Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone has a healthy and prosperous
Winter salmon fishing around Victoria has been some of the best we
have seen in years. Some very nice size fish in the high teens have
been caught. The Victoria waterfront has been one of the best spots.
Fish are being caught right inside the mouth of the harbour in 50-90
feet of water. Seals have been a bit of a problem, but not as bad as
we have seen in the past. Squirts and small spoons have been the best
lures, matching the size of the small herring that the Salmon are
feeding on at this time. Whirl Bay has been another hot spot with
double hook ups at times. Dragging the bottom in 110-140 feet of water
has seen the most action.
We are now booking Halibut trips for this coming spring. We only have
proper Halibut tides on certain days, so get your days booked early so
you won't be disappointed. The rumor is we might even open for halibut
February first to finish up on un-caught quota left from the 2013
season. The Pacific Halibut Commission is holding their annual meeting
on January 16. At this meeting they will determine the TAC or Total
Allowable Catch by the sport fishing sector for the upcoming licence
period. From what we have heard it looks like we can expect a halibut
season much like the previous one.
At this time I am in the process of adding a new boat to the fleet for
the lodge in Zeballos. I am just starting to look around, so I will
keep everyone posted on this new vessel. Now's the time to get your
spot booked for one of our exciting fishing adventures. There are very
few places on the coast that have the consistent salmon and bottom
fishing that we enjoy all summer long. 2013 turned out to be
exceptional and the salmon outlook for this year looks great as well.
Don't miss out on the fun, filling the freezer, and enjoying this
exceptional resource we have!