The 2014 sockeye season has been awesome! As is with all types of fishing, there has been a few slow days with a few fish hooked but a lot of days where we’ve been filling the box with our guest’s limits. Most of the fishing has been off the North Arm of the Fraser, but schools can be found from the Bell Buoy to the South Arm. Chinook by-catch has not been uncommon while fishing for sockeye with pink hoochies. We had a day last week when we got a 12lb chinook on the morning trip followed by a hard fighting 20lb chinook on the afternoon trip along with a few sockeye. On days that we’ve had local trips or the weather is blowing over the sockeye grounds, we’ve been able to even find them along the Mile Markers and the Bell Buoy off Point Grey.
- A nice haul of sockeye for our Guests !
We have also been fishing off West Vancouver and have found some good sized coho and the odd chinook salmon as well. On a recent charter, we lost a beautiful 10lb coho right beside the boat and a big chinook after it peeled some line and then shook the lure. Anchovies rigged in the Frog, Spackle Back, Green Glo and Clear Chartreuse teaser heads have been working well. For chinook and coho flashers try Chartreuse Glo, Green Onion and UV flashers.
- Eddie got his guests into a double header of chinooks!
Last Saturday our guides participated in our Annual Labour Day Chinook Classic Catch and Release Derby and it was a nice change from sockeye fishing. The boats were scattered from the Bell Buoy to the South Arm of the Fraser and fish were continuously being reported from all areas throughout the day. The fish were being hit primarily in the 40′ to 60′ range, but we should note the winning fish was down in the 90′ range. Both herring and anchovies were the ticket with the same teaser heads we use for West Vancouver. There will still be tons of sockeye to stock the freezer with but the big chinooks are here and there’s more on the way!
EddieThe P.A. Saltwater Guide Team: Jason, Eddie, Dimitri, Todd, Mike
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