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OVERVIEW Salmon fishing was FAIR this past weekend from Port Renfrew to Race Rocks. There were very few big springs around but a growing number of smaller winter springs. Most of the salmon being caught are wild coho but some fin clipped coho are also showing up in the mix. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week.

Port Renfrew – The Chinook run has tapered off with very few being caught along the beach. However, coho have been showing up in good numbers! Coho fishing has been the best between Logan Creek and East Point but out in 400- 600ft of water. Some coho are also being caught inside the bay. Spoons, hoochies, Anchovies and medium herring have been the most productive baits.

Sooke – Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. The big Chinooks have mostly moved through, but fishing is picking up for feeder winter springs. Quite a few Coho are being caught out on the tide lines. Most of them are wild, about a 5 to 1 ratio, but there are a few nice fin clipped fish into the high 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 were catching fish. The best hootchies or squirts to try are the Army Truck, 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 FAIR this past week. Fishing for springs has slowed way down with only a few winter feeders starting to show up. If it’s a late big spring your after try in close between Fraser Island and Secretary Island. Most of the springs caught recently have been between 50 to 100 feet on the downrigger using anchovy or herring as bait. For fin clipped Coho up to 12 lbs try out in 600 feet of water or near the second and third tide lines and using hoochies and spoons. The best teaser heads were Purple Haze, Tiger Prawn or Green Glow. Anglers are catching coho on hootchies or spoons with lots of green colour. 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 NOT REAL FAST this past week. Fishing for springs has slowed way down with only a few winter feeders are being caught. There have been a few Coho caught out at the first and second tide lines but it’s not on fire. The majority of the coho salmon are not fin clipped and have to be released. There are very few big springs around in either the bay and near Church Rock. 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. If you’re using hootchies and squirts for springs, try the Pistachio, Electric Chair or Jellyfish. If you are fishing for coho go with green & white color combinations. 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 FAIR this past weekend. Halibut up to 35 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 SLOW this past week. There were very few big springs from Clover Point to Macaulay Point. Out at Constance Bank anglers have been getting a few winter springs up to 10 lbs. That said, Tim & Louise Ready landed a 34 lb red spring Friday morning at 11:00 am off Macaulay Point on anchovy. 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, Border Bank and the “Mud Hole”. Not every boat was getting fish, but some nice ones up to 60 lbs were taken. There were more dogfish at Border Bank than elsewhere and that reduced the number of halibut caught there. 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. 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 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 SLOW this week. Very few coho and springs are being caught at Pender Bluffs, Moresby Island and in the Sidney Channel. Most of the springs that we have hard 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 - Tim & Louise Ready landed a 34 lb red spring Friday morning at 11:00 am off Macaulay Point on anchovy.

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
Lots of anglers are now targeting hatchery coho as the fish of choice. Be sure to increase your trolling speed, shorten your leaders and fish shallower if you want to get in on the coho action. Coho feed much closer to the surface and like a much faster moving lure than Chinook. And for some real excitement, try trolling bucktail flies right on the surface in the wake of the boat.


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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