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Go for Gold… and Silver!

Gold is not a colour that normally gests used around Georgia Straight. Silver for the East side, Gold for the West side is normally the rule for Vancouver Island. However Gold Coho Killers with a Silver Betsy flasher seems to be working right now. In fact Coho Killers...

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Fishing Shallow

Normally around Nanaimo we all fish from 140-180 ft. However, sometimes it pays to change things up. If you mark bait at a different depth then fish that depth! Over the last week several good fishermen I know have caught Chinook at various odd ball depths. 40-70 feet...

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Tyee Time

The Big Boys are here!! Just a short Report for the weekend. Big fish up to mid 30 pound range in deep water off East side of Gabriola. 180-200ft down. Top lure is T-Rex Spoon AKA Harbour Chandler Custom #8. It got a 36 pounder for Captain Hasse of the good ship 'Song...

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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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