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Crabbing Basics

Equipment: • A Crab Trap • Approximately 100 ft sinking line or floating line plus a weight. • A float with your name and phone number on it. (No improvised float like a bleach bottle) • Bait container and bait. • Crab measuring device. • Tidal fishing license. Any...

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Winter Springs

With the rains we have been getting not too many fisherman are going out and bringing me in fishing reports. The last I heard the Coho and Chum were still around the Fingers, but I expect this rain will move them towards the river. The good news is the first winter or...

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Prawning Basics

Last weeks report is still holding true. The Coho and Chums are still at the fingers, and they’re still biting on the lures I mentioned last week. What I forgot to mention is that wild Coho are open. So get your Coho while you can. Prawning is really picking up as...

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Fall Coho

The Fall Coho season has arrived. Sometimes known as northern Coho, these are my favorite salmon. They fight harder than any other, and taste better than anything except maybe a fresh Sockeye. And that's a big maybe. I find the bright orange flesh from a scrappy Coho,...

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Slab City

The big bruisers are hitting the deck. French Creek and Thrasher Rock have monster springs right now. Yesterday (Sept 10) one French Creek highliner boated four nice Chinook. A 38, 25 and two in the teens. We also heard of many similar reports at both French Creek on...

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Halibut Club Update

Nanaimo Charter operator, Captain Al of Nanaimo fish on charters joined the Nanaimo Halibut Club with a solid halibut that we estimate to be about 60 lbs. The scale at the dock tops out at 50 lbs., so we don’t know the exact weight. Oddly enough just like Ted the...

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Halibut and many Salmon

Harbour Chandler regular and local prawn whisperer Ted McKinney joined the Nanaimo Halibut club with a nice 20 something pound chicken hali. It was caught at an undisclosed location in Georgia Straight, somewhere in sight of Nanaimo. There is an unconfirmed report...

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Tyee Time & Feisty Coho

As forecasted we are seeing Tyees in local waters. I know of several confirmed ones and several more rumored ones. There have also been lot’s of springs in the high 20’s. Unfortunately the winds have been blowing most guys off the water, and only the very dedicated...

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Watch the Skies

We are beginning to see a real big push of mature Chinook in the Nanaimo area. They are coming in tight to shore following structure, and will start feeding aggressively with the weather change and low pressure system that is rolling in. Now is the time to get your...

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Nanaimo Fishing

We are in an interesting time for Nanaimo fishing. Some guys who often do well are not catching anything, and some rookies are cleaning up. Just goes to show the old rule that 20% of the fisherman catch 80% doesn’t always hold true. Also it seems the guys who do...

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Entrance Island

Entrance Island and The Cannery are producing really nice spring salmon right now. Lot’s of 20+ pound fish. One customer came in today saying 3 springs over 20 lbs., and a dozen Pinks all in 1 hour at 80-140 ft. down. All on 3” pink sink spoon. I also hear Supertackle...

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