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Coho Fever

Fishing Department - Monday, July 18, 2016

 Coho fever has stuck Nanaimo. We are currently experiencing the best Coho fishing since the Blue Back days of the late 1980's. They are everywhere and hitting on everything. Best bets are Irish Cream spoon at 140ft. However, they are still hitting T-Rex Hootchies and even big plugs.

 There are many small Chinook mixed in, and some big ones scattered around. Best bet for the big ones is to head way out into Georgia Straight, aim for Sechelt and troll at about 225ft. Best lure for a big Chinook is a White Yamashita Cuttle fish hootchies, such as SGL161R.

 In new product news we are now carrying the Classic Vancouver Island made Peetz reels. I'm a huge fan and still use them as my day to day trolling reel. I'm very happy to have them in the store.

Another really cool new product is a device that allows you to easily return a Rock Cod back to depth without killing. They work well, and are very popular in other jurisdictions with different rules. Only the eagles are upset about this.

Tips up,

Steve Vavrik

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