This week on the saltwater we experienced some rough weather but the fishing was still consistent when you got to the Hump. Spoons seemed to be the hot ticket the last few days for quite a few anglers including myself. In particular a 3.5-inch Irish Cream and four-inch Gut Bomb were my favorite choices for the week. I matched them up with a chartreuse glow flasher and a green onion glow flasher.
As always, bait is a good choice, anchovies and herring worked as well, but with the large numbers of shakers and cod it made it hard to keep a piece of meat in the water. A few fish came to hootchies with my best producer being the white UV towed behind a green footloose flasher on a short 34″ inch 50lb test maxima leader. We have heard a few reports now from the Gulf Islands and expect it to pick up any day now. It’s only a matter of time, so our first exploration trips will be this week and we expect fair to consistent results fishing offshore on the far side. Hootchies and spoons are a staple over there, while the anchovies take a back seat. It’s time to troll fast and find the travelling feeders.
Hot off the presses at the last minute as we are working on the report Thursday afternoon! Eddie was out on a 6-hour charter this morning on the Hump and landed five nice chinook! Two of them were on a double header and they lost a few as well.
Seven chinook hookups in 5 hours of having the gear down is good fishing for local waters. Best depths were in the 110 to 130 range on Eddie’s usual favourite, the Pesca Gut Bomb spoon and glow green flasher. So it looks like another wave of fish are on the Hump and the tides are mellowing out and the fish are on the feed again. As Dimitri noted in his report, the fishing at Thrasher and Nanaimo is starting to heat up as per usual in early May. It usually gets red-hot next week, so if the winds allow it is worth a run across, but if the fishing is good on this side, why burn the fuel!