With summer holidays officially underway and steady improvements in the fishing conditions, more and more anglers are setting out in hopes of bringing in a haul and landing the big one. This leads to the “sardine can” effect: tons of traffic in the popular fishing spots. Some people respond by seeking alternatives, like heading up north towards Brown’s Bay, or further east towards the Green Can. Lately we’ve seen consistently good fishing in these areas also, so it’s not a bad approach. But regardless of where you’re fishing, it’s important to maintain proper etiquette when you’re out on the water. Dwayne Mustard walks you through the manners of fishing in his latest Fishing Report:
On the ski hill they’re called “Gorbies”, on a surfboard they’re called “kooks”, on Wicked Tuna they’re called “Googans” and here on the fishing grounds around Campbell River they’re called “WW’s” –weekend warriors. You know the guys, the ones that motor sideways through the middle of the pack, cutting off boat after boat as they stand on their back deck trying to figure out which tackle to use or where they want to set their downriggers. They drive sideways across the current, gathering up the downrigger cables of their fellow anglers and then curse at you when they lose what they thought was the biggest fish they had ever hooked. They throw their beer cans overboard. They play AC/DC really loudly on their boomboxes. They drive right up to get a closer look when you are trying to fight a fish on the end of a long line or they race by you at full speed when you are standing up fighting a fish. WW’s are the scourge of the fishing world. So, don’t be a WW.
Always travel at a reasonable speed when motoring through the fishing fleet. When you stop to set up for your tack, find a spot where you won’t get in anyone’s way as you drop your gear. Keep an eye on your downrigger cables and know if they are going to obstruct anyone else. Don’t yell obscenities at the top of your lungs. Don’t take off your shirt if you have the physique of Jabba the Hut. Watch and learn, we all start off with a limited amount of skill. If you are still an angler “in development”, remember that you don’t have to go charging into the middle of the fray to have success. Especially these days, because the local fishing has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Fish are being taken from the Hump all the way up to Whiskey Point and over at the Green Can. The key is finding the bait, turn your sounder’s fish ID feature off so that you can spot the cloud shaped formations that indicate bait below you and drop your downriggers into it. Tie on a UV bellied army truck hoochie and you are well on your way to salmon fishing bliss. Just watch out for the Googans.
Until next week,
Tight lines and Keep on fishin’