“stop wishin' come fishin'”
Welcome to Newport Tradewinds, the oldest established charter fishing service on Newport's Bayfront. Serving you since 1949, Newport Tradewinds is owned and operated by Helen Waddell and family. With Newport Tradewinds, you'll enjoy bottom fishing trips to the Inner Reefs or the Rockpile, halibut or salmon fishing in season, tuna fishing from Mid July through Mid-October, whale watching in the early spring and late fall, or bay crabbing throughout the year. So, whenever you're planning to visit the beautiful Oregon coast, you'll find Newport Tradewinds waiting for you!
I go on a few charters and private guide trips every year. With the beautiful oceans everyone was booked full so I thought I would give this outfit a try.
I booked my 8 yo daughters 1st ocean trip on Friday 8/9 for the following Sunday afternoon. On Saturday evening they called and said there weren't enough clients for an afternoon trip so I had to switch to the morning. I was hesitant as it is a 2hr 20 minute drive and we would have to leave by 4AM (very early for an 8yo) but agreed. Then she called back ten minutes later saying the afternoon trip was on.
We get ready and make it almost 1 hour to Newport and they called apologizing that the trip was cancelled. Not due to weather as it has never been better in the summer, illness/ injury, mechanical failure; all these would have been disappointing yet understandable. No, it was for lack of clients despite them saying it was on just 14 hours prior. Two hours wasted and $15 in fuel were the least of my worries.
They are on speaker phone as I am driving and my daughter hears. Immediately she bursts into tears. Had I been able to get a picture of her face it would sum it all up. The look she had at that moment is probably the look you will have if you book here and get the same service we did.
I have been out with a couple other outfits in Newport, with a couple in Depoe Bay, a couple in Garibaldi, as well as some in Massachusetts and Florida. Some were great fishing trips, some not so much and that is to be expected as it is called "fishing," but none had ever pulled something like this.
I don't know if it was the office or a boat captain that pulled the plug on the trip. I do know that I would not trust an outfit that would make my daughter cry and not so much as off her an apology.
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