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Predator's Pen - Saltwater Fishing Report - October 1st, 2013
Last edited on: Oct 01, 2013 05:52:29 PM by Predator Charters

Hello Fellow Anglers

While the recent wet weather has likely been making us think that November is upon us, and all the fall fishing in the saltchuck is over for another year, we have to remember that it is only October 1st. In past years the mature Chinook fishery off the mouth of the Capilano River never even peaked until today, and we would find consistently good fishing through until the 15th of October, and some good days through the end of the month and into early November. While the extremely wet weather of the past week or so has allowed the early fish to enter the river, we will likely see some later runs arrive over the next week or two, and if the weather dries out, we could see good numbers build up off the mouth of the river again. In fact, there were several mature fish hit yesterday after it looked like there was nothing left when I was out fishing in the monsoons on Sunday.

In addition to the Capilano, the mouth of the Fraser will also have Chinook through the end of the month as well as good numbers of Chums and Coho. The extremely strong Coho return over the whole coast has manifested itself in our local waters as well, and I have been hitting far more Coho off the Capilano over the past few weeks than I would typically see in recent years. We had also been seeing far larger numbers off the mouth of the Fraser in early September when I was fishing that area on a regular basis, and reports indicate that there are still very good numbers of Coho getting hit down off Sandheads this week. Many are unclipped “wild” Coho that have to be released, but a decent percentage are clipped and can be retained. Both clipped and unclipped are a very nice size at this time of year, and I have boated several in the low to mid teens already, and bigger ones should be more prevalent through October.

It is possible that we will see some “winter” or “feeder” Chinook up in Howe Sound in the next few weeks, and it will be interesting to see how this winter’s fishery evolves. Overall numbers of all species have been very strong this year (even the Sockeye re-built well after 2009), and we can only hope that this is an indication of a general trend towards stronger runs in the future. If this is the case, this winter’s fishery should show stronger numbers of fish than we have seen in many of the recent winters.

In addition, now that the summer boating crowds are off the water, I have put my prawn traps back out. hopefully the thieving that was going on during the summer months has ended.

If you have any questions, or wish to book a charter, e-mail me at (davek@dccnet.com), or call me at (604) 329 - 8642.

Tight Lines,
David Korsch
Predator Charters
(604) 329 - 8642

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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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