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Fishing Report, August 26 2021

Hi All

I am so lucky! I have the best guests ever. All my crews who come up to Harbourisde to spend a few days with me are absolutely stellar! From the end of June to the beginning of September I am blessed and so fortunate to be able to spend time with them in a place that I love so very much…
Ok, I know, this is starting to sound like a bit of an emotional rant but here is the thing. Some of my crews patiently put up with my incessant nattering while waiting all day for 3, maybe 4 quality fish. Some days maybe even less. What I am trying to say is that I really wish all of you could experience Bamfield now. Like right now! Because people, the fishing is over the top good as I write this. Not good but great, not even great but phenomenal, not just phenomenal but… ok you get the picture…
As many of you know I often have 4 guests on the boat at one time. That’s 8 springs I am after.
Step 1 is let’s get a fish on board. Step 2 is let’s get a fish for each guest (I am often happy when I accomplish that). Step 2 is can we possibly limit out? The past few days we are limiting out 8 springs before noon. Three days ago I had 8 springs in the box by 8:45 am. That’s crazy!
And it’s so much fun!
Ok then here’s the skinny. Get on a boat, get your gear in the water and fish! It’s almost that easy. The best and most consistent fishing seems to be on the north side of the Deer Group, (Kirby, Flemming, Robbers Pass) and on the south side of the Broken Group (Harbour Entrance, Gibraltar, Swale Rock). That all said, the Wall all the way down to Danvers and Assits has also been lights out. Some folks are still catching fish on spoons such as skinny gs, and glow white hootchies but the best producer has been anchovies trolled 6′ to 7′ behind your fav flasher. Bloody nose chrome teaser heads have been my best go to. If fishing the Broken Group ( I love Swale !) I am trolling 38′ to 42′ on the down riggers. I like to go shallower at Robbers Pass at 30′ (the early morning bite at Robbers has been super productive). 42′ has been solid at Kirby, Sandford and Flemming.
Offshore is a mixed bag right now. The coho are thick and there are springs down deep if you can get your gear down to them. Spoons, hootchies or plugs are all working well. We’ve had a blast jigging MacDeeps for coho while on the anchor for hali. 15 to 30 pulls on your salmon rods will suffice. Set the hook hard and reel fast as the coho can spit lead very quickly.
Speaking of hali things have slowed down some. There are still flatties to be caught but it’s a bit hit or miss at the moment. I was on the hook for 6 hours two days ago and managed 5 hook ups landing 3 halis. There were a couple of boats around me that went zippo on halibut. Is it worth the effort then? For sure, we hooked up 40 or more coho on the jig while waiting for the hali bite. It was so much fun! Get on the bank, find a hump that comes up to 200′ or so and anchor or drift bellies / extra large herring on spreader bars. We had guests of the lodge land a 131 cm hali that weighed over 60 lbs yesterday out at Big Bank. Put in the time and you may be rewarded but dang it’s hard to leave the Sound and go offshore when the fishing is so good inside!
I have one more group of guests here this weekend through Monday and then I have to get back to Vancouver to start school. I’ll be back up for the September Long Weekend and then that’s a wrap for me. It’s been a blast as it always has each year.
Talk soon,
In the meantime and inbetween time…
Coach aka Jonathan…

