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
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
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...read more
The first of the big white springs are here! Also fat red springs in the same area. North of Neck Point, 200-300 feet of water. Troll 120-14ft down. First good fish of the day were 16lb red spring on Homeland Security spoon. Later in the day Capt. Jack scored biggest...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
We are having a great herring spawn in Nanaimo this year. Yesterday I loaded up in Hammond Bay, and right now (March 18th) Departure Bay is turning white. We will have a great salmon year with all the herring hatching in a month. Get your herring jigs and head to the...read more
I'm hoping this season is as good as it was four years ago. In the last couple weeks the cleaning station at Brechin has had a decent amount of heads/guts in it. The fish are showing in the normal early season places. That is deep water fairly far off shore. French...read more
Greetings and happy New Year! After the holidays and all the foul weather I'm seeing fishermen heading out on the water again. After all it's always a good idea to fire up the boat engines periodically, and you might as well knock the rust off your fishing gear/skills...read more
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