We are in the second week of May and things are looking good for 2016 salmon season!
I am excited to be part of the Pro-Staff team with Gibbs Delta tackle again for the 2016 season! Great tackle and company along with an awesome network of guides!
The south end of Campbell River starting with the "Hump" has had a lot of bait and some decent fishing on the slower ebb tides. 4" Silver Horde spoons with a short 42" leader behind the flasher have been working well.
Wilby Shoals between the red and green can in the 180-220ft contours are also worth trying right now.
Shelter point down to Salmon point is also a productive tack. Again the spoon including my favorite Gibbs Skinny G gold nugget with a short leader will do the trick. Spring is also a good time for towing around bait, I use 5-6" anchovies with a 4-6ft leader behind the Gibbs Purple Onion flasher. I usually run my bait 40ft or more off the bottom to avoid
rock fish/P-cod and the rest!
Sentry Shoals and Grants reef have had some good fishing the last month, but the fish seem to move fast from these spots, good one day, slow the next!
Kitty Coleman (Bates beach) has had some good fishing the last few weeks. Lots of bait stacks up on the flood tides and the springs follow it in.
I have had some nice fish caught on Yamishita hootchies in the OGL239R color, but changing around the gear is a must. I have had a few days this week when fish are on the hootchies for a few hours then nothing, switch to a spoon and bang, fish on!
Also with the thick plankton bloom this week, the bait and fish have been higher up in the water column, most of the fish have been caught in the 120-140ft when fishing in 200-220ft
Hornby Island to the south has been producing some nice fish into the 20 lb range the last week! Fishing the 160-200ft contours on the west side of Norris rock with the spoons mentioned above and anchovies behind a Gibbs Purple Onion or any Glow/moon jelly flasher have been producing well.
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