VAN HERRING AND THE SALTY DOG TEAMED UP FOR A GROUP CHARTER IN THE AFTERNOON. CONDITIONS WERE GOOD WITH A MELLOW TIDE, CALM WINDS, AND SCORCHING HEAT. A FEW BIG SPRINGS ROLLED INTO THE CAP MOUTH ON THE SLACK TIDE AND WE WERE ABLE TO LAND A COUPLE REAL NICE ONES. NICE TO SEE SOME BIG FISH SO CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER. THERE HAS BEEN INCREASING NUMBERS OF BIG CHINOOK IN THE HARBOUR OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS. SHOULD JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER. <
July 28, 2009
Fishing has been consistent along the West Vancouver shoreline over the last few days. There has been a good mix of coho, pink, and the odd big chinook up to 35 pounds thrown in the mix. We even released a few sockeye. Jeff made it over to the Gulf Islands a couple times over the last few days and landed some nice chinook up to 25 pounds.
Fishing should continue to be productive with increasing numbers of chinook and pink salmon showing daily. The big chinook fishery should really start to gather steam in the next week locally. Last year the fishing for big chinook really got cranking in the first week of August.
July 24, 2009
Well there has been some gigantic tides over the last few days. Fishing was pretty tough on the ebb, ok on the flood, and quite good on the tide changes over the last fews. We managed to pick up coho on every trip out over the last few days. We even had a double header on sockeye on Wednesday, unfortunately they had to be released as we are still waiting for the announcement of a recreational opening. Yesterday evening a few nice chinook salmon rolled into the Cap mouth and a couple nice ones were boated. The tides are settling starting on Saturday so we should see the action pick up. There have been continued good reports of some big chinook salmon over on the Gulf Islands. There have been a few pink salmon caught this week as well. We should see our local fishery start gather more steam this week with better tides and more fish approaching local waters. It should be anytime that we should see the first big push of Big Fraser Chinook into local waters.
July 19, 2009
VANCOUVER SALMON REPORT…..JULY 19/2009
We have had some ideal fishing conditions on our salmon charters over the last week in Vancouver. Hot sunny days with light winds have made for some picture perfect days on the water. Fishing has been pretty solid all in all for coho and the odd bigchinook along the West Vancouver shore line this past week. We had couple trips where we had 15-20 salmon hit the gear this week. On average we have been hooking 4-8 salmon a trip. What we have found this year is that the coho have been moving throughout Vancouver Harbour more than usual. We have landed hatchery coho off the Bell Buoy, the QB, Stanley Park, Dundarave, Fisheries, and the Cap Mouth. If it is slow moving around a bit might pay off. The West Vancouver fishery should continue to produce for the next couple months.
Now that we are getting into mid July we will start focusing more and more on the big chinook salmon that are showing up in local waters. Yesterday morning, July 18, a handful of big chinook salmon were hooked in the outer reaches of Vancouver Harbour. There were also some unconfirmed reports of fish off the Fraser Mouth. Last year the big chinook salmon fishery really caught fire in early August in Vancouver Harbour and off the mouth of the Fraser. It is looking like we should be in for solid big chinook fishing based on the good reports from the eastern Vancouver Island and Sooke area soon.
There have been some solid reports from the eastern shoreline of Gabriola Island this week. Some really nice fish up to 35 pounds have been landed. With some calm weather the Gulf Island make for an awesome day trip. We have not made it over there in the last few day but will likely head that way on our next 8 or 10 hour trip.
We are eagerly awaiting an announcement on sockeye. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is calling for an excellent return of roughly 12 million fish. We should know in the next week or two when we will get our opening. Sockeye are known to be the best eating of all the salmon. Also they can supply some excellent action with multiple hook ups at one time common.
The first pink salmon of the year were caught this week off of West Vancouver. These early 4-8 pound salmon are bound for the Seymour and Indian Rivers. There numbers will build in coming weeks supplementing the action off of West Vancouver. The massive Fraser River run of pinks will start in the middle of August.
Our boats are availble for Fireworks Charters over the next couple weeks! There is nothing like seeing the Symphony of Fire from the water. We can even fish for a few hours before anchoring up for the fireworks!
Give us a call to book a charter! The weather is amazing and the fishing has been consistent!
