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With the 2008 saltwater sport fishery approaching quickly, and the great memories of last year still being talked about, most anglers can’t wait to hear the reels screaming’ again. Last years Chinook fishery in our favorite hotspots around the south end of Denman and Hornby Islands (area 14) surpassed most everyone’s expectations. Larger numbers of herring kept the fish feeding around Flora Islets and Tribune Bay most of the summer. The average weight of salmon landed on our charters was up 7-10 lbs. Both the Big and Little Qualicum River runs were exceptional, with most fish hitting the scales at between 25-35 lbs. The time to prepare for the coming angling season is now. It’s never too early to haul out all your gear and give it the once over. Throw out all the rusty hooks, fouled line, frayed downrigger line, lube up the reels, check the drag systems etc and get ready to have fun out on the water. Try not be the guy who “ALMOST LANDED THE BIG ONE” because last years leader snapped!!
All boat owners should take the extra time to give the boat complete inspection from top to bottom. Don’t overlook your trailer; faulty bearings; lights; hitches etc can really spoil your day. The new boating regulations are coming into effect so be sure to check and see what applies to yourself and others that might take the control of your vessel. The next few months can provide some real treats for the dinner table. The local prawning is fantastic, you just have to wait for Mother Nature to co-operate a little. The numbers of crab in Baynes Sound is on the rise, so try dropping a trap around the spit in Deep Bay in 40-60 ft of water. The oysters are always tastier this time of year and a fresh winter spring on the grill can’t be beat. If you are going to do some winter spring fishing, best bet is around the ferry dock (Hornby side) in Lambert Channel. There is a nice 220 ft hole where the fish always seem to be. Give it a shot with light 6 ft leader, small flashers and a silver prism coyote spoon. This set up seems to produce good results most days. For angling info or charters contact G&M FISHING CHARTERS at 1-800-577-6966 or 24 hr pager (250) 954-6500
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