Fishing Report, August 18 2021

Hi All

Did you ever have one of those days when it seems everything you do you’re just one step behind? Sort of like the old ” a day late and a dollar short”. Last week I was living that whole scenario almost ” ground hog day” like.
I’d started with a crew at Little Beale. Things were dead there for the early morning bite but I wanted to stick it out for the tide change. Nada, zippo, lots of zeros  on the score sheet. I get word that the bite is on at Swale. We pull up and head north to Swale. We see at least 5 boats with fish on. We drop the gear and bingo, a huge take and a pin popper. Fish doesn’t stick. Ok that’s fine, at least we are in the money now.. Here we go! And then? Nothing. The bite ends and all is quiet on the western front. We pound it at Swale and manage 2 teens over the next 4 hours. Late in the day we get a soft take. Thinking we have a shaker I violently yank the rod off the rigger and reel hard and as to shake it off. I pass the rod to tend to the rigger and then all hell breaks loose as line goes peeling out and apparently we are on to a decent fish. The decent fish gets to the boat and I go “oh my” as I  stare down at an absolute hog head thrashing below the boat. I scoop into the net before it’s next run and just like that we have a tyee on board. 11 hours of fishing and I boat 2 lovely fish and a 30 plus. Not exactly a bust but darn that was a lot of work.
Next morning I head back to Swale thinking I’ll be there for the morning bite. Again… nothing, zippo, nada! Sure enough I get word it’s going off at Kirby. I pull up the gear and head over. Drop the gear and wham! we get hit, but it doesn’t stick. Once again I am thinking ok, here we go! We troll Kirby for the next 4 hours and we wind up dry. No hits, no takes, no fish…The bite is over and we missed it. Luckily Little Beale has an afternoon bite and we manage 4 springs to the box to sort of save the day.
Is there a moral to be learned here? A lesson perhaps? Not really sure. It happens to everyone at some time. Monday I fished from 6 am to 2 pm without a fish in the box. at about 2:30 pm we got into a solid afternoon bite and boxed 4 gorgeous springs to 25 lbs. Saved the day yet again.
Perseverance pays off. Keep your gear in the water, especially through the tides. If you are dragging the right gear at the right depth in the right spots, it will pay off.
So let’s talk about the whats, the wheres and the whens to fishing Barkley Sound in mid August.
Fishing is actually outstanding here right now. There are lots of fish and lots of places to find them. Good to try spots lately would be Sandford, Kirby, Flemming, Swale. Yesterday right out front of the harbour turned on. The Wall all the way down to Danvers produced. And yes I think Little Beale is still a good go. Anchovies are lighting it up. Fish them at least 6′ behind your fav flasher. 35′ to 45′ on the riggers. Beale, Kirby, and Swale it seems that 40′ to 44′ on the riggers have been the money depths. I’d suggest a little shallower at Flemming, 30′ to 35′ would likely work best there.
Offshore has seem limited days as north westerlies continue to blow making to very difficult to get outside. When you can get out the salmon fishing has been very good. 7 mile to 12 mile has seen consistent action for springs and coho. 90′ to 140′ on the downriggers has been best. No need to fish bait here. Try glow white hootchies, spoons or plugs. Fishing at Big Bank and the Rat’s Nose has been very good for springs, coho and halis.
Hali fishing is still spectacular. Smaller fish this year though, but being able to take two under 90 cms makes it very worthwhile. Salmon bellies are a must if you are anchored or drifting. That said, we have been jigging one of Lighthouse’s paddle tail jigs while anchored and it’s just been hammering the halis! As per usual, find the humps and fish in and around them, 210 to 220 feet of water seems to work best for us.
This is prime time here in Bamfield. You’ll regret not being here! Grab some anchovies and make it happen.
And please…stop by Harbourside and say hi. I am quite easily persuaded to talk a little fishing when encountered!
In the meantime and in between time…
Coach, aka Jonathan….

Fishing Report, Aug 5 2021

Stop whatever it is you’re doing. Get out of the office as fast as you can! Load up the boat or call your best friend who has a boat and get your butt to Bamfield. It’s on! The fish have shown up and they are in a right foul mood, that is if you happen to be lucky enough to annoy them with a single barbless hook in the lip!

