2015 Nootka Sound/Esperanza Inlet Reports

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

  1. fshnfnatic

    fshnfnatic Well-Known Member

    Ya and it's probably older than the guy holding it.That fish could be 50+ years old at that size.Better not say what I'm
    thinking or it may start another forum "debate" LOL
  2. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    you cannot release those fish
  3. fishin solo

    fishin solo Well-Known Member

    swim bladder?
  4. Sangstercraft

    Sangstercraft Well-Known Member

    Yeah whenever I hook a yellow eye.. It's to the frying pan! I did some research and basically there's not much you can do for them other than not target them. 5lbs of meat off a 15lb fish or something like that. Tasty though :)

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Sushihunter

    Sushihunter Active Member

    Yes, that is a nice Yelloweye, but no "monster". At 14.5 pounds, I would consider that a nice eater.

    Here is a trophy Yelloweye:


    This one hit the scale at 25 pounds and was just a few ounces under the world record at the time. I'm sure bigger ones had been caught, but nobody had them officially recorded. This was in the summer of 1995. I have heard that bigger ones have since been recorded, but I'm not up to date on what the record is now.

    If you look closely, you can see the pain in my eyes - I dislocated my shoulder about 6 weeks before and had to heft that damn fish out of the water about 30 times to get this photo.

    That was a great summer. Fished over 80 days, caught a near record Chum Salmon, a near record Yelloweye, caught all 5 Salmon species in one day, saw the biggest Chinook Salmon caught in BC that year (70 pounds!). Great fun!
  6. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

    Not quite true. While some don't survive if the bladder isn't punctured they can survive.


    I personally use a 3 lb barbless leadhead on a real meatstick with the jig thru the lower lip and slowly drop the fish down to the bottom, after a minute or so i give it a big snap and the fish come off the jig. If they don't survive they float up to the surface. Some days nost make it.

    I use this so we can keep fishing for Lings when both species are in the same area we are fishing.
  7. the fog ducker

    the fog ducker Well-Known Member

    x2 with FT - great video
    i tried this a few times , IT WORKS most times, the odd one came back up , but most disappeared into the deep ,
    or maybe just a meal for a large bottom dweller , im better with that i think , the eagle thing gets old lol...
    bit of a pain for most im gonna guess ,worth it to me ! but yes , an upside down weighted hook gets them back down ,
    i use a large jig head as well or just a large barbless single hook with a 16 oz weight ahead of the hook ,
    free spooled to the bottom , usually release themselves in short order
    when tryin new areas , we always seem ta find bycatch when chasin lings and or hali ,
    kinda get upset seein the floaters , i meant well on releasing them , the inflated bladders just wouldnt let that happen ,
    good feelin lettin n me know they atleast have a chance !!

    nothin wrong with that size yellow eye , good eats , nice work...

  8. Andrew P

    Andrew P Well-Known Member

    We had a great weekend camping on Nootka. The surf was pretty good so there was way more surfing than fishing. The few hours we tried around Bajo we couldn't find a salmon. There is certainly no shortage of ground fish and we let go some huge lings and kept some smaller ones for the camp fire. Had a blast testing out the new Peetz one way drag reels. The weather was great. The road to tahsis was certainly in great shape. There were wolf tracks going past camp each morning and never once did they veer to check us out. We had some nice catch and release cutthroat fishing. All in all a great time with some good buddies. Here's a couple pics. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 21, 2015
  9. Barnacle Bill

    Barnacle Bill Well-Known Member

    Great photos, thanks for sharing. .......BB
  10. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    Great pics. Nice to see Nootka early in the season. Thank you for taking the time to post.
  11. trophy fisher

    trophy fisher Active Member

    Coming to Nootka in 3 1/2 weeks. Wondering if it is worth it to bring along the crab traps? Anyone know of decent areas? Tried last year in July and got skunked on crabs. TF
  12. Marsman

    Marsman Active Member

    We are heading over there on Weds for 6 days. I was wondering the same thing. Planning on taking the crab traps to get one meal.

    Cheers, Rob
  13. spring fever

    spring fever Well-Known Member

    Good Luck-I think crab are few and far between-try mouya bay Not moutcha-as you come out of the inlet to Gold river other side (south ) of the inlet from Bligh island-I'll check my charts and get the exact name-not many but used to be OK years ago.
  14. trophy fisher

    trophy fisher Active Member

    Thanks Sring Fever. I'll have a look at my chart too. I think the problem with Nootka is finding sandy bottom thats not too deep. TF
  15. fishies

    fishies Member

    That looks like an awesome trip Andrew P! Is that Skuna Bay you have your boat anchored at? Is there a little protected spot there to anchor for the night? Would love to do a camp trip over there.
  16. Fish on John

    Fish on John Member

    100_2618.jpg John Salmon Small.JPG May 2015 012 small.jpg
    THEY ARE BACK!!! Bottom fishing has been over the top GOOD for Halibut, Ling Cod & other Rock fish for the past 3 weeks. But Salmon Catching has been a tough go since the Columbia River fish passed by the mouth of the inlets about a month ago.
    All 3 of the above Chinook were boated in Esperanza/Nootka in the last week.
    The 1st pic is a 23lb caught at the pins off Esperanza
    3rd is a 16lb boated off Wash Rocks in Nootka
    2nd is a 25lb caught just off Ferrer point in 80-90ft of water trolling right on the bottom. We also got 3 more smaller Springs, limits of lings, a Hali., 1 COHO & lots of other ground fish while trolling in the same area just off the bottom.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 27, 2015
  17. seagal

    seagal Member

    Try on the back side of Strange Island, around the log dump. We have done pretty good there in the past. Good luck!
  18. trophy fisher

    trophy fisher Active Member

    Thanks seagal, I'll look at my charts. TF
  19. Fish on John

    Fish on John Member

    Yes the Coho was released. Coho opens in area 25 June 1st two per day.
  20. Fish on John

    Fish on John Member

    There are Sockeye in the Gold River- that seems very early???

    Loaded up on limits of teenage Chinook yesterday. Their bellies were stuff full of squid!!!

    Great Fun for everybody on the boat!!


Share This Page