Dean and Dominique enjoyed some great halibut and salmon fishing out at the Swiftsure Bank on the weekend. The weather was great and the seas were flat calm. Doesn’t get any better that that.

How’s fishing? June 19

Fishing guide Steve Arnett talks about catching fish in the Sooke to Port Renfrew area.

Wow! The weekend was great and the fishing, well…depends where you were. If you were fishing at the Swiftsure Bank off Port Renfrew then the fishing was at its prime. There were lots of birds and the humpback whales showed up, and they seemed to be everywhere. Chinooks were biting steady anywhere from the surface to 150-ft. Hot gear was spoons and hoochies trolled behind a flasher with fish up to 25-lbs. Halibut on the drift or anchor was good with an average size of 25-lbs. The coho have moved in and were finning all over the surface with a good percentage being hatchery. If you were fishing the beach at Renny it was another story, very slow with some anglers fishing the whole day from sunrise til 6 without even a bite. The next day things picked up a bit but still slow.

Sooke was a lot better with some nice chinooks being reported as big as 35-lbs. Otter Point and Sheringham Point seems to be where they were catching.

On the derby news front there will be earlybird ticket sales for the Bite-Me Derby. Tickets will be available at the Loghouse Pub in Langford on July 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. This derby sells out every year so this is your chance to get a ticket. They are limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis with a special draw of $500  for people who buy tickets there. Until next time.

Keep your rod tip up!

Kiwi Magic

Want to fish for Halibut and Salmon in Sooke? Call West Isle Fishing Experience 250-858-3611

Want to fish in Port Renfrew? Call Trailhead Resort 250-647–5468.