charters directly to schedule a private charter by clicking on the "Contact FishBettyKay" link - let us know what you have in mind!
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates are available for all of our trips. To request a gift certificate, please click on the "Contact FishBettyKay" link and let us know what you'd like. Someone will get back to you shortly!


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

Children 3 and under are not permitted and those 7 and under are not recommended.
Due to the length of the trip and the mature attention span required, children ages 3 and under are not permitted to attend. We highly recommend that children not attend unless they are at least 8 years old. If you choose to bring children of any age, they must have a standard priced ticket purchased to fish on board.


Betty Kay Charters

Betty Kay Charters has been operating for over 30 years, and Capt. Bill Whitmer and Margery have owned and operated the business for 20 years now. Capt Bill brings over 35 years of west coast ocean fishing experience and Captain Kathi has 20 years of experience with Betty Kay Charters.
They are eager to see you not only have great catches of ocean fish, but also have a great experience fishing the mighty Pacific Ocean. The crew is very helpful and wants you to have a great time also!
Please call Zerve at
1 (800) 979-3370
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