Saltwater fishing in Sooke waters has been somewhat challenging this year.
This past week things have gotten back to what most fishers would consider to be normal summertime fishing.
Large spring salmon, some into the 30-pound range, being caught on a daily basis, and some definite “bite” times where anglers catch fish at the same time, just not a huge amount.
Popular baits have been anchovy or herring trolled in bright green bait heads, smaller fast action spoons in white and green colours, and hootchies in a variety of patterns.
Many of the chinook landed are in 50 to 100 feet of water.
The Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society Chinook Derby is this weekend (July 30 and 31).
Ticket sales at Sooke Marine Centre, Eagle-Eye Outfitters and Crab Shack.
Halibut continues to be good for those making the effort and willing to deal with “dogfish” (small sharks).
Most halibut anglers are anchoring up west of Sheringham Point.
Crab fishing in the harbour has been improving over the last couple of weeks as the algae bloom in the harbour dissipates.
Ron Neitsch is the owner/operator of 2 Reel Fishing Adventures, based in Sooke.