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Hello Fellow Anglers
I'm back from my short trip to warmer climes, and while I was away it seems that our winter Chinook fishery has become quite a bit more consistent. A couple of associates got out a half dozen times this past week during the good weather, and both landed legal fish every day, and they both had days where they landed 3 legal fish as well as hooking into additional fish that they lost and/or released. One of the landed fish was 18 lbs, so it looks as if some of those larger feeders I talked about in my last newsletter (that should have had a better survival rate through the summer months) may be starting to enter the Sound.
We have some pretty crappy weather hitting us for the next couple of days, but after that, it looks as if the weather will be quite nice for several days. At this time of year, the temperatures on sunny days aren't nearly as cold as later in the winter, which means we typically don't have to dress up as the "Michelin Man" in order to keep warm.
Between charters, I am still presently working at Sewell's finishing up some dock projects for the next couple weeks anyway, so I can easily be available for a charter even on short notice. I do plan on working my usual construction job in Gibsons after that, but I will still have the freedom to do charters most days as long as I have a bit of notice.
Prawning has continued to very good in recent weeks with only one or two "egged" females needing to be released each day. I did have a guy "poach" my traps in late October though. He didn't steal the traps but just emptied them. I guess I have to be thankful they weren't stolen or dropped into water too deep so they either float away or the buoy sinks, but it is still a piss-off when you go to pull the traps at the end of the fishing day only to find a couple of prawns instead of the usual haul of 100+. One has to wonder about the mentality of people who steal other people's prawns and or traps. I don't keep my traps out all the time now, as it can often be several days between my trips (and because I don't want to provide prawns for this poacher), but even dropping them out "for the day" around Horseshoe Bay can provide good catches.
2019 Charter rates are as follows: for one persons the 5 hour rate is $600.00 + GST, for 2 people it is $630.00 + GST, for 3 people it is $660 + GST, and for 4 people it is $700 + GST. Additional hours are $100.00 + GST.
Remember to get your Fishing License if you don't already have it. The 2019 saltwater fishing licenses are available on-line from the Department of Fisheries or at Fred's Custom Tackle. You now have to purchase licenses on-line as they are no longer for sale in tackle shops and marinas unless they do it online for you. This takes quite a bit of time, and often they will charge a "surcharge" for their time and printer costs. The following is a link to the DFO website where you can purchase your license. Remember to get a salmon stamp as well as the basic license as the stamps are not available at the marina either. http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/licence-permis/index-eng.html
There is also a new free BC Tidal Water Sportfishing App for iPhones. It will have the soon to be updated regulations, species identification, a catch log, and the ability to display your license, though you still need to have a printed paper copy of your license to record your catch with you when fishing. The hope is that soon we will switch to an electronic license, and be able to do away with the silly paper copies.
As always, feel free to pass this information along to any associates who may appreciate the report. I will be posting pictures and results of my fishing trips from out on the water with Instagram as they occur on both my Facebook and Twitter pages. If you are interested in "following", my "name" is "salmonfishdave (http://twitter.com/salmonfishdave).
If you have any questions, or wish to book a charter, e-mail me, or call/text me at (604) 329 - 8642.
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