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First off, Happy Canada everyone. From the Pacific Angler Staff in the store and our saltwater guides we all hope you have a spectacular long weekend. And there is no better way to celebrate Canada’s birthday than getting on the water and hooking into a few fish.

Anyways, lets talk about the fishing. So it appears that the Thrasher Rock/Nanaimo area is starting to slow down a little bit. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a couple of good reports either from our customers or other guides from Thrasher Rock. So if you are thinking of heading out it is definitely a viable option.

Our guides and customers have also had some good days locally for coho returning to the Capilano River. Typically, if the river level is low then the coho tend to stack up along the shoreline of West Vancouver. Last year the Capilano River ran high for the majority of the summer so this fishery did not produce at all. However, the river is now at a good/low level and it seems the fish are stacking up as we speak. Hopefully, this drier weather continues and thus improving coho fishing locally.

Looking towards the weekend the Marine Forecast is looking very good. The marine forecast for the Straight of Georgia is the following:

“Today Tonight and Saturday – Wind southeast 5 to 15 knots becoming light early this afternoon then becoming southeast 5 to 15 Saturday afternoon. Sunday – Wind southeast 5 to 15 knots. Monday – Wind southeast 5 to 15 knots.”

The weather forecast for the Vancouver area over the weekend is cloudy with chances of some light showers throughout the day. Daily highs are ranging from 19 to 20 degrees Celsius while daily lows range from 13 to 15 degrees Celsius. Overall, these are great conditions for getting out on the salt chuck.


In terms of gear for coho our guides run the standard flasher and spoon and flasher and hoochie setups. When running a spoon you want a 6 ft. leader and then when running a hoochie you want a shorter 32 inch leader. Our head guide, Eddie “Capt. Coho”, has had good luck with the ultaviolet double skirt yamashita hoochie and double glow double skirt yamashita hoochie. For spoons the favorites are the Gibbs Gypsy flaming hand (2 3/4), 3.5 Kingfisher “lite” Glow/Green, Luhr Jensen 3.5 “Mongoose”, & Luhr Jensen 3.5 “Yellowtail”. All of your favorite flashers work well but the Purple Onion is a favorite amongst our guides and Pacific Angler staff.



Our guides have also been fairing well for crab locally, in and amongst the freighters as well as off of Spanish Banks. This probably won’t last long as the commercial crabbers have had their traps out for a while. However, a limit full of good sized dungeness crabs and a few keeper cohos makes for a feast so we always encourage our clients to drop some traps.



If you would like to get out there and do some crabbing make sure to stop by our shop. We’ve got you covered for all of your crabbing needs.



If you are looking to get out and do some salmon fishing last minute this weekend we still have Sunday and Monday available for either a full day charter or half day charter. Just call Dave, Pacific Angler booking manager, at our store at 604-872-2204.

If Dave is not there and probably fishing then you can speak to one of the friendly staff who can also set you up.

Happy Canada Day and Happy Fishing,


Dave​
 
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