A couple of fishing dudes from Okuma Fishing Gear test out a new rod and reel for 2012 on Elden Smith’s brand new 27-foot Northwest Aluminum charter boat. Elden showed them two days of good winter chinook fishing. Elden said they lost a couple nice teeners to the ever present Mr. Seal. More and more fishing suppliers are looking to Sooke and Port Renfrew to test their gear out. You can’t get a better place to giver’ a try. With our steller year-round sports fishery whether it’s trophy salmon or seasonal halibut it’s all good.

Derby coming up

Kiwi Magic talks about fishing the local waters off Sooke

t’s the time of year to celebrate the Christmas season and there’s nothing better, after some good holiday cheer, than to go and give some winter fishing a try.

On Dec. 26 it’s the second annual Boxing Day Salmon Derby. Fishing starts at dawn which at this time of year is about 7:30 a.m. with final weigh-in at 1:30 p.m. at the Crab Shack at Jock’s Dock.

It’s also a good time to try out the new boat ramp, there should be lots of parking. Last year’s event had some 75 anglers entered with the winner taking home almost $1,500 in the winner-take-all event.

Anglers wishing to take part are asked to bring along some non-perishable items for the Sooke Community Food Bank. As well there will be draw for a rod and reel for anglers who donate a fish. The Coho Derby yielded 500 plus pounds of salmon fillets for the  food bank.

Fishing continues to be strong out in front of the Sooke Harbour. Run out to the 100-foot contour and start fishing with the gear close to the bottom. For best results use artificial lures or bait and you won’t have to go far until your rods go off.

Sometimes in the summer you don’t get a bite all day. Only difference it’s now a little chiller.

Until next time, “Seasons Greetings.”

Keep your rod tip up!

Kiwi Magic