2019 Vancouver-Howe Sound-Sechelt Reports Thread

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

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  1. BCRingo

    BCRingo Crew Member

    @ Ambleside beach now and it’s a strong westerly Blow. Going to wait out a bit. EC has the Gail Warning up tho. :rolleyes:
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  2. dog house

    dog house New Member

    We launched at Horsehoe Bay this morning, got out on the south side of Bowen and was overwelmed by the whitecaps! Definitely Gale force. Fished Tunstall and ended up with nothing but managed a good number of prawns from the bay!
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  3. John s

    John s Crew Member

    So dog house , where you in the dog house yesterday :)
  4. el.Pereh

    el.Pereh Well-Known Member

    • Poked out into the harbour yesterday for fish around the morning tide. Good amount of bait around and in between fhe bell and QB but no keepers for us
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  5. 1marko

    1marko Active Member

    you are very brave el.Pereh.!
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  6. Reeltime

    Reeltime Well-Known Member

    she's a beauty out there like glass, the dream fishing days, except the boat is snowed in.
  7. seatosky

    seatosky Well-Known Member

    1 in the box off Bowen. Lots of bait. Few biters.

    Glow down low.(3.5” spoons, 215’ on the riggers)

    Did well on prawns in shallower water. Smaller average size than typical.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
  8. Willow-Bee

    Willow-Bee Member

    Hello fine fellow fisher-folk,

    Last year was bad for traps for me, lost few to theft and am prepping the boat for the new season, and reports like seatosky 's give me the "bite" and want to get out fishing, set some traps etc. , but want to try avoid losing any traps this year.
    So am going to test this product and give a report , not to expensive, and will keep you posted:



    Attached Files:

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  9. capman

    capman Active Member

    Thanks for sharing. Love to hear back from you WB.
  10. Seaducer

    Seaducer Member

    Oh I so hope it works.
  11. seatosky

    seatosky Well-Known Member

    Good of you to share.

    Are you certain they were lost due to theft?

    No offence, but I have friends who were under the same impression. They have lost 3 or more sets. There’s one key difference between our prawn rigs - I use a 10-15# ball to keep things in place and I run 500’ of line.

    In a decade I’ve lost one string and I’m certain a log boom dragged it on the prawn grounds.

    Hope this helps.
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  12. Revenge

    Revenge Well-Known Member

    I have chain laced around the bottom of my traps plus a 10# ball on the line (500’) none have gone missing yet
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  13. Reeltime

    Reeltime Well-Known Member

    I may be wrong but that unit may work only in the USA, i was reading all the customer reviews, one said you need a Global
    tracker to work out of the US , some monthly plan you need to set up, would be great if it worked.
  14. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    $24.95/month minimum cost for tracking and for detailed tracking it costs more than that apparently and as others noted you better make sure the unit can be used in Canada as I've looked into several types that are not able to be used here. I use similar devices for my work equipment.
    Also even though it says water proof I would be pretty surprised if it can transmit a signal through 300' to 400' of water, unless you're planning on attaching it to the buoy, not the traps..?

    As others have noted also make sure your lines are weighted properly and that you are setting them on flat ledges and not slopes and you may find your traps may stop "disappearing" due to "theft". Yes for sure there are thief's out there but I guarantee the majority of traps that go missing are due to improperly weighted traps, lines, and where they are set. If you are setting in 300' for example you better make sure you have at least 360' of line you set out to your buoy... tide, current, etc all come into play when setting your traps. My two trap line set ups have 15 pounds of weight on them; three 5 lb'rs clipped on the lines. One at the ground end, one between the two traps, and one after the upper trap...
    And I have personally recovered several lost prawn trap sets over the years and returned them to the owners where they swore the traps were stolen. One of the fella's even posted on this forum that his traps were stolen and had noted where he had set them etc.. when we found them his traps and lines were not weighted and his buoy was of inadequate size to even float his whole set up when they probably slid off of the slope he set them on.. Sometimes a strong flood will push them into shallower water when they aren't' weighted properly and they can later be recovered. Tracking tides/currents in the area can help with locating lost traps but not always. Even with my traps, bait and all the weights I use, my buoy's are still large enough to float the whole set up if they happen to come dislodged and float off.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2019
  15. AndrewH

    AndrewH Well-Known Member

    Anyone have a report for McDonald beach launch? Clear enough or snow still?
  16. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Crew Member

    Launched there this morning, will see if I can get out . Half covered with a couple inches of snow.
    Electric/hydraulic brakes came in handy.
  17. 1marko

    1marko Active Member

    and.....still out at sea..?
  18. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Crew Member

    Got back to ramp around 4 pm, good to go, all melted.
    3 undersize at the Bell
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  19. Sangstercraft

    Sangstercraft Well-Known Member

    No luck in 2 hrs of trolling high slack at the Bell. Nice and calm though. Saw about 5 boats out. Anyone have any luck?
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  20. gonefishen

    gonefishen New Member

    Was out around grace 2 hr's before low tide today(was the only boat fishing). Tons of fish on the TV. Got 61cm right away( released), another debatable size spit the hook 20 min later. Got a nice one on a couple minutes later, almost got it to boat and a big fat seal ripped it off the hook. Don't think the seal even ate the fish. Next him and two of his buddies followed me for the next 1.5 hr's. They took turns going down deep for many minutes then surfacing. A pall would then take over . The tons of fish that were there ran for the hills when the family of seals arrived. I went home(not happy). How can we deal with this out of control over population of protected seals that are killing are whales and fisheries.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2019
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