July 17, 2009
WE HAD SOME GREAT ACTION ON VAN HERRING AND BONCHOVY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. BETWEEN THE 2 BOATS 10 HATCHERY COHO, 2 WILD COHO, AND A FEW UNDERSIZE CHINOOK WERE LANDED. MOST OF THE COHO WERE HIT JUST AFTER THE HIGH SLACK TIDE AND A LITTLE FURTHER OFFSHORE THAN NORMAL. HOOTCHIES IN WHITE AND GLOW DID MOST OF THE DAMAGE. THERE WERE SOME SOLID REPORTS OF LARGE CHINOOK OVER ON THE GULF ISLANDS OVER THE LAST COUPLE DAYS. IT IS TIME TO START HEADING BACK OVER THERE ON OUR LONGER TRIPS.
THE SYMPHONY OF FIRE IS GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER. THIS YEARS DATES ARE JULY 22ND.JULY 25TH, JULY 29, AND AUGUST 1. THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO SEE THE FIREWORKS IN ENGLISH BAY THAN FROM THE WATER. WE HAVE ALL OF OUR BOATS AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER. WE CAN EVEN TROLL FOR SALMON FOR A FEW HOURS BEFORE ANCHORING UP TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS. GIVE US A CALL FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!
July 14, 2009
We have had lots of trips out over the last few days with solid results on most charters. Somedays there are some slow stretches but persistence usually pays off with some decent hook ups. On average over the last few days we have been hooking 4-8 fish a charter. On Monday, July 13 we had a very active day on Bon Chovy with 20 fish hitting the gear on our full day charter. The fish were a mixture of hatchery and wild coho, undersize chinook, and mature chinook. We even were lucky enough to get a quadruple header on coho, landing 3 of them. Today the action slowed a bit but we brought fish back to the dock on both the Grady’s. Jeff has been on a hot streak on our new boat landing chinook up to 25 pounds back for the last 5 consecutive trips.
We have focused our efforts primarily off of West Vancouver, the Bell Buoy, and Sandheads. The coho have been cruising around Vancouver harbour this year quite a bit more than usual. Today we found coho off the Bell Buoy, Jericho, and the QB. We have hooked some decent chinook off the Bell and the Cap.
The weather looks great for the weekend. Give us a call to book a charter we still have availability on Saturday and Sunday.
July 11, 2009
Fishing has been consistent over the last week for coho and chinook salmon in the Vancouver area. We have focused our efforts on the West Van shoreline on our shorter trips and the mouth of the Fraser on our longer 8 and 10 hour trips. The West Vancouver shoreline has been kicking out reasonable numbers of 4-9 pound coho and a few undersize and big chinook up to 30 pounds. Our latest Grady White, “Van Herring” picked up a nice chinook in the low 20’s this morning off the Capilano mouth and a decent chinook yesterday off the T-10. The coho have been hitting hootchies and anchovies while the chinooks have preferred bait. Howe Sound has also produced some nice chinook over the last week but you have to put lots of time in. If you are looking for consistent action Vancouver Harbour or the mouth of the Fraser is a better bet.
As we progress into July we will see fishing opportunities diversify and increase as big numbers of sockeye, pink, and big chinook salmon approach local waters. Pink salmon will start to show first off the West Vancouver shoreline in the next week or so as they make their way back to the Indian and Seymour Rivers. The Fraser River sockeye run is a dominant one this year with 12-14 million fish expected. There are rumours that we might be open for retention as early as late July. Sockeye can provide some amazing action, with multiple hook ups common at one time. Sockeye are also by far the best eating salmon out there. In addition to the late July/ August sockeye run, the big Fraser chinook and pink salmon will be present. Pink salmon will peak off the Fraser Mouth from the 3rd week of August to the second week of September. It should be an exciting summer of fishing if the runs materialize like expected.
We have 3 Grady White’s and our big 38 foot Uniflite ready for charter at the Westin Bayshore! Give us a call to book a charter! We are also offering our boats for charter for the Symphony of Fire. We can even combine a sunset salmon fishing session before anchoring up to watch the fireworks show. There is no better way to see the fireworks than on the water.
Jason A, Jeff, Preston, and Jason T.
July 3, 2009
Finally the unusually persistent Northwest winds have backed off. All week we had do deal with some bumpy water on our charters. Fortunately there was enough fish around to make it worth while on most days. There is reasonable numbers of coho along the West Vancouver as well as some chinook up to 25 pounds. There even seems to be quite a few undersize feeder chinook salmon to add to the action on most days. We were able to pick up a few coho and a couple nice chinook in the middle of Vancouver Harbour this week. We fished up in Howe Sound on Wednesday of this week to avoid the wind but did not have much success. It seems to be pretty slow up that way, but that could change with the arrival of the Squamish Bound chinook salmon. Now that there is some good weather coming our way we will start venturing back out off the Fraser Mouth to target those big chinook salmon that we were fishing for before this weeks wind. Fishing should get back to normal now with the calm winds.