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Friday Saltwater Report: July 5th, 2013

Saltwater Report:

Beach Fishing:  Its time to start tracking the start of beach season for W. Van, Furry Creek and Cate’s Park.  No solid reports yet but this fishery will begin turning out some fish within the next 7-10days while the true season is not expected to start till late July.

I have been to Furry Creek once already and did not see anything moving.

Eddie Matthei:

What a difference a week of hot dry weather is starting to make. Had I written this report earlier in the week I would have said it’s pretty slow locally lately. It’s still a little slow but the fishery is starting to show signs of life!  A few guys are still going across the Georgia Strait and the odd boat is still managing to find a few fish in the Thrasher Rock area. It’s at this time that we start to prospect on the Vancouver side of the strait which is what I have been doing.  Hole in the wall is spotty but there are definitely fish being taken.


BANANA??? Client given option to finish banana but swim back to dock or toss and fish. :)
BANANA??? Client given option to finish banana but swim back to dock or toss and fish. 🙂

I hooked my first one there about 3 weeks ago so the numbers should be building and sooner rather than later that fishery will be a viable option for chinooks!  Most of the reports of fish hit are in the 120′ and up as high as 60′ on a variety of spoons and anchovies. No single spoon or teaser head is the magic one so it’s good to put different things on the menu for them. Reports from further up Vancouver Island indicate we should be in for some great coho fishing when they arrive in masses.

I have already released some nice wild cohos and kept a few as well. There’s no “hot spot” at the moment as I found them from Point Atkinson to Ambleside and they tend to move around. Again, it is a little early in the season for a “Hot Lure” to rise to the top but I have been using different 3″ spoons and my trusty 4″ beat up bent scratched Homeland Security. It has got both chinook and coho way back in the Bowen Island fishery, Thrasher, Hole in the wall and West Van!

No banana in this picture!
No banana in this picture!

Just a reminder to always check your leaders as I would have lost it long ago if I hadn’t. Green glos, small pink apex, cop cars and bi-coloured hoochies are all good bets. In West Van I also hit a couple of undersized chinook! I also heard of a 10lb chinook taken locally as well. So break out your favourite coho gear and start looking for them!

Tight lines,



Pacific Angler Educational Fishing Courses:

Due to current waiting list and continued demand we have added one LAST fly-fishing on beaches course this summer.  This is the last seminar covering this topic this summer and it is right before the beaches light up.  Sign up now as we limit participants to 20 people and it sells out every time. Details below.

Fly-Fishing on Beaches:

Beach caught coho by Andre
Beach caught coho by Andre

Time/Date: Monday, July 15th from 6:30pm-9:30pm

Cost: $30pp

This one night seminar will cover the basic principles needed in order to be an effective beach fly fishermen in British Columbia, such as gear, flies, tides, and other environmental conditions. Andre Stepanian will be the instructor for this course who has been chasing salmon and trout on our local beaches for over two decades. You will be sure to gain lots of valuable information to help you become a effective beach fly fishermen on this once a year seminar.



Date & Times: (6spots available)

Theory: Wed Aug 7th is theory portion of course from 630pm – 930pm at Pacific Angler store

On-the-water: Saturday Aug 10th & Sunday Aug 11th (time TBA) 4per per day for maximum learning.

Cost: $225+tax

Over 50 million salmon migrate past Vancouver annually. Learn how to catch these fish with Pacific Angler. This course offers an in-depth look at the local saltwater scene. We cover the local saltwater salmon fishing for the entire year, showing you the how, when, and where. The course includes a 3hr evening seminar and a fully guided day on the water in our 27ft Grady White.

Pacific Angler is proud to be your source for fishing education. Call Pacific Angler today, 604-872-2204, to book your spot. All classes have limited availability.

On behalf of the Pacific Angler staff we wish you the best in your fishing endeavors and we hope to see you either at the shop or on the water. To check out the latest Pacific Angler news view the Pacific Angler Facebook page.

Jason, Matt, Dimitri, Andre, Max, Eddie and Bryce