2016 Gulf Islands Reports

Discussion in '2016 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. D24M

    D24M Member

    Fished Collison Point Saturday for about an hour just before low tide. Was watching the port side rod when I finally noticed my starboard rod bouncing fiercely. By the time I got to the rod it the fish was off. White hoochie in 75 feet. Lots of bait balls in the water. I used to fish Active Pass as a kid in a 15 ft Whaler and an 18 Outrage Whaler - we crossed from Point Roberts. I remember being on the bow of the 15 footer on the east side of Active Pass mooching and wondering if the ferry waves were going over the bow! No way I would cross the Straight in a 15 ft Whaler nowadays!
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  2. tincan

    tincan Well-Known Member

    Too bad you missed that one @D24M . It always stings when you know you're likely only going to get the odd hit while fishing that area and then have it happen while you're looking away. I love fishing the Collinson / Helen pt side of Active Pass and would love it even more if there were a few more fish around :) I grew up fishing the area and got to enjoy the 80's and early 90's as a kid when fishing was great. Since then it's been a slog but it's very satisfying when you do catch a fish or two around Active now. I will say I've noticed a serious uptick in number of boats fishing the area in the past few years after a long stretch of just the usual suspects.

    For whatever reason I seem to do better with gear on the inside of active (spoons and hoochies) than with chovies which I much prefer using at Salamanca. Anyone else notice this or is it just a total coincidence on my part that I've now turned into a fishing strategy?
  3. Jimfish

    Jimfish Member

    My last few seasons have been the best in many many years this year has been full of shakers. I did have one big one on that I never saw but made three long runs spooling to the last few winds.
    Sometimes nothing is better than anchovies ....the only
    If it's open now I like right in front of Gossip where it goes from 100 - 300 in the mouth of the Pass. And curl back to Salamaneca. I never get big ones on the west side of the Pass. Spoons can be the most productive ive never got a Tyee on a spoon though.
    Wonder why the fish are so small and skinny this year. Usually releaseing enough to keep me busy and hopes up, maybe a good sign of residents.?
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  4. I can attest it's still worth mooching a cut plug in the old classic zones. Caught a beaut last year.
  5. kaelc

    kaelc Well-Known Member

    Fished Pender Bluffs on Canada day after coming back from the Saturna Lamb bake. No bites but saw a guy solo net a beauty.
  6. Pursuit

    Pursuit Active Member

    At Active Pass yesterday for the tide change. Fished in the pass for an hour through slack then the current and traffic made it uncomfortable so moved out to Collinson Point and an hour into the flood hooked into a good Spring [10-12 lb]. Exciting playing the fish, getting gear in, handling the boat in the current, netting on your own and then a successful release. Great fun.
    AP herring and green flasher @ 125' on the downrigger. One other boat, didn't see any other action.
  7. D24M

    D24M Member

    Fished Porlier Pass Monday at 5:30 to 6:00 pm on the flood. Had three lines out with one being a river rod with 15 lb line and a 1980 small blue Point Defiance lure (new hook!) attached to a green 6 inch flasher (regular anchovies and flashers on the other two rods. Landed two coho's in about 20 minutes - both on the 1980's blue Point Defiance at 70 feet in 250 ft of water! One of the other rods were stripped twice but we never noticed.

    Here is an internet picture (my hook was barbless)
  8. TheBigGuy

    TheBigGuy Well-Known Member

    Nice work on the solo landing and release. Thanks for the reports guys. I think my boat should be finished with the upgrades by this weekend. I'm hoping to make a run across the strait as soon as I have it back together. My son is over on Saltspring, so I may head over for a visit and hit both Active and Porlier.
  9. tincan

    tincan Well-Known Member

    Fished Salamanca on Saturday morn for a few hours and saw 4-5 other boats out there. Lots of juvenille springs and some small pinks for us. Had one chinook that was just under (by an inch) which we released safely and had another keeper on that spat the hooks (probably a 10lber or so). Was a beautiful morning but nothing to bonk for us. We moved around quite a bit and covered shallow and deep water and seemed to get consistent bites no matter where we were. Went though 8 chovies rather quickly on undersized and army truck hoochie worked well for us too. Just need a few more keepers to replace those small guys and it would have been a successful trip.
  10. Tcross-troller

    Tcross-troller New Member

    Picked up this beauty at porlier pass few weeks ago. Only bite I had but she stuck. Was a great fight with a few good long runs. Didnt weigh her.

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  11. Pursuit

    Pursuit Active Member

    Salamanca and Porlier Pass today with a buddy - early until about 2. Lots of little guys so was kept busy, one small just legal hatchery coho, released but nothing else. Tried AP spoons across the size and colour spectrum, Cop Car, Hootchies, even a tooth marked old plug but nada. Left Salamanca when the Orcas showed up, got a short show from two Humpbacks on the way to Porlier. One other boat said had same kind of day - no keepers. Calm and clear. Just about a perfect day. All those little guys around have to be good news - right?
  12. Mavericko

    Mavericko New Member

    Anyone tag anything lately?
  13. vanislehunter

    vanislehunter Member

    I fished porlier last Friday, August 12. We had 10 hits, of course the two pin poppers and line peelers were the ones that got away. The were 7 coho, 10-12inches, all released, and one small spring (maybe 18inches) also released. Pretty consistent action, all on the ebb, just couldn't keep the sizeable ones on the line.
  14. chris73

    chris73 Well-Known Member

    Glad to see you are still in action, vanislehunter! Been a while! Red Hot still running strong?
  15. vanislehunter

    vanislehunter Member

    Red Hot is doing great. Been having trouble finding any salmon over 62cm this year, but we've got 5 or 6 undersized almost everytime we've gone out. I had to replace the drain plug, but everything else has been great. Heading out to Porlier tomorrow morning so I'll post an update soon about what's going on this week. Will probably be at pender bluffs next weekend. Cmon fishes!!
  16. chris73

    chris73 Well-Known Member

    Best of luck to you and my old partner! Cheers!
  17. Tugcapitan

    Tugcapitan Well-Known Member

    Aug 20 collision pt into active for low slack and collinson again after. 3 hrs, 3 undersized to very undersized springs. Fun times had anyways.
  18. billygoat812

    billygoat812 New Member

    yo vanisle,launching from maple bay to either porlier or pender next couple days any update would be much appreciated
  19. Pursuit

    Pursuit Active Member

    Out at Salamanca and the north end of Active Pass for 5 hours of testing the gear. Close to a dozen shakers [ from 50' to 140' on everything in my tackle box :) ] but nothing to keep. One other boat said they had two small [??].
    Can anyone tell me what the 'Shakers' are? There sure have been a lot of them out there this year.
    Sure was a great day to be on the water.
  20. Bugs

    Bugs Active Member

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