Fishing Report for June 19, 2018

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, June 26 2018

Someone forgot to rub Buddha’s tummy, and ask him not to let the winds blow on Derby Weekend! Saturday morning hit 33 knots, and we were fishing in seven foot trenches after the tide change at Thrasher. This was in the top three worst conditions I’ve fished in thirty years of chartering. I was amazed the Vancouver boats made it over Friday night, only to have to fish sporadically on Saturday. Newcomer to Gabriola, Phil Claxton, won the Yamaha 9.9 motor donated by Parker Marine, with a 20.01 pound Chinook. Mike Smith ran second with a 18.95 pound Chinook. Largest Coho was taken by Nelson (Chicken legs) Thorne at 4.29 pound. Keith Kloosterboer took second place with a 3.76 pound Coho. Don Esau won the closet to fifteen pound ling prize with a 11.72 pound fish. Ron Hayes won the Lowrance structure finder draw prize donated by Harbour Chandler. There were 96 Chinook, 44 Coho, and 8 ling weighed into the derby. It is hard to say where fishing was best. We fished between Thrasher and the green can, to stay in a partial wind shield. We caught some nice Chinook, but the fishing was not fast. Fishing was productive at Entrance and the Flat Tops, also. Certain areas off Thrasher and Snake held a ton of Coho, which is superb news, especially since the new one a day Chinook rule came into effect June 1st. Thank you to all our participants and sponsors! 

Thanks to Clyde, Regan and Sylvie, and Billy Boyte for your organizational abilities. Thanks to our weigh team of Stewart and Jo, and to Tannie and Sabrina for cooking!

Good fishing!


Harbour Chandler 

Home Hardware Nanaimo

Parker Marine 

Milwaulkee Tools


Page’s Inn on Silva Bay


Gulf Island Seaplanes

Pacific Net and Twine

Page’s Marina and Resort

Gone Fishin’

Go Fish Charters

Pacific Boat Brokers 

Silver Blue Charters

Investors Group 

Arbutus Home Building Centre

5 Star Embrodery 

North Road Sports

Amundson Fishing Gear

Yum Yum Bait

Ace Line Hauler 

Highwater Tackle

Scotty Downriggers

Village Liquor Store

Gibbs/Delta Tackle 

Village Food Market

Mike Smith Prawn Traps

Independent Grocer

Midland Tools 

Silva Bay Shipyard


Gabriola Golf Club

Jughead Lures

Happy Hipppy Soap

Vancouver Whale Watch

Ron Springer

Interkraft Metal Fabrication

Island Home & Garden

Lit’l Nibs Lures 

Silva Bay Marina

Slegg Lumber

The Gabriola Sounder


Canadian Tire

Pure Fishing Tackle

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