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OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week except at Port Renfrew. In most places only one out of eight to ten boats is catching salmon. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week.

Port Renfrew – Salmon and halibut fishing has been EXCELLENT out at Swiftsure Bank for springs up to 30+ lbs and for halibut. Most of the boats are easily getting limit catches. On the bank the salmon anglers are using large 6” spoons and Tomic plugs. Closer in along the beach it has been GOOD for salmon. Salmon fishing has been the best between Logan Creek and Camper Creek. Anchovies and medium herring have been the most productive baits. Along the beach, Max Miller landed a 47.6 lb spring with Don MacRae assisting near Camper Creek on an anchovy. Right now, Port Renfrew is the place to fish in our region.

Sooke – Salmon fishing remains SPOTTY for springs. A few springs over 30 lbs were landed his past week, but most fish were in the teens and 20’s. A few hatchery coho have been caught, as well as the odd pink salmon. There have also been a few sockeye caught and released. The best areas were Possession Point, Secretary (Donaldson) Island and Sherringham Point. Most anglers fishing for springs are using bait more than hootchies and spoons. Anchovies and 5.5”- 6” herring in Clear, Purple Haze or Green Glow heads were catching fish. The best hootchies or squirts to try are the Army Truck, White and Purple Haze. The best flasher has been the Silver Betsey. Ben Wright caught two nice springs that weighed at 10 lbs & 19.69 lbs on Saturday at Otter Point. Ben was using a purple glow flasher with purple haze teaser head and a purple haze flasher with purple haze squirt

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week for fish up to 39 pounds. Best bet for halibut has been west of Sherringham Pt. Extra Large herring, Mackerel and Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkely Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Becher Bay – Salmon fishing was BETTER this past week. There have been salmon taken in most spots from the Aldridge Point to Secretary Island. Peter Kala landed a 35 lb spring on the weekend near Aldridge Point at 60feet in 160 feet of water. Most of the fish were caught recently have been between 40 to 120 feet on the downrigger using anchovy or herring as bait. The salmon have been in tight and shallow in the mornings moving to deeper water during the day. The best teaser heads were Purple Haze or Green Glow colored. Some anglers were using hootchies, squirts and/or spoons with some success. The Army Truck, White and Purple Haze are good choices at this time of year when you’re trolling plastic and Green/Silver spoons are working when trolling as well. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Purple Haze or Green/Silver.

Pedder Bay – Fishing was FAIR this past week. Jigging, especially inside the bay, was the most productive way to fish. Two of the other fish reported were caught at Otter Point. Richard Jones picked up a 25 lb spring while jigging near Cudlip Point with a Glow in the Dark jig. Trollers have been most successful near the Navy Can Buoy using anchovies or small herring fished in Chartreuse, Clear or Purple Haze teaser heads. The best flashers have been Glow in the dark ones and the Purple Haze. If you’re using hootchies and squirts for springs, try the Pistachio, Electric Chair or Jellyfish. Spoons usually work very well for springs at this time of year, especially if they have green or blue highlights on silver or are mirror image ones.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week. Not too many halibut were coming from the 27 Fathom Bank and the Race Rocks area. Salmon bellies, Mackerel, Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut these days. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Victoria Waterfront – Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week but a little better than the week before. Constance Bank has been the best spot for feeders up to 12 lbs. Along the waterfront, some bigger fish up to the low 30’s have been caught at Macauley Point, the Breakwater and Clover Point, but not many for the number of boats out fishing. Brian Willing reported catching a 28 lb red spring on herring tight to the kelp on Thursday.

Anchovies and herring are top producers this time of year, especially in the smaller sizes. Glow Green and Purple Haze have been the best teaser head colors for springs. Good lures recently have been Green/Silver or Green/Glow Coyote spoons and Electric Chair and Purple Haze hootchies and squirts. Good flashers have been the OK’I Big Shooter Red/Gold or Gold Betsey and Hot Spots in Gold Fever and Green/Gold.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week at Constance Bank, Border Bank and the “Mud Hole”. Salmon bellies, Mackerel, Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut these days. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well, and some anglers are saying they are producing better than bait. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Oak Bay Salmon fishing was VERY SLOW in the Gap and on the Flats. Very few salmon were reported this past week and many of those caught were less than 5 lbs in size. The springs were close to the bottom where needlefish and candlefish are the major food. The most successful method for springs was trolling right on bottom in 100 to 150 feet of water with anchovy, Baitrix tiny strip, squirts or 4” spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Green Galaxy, Jellyfish, Alligator and J-79 squirts. The OK’I Big Shooter Purple Onion flasher has been working very well in combination with the Electric chair squirt. With spoons, 3½” or 4” Gypsy, Titans or Coyotes in Cop Car or Silver/Green colors also catch a lot of fish in Oak Bay.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. Salmon bellies, Mackerel, Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut these days. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Sidney – Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. We’ve heard of one 7 lb spring caught in Sidney Channel and nothing from near Fairfax Point. Fishing right on the bottom with Anchovies or Tiny Strip is your best bet these days. Spoons have been good as well with 3.5” or 4” Green and Glow colors producing best. The best soft plastic lures to use for springs now are the Glo Below, Electric Chair and Purple Haze Squirts.

Notable Catches – Max Miller landed a 47.6 lb spring with Don MacRae assisting near Camper Creek on an anchovy. Peter Kala landed a 35 lb spring on the weekend near Aldridge Point at 60feet in 160 feet of water. Richard Jones picked up a 25 lb spring while jigging near Cudlip Point with a Glow in the Dark jig. Brian Willing reported catching a 28lb red spring on herring tight to the kelp Ben Wright caught two nice springs that weighed at 10 lbs & 19.69 lbs on Saturday at Otter Point.

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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Set your drag – properly! The best way to set your drag is with an accurate measuring scale, the same type that you use to weigh a fish. Your drag should be set to slip at approximately 30% of your line’s breaking strength when pulled directly off of the reel.

Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2010
Halibut
1) 184.2 lbs – Jack Jongeneel – Port Renfrew – Mackerel - June 18th
2) 165.5 lbs – Morgan Hall – Port Renfrew – Mackerel - June 25th
3) 132.1 lbs – Shawn Meilnchuk – Constance Bank – May 9th
4) 120.4 lbs – Des Hatchard – Port Renfrew – Mackerel - June 25th
5) 114.0 lbs – Jayda Thor – Discovery Island – Herring – May 24th

Salmon


1) 53.5 lbs – Lucas Bell – Port Renfrew –- Anchovy – July 15th
2) 47.6 lbs – Max Miller – Camper Creek –- Anchovy – July 29th
3) 47.4 lbs – Terry Valley – Owen Point –- Anchovy – July 22nd
4) 41.1 lbs – Gary Stachniak – Port Renfrew –- Anchovy – June 26th
5) 38.2 lbs – Al Zaalberg – Trap Shack – Anchovy – July 25th






2010 DERBIES and EVENTS
Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with the free for fun and prizes Salmon and Halibut Leader Board. Simply weigh your catch in at Island Outfitters and the top five fish in each category on December 31st wins a special prize. Everybody who enters a fish gets a prize! Maybe it will be you bringing in the big one! Please let us know as early as possible about your up coming events in 2010!

August 22nd: Esquimalt Anglers annual members’ salmon derby.

August 29th: The Sidney Anglers’ Roundup Derby: Open to paid up members only


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Written by: Tom Vaida
 

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