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Predator's Pen - Saltwater Fishing Report - March 26th, 2013
Last edited on: Mar 26, 2013 09:19:55 PM by Predator Charters

The local winter fishery stayed quite sporadic most of the time though there would be little burst of action at the Capilano for a couple days every few weeks, and some nice fish were getting taken in Howe Sound. Delta Port has continued to produce very good numbers, but it is a long way to run, and is totally exposed, so flat water conditions are necessary. Interestingly, there were Halibut caught in that area over the past couple months “by accident” when trolling for Chinook, so that is interesting and provides additional clues that their population looks to be building in southern Georgia St.

Right now we are poised at the start of our springtime Chinook fishery, and hopefully those fish down off Delta Port are an indication that we will have a decent South Bowen fishery during April. It is always hard to predict exactly when this fishery will really get rolling, but it is usually in early April, and often right on the Easter Weekend. This could mainly be due to the fact that it occurs near a full moon and we typically have an excellent ebb and low slack tide around mid-day on the moon at this time of year. When the fishery starts, it often starts with a bang as the fish seem to show up over night.

In addition to South Bowen, there are good options within Howe Sound during the next couple months. Grace Islands is always a good bet at this time of year, and we caught a couple nice fish there yesterday. We also find the upper part of Howe Sound around Defence Islands and Porteau Cove can be quite good over the next couple months, and over the past couple months there was some very good action up in Squamish Harbour as it seemed that decent numbers of Chinook followed the herring spawn up there. Hopefully this translates into some good action as those fish migrate back down to the lower part of the sound in the coming weeks.

Of course I am also waiting for the Gabriola fishery to get rolling, but that is likely still about 3 weeks to a month away (the first excellent report I had last year was on April 28th, and it was already smokin’ hot!). Lings don’t open up until May 1st again, so that is typically when I really start pushing to head over there as they are a great addition to the catch of Chinook. I also found out last year that they grow quite rapidly for the first few years of their life, and become “legal” (65 cm) at about 3 years old (very similar to Chinook), so as long as anglers don’t look to retain the big females (basically anything over about 18 lbs is a large breeding female), the population over there should remain strong. As it is, the best eating ones are those nice 10 to 15 lb fish anyway.

For those of you who are thinking about getting out soon, the weather has finally turned, and it looks as if winter has left us. Yesterday it was sunny, warm, flat calm, and we caught a couple fish.....what more can you ask for at this time of year?

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"Great day on the water September 25 , 2012"
Review Created On: Sep 27, 2012
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I had the pleasure of fishing with David Korsch during a very tough fishing period due to a lack of rain flooding the rivers. No rain, little salmon movement but using his experience, skills and willingness to go the extra mile to try everything from trolling to jigging to casting we managed to catch one 22 lb chum salmon, one 9 lb wild coho salmon and one salmon shark. When all other boats went home skunked...we saw some action and great conversation! Thanks a bunch David and I hope it start

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