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Fishing Forum Fishing Report for Ucluelet, B.C. off the West Coast of Vancouver Island on Aug 4, 2018


Busy rods and calm seas entertained anglers offshore this week. The the fleet has been split between the Southwest Corner and Big Bank. The Fraser River chinooks chomped steadily through the first half of the week between the outside light and the corner. 3-4″ Maverick and herring aid spoons on blue chrome boards were the staples. For those that prefer to fish without the flasher, this week’s been a good week. Big 6-7″ spoons like superiors and clendon Stewarts took limits of chinooks with some reaching well into the mid 20’s. The Bank continues to produce enormous volumes of Coho from 4 to 10 lbs with chinooks mixed in around the 100′ mark.

For those looking to fish the rocks, chinooks are being taken all through the surf line by those who show patience. Pick your favorite hunters and keep rubbing the rocks. Any day now we’re expecting a serious push of local rivers chinooks into Wya and surrounding areas.

Halibut fishing was good this week with most fish coming on anchor. The outside light and the shallows saw the majority of the halibut taken. Some fantastic size came out of lighthouse bank with limits of 20-45 pounders mixed in with some oversized 60-100 Pound fish released. Big bank has continued to steadily produce 10-30 Pound fish from the shallows to the whales tail.

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Fishing Forum Fishing Report for Ucluelet, B.C. off the West Coast of Vancouver Island on July 30, 2018


The bank has been on fire this week! From the shallows all the way to Halli West, Anglers are seeing huge volume of salmon all through the column. Guides are seeing 10-40 chinooks to the boat daily ranging from 8-25lbs. The most consistent depths have been mid-water around the 100 foot mark. Enormous amounts of coho are chomping spoons and hoochies before the gear makes it into the downrigger clips. 3 to 4 inch kingfisher glow spoons have been the preferred gear through the week.

The Halibut fishery has been good this week. Fishing on the inner Banks has been slower but few boats have been fishing these areas. The shallows at big bank has seen most of the catch effort and is producing volume of halibut from 10 to 30 lbs. Consistency has been found anchored up on the flood tide.

If you are looking to get last minute accommodation for Ucluelet or Tofino check out www.tofino-info.com. Accommodation has been tough to find for July and August and you can always call the chamber of commerce if you can’t find anything.

Sam Vandervalk
Salmon Eye Charters
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http://www.salmoneye.net/…fishing-reports.html

Below are a couple pics from the past week. Tight lines!



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Fishing Forum Off Shore Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today


 
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Cindy Iron and her family chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling in 150 feet of water with our best spread of 4 surface lines which included Ballyhoos, strips and chugger baits and two deep plainer lines with spoons and Bonito strips.

We started getting bites around the sea buoy off of Fort Lauderdale. We had a light northerly current, and as we were trolling to the north, we stopped getting bites. So I changed directions and started heading back to the south of Fort Lauderdale at a slower speed – we then started getting more bites, which were Bonitos. What also worked was heading from shallow waters to deep waters diagonally and then back to shallow waters again. This works especially good when we are working a group of fish. We got one Kingfish weighing 8 to 9 lbs. and hooked into Bonitos weighing about the same, 8 to 9 lbs. The best bites we were getting were on the spoon and on the deep plainer lines.

With a total of 1 Kingfish and 9 Bonitos, it was not time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fishing Forum I Was Almost Killed By Discarded Fishing Line!


Properly Dispose Your Used Fishing Line!

For years i’ve pushed for anglers to clean-up their areas for others. I’ve stepped on a circle hook once & it was painful extracting it. I usually spend the first 10min cleaning someone else’s mess before i set-up my gear. I’d rather see plastics in a garbage can rather then around a Sea Turtle’s neck.

So this day i got to my site extremely early & started to set-up my shore casting rigs. I had enough natural light to see enough of my surroundings to maneuver around. I walked across a cliff overhang to set my first rig up & hopped over a open fissure as i’ve done for years. This time my foot got snagged & i went down through the fissure head first roughly 8ft to the reef. I was lucky a swell came in to cover the rocks with 2ft of water seconds before impact. I instinctively put my right hand forward to help break the fall.

The next thing i remember was gasping for air as i was swallowing salt water. My right wrist was in pain & my leg was torn-up scraping the rocks going down. My shorts was partially torn as my backside got a puncture. If things were different i could’ve been knocked-out, or worse. All because a fisherman left 100’s of yards of discarded fishing line all over the sharp rocks. I was there 2 days earlier & no line was there. If this was thrown in the water it would kill endangered Green Sea Turtles which congregate in numbers exactly where i landed.

Right now i’m not sure if my right wrist is merely badly sprained or fractured. My right leg is hurting & my backside is not only hurting but constantly bleeding. At the early morning twilight hours i couldn’t make out the fishing line. If the line was in the water it could kill many endangered local species like Green Sea Turtles to Hawaiian Monk Seals by entanglement.

