Sea Ghost Charters Mid July Salmon / Halibut fishing update Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

Halibut fishing so far this season had been excellent with limits being caught on most trips. The early season provided a large number of smaller Halibut, but of late larger fish are being caught  on a more regular basis. Today for instance we had fish weighing 54 lbs, 38 lbs, 35 lbs and 24 lbs. We have no reason to believe that this trend will not last for a while as it had been moving in that direction for the last few weeks. Hot spots have been, Constance Bank, the 27 fathom shoal, East and West Race and most areas in deep water where there is a bit of a pinnacle in over 300 ft of water.

Salmon fishing is also excellent. DFO have now removed the one over and one under 85 cm regulation for Chinook salmon(one hatchery and one wild) and we are allowed to catch two Chinook salmon per day over 45 cm regardless if they are wild or hatchery. In addition to excellent Chinook salmon fishing, Coho have arrived in unbelievable numbers and while we are only allowed to retain two hatchery Coho per day, that will now change to one hatchery and one wild coho on September 01st as compared to October 01st in previous years.¬†Salmon fishing has been good from Church Rock To Sherringham point and beyond. Sockeye have been a bit of a disappointment so far, given that DFO was predicting returns anywhere from 5 to 50 million fish, and yet sport fishers are not allowed to retain them…… I guess that speaks to the science relating to this fishery. Strange thing is local grocery stores are selling Sockeye salmon whole for like $4.00 per pound…..there must be an abundance somewhere……

 

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