My Dad used say, “Anything worth having is worth working for,” and Chinook salmon are certainly worth having. But lately we have had to work for them. And as we near Monday’s full moon and the spring tide kicks in, the work will get just a little bit harder. In the morning we will see big ebb tides and the afternoon will see big floods.
If you are going to fish south of town, ebb tides usually mean fishing the lighthouse and the Hump. Start out south east of the Hump and point your bow north. The current will push you toward the northwest, allowing you to scrap along the south face of the Hump and then northward toward the Lighthouse. After you pass the western end of the Hump, point your bow toward the sandy cliffs at the south end of Quadra Island, otherwise your boat will get pushed into the deep trench that runs north and south into the mouth of Discovery Passage. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you don’t mind fishing in 325 feet of water. Make sure you have plenty of downrigger cable! Hoochies and plugs are both working and you may even want to try an anchovy because it seems that the dogfish have decided to hunt somewhere else this summer.
Fishing a full moon flood at the Lighthouse is either for the very brave or the very stupid. The flood tide waters swirl and tumble with such ferocity that the guides call the area the washing machine! Not to say that fish can’t be caught on the flood but the wisest approach is to fish the Green Can.
Until next week,
Tight lines and keep on fishing
First Tyee of the season comes in on a beautiful Friday morning! 31.5 pounds and sparkling, this Chinook was caught by Bruce Morrison out by the lighthouse.
This is Bruce's 2nd Tyee, the first being on a Painter's boat a few years back, but there was no excitment lacking in the catch! The fish ran, jumped and dived down deep, making for a fantastic fight and rewarding photo op moment on the dock.
Great Job Bruce!