2018 Sooke Reports

Discussion in '2018 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Tips Up

    Tips Up Well-Known Member

    What a difference a day makes.
    Yesterday flat calm and quick limits with double and triple headers.
    Today nasty rough and a grind to find some sox.
    fished 5:30-8:30 and only boated 3. Lost 3 others at the boat in the washing machine water.
    At least they were big.
  2. Rob H

    Rob H Active Member

    Tips I had exactly the opposite results. Yesterday out 530 TO 930 and got 3 sockeye and one spring (we had problems with lots of small springs).
    Today out at 530 and had 7 sockeye by 615.We released a couple and kept our 8th and done by 715. We fished pretty well the same area both days but we obviously were on the school today instead of shakers like yesterday.
  3. pachito

    pachito Member

    Out in the slop this morning and found them just off the bluffs in the super slop, had a double on and omg the kicker stops:eek: got them both in the boat and soon discovered I have a new way of catching socs lol

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  4. Arjento

    Arjento Member

    hah!!!! that's like where you be heading? lol
  5. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

    We found a little patch of calmer water outside of you after we passed you but that was gross this morning early. We did fairly well limited out on sockeye. 20180809_090834.jpg and back at dock at 9.
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  6. riverman

    riverman New Member

    Just wondering how long the sockeye usually stick around. Haven’t had a chance to get out and won’t have a chance until late next week !
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  7. Fisherben3

    Fisherben3 Member

    Until dfo decides to close it
  8. Englishman

    Englishman Well-Known Member

    Eight years ago the main run lasted for 2-3 weeks. In 2014 it never happened because they all went thru Johnstone Strait. So this peak year, we could be lucky and have a similar year to 2o10, or if part of the run goes the other way, then it could end soon. Who knows?o_O
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  9. fishhook

    fishhook Member

    Even though I fish in Sooke for 9 years already I never targeted sockeyes in Sooke yet. This morning I tried it and was out at 5:15am. Right from the start I had non-stop action on my rods. But that wasn't caused by sockeyes. Instead I got slammed with millions of shakers. That went on for one hour constantly reeling in one rod, get the shaker off, rod back down, next rod up, ... After one hour plowing through countless shakers there was indeed one sockeye. Later on I got another one and also lost a few. I might have had 6 sockeyes on in total and got 2 in the boat. I also caught a 10 lbs chinook which was a bit of a surprise. Anyhow it broke the line next to the boat.
    I fished like all the other boats between 300' and 450' of water. Downriggers were down 15' at the beginning to down to 55' at the end at 8:15am when I called it a day.
  10. Jaybones

    Jaybones Member

    So are the sockeye only biting first thing in the am or are there bites throughout the day as well?
  11. pachito

    pachito Member

    Back in the days when work would interfere with fishing we would have success in late afternoon and evenings so im sure with the better weather coming next week you could find some action late in the day
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  12. Englishman

    Englishman Well-Known Member

    Agree with Pachito, Back in 2010 that big sockeye run would bite on and off most of the day. I don't what is causing this "shut down at 8:00am" effect we are seeing in 2018.
  13. Sam7

    Sam7 Member

    Could be the amount of bait that's available to them, where in 2010 it wasn't available
  14. Original

    Original Active Member

    While targeting chinook on Wed around noon at Beechy head we had a nice Sockeye take our chovie. Thought it was a pink at first.
    I failed to put in my report so here's a quick. Finally buddy and I got our limit woo hoo. Out of Cheana early using small anchovie on tiger prawn and chrome bottom Joanne. Most of our hits were in Pig Bay, landed an 18 and missed another big one but had a blast in the calm waters and sun.

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  15. slader99

    slader99 Member

    Tried to fish sockeye from 530 till 830, didn't seem like they were jumping into anyone's boats;). Heard several people on the radio with nice springs by 9am; guess my plan was all wrong.

    Fished from 300'-500' of water 20-60' deep with red flashes and small pink squirts. Had a nice one lost trying to flip into boat 5 min in (thought it was going to be hot, hind sight being 20/20 should have used the net). Then it was 15 or 20 small jacks, the odd pink and only another two sockeye at the boat. Did anyone have any luck with the sockeye this morning. If so any tips?

    Might have tried fishing the walls for a slab but it was a little rough and my 7 year old fishing buddy had been feeling sea sick all morning. Maybe back tommorow.

    If the spring fishing is hot any reccomendation for flasher/spoon combo?
  16. casper5280

    casper5280 Well-Known Member

    Fished from 6-1 today. dumped the gear in at Aldridge and trolled to the island. picked up 2 nice springs at the trap about 7:30 on green Skinny G's. Trolled out to the fleet that was fishing off Secretary for Sockeye but nothing for us. Seemed very slow today, we never saw anyone catch anything out there. Great day fishing with my buddy and daughter.
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  17. Nakoda boater

    Nakoda boater Member

    If coming from Cobble hill area where would be good place to put the boat in the water around Sooke?
  18. Stizzla

    Stizzla Crew Member

    What size were these nice springs?
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  19. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    Lol that's unreal,, once in a lifetime that there.
  20. Seagirt

    Seagirt Active Member

    Sunny shores on Sooke Basin and Cheanu in Becher Bay are both good places to launch for a minimal fee. If you want to brave the crowds and lack of parking you can launch at the Prestige in Sooke.
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