Swiftsure

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by OldCrow, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. OldCrow

    OldCrow New Member

    Hi all, I am heading out to Swiftsure mid July. Haven't been for 10 years and my memory is a little rusty on a few things! Hoping to get some advice on:

    1. Leader length - my recollection is longer leaders (for Chinook trolling with spoons, anchovies) worked better like 5-6 feet. Any advice on leader length for salmon trolling?

    2. We used to have great success with 6 inch Tomic plugs. Out-fished bait. Is that still the case? Or would you set up some lines with anchovies?

    3. Locations - we used to fish halibut at the NE corner and also the SW corner. Trolling for salmon was good from the SW corner heading NW parallel to the closure. I have seen some chatter about "salmon bumps". Is that what this location is referred to.

    Many thanks!!
    OldCrow
     
  2. advTHXance

    advTHXance Active Member

    5-6' should be fine for leaders.

    If the fish are there you can probably just run spoons, unless fishing anchovies down deep at 4 or 5 knots with the current and swell is your thing.

    Those spots are still the spots, be safe out there!
     
  3. The Jackel

    The Jackel Active Member

    Where were you towing your boat too, you do know hally is closed :D
     
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  4. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Hali’s should be open mid July
     
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  5. advTHXance

    advTHXance Active Member

    Had some work done on it at Jenkins!
     
  6. seadna

    seadna Well-Known Member

    Tomic plugs still work well there and the spots haven't changed any. Bigger plugs towed deeper tend to select for slightly larger fish but the majority of chinook on Swiftsure are in the 8-12lb range. Some bigger ones can be found. I see fishing there as a bit of a trade off - reliable chinook but generally smaller than what you can find closer to shore.
     
  7. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

    Bouy Juliet first light on an ebb current. Setup as far east as you can/dare, troll west with the ebb. Just about anything works, but the last few years we were using smaller lures and flashers. Myself I used either the turd, irish cream spoon, and there is a hoochie in 602 glow colours that could do no wrong.
     
  8. OldCrow

    OldCrow New Member

    Cool, thanks for the responses. Last Chance, when you say smaller lures do you mean 4 inch spoons (rather than 5 or 6)?

    In terms of tide/current predictions for Swiftsure, is Port Renfrew the closest station? What is the time conversion?

    Thanks
     
  9. seadna

    seadna Well-Known Member

    http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/6190.html - This will be pretty close.
     
  10. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

  11. OldCrow

    OldCrow New Member

    thanks.
     
  12. The Jackel

    The Jackel Active Member

    Wow sounds like fun to travel 30 miles one way to catch 6-8 lb feeder springs, i think i'll pass and leave it to the highliners :D
     
  13. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Not everyone can be the cut plug King like you, buddy
     
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  14. The Jackel

    The Jackel Active Member

    lol i wish, i still need my hally but now i have to find a place with 40 lbers, not 60's :(
     
  15. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

    Kinda why a few of us left ;)
     
  16. The Jackel

    The Jackel Active Member

    No shit Kelly, its a tough slug doing that day in day out, that's why some of the guides are a tad grumpy as the season wears on, not mentioning any names :D
     
  17. seadna

    seadna Well-Known Member

    It's perfect though for lazy guides with inexperienced clients - guaranteed fish and back at the dock early. :)
     
  18. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

    Last few Augusts the bank sucked. A few good days on the shore 2017, or running the Pachena Bay...
     
  19. seadna

    seadna Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't know about the last few Augusts as by mid August for the past few years, I move south to fish at the mouth of the Columbia river. Much bigger average to the fish size down there, especially in August. Earlier in the year (June, July, first week of August), my experience is that Swiftsure is still reliable for smallish chinook. Bigger fish are closer to shore near the kelp or farther out on the deeper flats where one is more likely to intercept the Columbia river bound fish.
     
  20. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    I don’t agree with this because there are different kinds of clients.
    There are lots of tourists that just want to catch a salmon....may even be their first fish ever. I’ll bet that fishery would be great for them
     

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