Just in time too! It was tough slugging during the last week of July. North westerlies kept most of us inshore and the Sound was pretty dry. Things started to show promise during the Long Weekend and the Bamfield Fireman’s Derby. Fish were around but it was an all day kind of thing to have 3 or 4 hits and hopefully a couple of decent fish in the box. Harbourside was well represented at the Derby. Dave Lucas weighed in a 24.5 lber which held up for 3rd place. Dave’s Dad, our very own Captain Tom hit a walk off homer with a 26.5 lber weighed in with less than an hour on the derby clock. Tom’s fish held the leader board for 1st place!
My last crew, Rob from South Surrey and Michael from Kelowna managed some great fish during their 3 day stay including Michael’s first ever Tyee at 32 lbs. Rob boated 25 and 26 lb beauties, add some 20s and a couple of teenagers and they went home very happy.
So now that you have rushed out of the house, started the car and are in a mad dash to get here, lets talk about where you should fish and what to drag once you arrive.
Here’s the deal… Bait is usually the right call in August as our locals arrive and I have been ready dragging chovies in teaser heads as I should be. I have, however, kept a skinny g on one side of the boat as well. I have caught a few on bait but the skinny g has out fished the bait by far. I’ve had the best success using the Bon Chovy skinny g. Irish Cream should be effective as would No Bananas but for some reason the Bon Chovy really lit it up for me.
As for where and how deep? Little Beale has been solid but the water can be bumpy with a heavy north westerly and an outgoing tide. Depths on the rigger should range form 30′ to 40′. 37′ and 40′ has been best for me.
Kirby has been a tough go as there are so many shakers to get through. Whittlestone has been hit or miss but lights up when it’s on. Scott’s Bay, Brady’s Beach and the Wall can all have their moments. Austin and Cree have also been a tough go as to the crazy amount of shakers one has to get through but if you can wade through them there are decent fish to be found. Gibralta and Swale are beginning to turn on and it’s a great safe troll over there when it blow northwest.
So… Bring bait and you should be good but don’t put the spoons away just yet. Try bait on one side and a spoon on the other. Pick a winner and go from there.
Hali fishing is still fantastic if you get out. 7 mile out to 12 mile and then the rat’s Nose at Big Bank have all produced great fish. Find the humps that come up to 200′ and fish around them. Spreader bars and salmon bellies have been money.
If you are in the vicinity of Harbourside please stop in and say hi. I’d be happy to indulge in some fishin’ chat!
In the mean time and in between time, see you on the water…
Coach… aka Jonathan.

Fishing Report, July 27 2021

It’s 5:15 am and I’m sitting at the dining room table here at Harbourside Lodge. It’s a very rare day off the water. I can sleep in! But here I am, coffee is brewing, it’s so foggy outside that even the birdlife are having second thoughts about moving too much. I can sleep in! but no….My internal fishing alarm clock is beeping like crazy. I gotta get up. The water beckons…

So here I am catching up on my reports, of which I am late once again. Let’s get at it then.
Fishing in the Sound was getting better by the day, until about three days ago, then someone turned off the switch. I mean lights out, it’s bed time. Off shore? not so much but inshore just died. The past three days Bamfield has seen some very large tides for this time of year. I am assuming the large volume of water moving back and forth the Sound has really put the fish down. Before the full moon and crazy tides I was having great success at Little
Friday we fished Beale. Trolling Bon Chovy Skinny Gs and a glow green white Amundsen Slim Shiver Fish Cop was the ticket. We trolled at 37′ and 40′ on the riggers. Last week with the “Tom Cairns” group we picked up our first tyee of the season just off the wash rock at Little Beale. Awesome fish for a great bunch of guys. Thursday and Friday I had Dana and Wayne all the way from Regina. We went off shore on Thursday for a hali trip. We managed three halis, one over and two under along with a giant octopus and two skates, all the while being circled by three very hungry looking blue sharks. If you have never seen one they are just beautiful animals, gorgeous blue colours… Beale with four of us. We limited out on springs to 22 lbs and a bonus 5 hatchery coho. Once again 37′ and 40′ in a tight to the rocks tack along Little Beale
Last Saturday saw the big tides come in and just like that switch turned off. If the seas allow offshore at 7 mile has been very productive for springs, coho and halis. Troll deep for springs, 140′ – 180′. Spoons, glow white hootchies and bait will all work. Bait can be problematic i the coho are thick. Too much work. Spoons or hootchies would be a better alternative.
Hali fishing is still very productive. Salmon bellies and heads and extra large herring have been straight up money.
Again, as I always, say, get on the bank and find humps that come up to 200′ feet or so. Fish around the hump not necessarily on it. 205′ – 215′ feet of water is perfect. Anchoring is always the best way to go if you have the system. Don’t try your windlass, it can be very dangerous as you are liable to take a wave over your bow.
The long weekend is coming up and the Bamfield Fireman’s Derby is all set to go. Gordy form Breaker’s Marine runs the best derby going! Tons of prizes and giveaways. I’m gonna win the derby with the biggest fish ( I am due!) but there are great cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd. Get your tickets at Breaker’s here in Bamfield.
In the meantime and in between time, full boxes to all of you…
Coach (aka Jonathan)

