FISHING ADVENTURES: Visitors find plenty of luck on local waters

Three salmon caught by Arizona residents visiting the area

Ron Neitsch | Contributed

Saltwater fishing on Canada Day in Sooke was great.

I spent the morning trolling the east side of Otter Point with the Burnett family from the desert area in Arizona.

Concentrating on keeping the boat in 115 to 120 feet of water with the gear at 75 to 95 feet on the downriggers, was a challenge in a brisk wind out of the west. Trolling two spoons from Gibbs Delta Tackle, a 3.0 Candy Striper and a Bon Chovy Skinny G behind bright green flashers, we hit three nice spring/chinook salmon. All three fish were landed.

Not having access to fresh salmon, this family was very excited about having a barbecue later that afternoon including fresh crab pulled from traps in the harbour on our return from a half day of fishing.

Halibut fishing tides are currently good, with an opportunity for slower tides during the day.

Crab fishing in the harbour has slowed somewhat, but persistent fishers will still bring home a few keepers for the cooking pot.

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