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OVERVIEW Salmon fishingwas EXCELLENT this past weekend from Port Renfrew through East Sooke. Sockeye Fever has hit the lower Island although the numbers of sockeye caught this past week are down. There haven’t been too many big springs caught but they are still around. Some pinks and hatchery coho are also showing up in the mix. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week.

Port Renfrew – Halibut fishing has been EXCELLENT out at Swiftsure Bank. Most of the boats are easily getting their limits every trip. The sockeye run is still GOOD between the bank and the beach on the tide lines. Closer in along the beach it has been HOT ONE DAY, COLD THE NEXT for salmon. 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 week. The sockeye continue to be caught in large numbers and many boats are still getting limit catches. The best sockeye fishing has been out in the deep water along the tide lines. Anglers are also getting incidental catches of mature springs while fishing for sockeye. A few hatchery Coho and Pink salmon have been caught as well. Spring fishing has been more sporadic with most fish in the 20’s to low 30’s. However, a few bigger ones are also being caught. The best areas for springs have been Possession Point, Muir Creek 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 and 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 weekend. 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 EXCELLENT for sockeyes this past week. There are sockeye out in the deeper waters and anglers have been getting limits. A few hatchery Coho and Pink salmon have been caught as well. There have some spring salmon taken in most spots from Fraser Island to Secretary Island, but generally speaking the Trap Shack has been the best spot. Rob Jared from Fort McMurray, Alberta landed a 39 lb spring on August 23rd by Trap Shack on a Tiger Prawn teaser & Silver Betsy flasher 50 feet in 200 + feet of water. On the weekend, Ray Barber won the Cheanuh Marina salmon derby with a 30.6 lb spring. Most of the springs caught recently have been between 50 to 100 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. 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 EXCELLENT this past week. Most of the fish being caught are sockeyes as anglers cash in on the sockeye run. The best spots for sockeyes have been near Church Rock and out into the strait. Anglers targeting sockeye are also getting the occasional spring and odd pink and coho salmon. Lots of limit catches of sockeye are coming in. There are still some big springs around too, both in the bay and near Church Rock. Pete Jones caught a 44lb spring on the evening of the 24th off Church Rock - 100 down using a Gold Betsy with Bloody Nose teaser with an anchovy. The best flashers have been from the OkI Betsey series or the Hot Spot Fever series and the Purple Haze. If you’re using hootchies and squirts for springs, try the Pistachio, Electric Chair or Jellyfish. Spoons also work well for springs at this time of year, especially if they are the Cop Car or green/silver ones.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend. Halibut up to 45 lbs have been taken. 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 – Spring salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week for springs and SLOW for Sockeye. Most anglers targeting springs are fishing from Clover Point to Macaulay Point. Some springs pushing 30 lbs have been caught over the week, but not many for the number of boats out fishing. One angler was the exception and that was Dave Simpson whose boat brought in 29.5, 28, 27, 25, 24, 22, 20 and 18 lb springs over the course of the week. Tom Vaida caught a 27.5 spring by the harbour this past week. Sockeyes are way out in the shipping lanes where some anglers are fishing them with some success and the odd sockeye is also being caught close to shore. Anchovies and herring are top producers this time of year for springs. UV Green, green and Bloddy Nose have been the best teaser head colors for springs. Good flashers have been the OK’I Gold Metallic Super Betsey and Hot Spots in Gold Fever and Purple Haze.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend 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. We don’t know of any spring salmon being caught there this past week. Previously, 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 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 GOOD this past week for sockeyes near the Pender Bluffs. We were told that trolling was best at 35 to 80 feet on the downrigger. Use pink squirts on short 18” leaders to target the sockeye. For springs, fishing right on the bottom with Anchovies or Tiny Strip is your best bet these days in the Sidney Channel. The Sidney Anglers Association held their Round-up Derby on the weekend and all the fish entered were sockeyes from Pender Bluffs. Connor Larkey won the derby with a 7 lb 6 oz sockeye from the Pender Bluffs. Second place went to Norm Paquette for a 7lb 2 oz sockeye and third to Don McIvor for a 6 lb9 oz sockeye. 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 – Rob Jared from Fort McMurray, Alberta landed a 39 lb spring on August 23rd by Trap Shack on a Tiger Prawn teaser behind a Silver Betsy flasher 50 feet in 200 + feet of water. On the weekend, Ray Barber won the Cheanuh Marina salmon derby with a 30.6 lb spring. Pete Jones caught a 44lb spring on the evening of the 24th off Church Rock. Dave Simpson had a great week and his boat brought in 29.5, 28, 27, 25, 24, 22, 20 and 18 lb springs over the week. Tom Vaida caught a 27.5 spring by the Victoria harbour this past week. Connor Larkey won The Sidney Anglers Association Round-up Derby on the weekend with a 7 lb 6 oz sockeye from the Pender Bluffs. Second place went to Norm Paquette for a 7lb 2 oz sockeye and third to Don McIvor for a 6 lb9 oz sockeye.

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Now is the time to use to heavier leaders (40 to 50 lb Test) as the big mature chinooks migrate though local waters. With a lighter leader, your chance of losing a big spring to a weak spot or a nick in the leader is greatly increased. Be sure to check your leader after catching each fish to make sure that it is still in good shape.

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!

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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