2019 Nanoose Bay/French Creek Reports

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

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  1. Whitebuck

    Whitebuck Well-Known Member

    Dmurph, great fish. It's a shame that with DFOs non conservation rules you had to put that back. Almost zero chance of any encounters with upper Fraser stock Chinook right now in your area. Zero reason for a slot limit except to appease the uneducated public.

    Your son deserved to be able to take that home and proudly display it to friends and family. The small things like this are key with your family on the water.
    These are the basic building blocks of raising our kids on the ocean.

    F-ck DFO
  2. dmurph

    dmurph Well-Known Member

    Took a friend out front for an evening troll, 6 until about 830 or 9, picked up 2 beauties at 150 with 3.5 herring aid. One was right on 80cm and weight was 17.5 lbs other was the most football spring I think I’ve ever caught had a few real big herring inside, surprisingly the big plug got no action same as hootchy . Everything on the herring aid spoon. Great evening.
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  3. bigdogg1

    bigdogg1 Active Member

    Went out the same time as @dmurph and finally found some fish off Ballenas around 7:30. Gerald, Yeo, and the usual holes around there were empty. Ran one side with everything from Green Spackleback to Cop Car to an electronic flashing head hootchie - nada.

    However, landed 2 very nice slot limit legal springs, one wild and one hatchery on a smallish green bellied plug at 120 and 155 on the DR.
  4. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Lighter drag and more patience.
  5. Bugs

    Bugs Active Member

    Gamakatsu big river bait hooks.... they are fantastic. Also using them for plugs, on a bead chain inside Chinook hootchies... and on the swivel inside little pink hootchies for pinks/sockeye/chum.... I was blown away with my hooked to landed ratio for sockeye last year with these hooks
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  6. Tightlines22

    Tightlines22 Well-Known Member

    784F9284-9A36-4B67-8BA7-05961F50BDC5.jpeg Late report as took off for Zebellos after the derby last weekend. We won for the biggest Coho. Crazy thing is for the longest time we thought it was a barely legal Spring. Paying so much attention to slot size we didn’t notice it was a big Coho.
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  7. MRWood

    MRWood Well-Known Member

    Hi Bigdog, What boat are you fishing on. I'm out in those spots a lot. I'm usually always jigging for my salmon. Been a good year so far. Kept a 10lb spring last night and let a big one go. All on shimano butterfly jig. My spots I like are Ballenas, Sangster, Gerald, Douglas and the Green Can. It's nice to give a fellow forum members a wave out on the water.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2019
  8. bigdogg1

    bigdogg1 Active Member

    Love the area - fished here decades ago when Beachcomber was a campsite :). This year's boat is a 23' Striper HT (250 and a 9.9)
  9. MRWood

    MRWood Well-Known Member

    I'll keep an eye out for you. I live at Nuttal Bay and moor my boat there. That is where the campsites were those decades ago.
  10. bigdogg1

    bigdogg1 Active Member

    Excellent -same here. You in the same boat as per your login picture?
  11. MRWood

    MRWood Well-Known Member

    Yep. You'll see me, I'll be the guy with the rod bent over lol.
  12. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

  13. dmurph

    dmurph Well-Known Member

    Any reports from Sunday or Monday? Heading out with the boy my friend and his two young boys from the mainland. Gonna fish a few days maybe overnight somewhere Wednesday. It’s been a evening show it seems out front, wondering if it still happening the same. Think I mentioned in my last report the fish had big herring in them, thinking I’ll get some 7 inch plugs on the go, that being said 3.5 inch spoon hit the fish on Saturday evening lol
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  14. Cookie's Cutter

    Cookie's Cutter Active Member

    Monday night out front- if you could get a hook to stay in a dog doodie you could catch a spring on it. 110 to 175 feet.

    Had a couple rookies on the boat and lost a ton. Fought through all the 60 cm fish to get a couple footballs.
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  15. dmurph

    dmurph Well-Known Member

    Not sure what a dog doodie is
  16. Dorman Point

    Dorman Point Active Member

    C’mon Dave! Poop.
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  17. dmurph

    dmurph Well-Known Member

    Ha ha ok i get it. Sounds like it was on fire lol
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  18. Cookie's Cutter

    Cookie's Cutter Active Member

    lol yes it was!
  19. Sangstercraft

    Sangstercraft Well-Known Member

    I'm always trolling for them, and haven't jigged a salmon in a decade. Dumb question maybe - but doesn't your arm get tired, jigging all the time?
    Nothing like the feel of a big spring hitting while jigging up, though! I miss jigging the big boiling bait balls off Sangster.
  20. MRWood

    MRWood Well-Known Member

    My arm doesn't get too tired from jigging, more from bringing in the fiesty springs. I try and use a lighter rod and reel with the 80 gram shimano butterfly jigs. I also use a heavier rod and reel when i fish the 100 gram jig. I can fish deeper more effectively with the 100 gram jig but the 80 gram isn't bad either. A stiffer shorter rod (9') is better than using the 10.5' downrigger rods. I use baitcasters for my reels.
    I love fishing Sangster as well but really haven't needed to go that far.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2019
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