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.

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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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Salmon fishing, Victoria to Sooke, B.C.

Salmon fishing out of Pedder Bay has been awesome of late. A few days back we hit Whirl Bay an hour before the flood tide changed and within an hour we hit seven winter Chinook’s. We limited out in an hour with fish up to 13 lbs…. The Madi flasher, from Gibbs Delta Tackle with their silver Coho Killer was on fire. The other combination was the Delta Gibbs Tackle Lemon and lime flasher with the “kitchen sink” Coho killer…….All of the action took place just of the bottom on the down riggers in water depth between 120 and 140 feet.

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Early February Winter Chinook fishing, Victoria, B.C. to Sooke, B.C.

Winter Chinook Salmon fishing at this time is excellent. On a trip this past weekend we had several double headers and easily managed our limit with the biggest fish weighing in at just over 10 lbs. There was plenty of action on the rods all morning.
We were fishing Whirl Bay in the 120 / 130 ft range. The fish were deep so were fishing just off the bottom with down riggers. The Gibbs / Delta flasher that I was using was green with kinetic tape and my best hootchie this morning was a 3.5 inch UV / glow stripe # 0G209R.

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The Halibut season opens early – Changes for the 2014 / 2015 season

DFO recently advised that Halibut was opening coast wide on February 01st and will remain open until December 31st. The size limits between now and March 31st remain the same as the 2013 season, and you will be under 2013’s catch limit of six halibut for the season as fishing licenses are valid from April 01st to March 31st the following year.

Changes to the size limits for the 2014 / 2015 season are as follows:

MB-GFSF-03-01-14: That 2014 recreational halibut season start February 1 and end December 31.

MB-GFSF-04-01-14: 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.

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2014 – Halibut fishing tide dates for areas between Victoria, B.C. & Sooke, B.C.

The following halibut fishing tides are all of the tide dates that I would recommend for the 2014 fishing season. REMEMBER……some of the dates listed below are better than others, so consult with me for the best date and book you trips early.

February – 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27.

 March -  08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)…. 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.

April – 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26.

May – 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

June – 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.

July – 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 30, 31.

August – 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30, 31.

September – 01, 02, 03, 04, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30.

October – 01, 02, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31.

November – 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.

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Recap of the 2013 season

The 2013 fishing season was exceptional for all species of fish that we targeted. Halibut fishing started out strong and continued through to mid November. Due to size restrictions, I opted not to target Chinook Salmon until the father’s day weekend in June, but after that, Chinook fishing was strong.
The run of Pink salmon was huge and provided exceptional fishing from early July to early September.
The Coho fishery was awesome, starting with an abundance of nice size fish in late June that remained strong into late October. The wild Coho fishing which opened on October 01st, was excellent right into the last week of October.
Currently, the winter Chinook fishing is very good, with the young salmon feeding on abundance of herring. All indications are that the winter Chinook fishing will be strong throughout the winter.

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Vicroria, B.C. and Sooke, B.C. Early September fishing update

The 2013 fishing season for the area between Victoria and Sooke, B.C. has been exceptional for both Halibut and Salmon fishing this season. Unfortunately…….. DFO was late in providing us information that our Halibut season was going to possibly go to late September or even into October……as such….myself and other Charter Fishing Operators were unable to book charters for this period. Last year I booked past DFO’s in season closure date and had to cancel trips. There has to be a better way of providing in season closure estimates than letting it go to the last minute. This next week of tides provide some of the best halibut fishing opportunities of the season….. an my boat sets at the dock……that sucks…..especially since I have been unable to keep up with demand in Augist as nobody knew when the season would end. It is great that the Halibut season is going to remain open, but DFO has basically ended the season for Charter fishermen by not providing closure information in a timely manner so that people can make plans to get out on the water for some late season Halibut fishing with Charter boat operators.
Salmon fishing has been excellent all summer and it looks like it will continue into the late fall. Chinook salmon are still here in significant numbers and Coho fishing is awesome. Coho fishing will get wild in early October when the season opens for the retention of one Wild Coho a day…..over the last few years it is common to be into forty to sixty Coho in a half day trip….All indications are that this year will be an excellent Coho season…..

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This week Halibut / Salmon fishing with Sea Ghost Charters, between Victoria, B.C. and Sooke, B.C.

Halibut fishing near Victoria, B.C. continues to be exceptional. Daily limits have been the norm and over the last two weeks the size for the fish being caught have been increasing. This is the same trend that occurred last year….so it is likely that this will will continue for the rest of the season.

Salmon fishing near Victoria, B.C. has been off the wall…..Pink Salmon and Coho have been here in abundance for the last two weeks…often hindering the Chinook fishery…….Typically, the smaller fish are the more aggressive feeders so that is what you catch.

There are some other remedies to deal with this issue,  but those are just some of the secrets that you would learn on a fishing excursion with the Sea Ghost……Till next time…..Stay safe on the water and please………Enjoy every moment……….as…….we never know how many  we have left……

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Halibut fishing and Salmon Fishing with Sea Ghost Charters beteween Victoria, B.C. and Sooke B.C.

Halibut fishing continues to be exceptional. Not a surprise, as it is consistent with last year. Limits are the norm if all is right with the tides and the dog sharks are manageable.
Salmon fishing has been great. The Coho have arrived in huge numbers. I am not sure what the Albion Fishery is determining, but I can assure you that the information that is derived from this so called test fishery is is not being used to afford fishing Apportunities to the general public. If this were the case, we would be looking at opening the season for wild Coho, well before October 01st.
This morning I hit the water early with long time friend and retired Sport Fishing Guide Mark Price, out of Sooke, B.C. The weather was excellent so we headed to Sheringham point in search of the big one. On arrival, we barely got one rod in the water before a large fish crushed it off the down rigger without getting hooked. This was followed by a hit minutes later which lead to me boating a 30 pounder. The morning soon became a Coho fishery as we proceeded to boat in excess of 60 Coho, of which five were clipped…indicating they were hatchery. I believe most of the Coho that we caught were actually Hatchery, as I am told they only clip the Adipose fin on one of ten fish released. Coho fishing has not been better since the early 1990’s, when the commercial fishery use to gill-net the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca Strait in mid season.

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