Ocean Fishing provided by Lee Mac
Get out, get fishing! The coast has been the place to be over the past week. We have seen the large migratory fish showing up in both Prince Rupert and Kitmat and the fishing has been great! We haven't seen anything really big yet but lots of fish in the mid twenties are being caught. In Rupert we have seen lots of fish being caught up around Dundas Island all the way down to Edye Pass and everywhere in between. Squatarie is a good spot to try this time of year and Cutter Rocks can be very productive.
Out of Kitimat, we have seen lots of fish being caught right out in front of MK Bay Marina. The fish generally travel up both sides of the channel so trolling down either side can be very productive, If your going to venture down the channel then the south Sue Channel and Money Point are two good options for picking up big fish.
This time of year these big fish are heading south to their home rivers and are looking to put on as much weight as possible before heading home to spawn. This makes it important to know what kind of baitfish are around try and "match the hatch" as they say in the fly fishing world. Oscar's has a great selection of spoons that will mimic everything from the smallest needlefish to the largest herring. Generally when I'm trolling, I try and run something different on each rod to figure out what the fish are biting on. The Silver Horde Coho Killer is a good option to try and any of the AP Tackleworks spoons work well. Talk to the folks at Oscar's and they can set you up with some good options. A good flasher is an important tool in attracting fish and I generally run a Kone Zone Daisy Chain on one side and a glow flasher on the other. Oscar's has a great selection.
Bottom fishing continues to be great along the coast. Like I've said before, look for 200ft plateaus when fishing for halibut and try to fish the slack tides. We saw a few large fish caught over the past week using a spreader bar and hali rig topped with a large herring.
Rockfish and cod fishing has been very good over the past week. The regulations changed last week so if your going to be targeting bottom fish make sure that you are up to date on the limits. The changes and regulation can be found on the Fisheries and Oceans website.
Prawning has slowed down a little over the past couple of weeks as the commercial guys are out in full force but the crabbing on the coast has been excellent.
If you have any questions or need some guidance and gear for the ocean, stop by and see the crew at Oscar's Source For Adventure, they have everything you might need to be successful on the water.
Until next week......tight lines.