Mid July update

The lack of updates to my site speaks to how busy I have been with fishing. Halibut fishing as been excellent this season and I expect it will continue to the end of the season. Chinook salmon fishing has been very solid with consistent catches, particularly in Pedder Bay. With the early arrival of the large Pink salmon run, it is much more difficult to get bait down to fish for Chinook. But I have found that if you fish the back end of the Ebb tide and into the flood, the Pinks get pulled off shore with the Ebb tide, providing better catch opportunities for Chinook salmon.



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The 2015Halibut fishing season begins February 01st

Here is the latest release from DFO regarding the opening of of the 2015 Halibut fishing season:

RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0023-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - 
Halibut - 2015 Recreational Fishery Opening Date and 
Management Measures in effect until March 31, 2015

Coast wide:
Open time:
Effective at 00:01 hours February 1, 2015 fishing for halibut 
will be opened coastwide until further notice.
Further updates on the fishing regulations for April 1, 2015 
will be provided in February following meetings with the 
International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) and the 
Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB).

The 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and 
Conditions of Licence remain in effect until 23:59 hours 
March 31, 2015.

Limits and sizes:
Effective 00:01 hours February 1, 2015 until further notice:
- The maximum length for halibut is 133cm.
- The daily limit for halibut is one (1).
- The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one 
(1) of  which may be over 90cm. 
- The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, 
as set out on the 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing 
- All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be 
immediately recorded in ink on the 2014/2015 Tidal Waters 
Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is 
caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on 
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Winter Chinook fishing on January 12, 2015

Winter Chinook Salmon fishing Between Victoria, B.C. and Sooke, B.C.  has been awesome. We were out last Monday and had five fish to the boat in an hour and a half….the largest was 14 lbs. There are lots of boats on the water fishing and plenty of winter Chinook Salmon to go around.

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2015 Halibut fishing tides

I am posting the best halibut fishing tides that are available to be booked, I will try to remove dates as I book them to keep my information current.

2015 Halibut tide dates

March            – 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

April               – 02, 03, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30.

May                – 01, 09, 11, 12, 13, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31.

June               – 08, 09, 10, 12, 13,  24, 27, 28, 29, 30.

July                 – 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29.

August           – 06, 07, 08, 09, 11, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27.

September   – 01, 02, 03, 04, 08, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24.

October        – 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.

November    – 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12,



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2014 Fishing season

Halibut fishing between Victoira, B.C. and Sooke, B.C. this past season was excellent and limits were the norm on the majority of my trips. Halibut size ranged throughout the season and as usual, August through to October produced larger fish on the average. In fact, after DFO increased the limit to two fish on September 01st, catching a Halibut under twenty pounds was pretty much impossible.

Chinook Salmon fishing between Victoria, B.C. and Sooke, B.C.  was consistent throughout the season, but on average the size of the fish were smaller than past seasons. Winter Chinook fishing up until the end of December was excellent.

Coho fishing fishing between Victoria, B.C. and Sooke, B.C. was excellent from July to the end of October. DFO allowed the retention of one marked and one unmarked fish as of September 01st. This was an excellent fishery and we can only hope that we have at the least the same access in 2015.

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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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Sea Ghost Fishing Charters – Fishing Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C. – Halibut / Salmon fishing

Halibut fishing continues to be excellent with daily limits being the norm. The largest legal halibut we landed in May was 127 centimeters (62 lbs), the legal limit is 133 centimeters. Wind was a factor in May that resulted in several trip cancellations, but the when the weather cooperated, it was all good. Salmon fishing continues to be strong, with a large number of Hatchery Chinook  and legal size Wild Chinook continuing to be  caught.  (Wild Chinook salmon in area 20 East of Sheringham Point  are legal between 45 and 67 centimeters until June 14th. Check out my face book for recent fishing video’s.

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Sea Ghost Fishing Charters – Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C. – Halibut / Salmon fishing

Halibut fishing in March has been excellent with our limits plus on most charters. Weather has been an issue on occasion, but even in less than ideal weather, we have still managed to do well. The size of the halibut have been average for this time of the year, the average catch weighing in at approximately 22 lbs. Our largest halibut this past week was in the mid 30 lb range.

Salmon fishing continues to be strong when you get the right tide and of course also have the right combination of Gibbs Delta Tackle on you line. Yesterday I fished Whirl Bay, and the hot combination was the silver Coho Killer with the Lemon /Lime flasher, fishing just off the bottom in 120 feet. I just uploaded a photo of a 19 lb Hatchery Chinook that we caught fishing this combination yesterday.

Remember that as of April 01st we are now on the new size limits for Halibut as follows: That recreational halibut limits for 2014/15 be one fish per day, two in possession, with an annual bag limit of six, and maximum size limits of 133 cm for the larger fish in possession, and 90 cm for the smaller one.

The skipper says, good luck and stay safe out there.




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Mid March Halibut fishing – Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

As the weather has been uncooperative I delayed the start of my halibut fishing season until yesterday. The weather was excellent, tide great and the fishing excellent. I set up on my usual spot just out side of the 27 fathom shoal and got the lines in the water by 10:00 AM. Within three hours we landed five halibut, three in the high teens and two in the mid twenty’s.  Clearly, the halibut are here and it is time to get out on the water and get the halibut fishing bug. If you love eating halibut, catching them is even more of a blast. The hot bait was Mackerel with a white 8″ Gibbs Delta Tackle curlie tail.

I am giving all of you an opportunity to win a free fishing trip (for Halibut and Salmon)  on May 23rd , 2014 through  my Pro Staff Sponsor’s (Gibbs Delta Tackle) face book page. Please follow them on face book to obtain the details on how to enter.

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Chinook Salmon slot size limits – Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

We are well into the 2014 slot size restrictions for Chinook Salmon and I just wanted to post them so everyone who visits my site to be aware: The retention of Chinook Salmon in the Victoria to Sooke, B.C. fishing areas is as follows:

Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Point to Sheringham Point)

  • March 1 to June 13, 2014: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm, or hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length. Minimum size limit is 45 cm in length.
  • June 14 to July 18, 2014: Measures to be announced.
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