Steven and Ganine Gilbert from Surrey B.C. show off the chinook salmon they weighed in at the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Derby.

Fishing adventures

Local fishing specialist Ron Neitsch provides us with some tips on how to make the most out fishing experience.

  • Aug. 12, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Ron Neitsch

Special to the Sooke News Mirror

Saltwater fishing in Sooke has been excellent.

We are now in the middle of our summer season, where people get an opportunity to fish for the largest of the salmon species- big chinook salmon.There has been lots of action from chinook, pink, coho and some sockeye salmon in our area.

Winds have been down and temperatures up, making for great days on the water. Popular baits have been anchovy and herring in green, green/glow and glow teaser heads trolled on long 6 to 8 ft leaders at 27 to 90 ft on the downrigger, in 40 to 100 ft of water for large chinooks.

Deeper water and pink hootchies recommended for pink and coho salmon. Halibut fishing has been good for those going west and putting in the effort.

Crabbing in the harbour has been great with many fishers reporting good catches of large male dungeness crabs, especially on the incoming tides.

Sooke Salmon Enhancement Derby, Aug. 1 weekend, was won by local fisherman Brian Lacroix, who weighed in a 28 lb. spring/chinook salmon. Brian caught the fish trolling off the Sooke Bluffs on the Sunday, it broke his rod and his reel jammed during the fight, but he managed to weigh in the fish an hour before derby closing time for the $5,000 first-place prize.

•••

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

 

Just Posted

Coun. Fred Haynes to run for mayor against Mayor Atwell

Haynes to go head-to-head with Atwell for Saanich mayoral seat in 2018

Bob Heyes back behind Shamrocks bench for 2018 season

Art Webster, Mike Simpson, John Hamilton will also return

UPDATE: Driver escapes from crash in Sidney

Town truck and another vehicle collide, causing van to roll over

Victoria Women’s March draws hundreds

Pink pussy hats aplenty as demonstrators took to downtown streets

FISHING ADVENTURES: Winter fishing season in full swing

Upcoming fishing events include Local Pub’s Salmon Superbowl Derby and Victoria Boat Show

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Reynolds, Edward Milne capture titles at Esquimalt hoops tournament

Host Dockers take fourth in senior girls draw

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

Most Read