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Winter Chinook are here…just not in numbers yet.

The big winds have pushed through and we are looking at SE winds for the weekend of around 10-15 knots.  As usual, the SE winds bring in the low pressure system and that means cloud and rain.  At least it will be pretty much flat calm out at the mouth of the Capilano, and that is good news as we have some nice high slack tides this weekend.  If you get out in the morning you will be able to fish the flood tide off the Cap mouth and W. Van most of the morning with the high slack on Saturday around 10:00 am and 10:45 am on Sunday.  If you are thinking of heading out in the afternoon you can slide over the freighters and fish the flats in 90-120 feet of water on the ebb tide.

There have been some undersize fish hit this past week and also some keeper chinook.  We are starting to see some bigger fish.  Not monsters, but at least some fish that are not “just legals” and are starting to get into the 80 cm and over range.  Overall, the fishing this year has been consistently average.  The boats that are out there covering water and fishing hard have been consistently hooking fish.  There is still a good portion of the winter season left so it will be interesting to see how the next 3-4 weeks shape and hopefully we see more of these larger fish enter the area.

The water is still very clear and we have been doing well on the Oki “Green Onion” and “Purple Onion” flashers, with a 5-6 foot leader attached to a 2.5 or 3.5 Pesca RSG spoons in “Uncle Bob”, “It’s Not” or “Bogart”.  Cover water, look for bait, and keep you gear close to the bottom.

See you in the shop or on the water,

Jason Tonelli