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OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT this past weekend from Port Renfrew through East Sooke. There are sockeye just about everywhere and more big springs. Some pinks and hatchery coho are also showing up in the mix. This should be another real good weekend coming up. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week.

Port Renfrew – Salmon and halibut fishing has been FANTASTIC out at Swiftsure Bank for springs up to 30+ lbs and for coho and halibut. Most of the boats are easily getting limit catches of springs, coho and halibut. On the bank the salmon anglers are using large 6” spoons and Tomic plugs. Closer in along the beach it has been MUCH BETTER for salmon but some real beauties being caught. Salmon fishing has been the best between Logan Creek and Camper Creek. Anchovies and medium herring have been the most productive baits.

Sooke – Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT this past weekend. Spring fishing has picked up with lots of fish in the 20’s to low 30’s and some bigger ones as well. Paul Kowalyk topped all anglers this past week with a 54.5 lb spring from Possession Point. Paul got the monster at 54 feet on anchovy fished in a Bloody Nose teaser behind a Purple Haze flasher. Mitch Christianson did pretty well too with a 45 lb spring from near Secretary Island. The real story though is the sockeye run. There are sockeye just about everywhere and anglers have been getting limits. A few hatchery Coho and Pink salmon have been caught as well. The best areas for springs have been Possession Point, Secretary (Donaldson) Island and Otter Point. Most anglers fishing for springs are using bait while those targeting sockeye are using small hootchies and spoons. Anchovies and 5.5”- 6” herring in Purple Haze or Green Glow heads were catching fish. The best hootchies or squirts to try are the Army Truck, White and Purple Haze or small pink if you’re fishing for sockeyes. Cop Car Coyote spoons have also been good for both springs and sockeye.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. 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 GOOD this past week. There have been spring salmon taken in most spots from Fraser Island to Secretary Island, but generally speaking, Beechey Head has been the best. Most of the fish were caught recently have been between 60 to 120 feet on the downrigger using anchovy or herring as bait. The springs have been in tight and shallow in the mornings moving to deeper water during the day. There has been good size to the springs too. A 52 lb fish was taken on Friday from near the Trap. Dennis Zarelli caught a 34.4 lb spring inside the bay near Frazer Island, just showing that you don’t always have to fish in the crowds. The real story again is the sockeye run. There are sockeye just about everywhere and anglers have been getting limits. A few hatchery Coho and Pink salmon have been caught as well. The best teaser heads were Purple Haze, Tiger Prawn or Green Glow. Anglers are catching lots of sockeyes on small pink hootchies or spoons. Some anglers were using 6 oz weights to fish shallow for the sockeyes while others are stacking their downriggers and fishing from 30 to 65 feet. The best sockeye fishing has been out on the tide lines. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Purple Haze or Green/Silver.

Pedder Bay – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The best spots have been near the Can Church Rock and out into the strait. Anglers are cashing in on the sockeye run near Church Rock and out in the shipping lanes. Jiggers continue to do well in the bay too. 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 Cop Car and green/silver ones.

The Metchosin Volunteer Fire Department’s Bite Me Fishing Derby for the Pacific Salmon Foundation was held on the weekend at Pedder Bay Marina and 118 springs were entered for prizes. First place went to Tony Thibeau for a 39.3 lb spring caught near the Trap Shack. Second place went to Laura Colquoun for a 33.20 spring caught near Otter Point. Third place went to Sean Hutchinson for a 31 lb spring caught near the Trap Shack.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. A few 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 SPOTTY this past week. Constance Bank has been the best spot for feeders up to 15 lbs while anglers looking for bigger fish have been fishing near the Breakwater. Along the waterfront, bigger fish up to 30 lbs have been caught at Macauley Point, the Breakwater and Clover Point, but not many for the number of boats out fishing. Sockeyes are also starting to show up and anglers are going out farther to catch them with some success. Kayak fisherman Mark Novak was out at the Breakwater in 70ft of water and jigging at 40ft and when he got himself a 28lb spring on Tuesday. It apparently took him from the breakwater to Pier "B" before he managed to bring it in. Anchovies and herring are top producers this time of year. Glow Green, blue and Purple Haze have been the best teaser head colors for springs. Good flashers have been the OK’I Big Shooter Green Jellyfish and the Gold Betsey and Hot Spots in Gold Fever and Purple Haze.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week at Constance Bank, Border Bank and the “Mud Hole”. Steve Caron caught a 110 lb halibut at Constance Banks on mackerel Sunday. 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. We only know of one 10 lb spring caught there this past week. The springs had been close to the bottom on the Flats where needlefish and candlefish are the major food source. 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 SLOW 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 a few sockeyes coming from near the Pender Bluffs. The sockeye have been shallow and we were told that trolling was best at 17 and 18 feet on the downrigger. Fishing right on the bottom with Anchovies or Tiny Strip is your best bet these days in the Sidney Channel. 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 – Paul Kowalyk topped all anglers this past week with a 54.5 lb spring from Possession Point. Mitch Christianson did pretty well too with a 45 lb spring from near Secretary Island. Dennis Zarelli caught a 34.4 lb spring inside the Becher Bay near Frazer Island. Kayak fisherman Mark Novak was out at the Breakwater in 70ft of water and jigging at 40ft and when he got himself a 28lb spring on Tuesday. First place in the Bite Me Derby went to Tony Thibeau for a 39.3 lb spring caught near the Trap Shack. Second place went to Laura Colquoun for a 33.20 spring caught near Otter Point. Third place went to Sean Hutchinson for a 31 lb spring caught near the Trap Shack. Steve Caron caught a 110 lb halibut at Constance Banks on mackerel Sunday.

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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

If you want to catch big chinooks at this time of year, you need to fish tight to structure. Whether it’s a kelp bed, a reef, or the bottom of a mud flat full of needlefish, you will catch more big springs by fishing as close to the structure as possible.

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) 54.5 lbs – Paul Kowalyk – Possession Point –- Anchovy – August 12th
2) 53.5 lbs – Lucas Bell – Port Renfrew –- Anchovy – July 15th
3) 47.6 lbs – Max Miller – Camper Creek –- Anchovy – July 29th
4) 47.4 lbs – Terry Valley – Owen Point –- Anchovy – July 22nd
5) 41.8 lbs – Darren Goeson – Otter point –- Anchovy – August 4th





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 14-15th: 16th Annual BITE ME! Derby: sponsored by the Metchosin Volunteer Fire Department. http://biteme.metchosin.com/
August 22nd: Esquimalt Anglers annual members’ salmon derby.

August 28 -29th: Cheanuh Marina Derby. Tickets are $50 each and live entertainment is featured at the campground.

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

September 11th & 12th James Bay Anglers will be having their Annual Fishing Derby, Tickets are $2 each and are on sale at the clubhouse. Tickets are available for everyone but as a note you must be a member to officially weigh in a fish with the ticket. So it would be wise to have a membership prior to fishing. And also that there is a prize for the largest halibut caught (new this year).


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Written by: Tom Vaida
 
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