Fishing Report for June 27, 2017

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, June 27 2017

Well, the weather didn’t cooperate, and the chinook were in small schools on short bite times, but the 2017 Silva Bay Salmon Derby was a resounding success. We raised $7,800 in total, the bulk of which goes to the Nanaimo River Hatchery, and gave GAFA (Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages) a $500 donation to aid in fighting the possible anchoring of Cape-sized freighters in the Orlebar to Flat Tops corridor.

Keith Gerrard (seen right with his son Todd. Photo courtesy Clyde Wicks) caught the largest chinook at 24.66 pounds and won the 9.9hp Yamaha outboard donated by Parker Marine. In a 90,000 to one shot, Keith also won the draw for the Lowrance HDS12 structure finder donated by Harbour Chandler. Buy a lottery ticket quick Keith! 

Second largest chinook was taken by Dave Harris (guided by the Cabezon!) at 21.36 pounds. This was another ironic moment, as Dave had lost his Islander reel and custom rod two years ago in the derby. So, naturally, he won an Islander reel and custom rod. 

Third largest chinook was taken by Petrale Joe Old, at 21.09 pounds. The largest coho was 4.67 pounds, taken by Mike Dunstan. Ling closest to 15 pounds was caught by teen rising star, Justin Berlinquette, at 14.88 pounds. Largest bottom fish went to Oliver Schmaler for his 7.36 pound yelloweye. 

Approximately $18,000 in prizes were distributed for various categories of fish. Thank you to all of our sponsors. (Listed to the right on this page of the Sounder)

And many thanks to all our volunteers. Clyde Wicks does incredible work gathering the prizes in Nanaimo. 

Regan Lall does our printing and setup. Tannie and Sabrina do all the preparation and cooking. Stewart flew over from Vancouver just to weigh fish for the derby. He and Jo did an eleven-hour stint on Saturday, and three more hours on Sunday. Norm Perron put up tents, moved all the tables, and donated his barbecue for the function. Thanks to Silva Bay Marina, Pages, North Road Sports, Harbour Chandler, Gone fishing’, and Pacific Net and Twine for selling tickets. And to Don and Vickie at Silva Bay Marine Repairs for their storage facility.

Monday, June 19, the chinook fishing seemed to perk up. Thrasher and the Grande were both pumping out fish to 18 pounds. Then it started to blow big, northwest, which it has ever since. When it does come down, the fishing should be good.

Thanks again to all who participated in the Silva Bay Derby. It is a sweet thing.

Good fishing!       

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