Fishing Report for October 14, 2013

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, October 15 2013

Most of the salmon have moved into the rivers, and this year we had enough rain that their travels should not be problematic. The chinook that remain in the area are mostly undersized, although in mid October a few more legal fish tend to show. There are a few mature coho in the salt, still, as some of them don’t enter rivers like the Nanaimo until early November. The chum have arrived, but are difficult to catch. I talked to David from Predator Charters in Vancouver, and he recommended trolling so slow for the chum that the flashers don’t even rotate. They just “swim”. I haven’t tried this method yet, but I have talked to anglers who have already seen schools of chum swimming by and could not get them to bite.

The only bottom fish legal for retention are the sole, kelp greenling, and cabezon. The sole are in 30 to 50 feet of water off sand bottoms. The Northeast side of Entrance holds some large kelp greenling that grow to 3 or 4 pounds. Small jigs fished in 30 to 60 feet of water is the best method for the greenling. There are some cabezon off Whalebone and Entrance and they primarily inhabit 50 feet of water, and will also take small jigs. All three species are very good table fare, but don’t have the size or fight of the ling.

Prawning is good off the Flat Tops. Try tuna cat food at 350 feet for best results.

Good fishing!

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