2017 OFFISHALL Vancouver-Howe Sound-Sechelt Reports Thread

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

  1. cammer

    cammer Member

    Tunstall today as well , 5 bites for a decent shift of fishing ,one keeper and probably one other keeper bite?? Happy to remove Skunk from days of steelheading .. crabs were not as plentiful as our hot area normally is
  2. Pippen

    Pippen Well-Known Member

    About 9 truck/trailers at Vanier while walking the pooch this morning and at 9:30....hopefully some good reports out there as the water looked nice.
  3. ZENYO

    ZENYO Active Member

    At tunstall right now... flat calm but no fish/bites, don't see many nets out either... orcas out here all day, they may have left now...
  4. Teja

    Teja Well-Known Member

    Was feeling a bit run down after a long week but went out this morning to recharge. Spent a couple hours first thing this morning at Tunstall fishing both low and high in the water column as the top 50 feet was thick with bait in various areas (hard to believe how much there was). Had to leave Tunstall as the smell of skunk on the boat was really bad. Moved to Waterfall and dropped the lines for 20 minutes and there was no bait and the stench was getting even worse so I moved to Grace for an hour plus. The bait situation at Grace was the same as Tunstall ... hard to believe how much bait there was and yet no salmon biting (think we are in for large and very well fed salmon this spring). Had to leave Grace as the smell was absolutely unbearable.

    Decided to run back to the harbour around the south end of Bowen and slowed down and puttered along by the whale show between King Edward Bay, Tunstall Bay and Roger Curtis ... was absolutely spectacular and the smell seemed to be disappearing. Got back to the dock and the much better half had walked down to join me for lunch. A whale show and one very cold pint of Fat Tug later and the work week and the skunk were distant memories.

    We live in a great place.

    P.S. If anyone did well this a.m., I would love to know where and at what depth.
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  5. Salty Raven

    Salty Raven New Member

    We were out at Tunstall today. Not a sniff but did enjoy the orca show. I counted seven in one photo. Beautiful day on the water!
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  6. reeltordarius

    reeltordarius Active Member

    Just got back from grabbing the prawn/crab traps I left out overnight. Second try at prawning and had one trap with nearly 100. Threw back a bunch of undersized and females and still had a good haul. Oddly, crab traps were empty, made me think overnight crab traps don't work?

    Ohhhh.... And the new puller.....sheeeeeeiit
  7. fishin solo

    fishin solo Well-Known Member

    I never bother with overnight crab traps they always get pulled or stolen..... good job on the prawns
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  8. reeltordarius

    reeltordarius Active Member

    Interesting, I've never left them out overnight and given my success with crabbing thus far I thought I would've had a trap full. They must figure how to get out overnight ;). I'm convinced prawning requires an overnight soak, or many more hours than crabs at least.
  9. fishin solo

    fishin solo Well-Known Member

    4-6 hours and we pull our prawn traps
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  10. mayday

    mayday Member

    we always just leave the traps overnight (cruisers who can see the traps so guarantee nobody else touches them) - prawns seem to do better with the longer soak. crabs are a different story - seems to be hit or miss on whether the traps are empty in the morning - I've even purposely left a couple in when checking them in the evening, to find it empty in the morning. One theory is with the longer time they are actually able to lift the gate and walk out.
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  11. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Well-Known Member

    IMG_0353.JPG We put a spring in the box at grace around 9:00 am at 155ft on rigger. Fish hit within seconds of putting gear down. Only fish of the day. We too could smell the stench so we took off for some refreshments and pulled prawn traps after a short soak and ended up with a 3 man limit off 8 traps so that was nice. What I nice place we live though and it was a beauty day on the water once again.
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  12. Dogbreath

    Dogbreath Well-Known Member

    I'd love to see the photos!
    There are youtube vids showing just that-they just keep pawing and sooner or later the odds shift in their favour.
  13. hippaisland

    hippaisland Active Member

    Similar story for us, fished Tunstall 9-2pm'ish. Released 3-4 unders, lost 2, no keepers, and a good haul of crab. Managed to lose one after the orca's ripped through which gave us some hope but beautiful day out there regardless. Salty Dawg & Irish Cream seemed to be the ticket today.

    Side Note: What was with SAR boat shredding through the fleet trolling... out burning the budget I understand but running the slalom through the pack? Little cheesy.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2017
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  14. hippaisland

    hippaisland Active Member

    The elastics on my gates seem to be helping. Puts a little spring in their swing.
  15. Salty Raven

    Salty Raven New Member

  16. Salty Raven

    Salty Raven New Member

    image.jpeg Here is the photo, not great resolution as it was extracted from a video but you can count all the dorsal fins.
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  17. fishin_magician

    fishin_magician Well-Known Member

    Suggestion: use better bait...oilier the better...fresh too... and try to find your own prawning spots away from where everyone else is. Howe Sound is being prawned out...still lots of good area where people don't burn the fuel to go. A 3 hour soak is all you need if no one else has prawned the hell out of it.
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  18. FlashJ

    FlashJ New Member

    You guys aren't leaving those traps down overnight in the English Bay are you?
  19. reeltordarius

    reeltordarius Active Member

    I did actually (crab traps), closer to the bell but yes. Is that a no-no that I wasn't aware of? First time I ever had, and don't plan on it again given the lack of success.
  20. bones

    bones Well-Known Member

    zap strap all the doors closed, if its pulled , its harder to take them fast. if there gone you will at least know the midnight bandit was out.
    ps: does the boat run any better with all cylinders? lol, wine was good... thxs

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