Jason Tonelli: Fishing continues to be good to excellent from Thrasher Rock up to Nanaimo. There is a mix of fish inshore and offshore so you can literally hit fish in 120 feet of water to 800 feet of water. The best lures are spatter back glow hoochies, and your favourite spoon with a little glow in it, like Green/Glow or Kitchen Sink. Flashers that have been working include, glow, double glow, Green Onion, and Purple Onion. Best depths have been from 90 to 180 but yesterday 127 to 150 was very productive for us. We put 5 nice chinook in the box as we lost a few more and had some more hits. There were a lot of undersize and even a few coho. All in all, it was as a very active day!
- Bryce with a nice chinook!
Crabbing is also excellent in the harbour. Speaking of the harbour, we have heard of a few chinook and coho being taken along W. Van. The Capilano already has good numbers of coho in the river. The river guys are having some great fishing already and once Thrasher slows down many boats will start fishing W. Van for the coho. This usually happens around July 1st but we can have excellent coho fishing off W. Van any day now, so time to start heading that direction.
Eddie Matthei: Weather has still been a factor. Last Sunday blew hard from the Northwest and we were unable to get across. Even the boats already over there stayed tied to the dock. I got out since then and got back to catching fish.
- Nice Slab!!
Finally on Tuesday we were blessed with flat calm water but other than a fairly quick morning bite in which Jason and I both hooked double headers the bite died and the rest of the day was slow. I guess sometimes you can’t have it all.
Most fish have been hitting from 90′-140′ with a few nice fish that I picked off down at 180′. Both hoochies and spoons are working and it seems to be whatever they’re in the mood for.The only prototype Ricker Double Glo spoon that Jason and I have been testing has already hooked a few nice fish for us. I hope I don;t lose the only one I have.
- Double header!
Killer whales paid us a visit on Tuesday. They rolled into a spot another guide and myself were working and we both had fish on. We were fighting fish and whale watching at the same time! Although it was a smaller pod which indicates transient killer whales as opposed to resident killer whales which are fish eaters, I was still concerned about losing our fish since the whales were only a couple of hundred yards away. Later I spoke with the Captain of Vancouver Whale Watching and he informed me that the transient whales do not hunt fish and are silent hunters for mammals. They don’t use echo location which is why they didn’t spook our fish and we were able to hook them with whales present. I hope they took care of a pesky sea lion that had been shadowing my gear and spooking my fish earlier that morning.
Jason, Matt, Dimitri, Andre, Eddie and Bryce