2015 Nanoose Bay / French Creek

Discussion in '2015 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by rowswell, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. hedgehog

    hedgehog Member

    Hey hootchiebugger, be sure to take life jackets! There are days when you could probably take a 10' tinner to Lasqueti if you dared and I've seen some pretty small boats on the water but I really don't think you have to venture that far. I have caught many fish right out front of the marina and soon they will be schooling up and going into the bay beside the marina. I think it might be a bit early for that.
    Personally I haven't had any more luck on anchovies over spoons but that's me. I think coho are hard hitting and aggressive and go for the action of a spoon more but that's only my opinion. You know what they say "When they're hot they're hot".
    I'll be giving it a shot in the morning, hopefully not too foggy.
  2. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    Welcome aboard :)
  3. PapaWisky

    PapaWisky Member

    Poked around from 3pm to 7pm last night...Amelia, Gerald and over to Ballenas. Saw a bit of bait. Got one shaker at 70 feet at the end of the day. Beauty afternoon washing the lures. Usual gear, spoons and anchovies. A few guys were on the ling at Ballenas. Shaker hit the chovie. Would be nice to be out this am...flat water.

  4. hootchiebugger

    hootchiebugger New Member

    Thanks HH!
    Sounds like the beach fishing is picking up as well! But i can imagine that we will still get out on the boat for afternoon or two next week. I'll Keep an eye on the weather reports.

    tight lines
  5. hedgehog

    hedgehog Member

    I only managed to get out for maybe 2 hours this morning with only a couple of wee little buggers. One on anchovie the other on a cream coloured irredescent spoon. Would had been a fine morning for a small tin boat. 004 copy.jpg
  6. Seafever

    Seafever Well-Known Member


    You don't need to use anchovies or bait for Coho around F.C....they will take spoons or hoochies readily.

    A good lure is the 3 inch Apex...no flasher just a weight at least 6 feet in front of it......Watermelon pattern is good but others work too.....with these you don't need to go too fast..it has lots of action at normal speeds. Or you can run it off a downrigger line.......about 20ft back of clip.

    I get most of my Coho around 70ft deep during the day. Shallower works too sometimes......if they are up on top.

    Bucktailing isn't what it used to be around here......at certain times/conditions yes........but I don't even bother...

    Smaller 4 inch or 3 and 1/2 inch plugs with some green and chrome or blue on them work at times......just go faster.....no flasher...

    3.5 or 4 inch Coyote spoons in Watermelon and PartyGirl will work on Coho....trolled at normal speeds....

    You can troll a 3 inch lead jig like a Spinnow by itself behind the boat........about 40ft back........green/chrome or blue/chrome etc etc ......use a really good swivel setup about 6ft in front of the jig or you leave yourself open to horrific line twist. If the Coho are up top they will hit these.

    A good casting spoon to use that often works on Coho is the small Gibbs that is hammered brass with a bright orange stripe down the edge......
  7. MRWood

    MRWood Well-Known Member

    Beauty night out last night, warm and not a breath of wind. We went out to Sangster to try our luck on lings as it was the last night of the season. Fished for almost 2 hrs with not even a sniff at 5 or 6 different spots. The sun was getting close to being done and I said let's try one more spot and then call it a night. Lucky we tried that spot as we got our ling each and a big old snapper. One ling a bare keeper and the other around 10lbs, just perfect size. My partner also lost something that was incredibly big and heavy but ended up losing it. That will go down in the annals of fish tales :)

    Papa Whiskey I think I must have seen you at Ballenas the night before. I was in the 17' glasscraft with the dark blue canvas. We were trying for ling but got skunked. I was out the night before that at Ballenas and did manage one keeper ling and released 2 others.
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  8. Trophy

    Trophy Active Member

    Fished High tide this morning... Started at little Q little no bait/marks, tried white door same thing, tried hump more marks ...first hit at 118 ft on brined chartreuse anchovy in teaser head with jelly fish glow flasher. Landed 5lb 12 oz (exact - new digital scale) wild coho. Heavy Fog moved in, headed for home.
  9. hootchiebugger

    hootchiebugger New Member

    Cheers SF! We will be arriving on Monday and will be definitely hitting the beaches in the morning with our fly rods, and then into the saltchuck in afternoons. I can see us trolling spoons as well as fly fishing from the boat.

    Thanks again for all the detailed information, hope the coho action heats up after this weekend!:cool:

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