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I'm back from spending the weekend up in Haig-Brown country, courtesy of the fine folks up at Painters. Had a blast trolling hootchies and drifting with the tide for springs down about 200 feet in 500 feet of water...Crazy thing was, we nailed quite a few ling cod...I thought they lived right on the bottom :?: ...Anyhow the action was good with a steady stream of bent rods through out the day. One thing's for sure...I need to get better at that salt water hook set... :oops: I did battle with a nice fat seal waiting for a free meal under our boat..Of course I lost, and was given the head as a consolation prize... :shock: At least the rod didn't break....I can see why you salt water boys are such die hards.. :roll: A total blast...Can't wait to do it again..



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Nice pics Finder! That's a salt water grin! Hehe good stuff! I'll be doing a 2 day charter in Ucluelet on July 19-20...your pics got me stoked!!! LOL Cheers! -Nathan in NW
 

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Wow am I envious! Those conditions look picture postcard purfect.Got out on saturday to troll sand heads at 2:00, mid tide of course , with a touch of small craft warning thrown in for good measure. :lol: I think the swells were approaching 4- 6 ft. by 5:30 so headed back before I lost my lunch. Maxed out on crab thou dispite the circling commercial boats.
 

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AWESOME!!!!
those are some excellent pictures, I hope you enjoyed you trip, and it looks like you did quite well for the cambell river area.
I can not wait to head to the ocean soon, and thos e pictures make me all the more jealous.
 

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I've caught lings in 600 feet of water fishing 60 feet down. This was over in Desolation Sound where the shore was really steep so maybe they were just coming off of the "cliff" to swim out 100 feet into the "big water". I'm surprised at the tight limits on Lings. Even down in the Gulf Islands I have been in places where I caught multiple Lings over 20# in an hour and had to let them all go. In those cases, I was fishing for rock fish in 70-150 feet with a weight and a rigged herring or in some cases a cod jig. Hopefully they are coming back.

If you don't mind telling, where was the "500 feet of water" that you were fishing? It can't be between CR and Quadra because it just ain't that deep there. North of Seymour or East or way South of Quadra sounds like candidate areas.

What gives?
 

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I quite often see the same view in the background as Fish Finder and his pals
The last picture is looking South East to my neck of the woods from just below Quadra. The island between them is Hernando and over their right shoulder is Middlenatch. Water where that picture is taken I say is about 350. Have to be south of Middlenatch to find 500
 

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nice pics finder! sounds like you had a great time. I am going up to Campbell River mid-August to fly-fish of the beaches and fish the actual Campbell River for pinks. Always fun 8)
 

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The 500' of water that he was fishing in is a trench roughly half way between Shelter Pt. on Van Isle and the "hump" which is near the red bouy south east of Cape Mudge.
 

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tillicum Posted: Tuesday 27th of June 2006 04
The 500' of water that he was fishing in is a trench roughly half way between Shelter Pt. on Van Isle and the "hump" which is near the red bouy south east of Cape Mudge
Wow :shock: that's exactly where we were tillicum. :D .. We (us and another 100 boats :roll: )made several drifts through out the day ending up at the hump, then going back down to do it again. That area the locals call "the hump" sure gets rough when the tide rolls in. Great fun!...Deffinately going to do it again..

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Wow :shock: that's exactly where we were tillicum. :D .. We (us and another 100 boats :roll: )made several drifts through out the day ending up at the hump, then going back down to do it again. That area the locals call "the hump" sure gets rough when the tide rolls in. Great fun!...Deffinately going to do it again..

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Good to hear you will go back. I was out there that day with you in one of the 49 other OBMG whalers. That particular day my guests could have had their limit by 730 but we started releasing fish because they were to be out there for 8 hours and didn't want to go in for having their limit. It sure is nice that the "Good Old Days" are back (at least for this year).

You should see how rough it gets when there is a strong flood tide and a moderate SE wind. When those conditions exist, large deep sea vessels start bouncing pretty good. Really interesting to watch, from shore. :!:
 

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tillicum Posted: Wednesday 28th of June 2006 11
I was out there that day with you in one of the 49 other OBMG whalers.
Well that explains why you know the area. :) We were out for an 8 hour trek also. Some of the guys in our group had their limit pretty early as well. We had to work a little longer for our keepers, however the time still flew by. Our guide Brian was a complete riot. :D A great guy to have in the boat...A completely different fishing experience from what I'am used to here in the valley...A guy could get used to the fishing up there in a hurry.

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fish finder glad to hear you enjoyed you stay up in campbell river good to see you had a good guide, hammer is a wicked dude and a great fisher man looks like he got you into a few fish, the fishing up here has been wicked the last few weeks hopefully it will stay that way for the rest of the season.
 

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nice seal food

Just trolled for 2 days at the south end of channels that empty around Cortez and Hill islands.
Not a strike and maybe 4 boats fishing. The cause, in these two days I did not see one herring boil and about just four small schools of needle fish. An old timer up there stated they used to monitor the size of the herring schools by flying over. If you were a salmon would you starve in campbell river area. Noticed former boat rental shop still open but only renting bikes.

The mayor better speak out about the dfo distruction of the feed stock, or maybe it is to late.
 
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