Fishing Report for June 16, 2015

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, June 16 2015

The stupendous, miraculous, fantastic, fabulous, superb, unique and enjoyable Silva Bay Salmon Derby is being held June 20 and 21. It runs from dawn until 9 p.m. on Saturday; dawn until noon on Sunday. The prize ceremony will be held at around 1 o’clock on Sunday in the lower parking lot at Silva Bay Marina. Tickets are $25 per person and include a free burger for lunch. Tickets are available at Silva Bay Marina, Page’s Resort, Harbour Chandler and Gone Fishin’. A prize distribution page is available locally at Page’s and Silva Bay Marina. 

We have cut down on the number of hidden weight prizes to three in an attempt to have less duplication in the prize order. In an attempt to cut down on the mortality of large spawning ling, that prize will be closest to, but not over, 15 pounds. Due to the ignorance of some moron who was witnessed weighing in the same fish for the second time, our crack crew of fish weighers will be marking the fish as soon as they’re weighed. Thanks for creating the extra work. Our sponsors have gone totally gaga this year, with the Yamaha 9.9 outboard going for the largest chinook, and the Lowrance structure finder going as a draw prize. We have 75 to 100 prizes, including cash, downriggers, prawn pullers, rods, reels, smokers, flights, rooms and even the Kitchen Sink (spoon). All proceeds will again go to the Nanaimo River Hatchery. Praying for calm seas and many fishees.

This week the winds just blew and blew and blew. Unfortunately for the Mainland Bobcat Derby the winds were light on Friday afternoon, so everyone made it over but then it blew northwest for the entire derby, making fishing almost impossible. It did come down Sunday afternoon to let the boats escape though. Fishing was still mildly erratic when the winds did calm. Thrasher and the Flat Tops both produced some fish at the 120 to 200 foot depth on the downriggers. Bait in the Rhys Davis teaser in clear green scale or green/chartreuse, spoons in Killy Magee, Bob Marley, Homeland Security, Kitchen Sink or Pink Sink, or the glow white hoochies were lures of choice.

Ling fishing is productive off Gabriola and Entrance Reef - bottom bounce in 30 to 70 feet of water with large bait, plastics or jigs.

The commercial prawners are still out in force.

Good fishing!

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