FISHING ADVENTURES: Bite times come hard and fast

Bite times are most intense in the summer with larger salmon hitting hard and fast.

Ron Neitsch | Contributed

Summer fishing in Sooke is here, with strong salmon “bite” times at Possession and Otter points.

Timing can be everything, and saltwater fishing is no exception. Usually the bite is on at the end of the flooding tide or what is sometimes called the”top of the flood,” or at the bottom of an outgoing tide.

This will generally occur 30 minutes to an hour later each day, and can be tracked with a Department of Oceans and Fisheries tide book.

A bite time is a very exciting period when many, if not all, the boats fishing an area, get fish on their lines simultaneously. This can go on for 15 or 20 minutes, or a good “bite” can last for an hour or two.

Bite times are most intense in the summer with larger salmon hitting hard and fast.

It can be very common for fishing to be very slow during most of the day, and only come on during the bite.

Crab fishing has been great in the harbour with lots of Dungeness and red rock crabs in the area.


Ron Neitsch is the owner of 2 Reel Fishing Adventures, based in Sooke.

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