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OVERVIEW Salmon fishing was GOOD this past weekend from Port Renfrew to Race Rocks for Coho. There were very, very few big springs around and not too many smaller winter springs. Most of the salmon being caught are wild and/or fin clipped coho. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week.

Port Renfrew – The Chinook run has tapered off and all almost all the fish caught along the beach are Coho. Coho are being caught inside the bay, outside the bay and out in the deep water. Now is the time to go to Renfrew and get some of the best Coho fishing found anywhere, especially if you are looking for that trophy fish to hang on the wall. Spoons, hoochies, Anchovies and medium herring have been the most productive baits.

Sooke – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. Lots of Coho are being caught; mostly out on the tide lines and shipping lanes. A lot of them are wild up to 20 lbs, but there are a fin clipped fish into the mid teens out there too. Anglers targeting coho are using small hootchies and spoons or Anchovies and 5.5”- 6” herring in Purple Haze or Green Glow heads. They are also finding the coho quite deep, as deep as 150 feet. Be sure to pay attention to your sounder to mark the depth that the schools are travelling at. The big Chinooks have moved through and there are a few feeder winter springs around. The best hootchies or squirts to try are the Army Truck, Green/White and Purple Haze. Cop Car or Green/Silver Coyote spoons have also been good for both springs and coho.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend. Most of the halibut taken have been from 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. Virtually all of the salmon caught were Coho. For Coho up to 17 lbs, the fishing has been good at 120’ in 350 ‘ feet of water or near the second and third tide lines and using hoochies and spoons. Anglers are catching coho on hootchies or spoons with lots of green colour. Fishing for springs has slowed way down with only a few winter feeders starting to show up. The best teaser heads were Purple Haze, Tiger Prawn or Green Glow. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Purple Haze or Green/Silver. A few halibut were also seen at the docks of the marina this past weekend.

Pedder Bay – Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT this past week. Anglers have been targeting Coho out at the first and second tide lines or even out farther in the shipping lanes. They have been catching lots, but are fishing for them deeper in the water column than is traditional. The hottest action has been from 70 to 150 feet down. If you are fishing for coho go with green & white or glow color combinations. We were also told that Army Truck hootchies have been “hot”. There are very few big springs around in either the bay and near Church Rock. That said, John Wingfield hit a couple, the largest weighing 28 lbs. We were told that he marked some fish really deep, at 350’, and dropped his downrigger ball to that depth and had a double header. Sometimes it pays to watch your sounder and fish “outside the box”. Anchovy and herring have been the most productive baits for springs. Green, glow, bloody nose and purple haze teaser heads have been the most popular and the best flashers have been from the Ok’I Betsey series or the Hot Spot Fever series and the Purple Haze.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past weekend. Halibut up to 45 lbs have been taken from around 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 – Spring salmon fishing was VERY SLOW this past week. A few winter springs up to 10 lbs have been caught at Constance Bank. As for Coho, they are still few and far between off the waterfront. The good news is that that should change as we get into October. Anchovies and herring are still the top producers this time of year for springs. The best teaser head colors are green or glow. Good flashers have been the Green & Silver and Purple Haze.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend at Constance Bank and the “Mud Hole”. Not every boat was getting fish, but some nice ones up to 55 lbs were 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, 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. In fact, we don’t know of any salmon being caught in Oak Bay recently. But that could also be because nobody is fishing there. We did hear form one halibut angler fishing off Oak Bay that he was seeing Coho in the shipping lanes near Discovery Island and near Border Bank. Winter springs should be found close to the bottom on the Flats where needlefish and candlefish are the major food source. The most successful method for winter 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 and Purple Haze. Glow in the dark flashers would be the best choice for springs now.. 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 VERY SLOW this week. Very few Coho and springs are being caught in the Sidney Channel or elsewhere. All of the springs that we have heard about are undersize winter springs. For springs, fishing right on the bottom with Anchovies or Tiny Strip is your best bet. 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 - John Wingfield hooked a couple of nice springs, the largest weighing 28 lbs.


FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
Cover water! Most of the time when you hit one Coho, you hit another Coho, and then another. This is because Coho usually travel in schools in search of baitfish. In order to locate some Coho, it is important to continue covering different water and depths until you have found a school. Try spreading your lines all at different depths and try not to get stuck sitting in one spot against the tide.


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!



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Written by: Tom Vaida
 
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