Fishing Report for August 12, 2020

Bob Meyer


Wednesday, August 12 2020

Naturally, the winds rocketed for the 2020 Gabriola Pandemic Pro Am Derby. 

It topped out at 27 knots, with 5 foot trenches, which made fishing a little difficult. 

A lot of the boats came in early, but there were some quality fish taken. 

Nina Wheatley won $1,500 in cash for her 79 cm., 14.33 pound Chinook. Love it when the women win! 

Husband Jim took second spot (and $500) with a 13.99 pound Chinook. Bill Barbour took third (and $200) with a 13.44 Pound Chinook. 

Dave Harris took top Coho (and $300) with a 6.30 fish. Mike Flatla took second place with a 5.28 pound Coho. Dallas Smith captured third with a 5.22 Pound Coho. 

It was a fun, gracious event, and everyone had a great time. 

The raffle for the Lowrance sounder donated by Harbour Chandler was won by Mike Gregory of Cedar. We raised $3,630 for the Nanaimo River Hatchery. 

Many thanks to Silva Bay Marina for donating the outer dock for derby boat tie ups, and a platform for the ceremony. 

Huge thanks also to Norm and Jo for their professional weigh skills! 

I think we remained socially responsible throughout, although it’s a drag not being able to do handshakes, and Gabriola huggies during the festivities!

There are Chinook and Coho scattered about Entrance, the waterfall, and Thrasher. Bite times can be short, and concentrations of fish difficult to find. 

Jim and Nina found their fish in the deep off Thrasher. 

Entrance had a good early morning bite, which dissipated after two hours. 

There is a theory circulating that the Chinook runs are late this year, so hopefully we’ll see things improve this week.

Prawning has come back another increment. We’re averaging 50 to 75 per trap now.

Good fishing!

Bob Meyer is the owner/operator of Silver Blue Charters. 250-247-8807.


The 2020 Silva Bay Pandemic Pro am derby winner! Bob Meyer, Derby organizer with Nina Wheatley, who captured the $1,500 cash first prize in the 2020 Gabriola Pandemic Pro Am Derby for her 14.33 pound, 79 cm Chinook, caught aboard Reel Extreme. Submitted photo