2019 Pender Bluffs

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

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  1. SFBC

    SFBC Admin Staff Member

    Post your 2019 fishing reports here!
     
  2. High Time

    High Time Crew Member

    One of my New Years resolutions is to not let the travesty of what was done to Area 18 in 2018, with the total fin fish closure of the area, remain. The two fishing areas at Pender Bluffs and the East side of Moresby would be ideal areas to implement the 400 metre "bubble zone" which EVERYONE BUT DFO appears to fully support, including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Hoping that some sort of sanity prevails this year. Happy New Years to all.
     
  3. Stizzla

    Stizzla Crew Member

    I’ve heard rumours that the bubble zone might be i effect. Time will tell!
     
  4. Stizzla

    Stizzla Crew Member

    Any ideas as to when we might hear of this closure or not?
     
  5. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    Usually it's around the time the new licences are issued,
     
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  6. Stizzla

    Stizzla Crew Member

    Thanks Scott. Hoping for the best this year!
     
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  7. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    Me too !
    (fingers crossed)
     
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  8. A-a-Ron

    A-a-Ron Active Member

  9. ziggy

    ziggy Well-Known Member

    What bullshit! Why the hell are areas being closed when the whales aren’t even there! I could live with a stop fishing and leave directive when whales are foraging in the area, but a blanket closure in a couple of small areas is total garbage and likely just a foot in the door manoeuvre.It’s not like the whales are at the Bluffs every day, so why a blanket closure? Is this the precedent public fishery can abide by, “closure just in case”?If you buy into this so called management tool because it doesn’t impact you, standby! You can rest assured it will keep expanding until the whole Strait is closed, after all if the whales don’t need to even be there! Think about it, they have to transit through a lot of fishing grounds to get to the Bluffs
     
  10. Brett

    Brett Active Member

    Shhhh we don’t want them to shut down other areas too.....
     
  11. A-a-Ron

    A-a-Ron Active Member

    The DFO clearly really doesn’t care about reality, logic, etc. The other “no-go” zone by Renfrew is right in a shipping lane... so no recreational boats allowed but still hundreds of heavy freighters can travel through. Cause that makes any sense. There’s also areas in 18 that I’ve witnessed orcas actively feeding/foraging year after year that aren’t in these zones. If you’re expecting the DFO to make decisions based on reality you’ll be waiting a long time. It’s really sad but true.
     
  12. ziggy

    ziggy Well-Known Member

    No I’m not waiting for them to make rational decisions. IMO they are just getting the ball rolling. These areas are the test ballon they are floating to see if the public will accept it. After a period of time they will be expanded, one area at a time until the South Coast is shut down, then they’ll shift targets to the North.
    Closing off areas slowly ,a bit at a time, lowers the risk of major pushback and gradually eliminates public fishery and therefore fishers one area at a time. Oldest trick in the book, divide and conquer.
     
  13. A-a-Ron

    A-a-Ron Active Member

    Every chance I get to fish my spots I’m gonna enjoy it like it’s my last. Because it might be.
     
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  14. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    And they haven't even started yet with the Fraser Chinook A or B scenario... :(
     
  15. bryce

    bryce Active Member

    Waiting for everyone to get excited and buy there liscence
     
  16. Gretzky

    Gretzky Member

    Hey there, since salmon to retain is out, can anyone tell me where and how to fish ling cod over here. Cheers and thanks!’

    “99”
     
  17. A-a-Ron

    A-a-Ron Active Member

    Lingcod open may 1, there’s some good spots in Active Pass on the Mayne side but that will disappear if they shut down the whole area to all fin fish June 1 like they did last year. Then it gets pretty sparse after that and I ain’t giving up my spots ;) As for how, drop a herring down to the bottom, reel up 5-10 cranks and keep your rod active. Be prepared to snag a lot and lose gear until you get the hang of it and know the reefs etc.
     
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  18. A-a-Ron

    A-a-Ron Active Member

    Anyone have any luck with prawning in the southern GI, like near Mayne Island? See lots of posts about Poirier, Tent Isl, Gabriola, Thrasher, etc but nothing near where I am. Trying to get into it... I think I got the depth & trap set-up dialled in, but wondering is it worth trying the outside (in the straight) which is closer to where I'm at, or are the inside waters better? Thanks,
     
  19. ryanb

    ryanb Well-Known Member

    Good prawning to be had inside and outside. Currents can be very strong, more so inside, so you're best to do shorter soaks on tide(current) changes. Watch your glass sponge areas.
     
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  20. A-a-Ron

    A-a-Ron Active Member

    Thanks! Knew about the glass sponge areas but a good reminder.
     
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