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Fishing Report

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

A good rule of thumb in ocean fishing is; if fishing was good at a certain place one day, chances are by the next day the fish will have moved on. This is the situation we have around Nanaimo right now. Think of the fish as teenage boys; they can't settle down in one...

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Algae Bloom and Red Tide

Just a quick update, for local conditions. The last week has been a little slow. Some nice fish up to 25 lbs came in yesterday, but overall it wasn't too hot. Army truck spoons and flashers, and homeland security flashers and spoons are still dominant. Green and white...

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35 pound Chinook

A couple days ago a 35 pound white spring was caught near the fingers. Details to follow. All I know right now is his rod broke, and it was on an army truck pattern. Quite a few guys are reporting success with army truck pattern gear. Spoons, hootchies and flashers....

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Pick Your Depth, Any Depth!

The fishing reports for this week are very good. Lots of nice sized Springs at all depths in many different areas. North East of Five Finger Island was the hot location. However I have no depth recommendations as fish have bean taken from 70ft to 230ft. So basically...

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Big Bait Little Bait

The reports for this week aren't as great as last week, but still solid for this early in the season. The schools of salmon off Neck Point have moved South to the East side of Gabriola and Thrasher Rock area. Guys are still picking up decent fish off the Fingers, but...

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More Fish at Five Fingers!

Many nice fish were caught off Neck Point, just north of Five Finger yesterday. Trolling in 500' of water, 130' down. "Irish cream", and "Homeland security" took a lot of fish. One interesting lure variation that was working for a local 'top rod' was; a larger cop car...

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Local Waters Update

Here is a short update for local waters. More Red Springs are being taken near Five Fingers Island at 140-180ft. These fish are closer to shore than we typically see for this time of year. Likely the big herring spawn/hatch is what's drawing them in. This is great for...

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The Clock is Ticking!

Time is running down for prepping our boats/gear as the big run of White Springs should be getting close. It's time to get any final repairs done, test new gear, and do a shake down cruise. Get out on the water and make sure your ship is in ship shape. With the...

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Feeder Springs and Prawns

The feeders are feeding. Large numbers of feeder Spring Salmon have moved into our waters. And the big Harrison white springs should be showing soon too. At this time about half of the feeders are undersized and most of the rest are barely legal (nothing wrong with...

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Herring Roe on Toast

So, grilled herring are too bony for me. Tasty, but not worth the effort. The roe was increasable as always. And if anyone is wondering, the green stuff is British mushy peas. They seemed appropriate for a herring based meal. The spawn is still going from Departure...

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