2020 Gulf Island Reports

Discussion in '2020 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. SFBC

    SFBC Admin Staff Member

    Post your 2020 fishing reports here!
  2. liv2fish

    liv2fish Member

    Fished Brook Bay today (out of Crofton). Wind was a bit too fierce for my 18 footer but managed to make it across without taking on too much water. Fished from 10 to 1, close to bottom anywhere from 110 to 14o on DR with spoons and only got one shaker. Had quite a few pin poppers but nothing on when I grabbed rod so thinking perhaps the flasher was hitting bottom and popping pin? One other boat was fishing a similar tack to me and they got what looked like one nice keeper and at least one smaller sub legal, may have caught more that I didn't see. Perhaps today was a bait or hoochie day. When sun came out turned into a half decent day out there.
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  3. ziggy

    ziggy Well-Known Member

    See the survey on the Saltwater fishing site!
  4. tincan

    tincan Well-Known Member

    As we wait for the first person on this forum to go fishing in the gulf islands in 2020 ;) ... I thought I'd post something gulf island fishing related and it looks like the galiano derby is on this year for May 23rd.

    Derby info is here - https://www.facebook.com/galianosalmonclassic/

    I got my tickets already at - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2020-galiano-salmon-classic-tickets-89329973355?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    Last year was a catch & release event due to the regs during the time that didn't allow retention. I guess we will all wait and see what happens for this year but if the regs are the same I guess it will be a similar format to last year. The fishing at the derby last year was pretty insane as almost all boats had several fish to the boat. Hoping the fishing is as good this year.

    Anyone out there lately? I did hear of a few guys getting fish around Porlier a couple weeks ago but nobody posted anything here. I'm hoping to get out soon

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  5. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Still really on the fence about it unfortunately. Sounds like it'll be the same regs as last year. You're right the fishing was IN-SANE last year. Eventually I couldn't help but feel guilty about all the fish we probably killed trying to get measurements. Had a couple dozen to the boat by lunch but stopped measuring after the first 7 or 8. I feel like they should just have a biggest fish prize so guys will only measure gooders. Then just do raffles for the rest. It's a great event with good people.
  6. RBL

    RBL Active Member

    Headed out to Porlier Pass for some winters in the sun this AM. Got boarded by DFO not long after getting there. Funny you don’t ever see them around come spring when there’s lots of boats around lol. Anyways they got us to pull a line and checked the gear and our licenses quickly and they were on their way. There were a good number of Springs around and we had steady action for the whole ebb. The fish were hitting anchovies right in the mud in the 180-220 foot contour. Had to be bouncing bottom. We kept 3 up to 12 pounds. We realeased a few just legal looking for a bigger one but ran out of chovys and called it a day. One marble and two bright red perfect for the BBQ. The fish were stuffed with anchovies and a couple big herring that were getting close to spawn. Couldn’t have asked for a better February day.

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  7. Pearl dog

    Pearl dog Active Member

    Don’t have a report. Maybe tomorrow..

    Anybody ever fish in plumper? Between hope bay and razor maybe?
  8. Pearl dog

    Pearl dog Active Member

    Crickets eh? Hmmm. Oh well. Fished fairfax today around the low. 3 just under, all on the top rod at 99 feet. Marked lots but no keepers for me... couple other boats out there too
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  9. Pearl dog

    Pearl dog Active Member

    Got out for a two hour prawn soak today. Gorgeous morning, flat calm after the crazy winds. Did well, picked up over 100. Didn’t see any zombies..
  10. fshnfnatic

    fshnfnatic Well-Known Member

    Out of Crofton fishing prawns yesterday.Headed out off Tent Island with a dozen other boats first thing on a flat calm but chilly morning.My fishing buddy talked me into just bringing the jigging rods along and leaving the downriggers at home for a change.
    Turned out it paid off as there was a ton of feed on the sounder and we were marking fish as well.Jigging just off the bottom I got a nice 10 lb. winter with a glow green Stingzelda type lure and my buddy hooked up one a little later that he lost at the boat that was a little smaller.Prawning was decent,but almost all the large ones were still bearing eggs and went back.Usually by this time they're pretty well done with just the odd berried one.I guess they're a little late this year.Great day on the water that was definately theraputic with all this shit going on right now.
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  11. AndrewH

    AndrewH Well-Known Member

    Pretty good afternoon for us. Managed a couple springs and a few prawns. Had 3 other springs that were just unders.

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  12. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Where at?
  13. Howzer

    Howzer Member

    Yeah, supposed to be "Reports" - don't have to give a lat/long - but a general idea of location and depth would be helpful... otherwise it's just show 'n (no) tell! lol
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  14. AndrewH

    AndrewH Well-Known Member

    Another hatchery today, North side of Saturna.
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  15. Solstice

    Solstice New Member

    Out at Porlier yesterday morning 7-10. Three legal springs to the boat, two of which were kept. All right on bottom in 150-180' on 3" spoons. One double header was challenging on my own but managed to get both fish (just unders) to the boat. A bit choppy but great to get out of the house.
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  16. A-a-Ron

    A-a-Ron Active Member

    Needed a couple days away from “the situation” so snuck away to the cabin. Thursday did some prawning/crabbing on the inside (not as many as I hoped this time of year) Friday morning fished Salamanca area. Slow for a couple hours then hit a double header off gossip island, 140 & 160 on the riggers, both skinny G spoons, in 180 of water. Lost one while trying to play both, other one to the boat a keeper size hatchery... it’s a shame we can’t even keep a small hatchery, definitely not one of the Fraser stock they are trying to save.
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  17. sweettjim

    sweettjim Active Member

    is a shame should be able to keep at least one hatchery spring as there not the stocks of concern the ones that r the ones they r concerned with are the interior fraser river stocks which aren't even around yet
  18. GalianoDave

    GalianoDave New Member

    Been out most evenings trolling around Lions, Salamanca, and first cable. No action the last week.
  19. G-Auto

    G-Auto Active Member

    Well, tried down south for some halibut with no luck. Prawning in the gulf islands is good though.
  20. Rip Point

    Rip Point New Member

    Been out fishing Salamanca area, nothing on the sounder or in the net

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