2018 Hali fishing update

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Some great Halibut fishing memories for 2018. All of my fishing gear, which has I have used for a number of years with great success, is provided to me by Gibbs Delta tackle. When weather has been good, good tides have provided us with excellent halibut fishing. Bad weather has resulted in a number of fishing trip cancellations so far this year. Reduce size restriction for halibut has proved to be a real problem. As the season continues I anticipate more smaller fish being retained will result in more larger fish being caught and being released multiple times. I anticipate that the halibut catch ratio compared to last season will be down considerably this year given weather conditions etc. It would be prudent for DFO to step in and make and in season decision based on relevant information and increase the maximum size for retention. That would actually be managing the fishery, which is what they should be doing.
Salmon fishing has been decent. Although, with the size restrictions, area closures for killer whale food forging areas, and terrible weather for fishing, there has been little pressure on salmon. DFO has been very quiet about other forthcoming measures that will be taken to provide additional salmon for Southern resident killer whale food. But you can bet your bottom dollar, that it will definitely impact on our fishing area, Area 20 –5 and area 19 – 3. For some reason we have become they’re scratching post.

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Gibbs Delta T.V. – Fishing with Rod video

This is a video that was taken on a recent Promo trip.

 

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Salmon fishing – Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

Chinook salmon fishing picked up considerably in late August and so far in September. Fishing has been good in the usual hot spots between Pedder Bay and Sooke Harbour. Anchovie on a chartreuse teaser head behind a Gibbs Delta tackle Rasberry flasher has been deadly. The best depth’s have been between 45 and 65 feet.

Coho fishing was awesome this past weekend. Large Coho are now been caught and in good numbers. Although wild Coho cannot be retained, there are plenty of Hatchery Coho to be caught, the limit on Coho retention at this time in “Area 20″, is two Hatchery Coho per day per person. So far the Coho run is far stronger than what we experienced last season.

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Gibbs Delta Tackle Pro Staff Team

In addition to the recent photos that I posted, I would like to let you know that Gibbs Delta tackle is adding tutorials to their website from their pro staff team, of which I am a member. These tips provide valuable information on assembling fishing hook ups for both halibut and salmon fishing. Please visit gibbsdelta.com to stay up on the latest trends and for some super fishing tips

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Halibut fishing – Vicoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

Just catching up over the last couple weeks of fishing. It has been a very busy time of the season, so unfortunately I got a bit behind with my photos. As you can see halibut fishing has been very hot this past while. Fishing has been consistent and there are some nice fish around.

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Halibut Fishing – Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

Yesterday was another beautiful day on the water fishing halibut. It was an early-morning tide but the fishing was excellent. We were fishing off Albert head in 310 feet of water. Quite a few dog sharks but we managed to fish through them. All of the fish were caught on Gibbs delta tackle using a white curly tail on a size 14 circle hook, with octopus.

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Halibut Fishing – Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

Some photographs of recent halibut fishing trips. Tides and dog sharks have made halibut fishing a challenge over the past two weeks, however we were still able to be successful. The Gibbs delta tackle peanut butter Hoochie with an oil slick curly tail with salmon heads have performed best.

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June Halibut fishing – Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

Yesterday’s catch, fishing two miles east of race rocks in 325 feet of water. The largest fish was in the video just posted.

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June Halibut fishing – Victoria, BC to Sooke, B.C.

A tough day with with dog sharks an fish not hooking up yesterday, but still managed to catch this 41 pounder. It was an all out effort to keep baits down. This fish was taken on the edge of the shipping lanes East of the 18 fathom shoal in 325 feet of water using a #14 circle hook with an inline Gibbs Delta tackle Peanut butter glow hootchie. The bait was octopus with salmon belly. Take plenty of bait along on future trips and try using salmon heads.

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Salmon fishing to mid May

Salmon fishing has been exceptional of late, with good catches of both marked Chinook Salmon and Chinook under 67 cm. The fishing depth’s have been all over the map, but staying with the usual pattern of being shallow in the early morning and getting deeper as the morning wears on. My best combination’s have been the red blade Gibbs Delta Moon Glow / Glow flasher with the Anchovy Special Gibbs Delta Bloody nose and the Gibbs Delta No Bananas flasher on the Anchovy Special Lemon/ Lime/ Glow. I have been using a 6.5′ leader and fishing Anchovy. Fishing the wall, the kelp bed and around the Can in Pedder Bay has been very productive at times when it has been to windy go elsewhere. Church Rock, the trap, Beechy Head, Possession Point and Secretary Island have also been producing well.

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