Fishing and Marine Supplies - 5504 Trail Avenue, Box 678
Sechelt, B.C. (604) 885-2512
2016 Trail Bay Source for Sports Summer Fishing Report
We have had steady fishing off Nine Mile Point, Gibsons,
Trail Islands, Sangster Island, Texada and Thornamby Island (Epsom Point).
We also had reports of a 39lbs Chinook caught off Nine Mile Point, and
the best its been for fishing in long time of Epsom Point and Pender Harbour.
The crabbing has been great and the commercial prawning is done for the
year. The tides have also been great to get a feed of clams and oysters.
We have had steady reports of coho off Thornamby Island
in the Salish Sea formerly known as the Georgia Strait which should excite
the fishermen who like to throw buzz bombs, rooster tails and flies for
them. The coho are now in the mix with the springs. Pender Harbour, Jervis
Inlet, Narrows Inlet, Texada Island, Lasquetti Island, Seal Reef and Sangster
Island will continue to produce good numbers of salmon as the areas are
known to hold large concentrations of fish during the summer months. Another
hotspot is the mouth of Secret Cove and Halfmoon Bay. This area allows
you to hide from the southeast wind and you can get into some pretty good
fishing close by.
There should be another run of local springs that move in
Sechel Inlet in early August and in front of Davis Bay. This has been
oneof the best kept fishing secrets on the coast. We spend so much time
casting to coho and we miss out on some of the best opportunities to nail
some big spring salmon. Trolling 60-120ft with white or blood and bones
hootchies or coyote spoons in black/white, green/silver or green/white
will work well. Early morning tides are the best or late in the evening,
but unlike the coho the springs do turn on during some of the day time
tides. The Chapman Creek hatchery releases chinook and coho annually.
The hatchery coho are open (daily limit is 2) so check out
the old fish holes such as Sangster, Upwood, Epsom, Pirate Rock, Merry
Island, Trail Island and Camp Bing. They should all see some good coho
fishing in August. Find the feed and you will find coho no matter what
Fishing 2 hours before the low water slack with hootchies and coyote spoons have been working well in Army Truck, Blood/Bones, Green/White. It pays to mix up the colours and find the hot colour for the day. Of course you are not giving your all, if you are not trolling bait. With all the new head teaser colours you can mix colours with your bait as well. You may find that as the water gets murky, you will probably do better with dull or darker colours other than bright greens.
Don't for get your flasher, line colour and leader length
has a lot to do with your success as well. A lot of the fish have been
holding from 60' -100', and you will find fish deeper but a good starting
point is from 80' -120'. Then look for bait balls and move your lures
to that level. Fish a little higher in the evenings between 40'- 80'.
At this time of year fish can be holding or traveling in 30-50ft of water
so when you check your line it's a good practice to pop it off the downrigger
clip and let it float up to the surface. This will change the action of
your lure and allow you to fish a variety of depth all the way to the
surface. Vary the time you check your bait. It is also very important
to clean the jelly fish off your line and flashers, and make sure that
you give them wipe. It doesn't hurt once in awhile to give them a soak
with warm soapy water.
Lure choice will also depend on the water color, of late
it has stayed murky, and thus the reason olive green (army/truck) or dark
green have been a good producers. We can expect the water to clear and
then lean towards the lighter and brighter greens, or blue.
Bite times are important; of late the low tide bite has come on two to three hours before the slack and has stayed steady for an hour past the tide. On the other hand the high tide bite has come on hot near the high slack and then over, don't get caught running off to find fish at another spot while missing the bite. Depths, fish around Secret Cove, Epsom Point are best at 120-150ft. If all else fails and the springs aren't in the area dont hesitate to change locations as the next point might be the one holding fish. Just don't give-up and stay positive!
Live bait mooching with herring in depths of over 160ft is a great way
to relax and catch a few winter spring salmon. Another trick is to pick
out the biggest herring first and only use one #10 hook with a 10-12'
leader and a 3 oz grey beaded weight. Using light tackle while mooching
is also a great way to present your bait, 15lb main with 12lb leader.
Don't be to anxious to set your hook, set your drag just to prevent free
spooling while in the rod holder. Wait until your reel is going out at
a good pace works well a a good rule of thumb of when to set your hook.
You still want to make sure that the bait fish are showing well on your
sounder, that you are out a couple of hours before the tide change and
your fishing some bottom structures.
Play safe, make sure you have all your safety gear and have done your maintenance. Check the marine weather reports before going out, leave a note at home so your family knows when you plan to return, and where you are going to be fishing!.
Some hot spots will be:
Pender Harbour Area - (Quarry Bay, Bargain Harbour, Bjerre Shoal, Agamemnon Channel, A-Frame)
Secret Cove- (Red House, Mouth of the Cove, Thormanby Island - Epsom Pt)
Sechelt - (Trail Islands, Davis Bay, Halfmoon Bay)
Sechelt Inlet - (Snake Bay, Sandy Hook, Tillicum Bay, Nine Mile Point, Maclean Bay, Narrows Inlet)
Gibsons - (Twin Island, Bowen Island, Cape Roger Curtis, Worlcombe Island, Pt. Cowan, PoPham)
Clams - prior to harvesting clams always check to make sure you are not digging when there is a PSP Closure by checking out DFO's Fishery Notice on PSP levels at: DFO Red Tide Closures for area 16 or call (604) 666-2828.
Crabbing has been great 50-120ft off Davis Bay, Poise Island or Sergeant Bay for some nice big keepers. The commercial prawn vessels have ended their season so you should get your trap's dusted off and start Prawn fishing. The little prawns grow fast, so look to the 270ft - 300ft as a starting point. Please check the areas you are prawning in to see if there have been closures in place.
To view DFO Management Area maps in order to ensure you know where the
boundaries are for various areas or sub-areas that you are interested
in fishing, check out their website at:
Management Areas Pacific Region.
You won't get better fishing information for the Sunshine Coast.
We hope to see you soon!!!!
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