Fishing Report, July 17 2021

Hi All

Ok I know, I get it… I’ve been somewhat derelict in my fishing report duties. Alright then. More than derelict. Downright absent. Let’s just say it’s been a strange start to the year.
Anyway I am back so let us get after it.
Trying to describe early season fishing in Barkley Sound is as challenging as the fishing itself.
Up to July 15th those wanting to catch and retain a mature chinook salmon have had to play the waters inside of the Sound. Fishing the rocks and reefs inside the surfline has been legal but chinook retention offshore has been closed. So that means working all our local spots and hoping for migrating chinook (mostly American hatchery fish) to come into the Sound and feed. They will do this providing the feed is sufficient for them. So then… that’s the ticket. Keep checking the sounder and looking for bait balls. If you find them? work them hard as sooner or later the bite will come on. The problem is finding the bait. We’ve had success at Sandford, Swale, Austin and Cree. Depths can vary depending on where you are. At Sandford I fish 37′ to 50′ on the rigger. Austin and Cree I tend to go a little deeper to 55′ and 65′. We caught a few good fish at Swale last week fishing at 80′ which for me is like submarine depth deep! Flemming and Beale I’m dropping gear to 33′ and 43′.
At this point in the season you cannot go wrong with Irish Cream or Bon Chovy Skinny Gs 6 ‘ behind a glow green flasher.
We have also had success with Skinny Gs in purple, gold and silver. That said my go to is either the Irish Cream or Bon Chovy. Glow white hootchies are always a safe bet. Anchovies are working but there are so many feeder springs and pinks in the sound that bait is too expensive and way too much work.
I haven’t fished Fleming hard but I have heard that it has been productive. One of my favourite tacks is Little Beale and it has produced the odd fish but hasn’t really turned on yet. Keeha Bay and Keeha Beach hasn’t been as hot as previous years during the squid spawn but I’ve put some hours in there and been rewarded each time with a couple of good fish.
The really good news is that there are lots of coho around. Austin, Swale, Sandford and Fleming have been good for coho. Kirby hasn’t really turned on yet as there are so many shakers there it’s tough to fish.
Hali fishing is as per usual, lights out. That is if you can anchor up near any humps showing on the bank. That is the ticket for sure. Salmon bellies and heads have been money for me.
As for the lodge and such, things are definitely quieter it seems and certainly not as entertaining without Aussie John around. We are very much hoping 2022 will bring us back to pre-covid normal. Just isn’t the same here without him.
So I promise to maintain some fish updates as the summer wears on. If you are in the Bamfield area and are looking for fishing intel please, by all means stop by the lodge and ask for myself, Joe or Captain Tom.
In the meantime and in between time keep your gear wet, there ain’t no fish where it’s dry…
Coach aka Jonathan…
On a sad side note, my handle on the water is Charleygirl. Charleygirl is a golden retriever and has been my beloved companion on the water for the past 17 years. There has never been a better fishing partner and friend. If you chartered with me then you are well acquainted with her. I had to say goodbye to her this past week. As inevitable as it was, it still hit me hard. I am so glad I am here in my favourite place, as it was hers. It’s a good place for happy memories and to heal.
Here’s to you Charleygirl…

