Coastal Reports 2016

...would come up and force us off the water.  We had some engine trouble so we were forced to cut the trip short.  The big Springs were still not in and most fish we saw were feeders with only the odd teen weight spring come in.  Never saw a single Hali at the fishing station and you never had to wait for a spot to clean the fish as it was very slow.   A Creel assessor came to us and asked how we did and we said we didn't do very well as we only got 3 (photo) that morning (two springs and one hatchery coho).   The guy said to us that we were the 17th boat he reviewed that morning and that there was only a total of 14 fish including our 3!!

Still got a few fish each to take home (9 total for the 3 of us), with the biggest spring being 17lbs (photo) (fuzzy picture).  There are 2 seals (photo) that hang out at the fishing station and were eating all of the salmon heads that were thrown in.   Always good to get out on the ocean! (photo) (photo)  Cheers, Marek

Great report Marek and nothing wrong with the fuzzy pictures, at least you had some to send!  Your right, its always nice to get out on the "chuck", even when the fishing is slow.  You got to bring back some fine fish and had some "guy time" with your buddies, all good, thanks very much for the report and pics!!

Well I have a coastal report, albeit pretty brief and slice and dice!!  We had big hopes of getting out with a guide this year and we did, Good Time Dave was the man, fishing out of the Sooke area. 

A couple weeks back we booked a hali trip with Dave, they have been doing extremely well for hali and seeing as my daughter and son in law have never experienced such a fish on a line we chose to flog that for the outting.  Dave had the perfect spot picked out, about 7 miles off shore in the middle of no where and about 280' of water.  We got the anchor set up to drift us back right on top of the "spot" and Dave (photo) got 3 rods rigged up with various bait from salmon heads to octupus, and then we waited.......
We had beautiful weather, not to hot, slight breeze, and it didn't take long for the rod to start doing the hali dance!  My daughter was first up but a wee bit of inexperience of reeling and keeping these fish on the line proved unfortunate as the fish got off pretty quick.  No worries though, a bit more waiting and another rod was thrumming, and the battle was on.  My daughter isn't the biggest gal in the world and when you figure the hali she was fighting was nearly half her weight it made for quite the battle!  In fact, the SIL (son-in-law) (photo) stepped in to give the beast a beating as well and finally a beauty hali of 45 lbs (photo) was brought on board!

We unfortunately got whooped by a killer tide that came through, Dave said he hasn't seen one like it before out in this area.  The current the one time whipped the boat around so fast that all the lines got tangled around the anchor rope and it all had to be cut free.  Three times we had to reset the anchor but even when we got it set up the current was so strong that we couldn't keep our bait on the bottom.  We managed a small cod, quite a few dog fish (including the biggest one Dave has seen!) and an octupus!!  That was it for our outing however, a big storm front came through and we pulled the gear just in time to beat our way back to the dock.  The important thing in the outing was this (photo) pic of the kids on the way in, nothing but smiles all around!  That and a fine eating hali, great trip Dave!

Our second outing with Dave was supposed to be just this past week, on the 5th to be exact.  Just the Mrs. and I did a return trip to see if we couldn't bring a couple of salmon home for the freezer.  The Chinook run still hadn't come through but for us it didn't make any difference!  On the day we were supposed to go out we got a text from Dave at 0430, the trip was probably off, big gale force winds coming through the area.  We were camped at Pedder Bay again and those winds did come in, so fierce in fact that we couldn't even sit outside to enjoy the sunshine or even have a fire!  The reports we heard were 45-55 knot winds out front, and there were no boats out!  So, being this was the tail end of our trip we couldn't set up another date to get out so I'm going to have to really skimp on that hali for the next year!!  Thanks again Dave, we'll be calling you up next year for sure.

If your looking for a guide out in the Sooke area, definitely give Dave a call.  Very professional, lots of fun, knows his stuff and has a great boat to get you out in.  Some guides can get pretty stuffy and stuck on themselves, not Dave, he's about as down to earth as you can get, here's his link:

Latest SFI Bulletin:

April 12, 2016

The warm weather has hit the South Coast and many British Columbians are already thinking about this year’s fishing season (heck, many are already out doing it!). So, with that in mind we thought we would get you up to speed on a few items we’ve been tracking;

Confirming Halibut Regulations

DFO has released its halibut limits for this season and they will allow anglers to keep one fish per day and two in possession, with an annual limit of six. One of the fish must be under 83 cm in length and one must be under 133 cm. As a result anglers will be able to keep up to a 15 pound and up to a 65 pound fish on any multi-day fishing trip.
A New License Year Underway - fresh and tidal waters

DFO and the province now have new licenses available for 2016 and they are only available online. While some of us still miss the traditional written license, increasingly, anglers have come to accept that virtually everything in this world is available online. And to that end, we expect to soon be able to link online license purchases with easy access to mobile and online fisheries updates, fisheries information and catch recording via the new SFI, PSF and DFO Fishing BC App.

It Chinook Be Good!

We’ve been hearing very positive reports for West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) hatchery chinook. This bodes well for the season and suggests that DFO will be less inclined to implement spot closures for stocks of concern.

Yelloweye Rockfish - Incidental catch and release them alive?
We are hearing much more troubling news about Yelloweye stocks.  DFO has adjusted Yelloweye limits along the coast for all sectors and are monitoring the stocks closely with the specific intention of significantly reducing the overall harvest in the next few years. It does look like there are some actions that we can all take to help these long lived, yet slow to reproduce fish; we suggest that lodges and guides consider adopting an approach in which Yelloweye are treated as an incidental catch rather than a targeted species. And, consider investing in descending devices if you or your guests spend much time bottom fishing.  While these devices allow anglers to send rockfish back to the bottom with a good expectation of survival, they are not a component of our fisheries at this point in time. However, evidence of their use in our waters and the cumulative effects of successful release of rockfish could be helpful in protecting Yelloweye and other rockfish species.  There have been a number of studies conducted in California, Oregon and Washington that show very high rates of survival, even years later, for rockfish that have been released using one of these devices.