After a few slower days due to wind, rain and choppy water, we’ve seen the fishing picking back up to the normal April fishery. Over the past week we’ve been keying in on fishing the South end of Bowen Island with some good results. We’ve also been in Howe Sound Tunstall Bay, 3rd Marker, Grace or at Hole in the Wall near Horseshoe Bay. Other people have had some good days further up the sound at Defense Islands as well.
We’ve seen fish weighing in the high teens with the biggest marking a whopping 29lbs! A great fish for any time of year!! This fishery is great for charters. Trips start at 5 hours but we would recommend fishing a whole tide so 8 hours is your best bet for seeing results and getting those exciting bites!! Mixed in with the legal fish we have had a quite a few undersized Spring salmon, Grilse salmon and the odd small Coho. Some days we’ve also seen a lot of Hake which is a bit of a pain but usually the salmon are near them.
We’ve been fishing at depths of 80-140 feet at the South end of Bowen Island using Gibbsdelta flashers, the Watermark or Chartreuse Glow. For spoons we’ve been using Gibbsdelta Skinny G, the Outfitter, Irish Cream. Silver Horde the Homeland Security. Bait has turned back on using the same flashers as above with Rhys Davies heads the UV green, the 2 tone green glow, the tiger have also been working well with 5-8 foot leaders. We’ve seen some success on hootchies. White has worked well on a shorter leader.
Crabbing has been OK, but not great lately. The crab near my marina off the West Vancouver coastline have been molting. I’m hopeful it’ll pick up soon. Prawning has been inconsistent – very hit or miss.
Give me a call to book a charter or to ask questions about the different trips we offer Feel free to reach out with questions on gear if you’re going to give it a try on your own. Always happy to help out any way I can.
Until next time, good luck!
Mark – 604-816-8944