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OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was VERY SLOW this past week except at Port Renfrew. Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT. Once again, the wind kept many boats off the water during the week.

Port Renfrew – Salmon and halibut fishing has been GOOD. And some monsters have been caught this past week. On the salmon side, Lucas Bell weighed in a big spring salmon at 56 lbs at the Port Renfrew Marina which then weighed 53.5 lbs ten hours later at our store. Lucas caught it at Logan Creek, at the 33 foot depth, using a green UV anchovy head, and green glow flasher. Jack Jongeneel landed a monster halibut that weighed 184.2 lbs and was caught just north of Port Renfrew along the coast. Both of these fish are the new leaders in their categories on our leaderboard.

Salmon fishing has been the best between Logan Creek and Camper Creek. However, some days you have to put in your time to get strikes. Not so off shore. Swiftsure Bank has been excellent for both halibut and salmon with fish of both species mostly in the 10 to 20 lb size range with lots of fast action.

Sooke – Salmon fishing remains SPOTTY for springs. A few springs over 30 lbs were landed his 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 – Halibut fishing west of Sooke was EXCELLENT 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 SLOW this past week. That said, several springs from the teens to 30 lbs were caught this past week, just not too many. There have been salmon taken in most spots from the Aldridge Point to Secretary Island. Francois Frutiger, his son and a friend did really well last Wednesday. They started at 7:45 AM and had three fish in by 8.30 AM! They got all of them by Aldridge Point at about 75 ft deep. The first one after 3 minutes of trolling, was a nice 20 lb spring, then 15 minutes later they got a 22lb spring and finally a 14 lb. They were using a bloody nose head and a home made flasher. Most of the fish were caught recently have been between 50 to 120 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 Bay – Fishing was DEAD SLOW for springs on the weekend near Pedder Bay, partially due to the windy weather. Not a single salmon was seen at the marina. Previously, 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 EXCELLENT on the weekend. 16 halibut were weighed in on Saturday and 8 more on Sunday. Richard Taggert brought in the biggest one which tipped the scales at 100 lbs. Halibut were coming 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 Waterfront – Salmon fishing was VERY, VERY SLOW this past week with almost all of the fish being feeders up to 12 lbs. There were a couple of OK 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, with only the odd fish to 12 lbs taken. The mature fish haven’t shown up in any numbers yet so it’s slim pickings.

The Pro Pats Legion Salmon Derby was held Sunday July 18 with the weigh in at Esquimalt Anglers' ramp at 1:00 PM. There were 9 salmon entered with the largest weighing 22 lb 8 oz. It was caught by Allan Burns at Otter Point. Second place was 19 lbs and was caught by Steven Young near the Trap Shack. Third place went to Jim Neild for a 17 lb 8 oz spring caught between Aldridge Point and Beechey Head. Although weigh in was in Victoria, all the fish were caught near Sooke.

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 EXCELLENT 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. Very few salmon was reported this past week. The best fishing was in the evening for fish up to 12 lbs. 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 VERY SLOW this past week. We’ve heard of only one spring caught this past week and that was an 18 lb spring caught in Satellite Channel. 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 – Lucas Bell weighed in a big spring salmon at 56 lbs at the Port Renfrew Marina which then weighed 53.5 lbs ten hours later at our store. Lucas caught it at Logan Creek, at the 33 foot depth using a green UV anchovy head, and green glow flasher. Jack Jongeneel landed a monster halibut that weighed 184.2 lbs that was caught just north of Port Renfrew along the coast. Richard Taggert brought in a 100 lb halibut at Pedder Bay. The Pro Pats Legion Salmon Derby was won by Allan Burns with a 22 lb 8 oz spring form Otter Point. Second place was 19 lbs and was caught by Steven Young near the Trap Shack. Third place went to Jim Neild for a 17 lb 8 oz spring caught between Aldridge Point and Beechey Head.

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Check your lines, frequently! When trolling for salmon, you should never leave a line down more than 20 to 30 minutes without checking to see if your bait is still working properly. Quite often a fish will strike it without getting hooked and ruin the bait, or you will get some weed on the bait, or maybe even have a small fish on that you don’t even know about. Only by checking your line can you know if you’re still fishing.

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

July 30th – August 1st: 9th Annual Davey Derby “D10”. The Davey Derby Fishing Club will be celebrating their 10th year of helping local charities, families who are experiencing financial difficulties through serious illness or the loss of loved ones, and salmon enhancement. Tickets are $45.00 per rod. Prizes will be given for largest spring, halibut, largest crab, daily hidden weight. We have a women's category, and kid's category as well. Please visit www.daveyderby.ca for all the details and ticket sale locations. For more info contact Audie Williams @ 250-416-1275 or e-mail [email protected]

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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