On the British Columbia's Sunshine Coast
Article & Photos by Fred Kuzyk, Coho Sports
to Vancouver yet far from the urban life, British Columbia's Sunshine
Coast is a fisherman's paradise. If you'd describe yourself as an
avid fisherman, you really should check out this area during sport fishing
by snow covered BC's Coastal Mountains, this protected coastline stretches
175 Kilometers (105 Miles) along the northeast shores of the Strait
of Georgia, from Howe Sound to
Desolation Sound.Clean sparkling Pacific waters, secluded sandy beaches,
bays with Red Cedar and Arbutus trees sprinkled along the coast line.
Canada Geese, Bald
Eagles, Blue Herons and Osprey
share the sky and shore.
boast 14 more days of sunshine per year than HAWAII with approximately
270 growing days per year. All of this is only two hours by car and
Ferry from Downtown Vancouver,
British Columbia, the picturesque, 40 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe
Bay to Langdale with the paved coastal highway following the coast
offers relatively protected waters for sport fishing on Georgia Strait
with Vancouver Island protecting
this area from the open sea, the numerous islands also offer shelter,
where you are not subject to the high seas of the Pacific Ocean (no
swells or fog).
Sunshine Coast offers year round guided saltwater fishing for Chinook
Salmon at great resorts at such locations as Secret Cove, Pender
Harbour and Powell
River. Feeder Chinooks are present during the winter months and
the migratory Chinook start showing up late spring with the best fishing
from June to September.
are best from June to September, while the Northern Coho are available
from September to October. Pink
and Sockeye go bye from
mid August to Mid September and Chum
Salmon from September thru October.
big attraction to the anglers is the bottom fish fishery, Large Red
Snappers (Yellow Eye), Lingcod,
Rockcod, Flounder and Tommy
Cod. Most of these species are open year round with only Lingcod being
closed from October to May. For the seafood specialists the prawning
and crabbing is excellent year round all along the Sunshine Coast.
to the Secret Cove and Pender Harbour area, mooching is the way most
of the guides and local anglers fish for these tail-walking salmon.
Most of the fishing is done from larger charter yachts from 26ft. to
40ft. The salmon fishing techniques are quite different, not using a
Cut plug or trolling for the Salmon, we Mooch, this means we locate
the schooling bait fish off reefs and kelp beds with sounders and anchor
the vessel over the bait fish and use live herring, the natural food
for the Salmon.
with long limber 10ft salmon rods, a single-action graphite fishing
reel, a 3 ounce weight, about 8ft of light leader and a single #10 treble
hook in the nose of the live herring. Fishing anchored we are able to
fish from 4 to 7 rods around the vessel at different depths from the
bottom to the surface. Live bait is available at most Marinas from Gibsons
to Pender Harbour. This offers a natural light tackle fishing method
for the Salmon and is a fun way to fish for these powerful fish.
spots in this region of BC include Halfmoon Bay, Bucaneer Bay, Secret
Cove, Lasquiti Island, Texada Island, Seal Reef, Bejji Shoals, Bargain
Harbour, A Frame and Quarry Bay ... just to name a few.
your next British Columbia saltwater fishing trip, this region is arguably
one of the best light tackle salmon fishing destinations in Canada.
The season never ends it just gets better at certain times.
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