Fishing Report Sept 8, 2020

Hi All

Well, just like that it ends… 2020 is in the books for Coach. Charliegirl is out of the water, on the hard and waiting to be out to bed for the winter. As I left the Bamfield Harbour mouth in brilliant sunshine and flat seas it hardly seemed right to be calling it quits. I am now back in Van City and attempting to bring some normality back to students and their Covid-19 educational world. Not sure which job is harder, that or trying to catch spring salmon the past few days! It seems both are challenging me for sure!
We wrapped up derby weekend at Harbourside this weekend. So appreciative of the Alberni Valley Tyee Club for taking the responsibilities of the Derby on. Such great tradition. Hopefully we can return to normal festivities next year on Labour Day!
As for the fishing? Well it was slow for us for sure. We skipped a salmon day on Saturday as the waters were so calm offshore and we headed out for one last day of flatty fishing. We had three Harbourside boats out at 12 mile and with Captain Tom leading the way we eventually all limited out. The halis wanted herring this day. We had refusals on salmon bellies but they eagerly hit herring and herring like jigs. Once again we anchored up on the banks at a hump that comes up to 200 feet or so. Fishing in and around the hump in 212 to 220 feet of water was the ticket. We love to jig coho while we hali fish and we tried but they were scarce. Typically this time of year the coho are thick offshore, but alas not on Saturday.
Sunday we fished hard for springs. We trolled a good 8 hours at Little Beale and managed some nice takes but only managed to boat one spring at about 15 lbs. Not exactly a derby threat. I did see some fish taken so there were some around. Not exactly what it should be for this time of year however. The coho situation almost seems dire. They are indeed hard to find. Hopefully they are still to make their way in. I, however, am long gone so I have missed them. If you are out and about Bamfield way over the next few weeks. Please, by all means, let us know if the coho show up. I am so very much hoping they do!
The lodge is still up and running for another week and a bit and then we will shut her down for the winter. For me? I am now looking forward to donning my waders and having some fun fly casting for coho, chum and the occasional spring in various Lower Mainland Rivers.
I am also already thinking about next year. And so can you.  Email Aussie John for charters, accommodations and moorage at requests@harboursidelodge.com 
Many of our guests have already re-booked so don’t wait. Get your spot booked soon.
In the meantime and in between time, stay safe, stay calm, be kind, and go catch a fish.
Thanks everyone for an amazing Harbourside 2020!
Coach

Fishing Report Aug 31, 2020

Hi All

Gosh it seems that the the summer has just flown by. I arrived for good on the 24th of June and it’s the 31st of August and things will be all wrapped up within the next two weeks. The good news is that there will be some fabulous fishing to be had as we close the 2020 season.
For those of you that have followed my blog over the last few years, you might recall a tale told of a group that comes annually towards the end of August. DJ, Brian, Bill and Steven (and Roxy, can’t forget about her…). All great guys! A total blast to fish with and enjoy a great meal with a glass of vino or two. But Steven is special. And that’s not taking anything away from DJ, Bill or Brian. Steven is blind and Roxy is his guide dog. She is amazing. Both of them spent 10 hours a day out on the boat with us. We would share with Steven what was happening on the water, what wildlife was passing by and such. Each morning Steve would be down at the dock waiting for me and wanting to know what he could do to help out. Roxy was on duty until Steve let her off leash in the boat and then… she was just a dog. So eager to see the fish when we had one on the line. Roxy got very involved when a fish came on board. Sniffing, licking, and attempting a retrieve of a flapping spring salmon. It was all so perfect in a way. Kind of ordinary really. And that is why Steven is so special – 10 minutes after you meet him he is just that, an ordinary guy. You completely forget he’s completely blind. It’s not an excuse for him, it’s not a handicap, it just doesn’t get in the way of him living. And that my friends is very cool. That’s what makes Steven (and Roxy ) special. Kudos to DJ, Brian and Bill too. They also treat Steve just like he’s just one of them. Good friends all spending great times on the water. I am thankful just to be a part…
Ok now to fishing…
We are now in the peak of the Barkley Sound run of spring salmon and we are hoping that the bulk of our coho are not far behind. Fishing has been steady and productive for those willing to put in the time and fish through the tides. There have certainly been some spots that are producing better numbers than others but all the usual places that typically hold fish will eventually produce. Some, however, seem better than others.
The Lodge just finished up with the Pace Processing group. Many thanks to Sean Darrah and family for all the great food and great times Pace brings to the lodge each year.
We had 6 boats out each day. We all went out and about in the Sound searching for hungry springs. Keeping in contact with each boat gave us the opportunity to hone in on productive spots. Over the course of the four days between Friday August 28 through to Monday the 31st, Little Beale turned out to be the hot spot. I fished there with Jason Darrah and his wife Michelle. We fished black uv flashers with anchovies in bloody nose chrome teaser heads six and a half feet back at 30′ to 34′ on the down riggers. This set up definitely was the most productive for us. We were 2 for 6 on our first afternoon out, 3 for 8 on Saturday and three for 8 again on Sunday to punch their possession tags. Unfortunately we did not touch a coho. One of our Guides, Joe was out fishing over in the Broken Group at Harbour Entrance and he managed to boat 3 or more coho each trip he was over there. He found the coho somewhat deeper than the springs at 45 to 55 ‘. Kirby and Swale have been unusually quiet for this time of year. They could both turn on in the course of one tide however so they shouldn’t be overlooked. The Wall all the way down to Danvers has also been quite productive. This is a great alternative in nasty weather or for those with smaller boats. You gotta love Bamfield, it may be the only place on the west side of the Island where Grandpa can putz around in his 14 foot car topper and his 9.9 hp engine and stand as good a chance to catch a Tyee as anyone of us in our Gradys!
As we wind up the summer and move into the Labour Day weekend the Port Alberni Salmon Festival looms. It won’t be quite the same with covid protocols. The weigh in area and sights and sounds of the Derby site will be much more subdued. The derby, however, will go on. Get your tickets at Gone Fishin and Breakers in Port Alberni. That said, I’ve decided it’s my turn so I’m gonna win the whole thing this weekend. Just sayin….
We only have a couple more weeks of the season at Harbourside. Here’s hoping the runs stays strong through the middle of September. Contact Aussie John at requests@harboursidelodge.com for bookings re: accommodations, moorage and charters.
Until then…Be kind, be safe, be calm and go catch a fish!
Coach…

