Late August fishing continues to be excellent, it’s prime time for Port Renfrew.
Kelly from Last Chance Fishing Charters reports that halibut are plentiful on Swiftsure Bank, and also feeder spring salmon at the Chicken Ranch. Best lures have been white 5″ and pure glow spoons, and some magic hootchies, plus anchovies are working too. He reports spring salmon in the 2o pound range on the south side of the Bank. He advises to start near the border, and troll with the tide, then run back once you are 3/4 of the way up the closure.
Trevor from No Bananas Fishing Charters says much the same, reporting halibut up to 55 pounds at the Bank, plus a nice run of white spring salmon on the Beach — catching lots of salmon in the 30s, plus his SECOND 50 pound plus fish this season. Some guys have all the luck (and a little know-how doesn’t hurt too).
He sent in a photo of Mike Graves with his 50 pound trophy salmon. Some avid fishermen spend their whole lives searching for a fish this big, but this happens to be Mike’s first salmon ever landed! Plus the first salmon he ever played, earlier that morning, was probably a 35 pounder and was taken by a sealion right at the boat. Talk about beginner’s luck!
The sockeye are still being caught, but are reported to be less frequent than a week ago — anglers have to work to find the schools now. However, they are reported to be a bit bigger than average now when you find them.
Trevor says “It’s gonna be a sad day when its over this year”….we agree! Get out to Port Renfrew and get into the fishing while it lasts…