2018 OFFICIAL Vancouver-Howe Sound-Sechelt Reports Thread

Discussion in '2018 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by fishin_magician, Dec 24, 2017.

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  1. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Crew Member

    Head towards Steveston and look for the boats, can't miss it. Should be about 200 by then. ;)
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  2. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    I'm all blue today. Went 1 for 8. These things thrash like I've never seen. Caught everything on the 20' rods so they literally just flew out of water as soon as they hit. Can't blame location today.
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  3. Gramps

    Gramps Active Member

    Thanks for the reports but you guys sure make it hard to stay at work! Bad influence
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  4. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    I'm looking forward to getting out tomorrow. Sandheads it is....at least to start. Does the volume of water pushing out of the Fraser make for a lot of tangles? I've fished Sockeye in Alberni and had no problem running a total of 4 rods and 4 dummies. I couldn't imagine doing that across the mouth of Porlier or at Thrasher where the currents tend to be much stronger. I'm just curious if it turns into amateur hour pretty quickly.
  5. tincan

    tincan Well-Known Member

    Good idea to start at sandheads. Hope the weather is good for you. Yes, the tides at sandheads can and do get hairy and it does turn into amateur hour every day at sandheads when the tide starts pushing. The best thing to do to avoid tangles is to make sure your gear is set up correctly. Many have posted diagrams on this thread on how to do that. Spacing of your gear (dummies/top and bottom rods) is key. Use heavy cannonballs if you have them. I use 20's at all times now and still feel the tide at sandheads pretty good. If you find yourself frustrated with tangles / tide just move out to deeper water or north from the mouth as there will be less flow to deal with and hopefully your gear will run better. There are lots of sockeye around and they aren't all hanging out close to the red and green cans off sandheads so go find em elsewhere :) Good luck out there!

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  6. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    thanks tincan. fingers crossed
  7. Trayvreller

    Trayvreller Active Member

    Tides are not running too hard for the next few days so you should be ok if you're careful. Refer back in this thread to recommended distances behind the boat and in between dummy flashers to help avoid tangles. Don't go too slow and don't turn too sharply and you should be ok. Tight lines!
  8. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    Thanks guys, I checked out the tide swings and they don't look too bad. I'm pretty comfortable with the setup. I do it a little different than some of the previous posts but I regularly stack and have run dummies before. Just curious about the currents out there. Thanks for the tips and good luck everyone. I'll post a report tomorrow night.

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  9. Red Monster

    Red Monster Well-Known Member

    Limited out last night at Sand Heads: 6 sox and 2 springs.

    Re stoppers moving on rigger line: just go to the dollar store and buy some crazy glue. Works like a charm on the braided line with no issues whatsoever. You only need two stoppers on either side of where you want the clip. You can work the stops off later if you want.
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  10. mdub

    mdub Member

    We've found that a lot of the time with the sockeye you just need to crank them in once they break the surface. Get their head up and give them the old bass fishing technique unless they really turn and fight.
  11. adanac

    adanac Well-Known Member

    Anyone been out targeting springs? In the derby this weekend and hard to get a read on how spring numbers have been, briefly rolled some cutplugs last weekend after pulling soc gear and had a single teener off Iona . Anyone else fishing the derby? We are team " Moody Hooker " 330 Grady Express
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  12. Canso

    Canso Well-Known Member

    Brought out a newbie and his son. Love taking new people when fishing is like this.
    Action was steady during the morning bite till 8am then died off and picked up again around 10am. Quickly boxed our last 2 and called it a day.
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  13. do you have to finish outside of the banana area? got this from berry's bait & tackle website.

  14. mikeyman

    mikeyman Active Member

    I am in derby. Only out once so far. Got 3 springs on sockeye gear. We are in a 21 trophy. Black wrap. Good luck see you there.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2018
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  15. Saratoga

    Saratoga Active Member

    Hi Adanac,
    We’re in the derby as well. This is our first year participating and we’re stoked to get out there this weekend :). All these sox have really distracted everyone from Chinook including us so it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Still working on a team name but my boat is a 24’ Robalo walkaround w/ dark blue hull & twin outboards. Radio handle is Saratoga. We’ll be moored at Dockside marina for the tournament.
    Good luck out there!
  16. Aphros

    Aphros Member

    Out by T10 with nothing yet. Water is calm. Wondering if any of you monitor a specific vhf channel to share ?
  17. SSwilson92

    SSwilson92 Active Member

    Spring fishing has been good too. More springs than soc for my boat, maybe I can't get the troll slow enough on certain tacks.. Soc gear and chovies neck and neck for success on springs lol. Some good size too. Fishing from the can north 30-60
  18. Alex_c

    Alex_c Active Member

    Good advice, running heavy tackle means you can horse them in amd net them as soon as they're close. I run 4/0 siwash hook and they definitely help
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  19. bondo

    bondo Member

    I had a similar issue with my first boat for the 2010 sock run. It was a 17' Canaventure, light as a feather with a 120hp I/O motor in it. With no kicker, I jerry rigged up some home depot buckets with some holes in the bottom and dragged them off the side cleats. Worked like a charm but looked a little funny, lol.
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  20. Trayvreller

    Trayvreller Active Member

    In the "good old days" most people monitored 88A, but not too many on the radio any more.
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