Salmon fishing in Nootka Sound is finally starting to heat up with a lot of fish in the 20-25 pound range being taken on anchovies and hootchies. There have been a few nice fish in the 30-40 lb range although not as many as this time last year. Just this week one of our guides put a nice 37 and 34 pound chinook in the boat for his guests and both were caught with anchovies. It seems the depths are ranging from 32 feet to 57 feet so using the two rods on each downrigger method will work well to find the fish. Read our article in this blog for more information on setting up two rods per downrigger.Continue reading "The Salmon Have Arrived" »
Friday, July 13. 2012
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Thursday, March 15. 2012
With all the politics surrounding the recreational fishery these days I thought I would do a little research on how much it contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of British Columbia. ¹GDP is a measure of the value added by an industry or activity to the economy. It is equal to total revenue from the sale of goods or services produced by the industry less the cost of materials and purchased services consumed in the process of production. Continue reading "Fishing Revenue in British Columbia" »
Sunday, August 7. 2011
A previous client of mine asked me if I could send him a copy of my previous article on how to use more than one rod per downrigger from my old site. However, it got deleted with the old files. So I will attempt to write it here again for all. When using more than one rod per downrigger it is important to remember that when you turn sharp the lines may cross each other if you haven't allowed for this by making the line further back from the boat on the top rod and closer on the bottom rod. You could also reverse this logic I assume, I just haven't tried it myself.Continue reading "Running Four Rods on Two Downriggers" »
Wednesday, March 9. 2011
Continue reading "Spooning for Steelhead" »
The other day I was asked by a friend of mine which spoons I use to catch steelhead on the Gold River. I replied that my favourite was the Gibss Ironhead #100 1oz in gold colour. He asked my why I chose that spoon over others and I replied that the Gold is deep fast water in the late winter/early spring months and you want to be able to get your spoon down to the fish without dragging bottom. Other spoons work as well however I have caught more steelhead on this spoon in the last 15 years than any other...
Saturday, February 12. 2011
An accomplished steelhead angler is a person who has acquired the patience that comes through many failures and few rewards. Both lead us to become a student of searching for the ultimate freshwater experience. Each one represents long hours and personal triumphs or disappointments of the angler. It is through these experiences that we learn different techniques and tools that lessen the odds in favor of the fish... Continue reading "Steelhead On The Fly" »
Tuesday, February 1. 2011
Just north of Campbell River, British Columbia Canada there is a new project in the works by a company called Agrimarine the first in the world to try fish farming in a closed containment system. After securing funding, government approval and years of design and redesign, the gigantic containment tank was towed into place with the hopes of adding 50,000 45 gram juvenile chinook shortly....
Continue reading "A New Experiment in Aquaculture" »
Monday, January 24. 2011
Could be interesting this year to see how many halibut the average angler will be allowed to harvest and how many days he/she will have to do this. Because of an agreement made between the recreational sector, commercial sector and DFO in 2003, the average angler is only allowed his share of the 12% Total Allowable Catch (TAC). This is regardless of whether he wants to jump into his own boat or request the services of a local guiding outfit to provide an opportunity to catch a halibut. We may be done halibut fishing by mid summer. Why you ask.....Continue reading "Halibut Wars" »
Monday, January 10. 2011
Steelhead fishing is starting to heat up on the Gold and Heber Rivers. Tales of catching 5-10 fish a day on the Gold and 1-5 fish a day on the Heber are flying fast and furious amongst the regulars and guides who fish the two rivers religously. Not hard to image actually once you factor in all the high water and colours changing on a daily basis...Continue reading "Steelhead on the Gold" »
Monday, January 3. 2011
The Certified Tidal Angling Guide Program is here!
The new program, Certified Tidal Angling Guide (CTAG) â€“ a provincial certification issued by the Industry Training Authority, was developed over the course of nearly 4 years in collaboration with numerous stakeholders and organizations including: