Have you ever been so busy that you pour a cup of coffee and the next time you touch it the coffee is ice cold? Welcome to the world of a fishing guide in the summer of 2014. Race out to the fishing grounds, drop your downriggers down 220 feet, pour yourself a cup of coffee, then next thing you know, your coffee is cold and you are motoring back to the dock with a bucket full of fish. As my daughter says, “Anyone who thinks fishing is bad in Campbell River doesn’t have Painter’s Lodge as a Facebook friend.”
Again, the fishing is centered on The Green Can, The Hump and the Lighthouse, but if you keep your eyes open you will see pockets of fishing boats in some rather odd locations. When was the last time you fished Whiskey Point or the Picnic Beach? I know! Usually I blast right past them on my way to the happy hunting ground but there I was on Monday night banging springs at 220 feet off the South West side of Quadra. Again, bait seems to be the key, so if you aren’t seeing it on your sounder, you’re probably not going to get much action.
One place where they are seeing bait on the sounder is a quaint little spot called “The Abyss”. Located just Southwest of the Hump, the Abyss is a four hundred foot deep hole that sits at the mouth of Discovery Passage and acts as a natural collection area for deep running herring. On an ebb tide drop your gear down 275 and troll, what else, a UV belly army truck hoochie behind a cop car flasher. On the flood tide the bait is still there but with the strong tides coming this weekend, it will take a special type of angler to get that lure down without getting the gnarliest tangle you have ever seen.
Most of the fish are in the 15 to 20 pound range, but be careful, there are some 40 pound monsters lurking so don’t get too casual with your hook-sets or you could find yourself finishing the fight with broken fingernails.
Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishing,