2019 Nootka Sound/Esperanza Inlet Reports

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

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  1. Sangstercraft

    Sangstercraft Well-Known Member

    I hear you about staying awake wondering about the boat. I've camped on the west coast many times using a loop-line system (500' of line, so the boat is 250' off shore). Re: Cutthroat - Are you just tossing spinners and spoons at the creek mouths?
  2. Broadwater

    Broadwater New Member

    I've often wondered if there is a spot to anchor and go ashore to camp in that area. We camp on Bligh Island but would like to try someplace new. Would you mind sharing where you stay?
  3. Tailwalker

    Tailwalker Active Member

    When you say Bajo is "out of the loop" do you mean that it is not open for Chinook? And is that true AFTER July 15 as well?
  4. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    It’s closed to Chinook until July 15 based on the 1 mile surf line GPS co/ords DFO issued. I assume post July 15 it will be open but who knows. Maybe @Twinstrike can tell us if DFO committed to opening offshore after July 15.
  5. Sangstercraft

    Sangstercraft Well-Known Member

    Camping at Friendly Cove is super convenient. Just tie up at the dock and camp on the grassy field. It's beautiful and you'll sleep well knowing your boat is secured. They even have some crappy cabins to rent there.
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  6. Port Eliza Fishing

    Port Eliza Fishing Active Member

    As of now the offshore of area 125 is planned to be open as if the 15th of July. Hopefully this stays in place.
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  7. Port Eliza Fishing

    Port Eliza Fishing Active Member

    Fishing has been a little slow the last few days in Esperanza. While it has been dry and sunny, high winds have kept boats away from the beach spots like Ferrer, and away from offshore bottom fishing. There have been some feeders in the inlet, and a few fish to 15lbs. Some calmer winds over the next couple of days should help.

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  8. Mervillite

    Mervillite Member

    Outside waters may be open but Bajo usually closes July 15th so it will be interesting to see if the annual Bajo reef closures continue as they have been or if they will change due to these other new restrictions. Maybe Bajo will be off limits for Chinook retention going forward. They normally post it on July 15th is the problem for closures starting that day.
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  9. Port Eliza Fishing

    Port Eliza Fishing Active Member

    What a difference light winds makes. Mostly fishing offshore for halibut up to 40lbs and, a 70+ released, one boat went over to Ferrer and picked up a nice 15lb spring, its stomach was full of squid!

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  10. Dan The Man

    Dan The Man Active Member

    16 days till i am up in Nootka for the 1st trip!!! PUMPED Anyone fishing in the jack and jill tournament?
  11. codfather

    codfather Crew Member

    Heading to Nootka June 09 to start my 100 days of guiding.

    There has already been some good reports of Salmon and Halibut fishing.

    I'll send some updates when I get out and get the gear in the water.

    Good luck to all this season.
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  12. codfather

    codfather Crew Member

    AD695F77-E713-494B-BDCD-57C088E938B2.jpeg 790465F8-E819-4A3C-BC1F-71CB7A62A92C.jpeg Here are a couple of pics.
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  13. barkerfam

    barkerfam Active Member

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  14. Marsman

    Marsman Active Member

    A couple of Buddies and I are heading up on Friday... Hope the winds are not too bad. Love the posts.... getting stoked. I was going to ask how deep you were hitting the springs but it does change... lol I'll find them.

    Cheers, Rob
  15. codfather

    codfather Crew Member

    Marsman, the Springs were right on the bottom off of Wash Rock.

    There was lots of bait and it was all deep.
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  16. Marsman

    Marsman Active Member

    Thanks for the info. We are there for bottom fish but a couple of springs for a meal would be nice.... We will be in a 17' welded center console with high sides.
  17. Klob

    Klob Well-Known Member

  18. spring fever

    spring fever Well-Known Member

    Just for info I'm heading up to Tahsis with the Spring Fever II on the 10th June. I'll be guiding out of Westview all summer. Drop by and say hi-I'm always open with info-good or bad!! Many thanks to Doug of D &D charters out of Sooke for helping me get my ORCA certified.
  19. Doug

    Doug Active Member

    Thanks Spring Fever. I'm always happy to help. Good Luck with your chartering and now that I have sold the boat you might just see me up there to go fishing with you.
  20. Port Eliza Fishing

    Port Eliza Fishing Active Member

    After a few slow days fishing picked up today with some Chinook to 17Lb s being caught Ferrer, Pin Rock and Rugged reef area. Some boats trolled the bottom for bottom fish pulling up a variety of Halibut, ling cod and rockfish.

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