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OVERVIEW Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. Halibut fishing was SLOW as well. Once again, the wind kept many boats off the water on the weekend.

Port Renfrew – Both salmon and halibut fishing are GOOD. Logan Creek and Camper Creek were the most productive spots for salmon along the beach, but those spots were much slower on the weekend. Swiftsure Bank has been excellent for both halibut and salmon with fish of both species mostly in the 10 to 20 lb size range. Paul Regan reported catching a 28.5 lb spring near Logan Creek on July 7th.

Sooke – Salmon fishing remains SPOTTY for springs. Only about a quarter of the bots are catching any salmon. A few springs over 30 lbs were landed on this past week, but most fish were in the 20’s. The best areas were Sherringham Point, Muir Creek, Secretary (Donaldson) Island and Possession 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.

HALIBUT – We didn’t hear of a lot people halibut fishing out of Sooke this week due to the wind and poor tides. Your best bet for halibut would be to head west of Sheringham 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 SLOW this past week. That said, several springs from 20 to 30 lbs were caught this past week, just not too many. There have been salmon taken in most spots from the Bedfords to Secretary Island. Lucy Charles did well catching a 31 lb spring at 47’ in anchovy using a green teaser and green flasher. Most of the fish were caught between 50 to 80 feet on the downrigger using anchovy or herring as bait. 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 BayFishing was VERY SLOWfor springs on the weekend near Pedder Bay, partially due to the windy weather. About one in ten boats where catching salmon. That said, nice springs up to 20+ lbs were caught inside the bay and in the Race by anglers who didn’t want to go fight the wind near Church Rock. Anglers did best on 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 GOOD when the weather cooperated, even if the tides weren’t very good. Halibut up to 70 lbs came from the 27 Fathom Bank and the Race Rocks area. The dogfish weren’t as bad on the weekend here as they were at Constance Bank. 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 WaterfrontSalmon fishing was VERY SLOW this past week with almost all of the fish being feeders up to 12 lbs. There were a couple of good days at Constance Bank, but it never really was on fire and the wind was often a problem. Along the waterfront, it wasn’t very good either from Clover Point to Esquimalt, although a few fish to 12 lbs were taken. Macauley Point was the most productive area along the waterfront. The mature fish haven’t shown up in any numbers yet so it’s slim pickings.

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 Purple Onion and Hot Spots in Green/Silver and Purple/Glow.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend but wind and currents have been a problem out 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 was reported this past week. However, Jeff Rieberger landed his first ever salmon, a 16 lb spring, while jigging in Oak Bay. The springs were close to the bottom where needlefish and candlefish are the major food source for the salmon and have been active on the tide changes. 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 with the wind and currents being a real problem. 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 VERY SLOW this past week. We’ve heard of only one spring caught this past week and that was caught near Moses Point. It’s been slow everywhere and Sidney anglers are hoping that sockeye will come open this year for retention. 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 Paul Regan reported catching a 28.5 lb spring near Logan Creek on July 7th.
I Lucy Charles did well catching a 31 lb spring at 47’ in anchovy using a green teaser and green flasher. Jeff Rieberger landed his first ever salmon, a 16 lb spring, while jigging in Oak Bay. If you have any fishing info, notable catches, digital photos (please send as attachments) or tips that you would like to share or have included in our fishing report, please email us at [email protected].[/SIZE"][email protected]"][email protected][/EMAIL].
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Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2010
Halibut


1) 165.5 lbs – Morgan Hall – Port Renfrew – Mackerel - June 25th
2) 132.1 lbs – Shawn Meilnchuk – Constance Bank – May 9th
3) 120.4 lbs – Des Hatchard – Port Renfrew – Mackerel - June 25th
4) 114.0 lbs – Jayda Thor – Discovery Island – Herring – May 24th
5) 97.0 lbs – Greg Holtzhauer – Oak Bay – Herring June 19th

Salmon

1) 41.1 lbs – Gary Stachniak – Port Renfrew –- Anchovy – June 26th
2) 24.0 lbs – Clive Lane – Bamberton – Anchovy – May 23rd
3) 18.7 lbs – Ryan Bell – Beechy Head – Tomic Spoon – March 22nd
4) 18.4 lbs – Yancy Sparrow – Christopher Point – June 26th
5) 15.8 lbs – Rick Jakimchuk - Coal Point – Anchovy - May 19th





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!

July 30th – August 1st: 9th Annual Davey Derby “D10”. The derby is held in Port Renfrew. Tickets are $45.00 a rod and can be purchased the day of the derby or in advance. For advance ticket purchase contact the derby orchestrator, Audie Williams at [email protected][SIZE=2"][email protected]"][email protected][/EMAIL]] Visit the derby website at www.daveyderby.ca[/URL]

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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