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I want to plan for fishing Sockeye in Alberni channel this June, anybody know the peak times? Also what is the best lure to use.
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Sockeye fishing should start in another 5 weeks and pick up speed as we head into july.If there is no rain, the first week of july is usually awesome!Quadrupile headers not uncommon :D :D :D
I'f your thinking of makeing a trip over here the best thing you could do would be to call one of the local tackle shops for a fishing report :D
 

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Sockeye fishing should start in another 5 weeks and pick up speed as we head into july.If there is no rain, the first week of july is usually awesome!Quadrupile headers not uncommon :D :D :D
I'f your thinking of makeing a trip over here the best thing you could do would be to call one of the local tackle shops for a fishing report :D
Will be in Bamfield 17-21 June - should be into the Sockeye by then I would imagine.

Standard Setup for Sockeye? Red Flasher - Red Hootchie or ???.

Thanks - 5-Salt
 
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fishing for sockeye will probably still be a little spotty.All the normal gear pink or red hootchies,short leaders,and don't forget the more gear in the water,the better.Before you leave home send me a e-mail and I can give you a full up to date fishing report :D
I may be in bamfield the same time your there.Where are you going to be staying?might meet you for a couple of stories/cocktails :wink:
 

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fishing for sockeye will probably still be a little spotty.All the normal gear pink or red hootchies,short leaders,and don't forget the more gear in the water,the better.Before you leave home send me a e-mail and I can give you a full up to date fishing report :D
I may be in bamfield the same time your there.Where are you going to be staying?might meet you for a couple of stories/cocktails :wink:
We are staying in Bamfield at the Woods End Landing cottages. Would definately be interest in buying a beer or 6 for any man who comes bearing sage advise. Having never fished Barkley in June we are excited and very curious as to what we will find in the way of good fishing. Sockeye would be a real treat.

Planning to go where the fish are including well off shore for Springs and Halibut if required.

Pm'd you my contact details etc...

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Hey 5 Salt.........I've read so many of your interesting posts, I was wondering if you need a deck hand? Very experienced.....Fact is I would like to fish with you and see what methods you employ...............Happy to sleep on the deck!..................Just kidding. Let me know when you have finalized your plans . I, too may be in the area and we can drink some real beer..Made in Canada, eh.........Tight lines, Ortho
 

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Iam for sure in alberni for those dates as the channel will be on fire!! Lets all hook up and have ourselves a little derby. I have fished bamfield and barkley sound in and off shore a dozen time and having most success 10 miles offshore from the alberni inlet. Amazing fishing to be had!! Almost as fun as when i was guiding at Queen Charlotte lodge!!

Keep in touch!!

Steelie 99
 

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Hey 5 Salt.........I've read so many of your interesting posts, I was wondering if you need a deck hand? Very experienced.....Fact is I would like to fish with you and see what methods you employ...............Happy to sleep on the deck!..................Just kidding. Let me know when you have finalized your plans . I, too may be in the area and we can drink some real beer..Made in Canada, eh.........Tight lines, Ortho
Hey Ortho,

Definately would mind having you join us for a day. I have two others coming along from home so I need to run it by them since they are sharing expenses etc...

I'm no wizard when matched with local knowleadge but we've been able whack a few here and there.

Lots of research and collection of local knowledge helps. That and using the GPS to stay on top of the fish - we waypoint every hookup/takedown to form trolling zone and we try to keep the binoculars on the other boats for nets flying. We like to try funky lures/flashers/colors along side the proven performers to learn new stuff. Last year we had a few local looking over our flashers and divers we used for Coho - always fun to share. They're all on the feed out there so we work hard to find them - find em and you'll whack them. We use a lot of bait generally - chovies really worked, Thumper Spinners. little cut plug herring, spoons, some tomics, and so on. Never really worked the hootchies much because bait alway just felt better to me - I have ton of them but just never got around to using them - myabe this year. It easy to experiment in BC as you can fish as many rods as your want. Here in oregon it's one rod per licensed angler so you tend run what you know.

Canadian beer is always welcome - clean burn that Canadian beer is. Just wish they sold 5% alcohol Canadian stuff south of the boarder.
 

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steelie 99 said:
Iam for sure in alberni for those dates as the channel will be on fire!! Lets all hook up and have ourselves a little derby. I have fished bamfield and barkley sound in and off shore a dozen time and having most success 10 miles offshore from the alberni inlet. Amazing fishing to be had!! Almost as fun as when i was guiding at Queen Charlotte lodge!!

Keep in touch!!

Steelie 99
Steelie,

In that 10mile down the inlet from Alberni or ??

Absolutely we should keep in touch and look to hook up on the water.

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Thats 10 mile offshore form the mouth of alberni channel, and if you leave from the boat launch in alberni it's also @ 10 mile ride down the channel!! long ride but bright and early in the morning it's worth it!! big fish offshore mostly big white's heading for the fraser!! 30lbs to 57lbs is my biggest.



Steelie 8)
 

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Can I get in on this too? Let me get this straight; are you fishing the channel around China creek? or out front in the sound??
Both areas should produce....the Sound will naturally produce better because it's next to the open ocean and gets all the fresh runs of fish...I have had some awesome results from Port Alberni harbour all the way to the Franklin River and even further. Cheers!
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There have been a few "earlies" into the system already. But the water in both the Inlet and flow is COLD, which means the sox are travelling like bullets right up the creek. Like AlberniFisher suggests, should the sky-water stay away, and it warm just a tad, that will start to school up the fish and make them MUCH more susceptible to the bite!

Expect by late June it will be good, took almost forever it seemed last year, but we were making progress on them by that time...

Will be dropping the Dream Weaver in shortly now, and beginning the search for flatties and springs outside. Booked the 17th for a hali run, probably sox on the 18th. Might just stop by and say HI to those in Bamfield on the ride home on the 17th...

Although the standard red flasher / red hootchie works for sox, you should try out the ultralight gear on them!! About a decade ago we began experimenting with this, and it turns these little guys into long-running, sky-climbing Tigers! Run 3 "False Flashers" (simply a flasher with 6-8 feet of mono to the wire, no terminal) per side - the more glitter the better. Immediately above the one on the ball, (2 feet above) run a small light spoon (Krippled K's best, but 2 & 3/4" coyotes in party gal, cop car, halloween also work) about 6 feet back behind the rotating flasher. Drop 12-15 feet & repeat. We generally run 3 rods a side when doing this, staggered of course, coveres a LOT of water depth range. Even if you don't put a 3rd rod out each side, it is a good idea to run the 3rd false flasher. These critters really focus in on the glitter!! Repeat on the other side and stagger. The rods we use are TROUT rods loaded with 10 lb test. Make damn sure the drags are in good shape (as they likely won't be for long!! :lol: )

That technique works right through "the bite" but really shines when they drop deep and go off that. Give it a try, you'll likely be right pleasantly suprized!! :wink:

Cheers,
Nog
 
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