2017 Nanaimo Reports

Discussion in '2017 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. SFBC

    SFBC Admin Staff Member

    Post your 2017 fishing reports here!
  2. ExFlyGuy

    ExFlyGuy Well-Known Member

    Hit the water for a couple hours this morning for the first time in 2017. Had my wife, both kids and my mom on the boat. We threw some crab traps outside new castle and got one nice 7.5" dungy. Trolled around pipers for about an hour until the kids were getting a little antsy we got one nice 8lbs hatchery spring and lost one. It was flat as could be out there so we went for a cruise up Past gabriola bluffs and through dodds narrows.

    Great day on the water and only one other trailer at the launch.
  3. Steveo

    Steveo Active Member

    Got out today for a bit. 10:30 till tide change. Trolled Hudson rock to out in the deep past the fingers and back. Tried depths from 109-189 on the rigger, bunch of usual tackle. Nada. Lots of birds, more seals than I've ever seen. Could smell the herring sometimes. Beauty first day on the Chuck 2017.
  4. LowTide

    LowTide Member

    I thought I saw a Herring Boat out there yesterday. And the seals were so loud today that I could hear them up on Lost Lake road. Early?
  5. ExFlyGuy

    ExFlyGuy Well-Known Member

    Was out this morning from 8:15 till 2:30. Ended up with a broken Rod by 8:50 am... Of course I left my spare in the garage, called my wife and she met us at the dock and we were back out to the fingers and fishing by 9:30. Trolled around the fingers in 140-220 feet of water and not even a sniff. Headed over to pipers and trolled between pipers and neck point and picked up a couple just under in 180' dragging on the bottom. Then the wind started to blow and it wasn't fun getting banged around so we headed over to gabriola to tuck out of the wind and have some lunch. Soup and sandwiches were on the menu but I forgot the lighter for the stove... Trolled around gabriola for a bit and picked up another shaker before we headed to the crab traps, got one dungy and a couple red rocks.

    I saw one boat out working the deep water in the middle of the straight. Any one got any reports from out there? Seems a little early for fish to be moving through.
  6. Buckethead905

    Buckethead905 Well-Known Member

    Heard the Herring were schooling up around FC so decided to give Nanaimo a go. Quite a few birds and no shortage of bait. Got tough to keep the jig below the boat with the huge afternoon ebb.
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  7. BarryA

    BarryA Crew Member

    Hey Buckethead, how do you process your herring so there is minimal scale loss after brought onboard? Do you shock them with colder water or some sort of chemical to insta-kill them? When I dip net a herring ball they lose a ton of scales in my live well. Appreciate any tips you have.


  8. Buckethead905

    Buckethead905 Well-Known Member

    Hey Barry. I actually just wrote a thread looking for some of the same answers. If you take a look under the saltwater fishing section the thread is titled "Processing self caught Herring for quality Salmon bait". Not sure how to link the thread onto this post but it won't be hard to find, any questions let me know.

  9. BarryA

    BarryA Crew Member

    Thx Bucket, great thread topic.
  10. Steveo

    Steveo Active Member

    Got out Sunday morning for high tide. Fished off the fingers. Beauty morning, little chilly. No hits. By the look of other threads I may have been too deep. Lots of Herring balls. Screen blacked out a few times.

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  11. Hot Rods

    Hot Rods Member

    Finally, fish off Nanaimo. Lots of limit catches today. 100 to 140 down out in deeper water.
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  12. Buckethead905

    Buckethead905 Well-Known Member

    Rightt on, good to hear! Any size to them?
  13. Prairie Locked

    Prairie Locked Well-Known Member

    Nice fish!

    That would be a 9.25 lb spring though. No telling fish tales! Lol
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  14. codfather

    codfather Crew Member

    We were down at the boat ramp two nights ago and seen a guy bring a 15 to 18 pound spring from his boat to the cleaning station.

    That was the nicest fish I've seen in a long time down there.

    Hope that is the start of good things to come.
  15. 20170416_102221.jpg good fishing out there just north of the fingers. 160.ft on Chevy. Solo
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  16. finaddict

    finaddict Well-Known Member

    Except for the hand at the tail pulling down on the fish............;) J/K. :p
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  17. chevyshaulass

    chevyshaulass Well-Known Member

    Yep seems like lots of fish right now, got out sunday afternoon for 2 hours didn't go 5 minutes without a bite. Mixed bag of size handful in the 8-15 range lots of 20-24 inchers. The best part though, not a single Pollock.
  18. finaddict

    finaddict Well-Known Member

    Nice to finally see a few reports from the right side of the pond
  19. JoJo

    JoJo New Member

    Yes Nanaimo has picked up. Yesterday aft was rough out there but fish were active. This aft was calm and it was slower but was still productive.

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  20. Steveo

    Steveo Active Member

    Bonked a couple of beauty hatchery 15 lbs tonite. Released a bunch of undersize and a couple wild 10 lbs. 120-140 bloody nose spoon and one of nogs greenies. What a night.

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