Ryan Chamberland shows off a catch from Fish Bowl 2015. This year three fishing derbies will be a part of the Sooke Saltwater Series. The idea of a saltwater series has been discussed within the Sooke fish guiding community for a number of years.

Sooke Saltwater Series going for big catch

The lines have dropped and the fish are biting in the first-ever Sooke Saltwater Series.

The lines have dropped and the fish are biting in the first-ever Sooke Saltwater Series.

The series is the amalgamation of three popular, well established Sooke fishing derbies beginning the season with the Sooke Halibut Derby in May, followed by the Sooke Coho Derby on Thanksgiving Day weekend, and wraps up with the Sooke Boxing Day Derby.

The series is a season long points race, which will encourage avid fishers to take part in all three derbies to win the Sooke Saltwater Series and take the title of Sooke Fishing Champion.

The idea of a saltwater series has been discussed within the Sooke fish guiding community for a number of years, but it was only this year it came to fruition.

It spawned with Ron Neitsch of Eagle-Eye Outfitters and 2 Reel Fishing and soon other fish guides – Elden Smith (Crab Shack), Al Kennedy (Reel Excitement Fishing Charters) and Laura Dalgliesh (Island Outfitters) – joined in.

“We wanted something for our shoulder season,” Neitsch said.

“We don’t want to run the derbies in the summertime when we are all so busy.”

So far, the response has been favourable for the Sooke Saltwater Series with 38 fishers signed up, and series sponsors also getting onboard.

The winner of the series wins a one-of-a-kind jacket and baseball cap and cash. There will also be second and third place prizes. Prizes will be presented at an awards night on Dec. 29.

Proceeds from the Sooke Saltwater Series and derbies will go to Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, the Charters Creek Interpretive Centre and Sooke Food Bank.

“Being guides we take a lot out of the ocean,” Neitsch said. “We wanted to put stuff back in. We don’t always have the time to donate to those things.”

For more on the Sooke Saltwater Series, please call 250-642-7983.


Just Posted

Elizabeth May arrested at Kinder Morgan protest

Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, speaks out against pipeline

Large Kinder Morgan pipeline protest at Victoria MP office

Dozens gathered out front of Murray Rankin’s constituency office Friday to protest Trans Mountain pipeline

WANTED: Christopher Elliot may pose danger to the public say VicPD

Victoria man wanted on breach of conditions related to criminal harrassment case

5 must-do things this weekend in Greater Victoria

Soccer playoffs, hockey playoffs, Dunahee run, art show and Lego

Esquimalt High robotics students engineer their way to Texas

Rookie team qualifies for FIRST World Championship after breathing life into armed robot Spike

New leader aims to grow Oak Bay Volunteer Services

About 200 volunteers offer about 500 residents with support services

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

Comox Valley hospital operating above patient capacity

The new healthcare facility averaged a 110 per cent patient volume between October and February

BREAKING: B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

PHOTOS: Students exhibit stunning paper couture dresses

22 paper made gowns will be on display at Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre until March 27

BCHL Today: Prince George avoids elimination with game five win

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Suspect arrested and charged for assault on autistic man

Parmvir Chahil has strong B.C. ties; two others charged with accessory after the fact

Uber self-driving crash video calls safety, rules into question

Experts say footage shows that vehicle’s sensors should have spotted pedestrian, initiated braking

View Royal mayor says Saanich had a take-it-or-leave-it approach to fire dispatch

Re: Communities pull the plug on Saanich fire dispatch. Mayor Richard Atwell… Continue reading

Most Read