Where to catch Dogfish in Vancouver?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Bboomer, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Bboomer

    Bboomer New Member

    Hey guys, I just got into the hobby of fishing about 6 months ago, made my transition from freshwater fishing to saltwater just 2 months ago. Been loving these starry flounders and soles, but haven't caught a dogfish yet. Apparently there are a ton of these out there but I haven’t caught any yet. Ive been fishing at New brighton park only, was hoping to find a fishing spot in vancouver area. Been using a pickerel rig (sorry if spelt wrong) to avoid all the crabs from taking my bait. Heard Harbour Green park is a great place to get some sharks, haven't tried it yet.
     
  2. Sangstercraft

    Sangstercraft Well-Known Member

    Just get a piece of herring on a big hook and drift along the bottom in 100'. They're everywhere. The one trick about dogfish is they don't like to bite fast-moving stuff.
     
  3. sir-vivor

    sir-vivor Well-Known Member

    And watch out when u grab them they have nasty spikes that will stab u if u grab them on the back and side, look them up on that net, I did it my first time 40 yrs ago and still cringe lol WELCOME and TIGHT LINES
     
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  4. Whitebuck

    Whitebuck Well-Known Member

    No fishing in between the two bridges!
     
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  5. ab1752

    ab1752 Well-Known Member

    Target springs really slow and you will be well rewarded.
     
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  6. Bboomer

    Bboomer New Member

    Yeah there was the closure recently for navigational purposes
     
  7. Bboomer

    Bboomer New Member

    I dont have a boat :( too young to buy one haha
     
  8. Bboomer

    Bboomer New Member

    Don’t have a boat :( was looking to see if i can catch off a pier.
     
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  9. adanac

    adanac Well-Known Member

    they go fairly deep during the winter months i believe . When it warms a bit , a nose hooked shiner with the tail cut off fished from dusk on will get hammered off almost any local dock, used to get the odd skate off ambelside aswell
     
  10. Bboomer

    Bboomer New Member

    Woah didn’t know we had skates!!
     
  11. CBsqrd

    CBsqrd Well-Known Member

    Not recently, 28-10 (and 28-8) is always permanently closed to all fishing - including crabs
     
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  12. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Unless you take a case of beer and go at midnight and join the rest of the party.
     
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  13. fish brain

    fish brain Crew Member

    Yer a bad influence. :D
     
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  14. Birdbrain

    Birdbrain Member

    Dogfish flesh has a gross taste and smell of ammonia. Gut and skin ASAP, then soak the meat for several hours in cold water that has vinegar or lemon juice in it. Then it's fairly tasty, with the bonus of having no bones.

    Also be aware that sharks, as with other top predators, tend to have higher levels of mercury than many other fish. Mercury bioaccumulates in fish flesh, so the older the fish, the more it contains. A two foot dogfish may be 10 years old; a three footer, 30 years. I suggest you do some research if you're concerned.

    http://www.jjmcdonnell.com/products/Dogfish
    https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/mercury-fish
    http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/ecology/rocky-spiny_dog.htm
    https://www.researchgate.net/public...ias_in_the_Strait_of_Georgia_British_Columbia
     
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  15. Tugcapitan

    Tugcapitan Well-Known Member

    Dogfish has been a staple supply of the British fish’n chip industry for decades, and now I’m kind of ashamed to admit that of the hundreds I’ve caught, I’ve never skinned and harvested one!
     
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  16. Bboomer

    Bboomer New Member

    There was only signs of no crabbing at the pier. So I thought it was okay. Thank you for the heads up.
     
  17. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member


    I second the warning. They can bend there tail at you like a scorpion. I got wacked in my wrist this year.... Faking sucked
     
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  18. I grab them by the nose, they have a sandpaper texture not slippery at all. If they get squirrley just drop it
     
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  19. paulo

    paulo Crew Member

    Lay them on the ground or the bottom of the boat and step on their tail. The only way to control that tail swinging around. Then you can grab it by the snout and perform surgery or lobotomy, which ever you prefer.
     
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  20. Kildonan

    Kildonan Well-Known Member

    Me and my buddies, when we were teens, used to fish for them on summer nights with hand lines off the beach at the evening high tide. A piece of a salmon trim or herring for bait worked well.
    Be mindful of the spine on the back. I grab them by the tail with my thumb and index finger. They’re super easy to grip as mentioned. That way they can’t get you with the poisonous spine.
     
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