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I've yet to hear of anyone going for sockeye in the salt. Has anyone been out and successful. I'm going on Sunday (hopefully Monday or Tuesday too) and want to know if it is worth trying for sockeye?
 

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I'm looking for info as well, Bigjay! The salt is open for Socks right? All areas with the exception of Boundary Bay... My father and I are going out this weekend twice. Gotta hit A&N and pick up some hootchies (pink). Anybody heard any reports from the mouth of the Fraser? Please? Hehe! -Nathan in NW
 

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GUIDE report, Sat. August 5.

bigjay said:
8 flashers!!!
Good on you man. Can't wait to hear from you.
Thanks Jason
Here's what you need to know.

Don't bother going on Sunday morn. You'll have to go far, and there is not big schools out there.

Hello folks.

Thought I'd chip in. I was fishing today...not for myself, but my guests, a fun family of 4..it's always one of the cool things to get out and return to ones roots every now and then outside of personal fishing with friends and family---and guiding it was.

So...guiding I went.

We covered miles and miles and miles of water, getting started off Point Grey, heading to the QA, trolling south to the North Arm, back to the Pt. Grey bellbuoy, to the QB, to the 14 th Street Pier, to the QB, to the QC off Stanley Park..and NADA.

Then again, we weren't alone, radioing around and checking with all the guide boats, listening to all the conversations on the radio, and making a few calls on the cell phone all echoed the same message...there ain't NO FISH...everyone was spread out off the mouth as far south as Sandheads, the middle arm, the North Arm, inshore, offshore... all over the Vancouver harbour..not 1 of the 15 guide boats out there had anything to report.

YIKES!

I had out the binoculars, keeping a close watch for fish on, etc..and nothing.

A few of the guide boats were off Sandheads, the T10, the North Arm, and armed and locked and loaded for Sockeye...6 rods out, 18 flashers, etc etc..and NADA! Small schools of Sockeye were visible on the mud flats, but it's way to shallow to fish for them.

I know of 1 dandy wild Coho that was released, and 1 large peahead chinook hooked off the QA at 100 feet, but otherwise, not a keeper fish was landed...even by all the boats fishing the West Van shoreline.


Save your $$$ Saltchuck Sporties, and go buy yourself a couple of burgers and a six pack, and you'll come out ahead.

Oh yeah. Lines were in the water at 6, and we hit the dock at 1 pm.
 

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I'd have to agree with the magician. We were out there working the area between Point Grey and T10 on Sat morning for both Sockeye and Springs and we didn't even get a sniff. Lots of dogfish whenever the stinkbait went down but otherwise no salmon. Pretty discouraging really. Where are all the fish? Early August, Sat of long weekend and all the Charter boats and all the sporties are out there and no fish???? Is it just me or is there something wrong here. One would think that with caustic soda in the Cheakamus and oil spills in Howe Sound and drift nets strung across the Fraser we would have excellent returns :(
 

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Chin Up.

GetTheNet said:
I'd have to agree with the magician. We were out there working the area between Point Grey and T10 on Sat morning for both Sockeye and Springs and we didn't even get a sniff. Lots of dogfish whenever the stinkbait went down but otherwise no salmon. Pretty discouraging really. Where are all the fish? Early August, Sat of long weekend and all the Charter boats and all the sporties are out there and no fish???? Is it just me or is there something wrong here. One would think that with caustic soda in the Cheakamus and oil spills in Howe Sound and drift nets strung across the Fraser we would have excellent returns :(
Heard that there were some sockeye caught this morning off Sandheads...just a handful by a lot of boats.

They're starting to show.
 

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Not the news I was hoping for... :( Oh well.... The family and I headed out from Sunset Marina (near Hole in The Wall) yesterday early afternoon and decided the water was too rough and time consuming to make the crossing to the mouth in our 60 hp. 17 fter! hehe...
So we turned the corner and headed over to Ambleside and the Pink Apartment areas. We fished the "35' bank" back and forth for a while and saw lots of fish on the finder staging in the area waiting for high tide and then the push into the lower Cap. Tried various hootchie/flasher combos as well as various coyote spoons and didn't get a sniff. Didn't see any fish caught either. Hmmm....Cheers! -Nathan in NW
 
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