Happy anglers lined up to use the cleaning tables today at Pedder Bay after enjoying a near perfect combination of tide and weather for our always productive spring halibut fishery.
Most boats reported quick limits of flatties averaging in the low 20's, but with a fair number in the 30 - 45 lb class and a few specimens nudging up close to the 126 cm maximum size limit and breaking 60 lbs.
With the currents and wind expected to stay cooperative, and temperatures forecast to hit the magic 20C mark on Saturday and Sunday the weekend should produce some pretty spectacular fishing and happy fishermen.
Productive depths are 200 to 325 ft and favored baits are reported to be Octopus and Mackerel on a spreader bar. The lack of dogfish in most areas was considered a bonus by many anglers, although some spots seemed to have their fair share.
This weekend should be the perfect opportunity for those who are new to halibut fishing to have a go at drifting rather than anchoring. Just remember to point your stern in the opposite direction to your drift, and use reverse to keep your lines as close to vertical as possible. Check your lines frequently to ensure you are close to, but not right on bottom and get ready for that big strike!
When drifitng for halibut, please remember to be respectful of anchored boats. Never drift across or down on to their anchor lines(up to 650 feet in front of the boat) and try to avoid starting your drift near their stern.
Feeder Chinook, including a good number of sizeable hatchery fish, are available in all the ususal spots like Whirl Bay, Pedder Bay and Constance Bank. Keep an eye out for seals on Constance, and consider spoons and small squirts a good choice of terminal gear.
The summer like weather has also got campers out in full force enjoying the near perfect conditions by hiking the Goose and admiring the spring flowers, catching a trout in Matheson Lake or just enjoying a fresh roasted hot dog and a favorite beverage around the campfire.
The fish are biting, the sun is shining and spring is definitely in the air. What are you waiting for? Come on down and join in the fun.
See you soon..
Your Friendly Pedder Bay Crew