Fishing Report for September 16, 2013

Bob Meyer

Monday, September 16 2013

I finally broke out the “pink gear” (small pink hoochies) and trolled it in the Grande to the waterfall area on Sunday, September 8. The action was fantastic, as we hooked 10 pinks, a wild 10-pound coho and 6 chinook. We ended up keeping 7 pinks, releasing the coho and releasing 4 undersized chinook, while losing both a medium and really large chinook. Chinook sometimes hit the pink gear, and one hoochie had only a 20-pound test leader. Big mistake, as a very large fish popped the leader. The fish were 80 to 120 feet on the downrigger. 

We fished again on September 11 and only hooked two pinks offshore in 700 feet of water and again at 80 to 120 feet on the rigger. On September 12 the pinks moved, and the only salmon we hooked (and lost) was while jigging off Entrance Reef with a Perkin at 30 feet. So, the fish are obviously on the move again. There is lots of bait off Thrasher and Entrance Reef. We were literally watching huge bait schools only 5 to 10 feet down on September 12. Unfortunately, the dogfish infiltrated the area, and we gave up jigging after landing 8 dog salmon. It is hard to predict where the fishing is going from here. Hopefully the chinook, pink and coho will redistribute into our area soon!

Ling cod fishing is still very good at Thrasher, the Flat Tops and Entrance Reef. Large bait used from 50 to 100 feet on the bottom will produce fish. Prawning is very good and we have been averaging 125 per trap lately. Watch for the berried spawners and let them swim free.

Good fishing!

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