13-year-old Boaz Seneor from Israel shows off a salmon he caught in Sooke. Living in Kansas with his family, he always dreamed of catching a salmon, and last weekend his fishing dream came true. (Contributed)

13-year-old Boaz Seneor from Israel shows off a salmon he caught in Sooke. Living in Kansas with his family, he always dreamed of catching a salmon, and last weekend his fishing dream came true. (Contributed)

FISHING ADVENTURES: Salmon in high abundance

Sooke saltwater fishing has been great, and so far it appears we are back into a year of high abundance.

These observations are based on the amount of reports of large hatchery and wild spring and chinook salmon passing through area, and the presence of the southern resident killer whale pods. You will not see these whales, which eat salmon, in areas where there isn’t an abundance of large chinook salmon.

These salmon are hitting hard at first light and the tide changes shallow, 60 ft. on the downrigger in 80 to 100 ft. of water at Possession Point last weekend. The Trap Shack and Beechy Head have also been producing good action.

The most popular baits include anchovy trolled in green, green glow, or any of the chrome series heads.

There have been very few halibut reports coming in lately, now that the spiney dogfish sharks are here.

Crabbing has slowed down in the harbour for now.

The next fishing derby coming our way is the KMC Derby on July 7. Proceeds from the derby go towards funding the Sooke Net Pen Project.

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