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Wow. Thursday night put us in Nootka in time to anchor and go to sleep. Up at 5am and headed off shore. After a slow 2.5 hours we finally hit our first fish. Slab on !!! Nice low twenties spring taken @ 101'. Shortly after I hammered another, same depth, same shelf but bigger, prob 27/28lbs. Next my buddy hooked a hammer, awesome 200 yard run and top water thrashing and after 2 more arm wrenching runs, we managed to net him. Another slab approaching 30lbs. We hit 10 fish in 5 hours ranging from 10-20lbs aside from the ones we kept and had to come back in because the wind picked up. I was feeling green too, and yacked lol. It'd been a while since I had done that. Anyways we made our way in to the tip of Bajo and immediately I had another beauty on and lost it. My buddy picked up another respectable high teens spring and we tossed er back. Nothing under twenty pounds was coming home. The fishing was just too good to limit out and leave! We hit a couple more at Bajo, including a double header which we lost both on and picked up after the bite slowed and headed to our "slab hole." The slab hole started off slow, but eventually I hooked into a bullet, man what a fight. 2 huge runs, the first mut have been 200yds+ and the second a good 50-75yds and some serious head shaking and sulking. he would just not come to the boat! Finally we got a look at him and he ended up being the biggest fish of our trip, 33/bs. Bonk! There's my limit. We hit a couple more as he still had to get his second keeper and we went out EXACLT the same way we did last trip. In the same spot at close to the same time. I just hung over the side to take a squirt and wham he yells "Fish on!" Then, wham ! My rod started banging and I couldnt stop peeing! I was like grab my rod for me! But he couldnt cause his fish was heading to sea lolol! So i kinda did a one hand rob grab/ hook set and finished my business and with my pants half falling down, played the fish! We ended up getting them both in, a 25 and a 30 to end the night! Unreal! We were both pretty ecstatic! We had enough light to go anchor up for the night and get our fish filleted and in the cooler, washed the deck down etc, heated up some soup and went to bed. Up at 5 again this am and the wind forecast was gale force so we decided to stay in instead of head out for hali's and we went to Bajo to start the morning. Very slow, two missed hits in 4 hours and only two fish caught around us. Definitely not like the previous day, but thats why its called fishing and not catching. My buddy did hit a nice fish eventually in the high twenties. Bonk. We decided to head back to the slab hole as lots of people were fishing Bajo with out much luck. We knew we werent missing out on anything by leaving. Right away at our hole we were into springs, nice ones. Two more in the nid-high twenties and a few under twenty. After a while we played around with jigs for a change of pace. A coupel small jacks, I lost a coho and a whack of mackerel for halibut bait and then we switched to mooching for fun. My buddy hit an awesome spring almost right away, the fish didnt even know it was hooked. We were in 30' of water and it was just sruising along for a long time before taking out line. IT was by far his best scrap of the trip as there was no flasher to fight. Nice fish too, a solid 22lbs and mint. We had our limit. We hung around for a while hoping for a coho but they just havent shown up in numbers yet, hardly at all actually. We never even saw any offshore in the swells or jumping. We did get a sockeye though which I forgot to mention. All in all, we were into 24 fish in two days, as well as missed 6 or 7 other takes. A few weeks back we were into 16 and I thought we would NEVER surpass that. Will add a few pics tomorrow. I'm goin to bed and getting up for opening bow season tomorrow.
 

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Great post WW. I'm heading up there this Thurs so hopefully there will still be some fish around. How far offshore did you go? I haven't heard much about Ferrer this year, did you get up there at all? Were you using the standard chovie and flasher for the bigger ones? Thanks for the info.
 

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We were about 12 miles off shore. I always use the silver betsy flasher or coyote #13 flasher with a 6 1/2 foot leader with the dull glo teaser head and a 'chovy. Never had to go to Ferrer, did very well at Bajo (90' area), the pinnacles just in from Maquinna and Seabird. All my fish over 30lbs came @ 41'. Looking forward to your post when you get back, good luck! I probably wont get out there again until the coho are there in numbers. Nothing more fun than bucktailing on a light rod or fly fishing the kelp beds for 15lb+ silvers!! 30 fish days not uncommon.
 

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Great post WW ........ thanks. First year in 10 that I'm not doing the North Van. Island/Port Hardy trip. You really, really, really know how to hurt a guy don't you. :wink: :lol: :lol: (just kidding)

Glad to hear that fishing is great up there. Can't wait to see some of your pics .........

GOFISH 8)
 

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Just out of interest..How do you keep from getting seasick? I asked this question before, but it seems to have escaped the archives........Just wondering what peoples favourite method is when fishing offshore?.........Ortho 8)
 

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Its hit or miss for me, the last time I was yacking in the morning and felt green all day. The two trips before that I was fine but my fishing partner was hanging his head over the side lol.
 

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OK, here is what works on the not getting sick down south and hey it worked off of Alaska 4 years ago. First, night before, have a full dinner with whatever you want for drinks, then say afer 9-10PM no more food or drink. Then on the boat at 4-5AM, without eating and drinking a bunch of stuff, only water for drinks and limit food to say bland cheese sandwhiches and limit them on intake. Back at the boat launch/dock by say 3-4PM. You have some fish catching going on I have never had people wanting more food or drink.

I have some more personal hints, if any of you want to send me a PM. Only been sick offshore I time and it was 5 hours out, I do not plan on doing that again. Thanks. Salt.
 
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