Fishing Report for June 9, 2014

Bob Meyer

Monday, June 9 2014

I think the June 14 -15 fishing derby is going to be a huge success. 

It seems everyone who fishes here is in this year, and truly excited about the event. Tickets at Silva Bay Marina, Pages, Harbour Chandler and Gone Fishin’. Get them while they’re hot. Chinook fishing was all over the map last week.  On Saturday, I started on the reef structure at Thrasher, and nothing was doing.  I moved out into 300 feet of water, and we caught a nice 18 pound chinook. I then went out to 900 feet of water, and we caught and released 3 coho (they weigh about 3 pounds now), and two undersized chinook. 

Tried Grande to Waterfall, but the surface debris was very thick from the high tides and big winds. So, we went out into 250 feet of water, and caught a 14 pounder there. That’s a lot of area to cover. 

The fish have apparently moved inshore to their old haunt of the Grande through Whalebone. I love fishing this area as the currents aren’t as strong as Thrasher, and it is protected at least from the southeasterlies. The fish have been holding in about 180 feet of water at 135 to 180 on the downriggers. Lures of choice have been whole or strip baits in clear green scale or green/chartreuse Rhys Davis teasers, Silver Horde or Coyote spoons in Killy McGee, Kitchen Sink, Cop Car, Bob Marley or Irish Cream, or hoochies in light green spackleback or T-Rex,

Hatchery coho are now legal for retention, and only have to be 12 inches long. The limit is two per day per person. We are hoping to be able to retain one wild fish per day somewhere in the near future, but that is naturally DFO’s decision. Strangely, we were catching coho at 180 feet on hoochies this week. Normally, you would fish them 60 to 120 feet, with shorter leaders and higher speeds. They are sure beautiful fish.

Ling fishing is good off Gabriola and Entrance Reef. Try fishing on the bottom in 35 to 65 feet of water with large bait, jigs or plastics. Don’t forget the ling prize in the derby is closest to 15 pounds, not the largest.

There are commercial prawn traps in 160 feet of water right in the trolling pattern at Thrasher. Keep your distance, or pay the price. Several people have lost wire line and cannonballs from close encounters of the prawn kind. The commercial fishery off the Flat Tops is over, and it is safe once again to prawn.

Good fishing!

Bob Meyer is the owner/operator of Silver Blue Charters based out of Silva Bay, Gabriola. Tel: 247-8807 fax: 247-9700.