James holds a 40-pound chinook caught off Possession Point last week.

How’s fishing? Aug. 21

Fishing guide Steve Arnett shares a few fish tales and tips

Fishing in Sooke and Port Renfrew is on fire! it doesn’t get any better. Good returns of chinooks, coho and pinks salmon and halibut makes for a good day on the water.

Out at the Swiftsure Bank fishing has been as good as it gets. Trailhead Charters reports limits of salmon up to 30-pounds and chicken halibut and lots of coho. Fishing the chicken ranch to the salmon bumps has been producing the best.

Gear of choice Tomic 602 and 500 Pilchard and Gibbs G-force no-bananas spoon as well hootchie flasher setup have also been the ticket. The whale show on the way home from the bank is an added bonus. The beach at Renny has been steady.Seawind Charters has been catching nice chinooks off Logan Creek on anchovy behind a Joanne chrome Rys Davis teaser head. Camper Creek, the Rock Pile and East Point have been going off as well.

In Sooke, Sheringham all the way to Beachy Head, fishing has been very good for chinooks up to 40-pounds. Rhys Davis Anchovy Special Peanut Butter teaser head is gear of choice trolled behind a purple onion hot spot flasher.

If you want coho and pinks just go out into 400 feet of water and troll east or west using coyote spoons or coho killers on the downrigger anywhere from 20 to 120 feet. You will catch and don’t be surprised if you catch a spring — it happens more often than not.

Until next time keep your rod tip up.

Kiwi Magic

 

If you want to go fishing in Port Renfrew give Trail Charters a call 205-647-5468 or info@trailhead-resort.com.

There are still some good fishing days left in the 2013 season.