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Summer 2018

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The 2018 summer fishing season was a strong one with great numbers of Chinook Salmon. They were many days where the average size (pounds) was well into the thirties and other days in the high forties.

“As for the Coho, there seem to be more showing up every day and getting heavier!”

For your catch amounts and allowances, check out: DFO Fishing Allowance

Bravo to Joey of North Carolina by capturing the largest Tyee Chinook Salmon of our season thus far at 50lbs. in August.

 July Salmon Fishing Tips

The hot spots around Shearwater Resort & Marina are numerous and no matter which direction you point your boat, morning or afternoon, you’re sure to have success.  To the West is Milbanke Sound, Idol Point, Hose Point, Christensen Point and Dryad.  To the South is Cultas Sound, the Southeast is Start or White points, and to the North is Return Channel and “Big Bluff”.  Finally, not too far from Shearwater Resort & Marina is what is known as “Old Towns” which has been known for Chinook Salmon to bite in both the morning and evening.

The water temperature is slightly higher than in years past so we’re seeing the fish deeper than normal, between 60 to 100 feet below the surface.  As for productive lures, light coloured hoochies are working well behind any colour flasher as are various coloured spoons.  As well, cut plug herring  trolled naked (no flasher) are also producing many fish.

Bottom fishing is stellar as usual, any type of jig with a piece of salmon belly or herring chunk will do the trick!  Just remember that there is a non retention of Yelloweye or commonly called Red Snapper anywhere on the coast and that the halibut size limits have reduced slightly this summer.

Stay up to date and stay informed!

Tight lines and see you on the water!

The Crew

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