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Saltwater Fishing Report: June 21, 2013

Saltwater Report

Eddie Matthei:

Grip'n Grin!
Grip’n Grin!

Not much has changed across at Thrasher except a couple of things. Still getting a mix of great calm days and a few windy days (like yesterday). Still getting those nice mid teens but a few more bigger fish are now coming back with us as dinner guests. The Silva Bay Derby produced a 33lb winning fish but that wasn’t the only one around that size. Quite a good number well into the 20″s as well. Some guys did pretty well offshore but the fish were also found in tighter to shore. Thrasher Rock, and a  few other spots nearby were also producing such as off the Waterfall, The Grande and Entrance. Lots of Cohos there too!

I have been primarily using Hoochies and spoons with this weeks favourite for me the “Homeland Security” in the 4″ size. The “Kitchen Sink” was also a good bet. I also had an old discoloured tattered double Glo “Spackle Back” that got me a few nice fish too. The fish are all over the place in terms of depth. One boat tagged one of his 2 Tyees at 35′ when he was resetting his gear! A few guys have been using bait successfully.  It’s good to focus from about 180″ up with say 110′-120′ being a baseline.

Thrasher Rock slab!
Thrasher Rock slab!

Strangely enough, the reports of halibut have dried up for the moment. I mentioned the wind yesterday. I had a 5hr trip but a ten hour trip across the Georgia Straight would not have been possible with the 18-20 kph winds straight out of the west. Fortunately I managed to get us to just inside Point Atkinson to some fishable water where I hoped to intercept some of the cohos that should be there by now. I was all alone out there and as I was instructing the guest on how to work the single action reel we had a couple of good shakes that didn’t stick. We ended up with 3 hits and a small wild coho that we released. I ran 2 different spoons and 2 different hoochies and they all worked but they liked the small 3″ green glo “Coho Killer” best.  All depths worked from 60′ to 27′ and from just west of Cypress Creek, in front of  the creek and also in front of fisheries. The tide was an 11′ drop followed by a 10′ flood which gave us a pretty quick bite window.

Fishing should get much better as the strong tides mellow out a bit. At least now I know they’re there and soon we’ll have a decent option to fish when it’s not possible to cross the Georgia Straight (yeah!). Crabbing was still pretty good except I found a few commercial floats in my favourite spot when I came back to retrieve my traps. I expect the number of big keepers to start dropping within the next couple of weeks.

Tight Lines,


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Kind regards,

Jason, Matt, Andre, Dimitri, Eddie and Bryce