A fishing guide whose boat capsized last week, leaving one man dead, says he was headed back to shore because of Coast Guard warnings about rough going at the notorious Columbia River Bar.

The guide, Tyler Courtney of Oregon City, tells The Oregonian he took a party of five out Friday morning for what started as a good day for fishing.

But by 8:30 a.m., the Coast Guard said conditions were getting bad, and it would close the bar, where hundreds have died in wrecks.

Courtney says a swell nobody saw hit the 25-foot boat, and it sank immediately.

A passing boat picked up Courtney and four others. Later, the Coast Guard found Craig Robert Biggs of West Linn wearing his life jacket and tangled in fishing equipment.