Westcoast Salmon & Halibut 2016
We’re back from the coast !!
And a busy summer it was. Our boat kept busy every day on the ocean, and our boats kept steady at home on Kootenay Lake and Columbia River.
The ocean threw some curveballs at us this year. July was a very windy month on the West coast and made for some tougher conditions. And when the weather cooperated, the fish decided to be stubborn and make us work very hard for our catch.
It seemed like the fish were holding in areas just beyond our reach for a while. And our usual expectations were a lot harder to meet this year.
However, we did manage to have quit a few good days mixed in with the slower days. Fish would show up for a couple days, then move on. So, we found ourselves catching our limits on some days in a few hours, but other days we would have to work harder for our fish. Makes the sales pitch for booking 3 days seem a lot more reasonable.
After the tough conditions of July, we found ourselves with better conditions and better fishing during August. In fact, the last 3 weeks of our summer were the best 3 weeks. Seemed like the fish were showing up later than normal.
Halibut fishing was good when we planned the time for it. However a lot of days we spent longer hours trying for our salmon and left not a lot of time to target halibut. But, when we did target halibut, the fishing was great. Some groups managed to land 5 or 6 big halibut each day. In fact, one of my regular groups ended up with over 100 Lbs of fillets of halibut one day. So, it just proved that you have to put your time in. Another good reason to plan on a 3 day trip.
Our biggest Salmon this year was just over 33 Lbs. And our biggest Halibut this year was around 72Lbs. Just below the maximum size limit.
So, to sum it up, the season started out slow, but ended with a bang. It’s different every year. Here’s hoping next year starts with the bang and continues throughout.
Thank you to everyone who joined me this year! Looking forward to next year already.
And now back to the Kootenays.