2020 Secret Cove, Pender Harbour and Texada 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. grascal

    grascal Member

    May as well jump on the first post of the year.
    Fishing has been steady for winter chinook around Pender Harbour. Started the New Year off right with a 14# hatchery fish on Jan 1, best of the winter so far.
    Not seeing large amounts of bait, this one just ate a couple large herring.
    Some days its undersized but there are good ones out there.
    Many fish showing damage from predators.

  3. Bugs

    Bugs Active Member

    Glad you are getting into them Gulf Rascal! Thanks as always for your contributions to the adult Chinook and Coho Diet Study. Your samples from Pender Harbour area have been a huge benefit to the program!
  4. Salish Ranger

    Salish Ranger Member

    Nice one. How deep are you finding them?

    I was putting in the prawns traps and spotted a couple targets on the finder near Edgecomb around the 30’ deep mark.
  5. grascal

    grascal Member

    100-200 ft or maybe more. Always close to the bottom where ever I find bait.
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  6. Salish Ranger

    Salish Ranger Member

    Thanks. Will have to try deeper.
  7. Nice one Rick! Can't go wrong with the Derby Winner this time of year.. see you on the water.
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  8. I was out most of yesterday... started at Bjerre and fished the high slack, then moved to Epsom for the afternoon glassss. Lots of fish to the boat (8-10) throughout the day, but all unders. Couldn't find much bait out there - Bjerre was barren in AM and Epsom only had a few small clusters. Most consistent fishing was the WSW-ENE trending bank coming off the Epsom Point marker, with the bait at the far WSW corner. Heck of a day out there though! A pair real big sea lions were catching bigger fish than me though............ o_O:mad:
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  9. Salish Ranger

    Salish Ranger Member

    I saw a few people out today. Some trolling past the lighthouse on Fran Pen. A couple jigging or mooching off of Harness and Cates islands. Don’t know if anybody was catching.
  10. grascal

    grascal Member

    Out this morning, warm and flat, N of Quarry Bay. 3 hits for a pair of 9# winter springs and a yelloweye (rlsd). Derby Winner spoon on the bottom doing a good job.
    Saw a few boats fishing outside Bjerre this aft.
  11. Totally unexpected

    Totally unexpected Active Member

    Anyone been out in the pender area recently thinking of taking a trip up that way later this week... any info would be great thanks
  12. Salish Ranger

    Salish Ranger Member

    Nothing really in season at the moment. Salmon, Ling and Rock Cod are all closed. Ling may reopen in May.

    Prawns are open but catches for me have been so-so.
  13. Seaducer

    Seaducer Member


    just inquiring if the launch at coopers green is open? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

  14. ab1752

    ab1752 Well-Known Member

    That's managed by the scrd so you could give them a shout. I'm guessing the ramp is open but the park isn't so you may have to drop the trailer elsewhere.

    There's also the ramp at Buccaneer bay marina, they are open apparently.
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  15. Senorjeem

    Senorjeem New Member

    Guys, I'm new here, so please bear with me. How's the fishing in Jervis Inlet in general? Worth a look? Looking to spend 4 or 5 days on the hook, exploring new territory
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2020
  16. Netanyahu

    Netanyahu Member

    Welcome to the coast, Area 16 has a lot of RCA's a printable chart is available on DFO site. Depending on where you are based opportunities abound on the Malaspina side no need to run to far. Never felt the need to fish past Egmont.
  17. ReelFun

    ReelFun Member

    How's the coho fishing at secret cove? Any suggestions on gear? I'm coming up from van for my honeymoon and mooring the boat at the resort. Any suggestions on where to go I'd be stoked!
  18. kingblazer84

    kingblazer84 Well-Known Member

    EPSOM, Pilings, Sangster, could even try towards pender harbor as for gear itll be the usual hoochies with or without jugheads attached, spoons (cop car. party girl etc) the coho are usually higher up in the water column as well.
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  19. ab1752

    ab1752 Well-Known Member

    Those spots noted above are all great and there's a lot of water top to bottom of texada. You didn't mention when you're coming up to the coast? In other years I'd suggest staying away from Epsom and head to squitty bay but less of an issue this season it seems. I'm heading up first thing friday to monday and will be around secret cove and sangster island for a look aroun . Have fun!
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  20. all of the above spots have coho right now.. I will also add that 2 years ago at right around this time until mid-july, the bjerre shoal was absolutely on fire for coho, to the point where it was almost impossible to get gear down to the chinook.

    have fun

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