2014 was a bit of an odd year again for fishing on the west coast, from the Queen Charlotte Islands all the way down to Victoria. There was some good news for some of us who fished Ucluelet. Chinook fishing stayed consistent along the shore for much of June and July (and 5-10 miles offshore in August) and during this time we worked a little bay for the whole month. Near the end of July we started fishing live squid for the first time and had very good results. It had been something I had always wanted to do and it certainly didn't disappoint. I don't think there is a more sporting way to catch a salmon.
Early on in my career as a guide I cut-plugged herring and really liked being able to hook the fish without a downrigger line there. The only thing that could beat it is fishing live bait. I always knew live squid fishing would be a blast, but as a guide you often stick to things you know. Also, there weren't a lot of good reports for catching here, so it just wasn't done. 2014 would change that and we spent a good amount of time fishing the same place right next to the kelp bed.
There is a short video below showing a couple double headers from one of our guides Fred Perron. If you haven't done it before, you need to try it. It is one of those things that should be on every bucket list. When you decide that you just have to do it, plan on coming in late June or July.
I hope you enjoy the video!
The Chinook fishing was pretty consistent in the first week of September near Little Beach. The only thing that kept changing was the bait. The fish switched from small spoons, to anchovies to needle fish hutchies. Most of the Chinook were in the 15-20lb range with a few going bigger. The halibut seemed to move around a bit as well. The good news is that we still found some and we had some happy customers. Below are a few pictures from the past few weeks.
Chinook fishing has been good at Outside Lighthouse Bank and South Bank this past week and a half since my last fishing report. The Chinook seem to be all depths and biting on different set ups from day to day. Needlefish hutchies, cuddlefish, 4 inch Coyote spoons and large Tomic spoons have been doing well. Some days we are also seeing a few halibut move in. It seems that halibut fishing here is good one day and not as good the next. Halibut fishing has been consistent at the Wreck. Coho haven't been as prevalent the past week and a half, though we are find a few every day.
Thanks for reading this report and pictures are below!
Fishing has moved offshore for us since Florencia Bay is closed August 1 for Chinook over 77 cm. The good news is that we have been doing most of our fishing relatively close so far. South Bank and Lighthouse Bank have been the hotspots so far. There is lots of bait showing up on South Bank and even though most of it is small, there is still a few schools of larger herring around. We have been testing Tomic plugs and have been catching some of the larger Chinook on them and not having to deal with as many small Chinook. Every day is different so we are always trying new gear. Chinook fishing isn't on fire, but we are working at it and getting fish.
Halibut fishing at the Wreck has been good this past week and most days the halibut have been coming quickly with a good size average. Below are some pics from the past few days to wet your appetite for your coming fishing trip! We should have good fishing right up until mid September this year for both Chinook and Coho.
We have been enjoying a whole month fishing Florencia Bay. It has been pretty consistent day to day and the water is some what sheltered making it the perfect place to fish with a great view in the background. The last part of the month we have been live squid fishing and this is by far the most fun I have had guiding this place. For any of you that have had a chance to do live bait it is very interactive and always has you on edge waiting for the next bite. We start jigging the squid first thing in the morning and then bait up for the early morning bite. Just a handful of boats are doing this here and we are having the time of our lives.
Halibut has been fairly consistent just a couple miles off the bay. Some people are also trolling or jigging on inside lighthouse and inside south bank. Below are some pics from the past week!