I’m in extreme pain & don’t know how long this will sideline me. This happen all because a lazy angler most likely decided to re-spool his/her casting reel & left all the line just laying around to cause injury & possible death to wildlife. I spent 30min just cutting that line up & disposing it in a garbage can that was only 60-80ft away!

Please pick-up after your selfs. I always bring garbage bags for exactly this. I’m sharing my story here in hopes it’ll ring a bell that says respect your environment.

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Fishing Forum Using Live Reef Fish For Bait!


Live Bait Shoreline Casting! How To Rig & Catch Bait!

Today i’ll show how to rig & cast LIVE reef fish to hopefully catch hungry predators. Days earlier in the same spot an entourage of freshly pupped Hammerhead Sharks were dominating the area. The normal residents like Trevally & Bonefish were probably chased out by these predators. I was hoping the freshly birthed pups would be gone & they were, but it seems today’s targeted normal inhabitants failed to return.

My fishing buddy Wayne Choy will demonstrate how to catch live reef fish to be used as live bait for hopefully larger predatory species since using cut bait wasn’t producing any hits today. Unfortunately it did produce 2 unwanted bait stealers but the process used for today is sound.

The variations on this theme of dead sticking live bait is using a heavy weighted cord instead of all light monofilament line. Why?
1) Easier for the angler to see the line’s placement considering the glaring sun & the resulting glare reflecting off the water.
2) An all light line has a tendency to be blown in different directions from the slightest wind gust. A nylon cord eliminates that nuisance & steadies the bait presentation to the fish.
3) The light mono leader (2-4lb test) at the end of the cord will do the job nicely. The appearance of the visible cord won’t distract the fish. a 2ft leader is sufficient though today a 1ft leader sufficed. You’ll need to “bite” or use a pliers to pinch on a lead shot on that line. A simple small J-shaped hook works well, i like the Limerick hook. Small baits work well. If you have no bait use what’s around you from bits of starfish to sea urchin roe. My favorite is picking up Nerite seashells that are commonly found on the high tide mark & crush the shells using rocks. The meat is a delicacy for reef fish. Use what’s available. Sand Turtles (Sand Fleas, Mole Crabs, etc) works as well.

The 2 Burrfish i caught today are part of the Porcupine Fish family. Not edible or desirable so i threw them back. Some anglers will leave them on the shore to die because they’re regarded as “rubbish fish” but please release them or any sea life back into the water.

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Fishing Forum : Saltwater Fishing Forum: Saltwater Fishing General: Contour Action Cameras


How To Repair A Contour Action Camera Switch!

I rotate several Contour Action Video Cameras when i’m out in the field fishing day or night if it’s for above or below water usage. My Roam#3 from 2015 has a near frozen switch & is getting impossible to use. So after i contacted Contour Cameras Mr Daniel T authorized a replace unit for me to use & a new R3 switch to try to repair my original unit.

The new unit works extremely well & today i replaced the old switch so i thought filming the repair might help others. I use my Contours for everything from bowling to fishing day & night. Also underwater for Catch & Release segments. Currently the Roam#3 is their latest unit. Latter this year the new Contour#4 will be available.

All my posted videos & many of the images that i use are from the Contours. I like the light weight & ease of operation when using these units. It’s all personal preference.

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Fishing Forum Just To Much Teeth Fishing Today!


Barracudas, Sharks & Moray Eels! Oh My!

With my truck down i haven’t fished for awhile. Today i had the chance to go Spin-Casting & Chunking Baits using Bait Bags. I first tried a new prototype grub from Completely Hooked Lures today, the “Hīnālea” on my Okuma T40X rod & Shimano Stradic 3K spinner. This grub mimics the color of the Saddle Wrasse. On my 5th cast spin-casting i had a Barracuda tear into the grub almost destroying it all the while avoiding the hook. I only had 1 more proto-grub but decided not to use it because i only had the 2 prototypes, and with a hungry cuda around i wasn’t going to waste it.

So i broke out my Daiwa 13’3″ Ballistic with a Shimano Ultegra 10K for chunking whole frozen shrimp using Big Vic’s Bait Netting to form bait bags. After a hour passed the rig took off for 5 fast seconds. A powerful hit that looked like someone was hanging on the rod’s tip! Then it seemingly let go. I reeled it in to discover a mutilated bait bag that was shredded. I deduced it must’ve been s large shark as this area is famous for large females giving birth to their pups there. For years i’ve used these bait bags but never seen a bag shredded this badly, it was falling apart in my fingers.

This day ended badly with no more strikes. I just felt blessed to be out on such a beautiful day. When i walked out on the flats to reel my line in i felt something soft on my toes. I looked down to see a large Greenhead Moray Eel just swimming over my toes. At least he came back to get his picture taken & i never moved since it appeared non-aggressive in nature.

Some days you catch, other days you just enjoy the view. Just wanted to share my day. Thanks.

