Discussion in '2017 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2017.
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Happy New Year everyone. LiveLines and I made it out this afternoon to Epsom. Picked up a 11 pounder on green glow hoochie.
Its been hawt lately... local reports have been great and the wind has stayed away. Yesterday did not disappoint. Its already shaping up to be a great pre-season! Pics will do the talking. 11 and 7 lb, a few good fish lost and a few undersize. 4" shiner in the small fish, nothing in the 11.
Had a friend come over from "the big smoke" to get out on the water and hook him up with a real Sunshine Coast saltwater bounty. We set the traps and trolled around Saturday in the chop and was rewarded for our perseverance. We got a feisty little 7lb hatch spring that went on 2 good little runs and put on a bit of a show for such a small fish... his first salmon caught in the salt. The chop turned into aggressive chop around 1pm and my 16.5'er was sitting on the fence of what's comfortable so we hid in the ley of the islands for a little and my friend jigged up a couple decent sized sole. Surprising how much of those little guys are fillet. The pots yielded some nice keepers to complete the bounty. Nothing in the spring's belly - they're hungry.
Just like fresh veggies from the garden, or fresh beef from the farm, nothing like fresh seafood strait from the ocean.
Good luck out there searching for winter springer's!
Effin cold out there peeps, but if you don't value the warmth of your fingers or toes... you might get rewarded for it.
11,8,7. All dead empty... theyre still hungry out there.
Keeping the preseason steak alive with a couple small keepers, yesterday morning was lumpy but laid down nice for the afternoon. Lost a pin-popper on the very first drop, too slow to grab it while I was setting up the second rod. Redeemed on the next drop with a small keeper. There was a Ling feeding frenzy in my fishing area, released 5 Lings throughout the day, 4 nice keeper sized.
Finished the day with a late afternoon double header, lost one early, then lost another right by the boat... redemption stuck tho when I hooked up a small keeper reeling in the lines... heard of that happening but a first for me! Two keepers in two crab pots, my spot hasn't been producing as well as usual.
Saw @TheHurtLocker out there, boats looking good fella! All-in-all pretty good full shift out there, really nice evening.
Hit quarry bay yesterday for a few hours. Not a nibble.
We were out again today. Started at Sangster, then Upwood to Epsom and finished off at Trail islands. Four in the boat, a couple of under sized and lost a couple.
Beautiful day on the water.
The fish well looks empty where are all the smashed BLL's.
I get heart burn on those things in the winter!
Derby prep lets go! I'm on the water
anyone ever caught a hali off say.... lasqueti, sangster, south texada or epsom?
I have caught a halibut at the pilings 15 years ago
nice trolling for salmon or purpose jigging?
Yes, Upwood Pt area a couple Mays back. Trolling spoons for salmon along the ledges there.
I've tried off Bjerre Shoal one time, I think around Easter. Anchored up Juan De Fuca style. No hali for me. Did get a BIG P-Cod though. One thing I noted was the tiny current flow compared to the Juan De Fuca Strait. Currents really do help (IMHO) draw them in to your scent from a wider range. I may give another try this easter when up there.
Last year From Epsom, 1 or 2 per year trolling the sand
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