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OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was MUCH BETTER this past weekend from Port Renfrew through East Sooke. The rain during the week has moved the fish along in their migrations. There are sockeye just about everywhere and the season opened for them this past Friday. It should be a real good week coming up. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week.

Port Renfrew – Salmon and halibut fishing has been FANTASTIC out at Swiftsure Bank for springs up to 30+ lbs and for 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 DAY TO DAY 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 weekend. At least 4 springs in the mid 40’s were landed as well as lots in the teens and 20’s and 30’s. There are sockeye just about everywhere and the season opened for them this past Friday. 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 Otter Point. On Wednesday, Luke Deering guided Darren Goeson of Vancouver into a 41.8 lb spring off Otter Point. They caught the fish at 48 feet on anchovy in a Purple Haze teaser behind a green Betsey flasher. Jason (Jake) Anderson of Vancouver landed a 38-pound spring at O’Brien Point on Sunday, using anchovy in a Chartreuse Anchovy Special with an Oki Betsy flasher at 65 feet, set up by his 16-year-old son, Derek and netted by Laz Bastyovanszky. 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.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR 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 MUCH BETTER this past week. There have been spring salmon taken in most spots from the Aldridge Point to Secretary Island, but 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. The best teaser heads were Purple Haze, Tiger Prawn or Green Glow. There have been lots of sockeye too and anglers are catching them 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 BETTER this past week. The best spots have been near the Can Buoy and Church Rock. A 32 lb spring was taken by the Can Buoy this weekend. Trollers have been most successful near the Navy Can Buoy using anchovies or small herring fished in Chartreuse, Clear or Purple Haze teaser heads. Anglers are also cashing in on the sockeye run in the shipping lanes and near Race Passage. 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 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 15 lbs. Along the waterfront, some bigger fish up to the high 20’s 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. Dave Simpson reported catching a 29lb 14 oz spring on anchovy near Esquimalt.

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 FAIR this past week at Constance Bank, Border Bank and the “Mud Hole”. Duane Bertrand caught a 43lb halibut on Monday at Albert Head, using salmon bellies for bait. 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. No salmon were reported 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 couple of 12 lb springs caught in the Sidney Channel but nothing from near Fairfax Point. There have been lots of sockeye off Fairfax Point but they have just not biting. 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 – On Wednesday, Luke Deering guided Darren Goeson of Vancouver into a 41.8 lb spring off Otter Point. They caught the fish at 48 feet on anchovy in a Purple Haze teaser behind a green Betsey flasher. Jason (Jake) Anderson of Vancouver landed a 38-pound spring at O’Brien Point on Sunday, using anchovy in a Chartreuse Anchovy Special with an Oki Betsy flasher at 65 feet, set up by his 16-year-old son, Derek and netted by Laz Bastyovanszky. Dave Simpson reported catching a 29lb 14 oz spring on anchovy near Esquimalt. Duane Bertrand caught a 43lb halibut on Monday at Albert Head, using salmon bellies for bait.


08-08-10 Jason (Jake) Anderson  38lb spring.jpg


FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Be alert and courteous to the boats around you! When boats are fishing close together and one boat hooks a big spring, well that fish is going to make a big run (usually straight back). You should always move away from the boat that’s fighting a fish or get your gear up and away from the fish. You’ll appreciate it when you’ve hooked that slab and other boats keep out of your way.


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) 41.8 lbs – Darren Goeson – Otter point –- Anchovy – August 4th
5) 41.1 lbs – Gary Stachniak – Port Renfrew –- Anchovy – June 26th





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


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Written by: Tom Vaida
 
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