I took a few minutes after finishing my lunch today to check marinetraffic.com. I really wanted to see what was in or near the Astoria anchorage, but what was going on offshore caught my eye.
The purple symbols are “other” craft. (Click on the image to see the larger version and legible legend) Most of those shown are fishing boats, with a couple of pretty significant pleasure cruisers thrown in. Were they out there for the fish?
It’s probably a good thing that the local gillnetters don’t use AIS… they might overload the system on days like these!