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Fishing Forum : Saltwater Fishing Forum: Saltwater Fishing General: SW FL-Bonita Beach: June wrap-up


It’s slow season here in SW FL, and also rainy season, so fishing trips are less frequent, but still productive for gamfish and food fish.

On Tuesday morning, 6/5, I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with Rick and Patty Mason. They used live shrimp to catch four keeper mangrove snappers and released eight short mangs. Patty also released a 24-inch crevalle jack, and got broken off a couple of times by larger fish.

Friday morning, 6/8, I fished with brothers Ashton and Noah Lockhart and their friend, Joey Beech, in southern Estero Bay. The guys used live shrimp to box a 22-inch redfish, a 14-inch sheepshead, and a keeper mangrove snapper. They released a few short mangs and a 16-inch crevalle jack.

Photo: Joey Beech with a 22-inch redfish.

Logan and Keely Foley fished offshore with me, 22 miles west of New Pass, on Sunday, 6/10. The couple used cut-bait and squid to catch a dozen keeper lane snapper to 13 inches. They released two mangrove snapper shorts, twenty-six red grouper shorts to 18 inches, and ten sharpnose sharks, all 35 to 40 inches long.

Peter Halunen and son, Clayton, fished 24 miles west of New Pass with me on Monday morning, 6/11. We had to head out a couple miles further to get away from the abundant, fish-stealing sharpnose sharks! We used cut-bait and squid to catch and release ten of those, all between 35 and 40 inches long. The guys also released over thirty red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with one short mangrove snapper. They were able to load the fish box with fifteen lane snapper and a few grunts, and released six additional lanes that were short of keeper size.

Gregg Runge and his son, Jacob, fished in spots ranging from 25 to 36 miles west of New Pass with me on Wednesday, 6/13. The guys wrestled and released a 9-foot sandbar shark that bit on a blue runner. They also caught and released a few more blue runners, including one big one at 4 pounds. A nice king mackerel followed that, at 29 inches. Red grouper were biting well, but all were short of keeper size, so we released about thirty of those, which bit on cut-bait and squid. The guys caught a dozen yellowtail snapper, including one 14-inch keeper. They added to the fish box eight keeper vermillion snapper and fifteen keeper lane snapper to 15 inches. They released twenty additional lanes that were smaller keepers since they had no need for that many fish. They also boxed eight of the eleven porgies they caught.

Photo: Jacob Runge with a 29-inch kingfish.

Mike and Sheryl Polite, joined by their daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Brady Marburger, fished is southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Thursday morning, 6/21. The family used live and frozen shrimp to box three keeper sheepshead to 16 inches, along with two keeper mangrove snapper, out of twenty snappers that bit. They released 16-inch crevalle jack and an 18-inch snook.

The next time I got out fishing was on Tuesday, 6/26, with Mike Piascik and his two sons, John and Chris. We fished in spots 18 to 22 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. The guys boxed fourteen keeper lane snapper to 14 inches, along with a dozen good-sized grunts. They released fifteen red grouper shorts to 17 inches, and battled two sharpnose sharks and a big sandbar shark.

On Wednesday morning, 6/27, I fished offshore, 20 miles west of New Pass with Alan Chud and Nigel Hollidge. The guys used cut-bait and squid to catch and release fifteen red grouper shorts to 18 inches. They also got into some Spanish mackerel, and boxed seven of those, all around 24 inches long. They added to the box ten keeper lane snapper to 12inches, and released eight additional lanes that they had no need for.

Saturday morning, 6/30, I fished offshore with Sherri Kemp, her son, Lane, and his girlfriend, Haley. We started out fishing about 18 miles west of New Pass, but the dolphin showed up to compete with us for fish, so we moved out to 22 miles, where the family used cut-bait and squid to box twenty keeper lane snapper. They also released fifteen red grouper shorts to 19 inches.

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Fishing Forum Deep Sea Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today


 
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Chris and Christy Done, along with their son, Kevin, and friend Katherine Humpreys, all locals, chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The family was looking for good fishing action, and that is what we set out to accomplish.

We left the marina, and once we got out past the jetties, I made a right and headed to the south of Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We headed out to about four miles to the southeast of Fort Lauderdale, where there had been some decent fishing action the previous day, and started fishing. We put out our best spread of four surface lines, which included three Ballyhoos and one surface chugger bait and two deep plainer lines – one with a 3 inch blue spoon and the other with a sea witch in front of a double hooked Bonito strip.

As we started trolling the reef, we soon started getting action. The long plainer rod started pulling drag and fish was on. Kevin was our angler – he grabbed the rod and started reeling in a Kingfish. Kevin brought the Kingfish to the side of the boat – Joe, our mate, wired 80 feet of leader line, while reaching over and grabbing the gaff. He gaffed the Kingfish, pulled him into the boat and into the fish box. This action was repeated over and over for the rest of the trip.

With a total of 10 Kingfish, two Bonitos and two big Blue Runners, it was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. At the dock, Joe filet out the fish for the anglers to take home and enjoy for dinner.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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