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  • Nootka prawn, crab, and Hali!

    Bringing my 19' Explorer out from Nelson this year, as we used to fish out of buddies boat which wasn't big enough to do all that the Sound and outside have too offer. Have done very well on the inside for springers, but looking at going to the outside or Bajo for Halibut. Now the question is, do you guys think my boat is big enough to do this? And is it hard to find the Hali, as now coming out with the family, and not the usual boys trip. Also, is it worth buying prawn and crab traps for the Nootka area? Is there enough there? Oh, coming out end of Julyish-August 7-10. Thanks
    Eh!!!!

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    Yes, but go early and turn around and fish Burdwood or the Lighthouse if it's too snotty. Yes and yes for crabs and prawns because it will give the family more activities between the morning fish and the evening inside troll. Jigging pilchards for crab/prawn bait and Halibut bait will also be fun for kids if you can find them. Mackerel and dogfish off the Moutcha dock looked like fun for kids last time I was there.

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    • #3
      Used my past boat there, 188 Campion, watched and listened to the weather repots went to the reef and out 11 miles from Friendly and got our Hallies, came inside and hammered springs, your boats big enough, have a kicker, GPS and accompany boat is nice too. Can get foggy. Yes again on the Crab and Prawn but I would sit on them or some can walk away.
      Be Smart, Good Luck ! Great Place

      HT

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      • #4
        Been up to Nootka/Critter Cove from Seattle with my son for 6 years with my 18 ft Lund pro-sport...your boat is big enough. Just watch the weather and have your safety gear...gps is a must have, kicker, radio and life vests which I don't see many folks wearing up there. We moved to Ukee last year due to wife wanting to come. On nice days you can fish Bajo all day and also go out west from red can at Bajo in 135-150 foot mark and get your Halibut and Lings/Yellow Eye. Go to salmon university.com and go to Nootka Sound section and follow those instructions closely and you will catch plenty of fish. That time of year use big plugs and spoons and hold on. Have fun and be safe.
        Last edited by PHW; 05-11-2012, 09:03 AM.

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        • #5
          How about a 16 foot Double Eagle? I assume that with the same precautions it is safely done? Can anyone with experience confirm?

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          • #6
            18 is in my view about as small a size from a safety perspective. Hey, on a good day a 14 ft tinny could do it. I've been out when fog rolled in. You can't see it till its on you. You need GPS at a minimum. I've had to follow my outbound track twice to get home. Radar helps. Wear your pfd. I wear my PLB too always as soon as I pass the Lighthouse.
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            • #7
              I only prawned once there and all we got was a hag fish

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LachlanS View Post
                I only prawned once there and all we got was a hag fish
                Hey! Whats the problem? they are good to eat!!! LOL http://seoulfuladventures.wordpress....-1-slime-eels/
                20ft Alumaweld Intruder

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