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Nanaimo fishing is on fire. There are big Chinook, big Coho and plenty of Pinks. I had my first customer of the year catch all three species on one trip (Good job Cash Gray!) There are big Chinook deep off Entrance and Thrasher. Gold Stars in Pink Sink pattern, and Razor Backs in Outfitter are working at 150-200ft.

Around the Fingers there are loads of undersized fish, but also some really nice ones. I got my fish at 30 ft on Thursday jigging for greenling with my four year old. I was using a green little Nibb in a big bait ball. That’s two weeks in a row I’ve hooked a nice spring while jigging for little cod in shallow water with my daughter. Both on the same lure, the same depth, but at very different locations. At least I landed this one; the last broke my rod and then my line. There is loads of bait around everywhere, so find the bait and you’ll find the salmon.

The Pinks are here, between Hudson Rocks and Pipers Lagoon. Troll pink hootchies at 40ft for them. Hopefully they will head into Departure Bay and provide a good shore fishery.

Lingcod fishing is still very hot, better than usual.

Tips up, jigs down

Steve Vavrik

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