2019 Nanoose Bay/French Creek Reports

Discussion in '2019 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2019.

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  1. bigdogg1

    bigdogg1 Active Member

    We have been having reasonable success off Gerald in the evenings deep i.e. 200+ on the riggers with 15 lb balls. Plugs have been the lure of choice. Have found more success in the away from the island (just about midpoint to Ballenas) rather than tighter in.
     
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  2. Copper Moon

    Copper Moon Active Member

    I haven't been out there myself but a friend sent me a picture of a max size he caught at Ballenas last night - 140'. Reported lots of coho too. Good luck.
     
  3. bigdogg1

    bigdogg1 Active Member

    Went out yesterday late am with family (my son's request for something to do for his 20th birthday:)). Trolled around Gerald without much luck - far fewer schools than previous days for sure. Decided to head to the top of Ballenas and the birthday boy managed a legal hatchery 77' on the rigger with a small 232. Crew had to other plans for the afternoon so we cam back to a tide that was way to shallow to load onto the trailer...so I dropped them off and headed back out. We found a ton of bait back off the top of Ballenas and landed 2 stunning 80 cm springs. One of them at 225' on the rigger completely breached 3x on the way in and the second did everything it could to wrap itself around the boat. They both acted just like coho but were definitely springs. Again, both on the 232 (225 and 185). The other bonus was the water flattened right out and made for a great evening all around.
     
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  4. dmurph

    dmurph Well-Known Member

    Fished from 11am to 7pm yesterday out front of French Creek was pretty slow. Caught a few shakers, about 3 wild coho, a hatch coho and then close to the end we picked up a nice spring about 13lbs just under 80cm, fish was a pea head. Most were caught on a white needle fish hootchy around 120. Was fishing spoons and a plug for a bit as well as other hootchy and covered most of the water column. Marked lots of fish on the sounder but we couldn’t get any bites. Water was so glassy, wanted to stay out but had friends who had to get back to tofino, had a feeling a nite bite would happen. Keeper spring was caught in closer to shore on the troll in.
     
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  5. Tightlines22

    Tightlines22 Well-Known Member

    DAB77895-9E78-485D-94C3-75C59494B840.jpeg We were in the FC Derby and ended up weighing in four Springs and one Coho. Our Ho placed top of the leader board!
    I sadly released one Spring at 90 cms and another at just over 80 cms which could have been a contender in Chinook category.
     
  6. TipUp

    TipUp Active Member

    Wow that's a fat fish!
     
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  7. banger17

    banger17 Well-Known Member

    Always liked and have done well on the NW side of the Ballenas near lighthouse - fishing the structure between 60-110 with the usual spoons and hootchies
     
  8. Oh Sure

    Oh Sure Active Member

    Went for a night fish yesterday. 2 springs ( 76 and 78 cm.) and 1 hatch coho. Released a bunch of wild coho and undersize springs. Spoons was the ticket.
     
  9. Fisher101

    Fisher101 New Member

    I am new to the area- what size/type of spoons and leader length do you use? with flashers?
     
  10. Oh Sure

    Oh Sure Active Member

    3.5 or 4 inch cop car or irish cream spoons with 5-6 ft behind flasher
     
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  11. Fisher101

    Fisher101 New Member

    thanks Oh,Sure
     
  12. bigdogg1

    bigdogg1 Active Member

    x2 on both - we have also had success with 3.5" Skinny G Outfitter spoon (check other posts for recent concerns about Gibbs hooks unfortunately...)
     
  13. Islander30

    Islander30 Member

    Yup the hooks on the Skinny G's are really weak, they can't handle any fish of size...I had one open up, thought it was just a fluke so I switched to a new Skinny G right out of the package and the very next big spring I hooked, it opened up just the same....total crap !
     
  14. blake_a

    blake_a Active Member

    What do you guys recommend for a spoon hook replacement?
     
  15. dmurph

    dmurph Well-Known Member

    178CDB88-F58F-444E-B7DB-5E519505D804.jpeg Hooked a real nice one that was probably 25 lbs or so was close to 100cm. Usually do the gaff release but sometimes you gotta treat yourself lol. Boy wanted to see it up close, he netted it after several attempts. Fun fish on a 6 inch plug at 160 in between the marina and the first hump. Was a fairly slow afternoon and really picked up towards the evening, landed s couple keepers and lost a few keepers. The keepers had big herring in the stomach one was the biggest stomach I’ve ever seen on spring had 3big 7 inch herring. Had action on a variety of gear. Was a good night out there
     
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  16. Ripperoflips

    Ripperoflips Active Member

    Sorry, but if you're going to release a fish, don't take them out of the water, because the idea is to release them unharmed. You don't need a photo, you know you caught it.
     
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  17. ExFlyGuy

    ExFlyGuy Well-Known Member

    Nice fish Dave!
     
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  18. banger17

    banger17 Well-Known Member

    Dmurph - great fish and great pic, awesome!
     
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  19. dmurph

    dmurph Well-Known Member

    Did you read the post, it’s a little more then the photo it was an experience for the child
     
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  20. Islander30

    Islander30 Member

    Nice fish, what an unjust shame you had to release it after your boys triumphant netting job....at least you got a picture to remember the experience with your son....good for you, I would have done the same !
     
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