Fishing Report August 24, 2020

Hi All,

Well a week can sure change things up! Sometimes the emotional roller coaster of the fishing season reminds me of my teenage years at a school dance. You want to ask her to dance so badly but will she say yes or shoot you down in flames…A week ago I was as frustrated as ever. It was hard work scratching up a fish. This week? They are here and in force!
We had a massive rain storm last Thursday and Friday. Perhaps that was the catalyst, the proverbial calling card that brought them in. Regardless, come Friday morning and afternoon things started to light up.
We started at the wall as the winds were howling in the morning and anywhere else would have been awful tough to hold a tack. We were into 4 decent fish within the first couple of hours but couldn’t seal the deal. The weather started to break and in the early afternoon we braved the rolling twisting seas at Little Beale. Trolling bloody nose chrome and bloody nose glow teaser heads behind black and lime green uv flashers at 36 and 33 feet respectively the bite was on. We were into 7 springs at the afternoon tide change and 6 gorgeous wild coho. Keeping 4 springs and two coho for my guests rounded out the afternoon. There were a small number of boats braving the seas with us and they all hooked up as well.
We fished the next morning at Little Beale with the same success. We had to call it early as my guests were due to leave at noon. I had the afternoon off and of course I went fishing. My partner Makiko was able to spend the last 10 days with me and we don’t often get the chance to get out on the boat together. She loves jigging with MacDeeps and was excited about a ling cod trip down to Seabird Island. How could I refuse.
It was sunny skies and sparkling seas as we rounded Cape Beale. Still a bit of a roll from the last remnants of the previous storm but manageable. We were fortunate enough to boat two lovely lings while we played with the sea lions and all the other wildlife at Seabird. This is such a special place. So much life.
On the way back we were treated to an amazing orca show. Breaches, tail slaps, spy hops. It was stunning. To be able to share that with my girl was the highlight of my summer so far.
So…yes the fishing is still good two days later. The Wall all the way down to Danvers has been very good. Little Beale and Whittlestone have been outstanding. Bait is still the go to but I know skinny gs and glow white hootchies have been producing as well.
Swale will be a good bet this week especially if it blows northwest. Keep your gear between 28 and 40 feet and troll at 2.5 to 2.8 mph. Great to see coho numbers improving as well!
Hali fishing is still good providing the seas are calm enough to get out. Salmon bellies and extra large herring are your best bets. Anywhere on the bank all the way out to the Rat’s Nose has been productive. Humps that come up on the Bank to 200 feet are money. Anchoring is still the best way to go but folks are hooking up drifting as well.
August is flying by. It’s time to get out here and experience this amazing resource.
Go spend some time on the boat with someone you love. Nothing better…
Until then,
Coach….

