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Old 09-30-2007, 03:07 PM   #1
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Where does the term "Ghost Hole" originate from? I can understand the Coast Guard hole, Oyster house, etc. But the Ghost Hole?:lurk:

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Old 09-30-2007, 03:20 PM   #2
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Where does the term "Ghost Hole" originate from? I can understand the Coast Guard hole, Oyster house, etc. But the Ghost Hole?:lurk:

i have heard two stories ..
  1. If you look at the nautical chart there "appears" to be the outline of a ghost adjacent to the hole.
  2. A fisherman drowned there and some reported seeing or hearing him.. hence the "ghost hole"
thats what i heard anyway ,,, ?????
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:38 PM   #3
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It is kind of a secret and not to many folks know the true story. If you see me out fishing this fall, come up and ask me. If I think you can keep a secret I might tell you the whole story. You may not like it. JD
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:40 PM   #4
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I forgot to tell you,,If I do tell the story you have to promise not to tell you children. JD
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:43 PM   #5
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According to the Oregon Historical Society, when Robert Gray first encountered Native Americans it was at Tillamook Bay. The encounter didn't go well, resulting in a battle between the sailors and the Indians. For a long time after that, what we know as Tillamook Bay was on the charts as Murderer's Bay. I believe the name Ghost Hole comes from the legacy of the early killing of Indians at Hobsonville point. There used to be a historic marker there, but I'm not sure if it still is.
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:52 PM   #6
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Good stuff, who said history is not interesting.
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:23 PM   #7
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Check out the October issue of Salmon Trout Steelheader I wrote an article about it.

I haven't seen the real answer on this thread yet
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:48 PM   #8
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I cant figure out how it got it's name.......
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Old 09-30-2007, 05:20 PM   #9
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I thought it was a horse that spooked pulling a carriage along the shoreline on one moonlit night ride.
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Old 09-30-2007, 05:33 PM   #10
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Where does the term "Ghost Hole" originate from? I can understand the Coast Guard hole, Oyster house, etc. But the Ghost Hole?:lurk:
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:29 PM   #11
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I worked on the dredge back in the 70s that was dredging the origanal "old mill marinia" owners .. one of the owners was a local dairy farmer up the miami river ,, last name smith.. He told me back then that the name came after they put in the new road for hwy 101. they installed a colvert about half way along that stretch of the road. when the tide is running hard out the tidewater will run out thru the culvert and make a "owhhh" sound.. as the wind and water runs out... I have actually heard the sound when we were out there after dark clamming in the middle of the bay.. we were racking cockerals at the time.. we had been consuming adult beverages and after hearing the story and hearing the sound makes sense some 30years later.. mark
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:35 PM   #12
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At the viewpoint at the ghosthole are 3 different legends aboiut the name, you'll have to stop and read them. I myself think the ghost of John Crapper haunts this particular stretch of water! Why else would ODF&W/Coastguard/COE install his name sake right there?
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:07 PM   #13
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You have to look long and hard,,,,but you may not like what you find!!!
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:20 PM   #14
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My father used to commercial fish the "Sioux" out of Garibaldi. This is the story he told me. That there were times that people used to hook a giant fish during the fall salmon season and it would strip their reels as it went back to sea....No one ever landed the "ghost" fish which I later determined was a huge sturgeon having watched the coast guard Zodiac hook a 15' once on spring break. Just my ....
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:23 PM   #15
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i was told that it had something to do with ghost shrimp
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:51 PM   #16
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Well, it's like a ghost. It's either there or it's not. Perhaps it can be both there and not there at the same time? Like there is a mini black hole there that other universe(s) come through that make the fish enter through some sort of time/space vortex or that same time/space vortex holds them there making it possible for them to go on a bite that tends to fill everyone's tag.

Maybe I'm listening to to much Coast to Coast AM. But then again just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not after me.

On this subject, how did the "Jobsite", "Chicken Ranch" or even "The Rockpile" off Newport get their names? (Well, "The Rockpile" I can almost understand.) Who knows? But it does give the place(s) character, and anyone who has fished somewhat seriously for more than a season knows immediately what (and the general area) that is being referred to.
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:57 PM   #17
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This time of year you can see the origins of the namesake all over the bay. I bet most of you didn't know this, but it used to be called Black Hole. It came from the deep, dark holes that are still all over the bay to this day. As legend has it, these cavernous holes are capable of sucking the money right out of your wallets.

Today, we refer to them as boats.

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Old 10-04-2007, 08:41 PM   #18
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On this subject, how did the "Jobsite", "Chicken Ranch" or even "The Rockpile" off Newport get their names? (Well, "The Rockpile" I can almost understand.)
Chicken Ranch would be indicitive of the smaller sized halibut nicknamed "chickens (chicken halibut)" that you catch there.
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:58 AM   #19
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Well I fished the ghost hole for 11/2 Years and never caught a fish there.Thats why I thought it was called the Ghost holeumpkin:.Then finally rod went down.Fish in the boat.And have held my own since when I can get out.So that shoots that thought.
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