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...read more
Our odd ball salmon season continues. The good news is there are lots of feisty Coho all over the place. The Bad news is the big Chinook from last weekend have moved on to parts unknown. However they are just the forerunners of some very large 5 year old Chinook that...read more
It took a while but the really big boys are finally off Nanaimo. Specifically deep off Entrance Island. Lots of fish in the high 20's and some Tyees. These are the fish I've been hearing about all summer, from the North Island fisherman. Apparently its a larger class...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
Pirates Day Sale The one and only pirates day sale starts tomorrow at 8:00AM!!! Its too windy to fish, so you better be here!read more
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...read more
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...read more
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