anyone been out lately? any tips I haven't been out for awhile -caught a whack of 20 lbers at Nootka and thought i had enough for the year..... but the fever returns .. it is a sickness .. it hurts so good
Got two sockeye out near the QA in about 100 feet of water. Lots of people catching sox, we had three hits, landed two, not too bad. Could have used more hits. I think you really have to hit the early bite. Our first fish was on before we got all our gear in, around 7 - 7:30. Going out first thing tomorrow. I love sockeye.
Can anyone please give me an idea of where you are referring to when you say QA and T-10. I would like to get out and try for some soxs but I would be coming through Polier and and hate to blow all that gas to just cruise out to the middle without really knowing where to target them.
QA is a yellow buoy 3 miles West of Point Grey. Water there is approx 120 meters deep.
Point Grey Bell Buoy, or sometimes just the Bell Buoy, or what I sometimes call Q62 is 1 mile North of Point Grey. Water there is approx 30 meters deep.
T10 is a buoy approx 4miles west of YVR airport, pretty much straight out from the channel where the sea planes land, home of the Flying Beaver. Water there (T10) is approx 175 feet deep.
4 million late run Socks are on approach.
If I were you I would have a good look around as you come across toward QA. You might find yourself a mega skool way out there somewhere, where there are no other boats to cut you off. Then again, depending on the tide and luck, you might have to troll right in to near the North Arm to find a biter.
Oh my, the T10 was a little Alberniesque today. Hundreds of boats, thousands of fish. Constant struggle to not get fouled up. Just to spice it up, a commercial crabber had a bunch of pots in the middle of the masses. Saw two guys get fouled in a trap, one was a guide, should have known better.
We got out too late and got skunked. Saw a few landed. Anyone know what color hootchie was working well, or spoons? Trying again tomorrow.
Was fishing at 6:30ish infront of North mouth fished till 9:30 and got to the T-10. Many fish jumping but not biting... fished mostly between 45'-80'. Did anyone see any Dall Porpisses around the T-10. We saw a few that vanished on long dives. And only saw one boat catch a fished and another lose one. The one that was caught was a spring. Fished the Bell bouy for springs a bit noda. Too many boats.
have fun, Jason
We fished T10 today, actually the first ones there this AM. We had a double header and landed one, then nothing until quiting at around 11AM, except one dogfish. We saw lots of people catching. I saw one boat catch and land three in about an hour. Our leaders were too short or long or the color of our hootchies was a little off, whatever. Pretty frustrating. Another example of 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish. I'm not in the 10%.
hey bigjay if you ever have some room on your boat for one more give me a pm and i'd love to hit the chuck with ya this fall! i have everything a guy needs to fish the chuck(rod,reel,line,gas $,hooks,lures,flashers,licence!) everything but the boat!lol
Lucked out SUnday along with 50 other boats just North of Sandheads a mile or two. Most boats were limiting. Finners all over the surface. Most bites seemed to be down 20 or 40 feet in less than 100 feet of water.
Sandheads is the end of the 5 mile rock jetty running West from Garry Point in Steveston. It runs out from the South Arm of the Fraser. Dont know where the tin can you asked about is. There are red and green buoys marking the deep water channels into the Fraser at Sandheads. I think the lightship is a white shack on pilings on the South side of the main channel at Sandheads, less than a mile South of the lighthouse on the end of the jetty. Socks were out there North of Sandheads very thick this weekend.
got to sand heads late today and got a hit within the first 20min. We satayed another 3-4 and never got antoher hit. I have never seen so many fish jumping in my life! 4 were 6 inches from landing in the boat, but not to many biting. saw a couple of guys really had the luck on there side but not me. How far should you have ur hoochie behind your downrigger clip? is the sockeye season closed now? Do they also close areas?
We had good luck with about 29 inch leaders behind hot spots. Heavy leaders. Red or green flashers both worked Sunday. Did not pay too much attention to distance of flasher behind the clip. Usually between 8 to 20 feet. i like the top line to be longer so it doesnt tangle with the bottom line if the bulge in the bottom line gets big. The key for us Sunday afternoon was that they were biting shallow at 20 to 40 feet down. Dont be afraid to tear off lots of pieces off your hootchy. At least every second leg. The fish we caught Sunday had only been eatinng krill. I like to stick eyes on my hootchies too.
This is a great thread and I have to thank all who have written items here.
I have yet to try fishing the Sandhead area as this my first year of saltwater fishing. It seems I have been missing the boat (pun) as I have been bouncing around off Cowen and Roger Curtis and Gower. Seeing lot's of fish on the finder but only hooking a couple. Got a nice Chinook of Cowen 69cm but yet to really have any constant day's. I have used the hot spot’s green/red and army truck hoochies. What is this tearing of legs of the hoochie? Why do you do this?
I have yet to venture down to the Sandhead area is there anything to real worry or be concerned about in the way of tides and really rough waters. I have seen some pretty rough days this year in chuck.
What size of boat are you using to fish the Sandhead area.
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