Fishing Report Aug 18, 2020

Hi All
Well this is it! During the winter we dream of mid August arriving in Barkley Sound. And now… it’s here. Light winds, calm seas, large hungry beastmode chinook and hordes of acrobatic coho. Ahh… we are indeed living the dream. Except… Someone forgot to let the fish know that it’s now mid August and indeed they should be here in force.
It has been a tough go indeed folks. There are fish around but you have to scratch and dig to bust your butt for a couple of hits and maybe a fish or two in an 8 hour troll. Doom? gloom? a biological marine disaster? Ok maybe not just yet but I am wondering what’s happening. I know many very experienced fisherman and guides that are blanking on trips out and around the sound the past 4 or 5 days or so. Now it is migrational fishing and I get that they don’t all arrive at once and there will be dribs and drabs as waves go through but… this is prime time. It has to turn on. The thing is that it always does. Maybe it’s going to happen later this year and continue well into the fall. I just don’t know, but I do know that I’ll still get up for the expected early morning bite. I’ll fish the tides all the way through and I’ll keep staring intently at both my g loomis rods and waiting for that glorious tug that fuels my passion for this wonderful sport.
So if you are here or on your way here soon what should you expect, where should you fish and what gear should you use?
My most consistent days have been spent at Swale Rock. I have been rolling 5 1/4  sized anchovies. For me, (and it’s been a clear leader of the pack), a chrome bloody nose teaser head fished 6 and a half feet behind a black UV flasher at 39 feet. The last 4 days I haven’t hooked up on any other rig. Others have I know, but for me it’s been crazy how much more effective this chrome rig has been. Glow white bloody nose, glow green and herring aid should all be effective right now. Bait though, for sure, is definitely the way to go at this juncture of the season.
I have had the odd good bite at Kirby but nothing consistent. Little Beale and Whittlesone were solid a week or so ago but it’s suddenly like someone turned off the tap.
Offshore salmon fishing is still productive. Lots of coho all over the banks. Springs are a bit tougher to get at with all the coho but fishing plugs at 3 mph down deep, 150 feet on your downrigger will give you a chance at some larger fish.
Halibut fishing is still fantastic! It’s been an amazing hali season. Take advantage of it while you can. Troll them up off the banks or anchor near a hump that comes up to 200 feet or so. Extra large herring and salmon bellies on spreader bars are still the most effective way to tag into some B.C. white gold.
Just wanted to send a quick shout out to Steady Eddy and the Boys. Thanks for all the intel on the VHF.  Love your new boat but I am not sure Steady Eddy is going to stick. Your old handle Gong Show is still somewhat more representative.
As for all of our Harbourside regulars, we thank you so much for being patient with us as we struggle through this covid-19 summer. It has been difficult for all of us but somehow we have managed to make it work so far.
For all of your accommodation, moorage and chartering needs please email Aussie John at requests@harboursidelodge.com
In the meantime I am going to keep my gear wet and keep believing that those g loomis rods are going to violently pop off the downrigger. And then folks it’s going to be on!
Coach…

Fisheries Notice FN0818 – August 14,2020

Halibut – Changes to Daily Limit – Effective Aug 14, 2020

Limits and sizes:

Effective 00:01 hours August 14, 2020 until further notice:

- The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (97 cm head-off).
- The daily and possession limit for halibut is either of:
---- one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (69 cm to 97 cm head-off), OR
---- two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).

- The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as set out on the 2020/21 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

- All halibut retained by the licence holder between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence.

- Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.

The exceptions to these openings are:

Areas 121:
No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes W.

Area 121:
Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement.