Painter's Lodge - Campbell River, British Columbia, V9W 4S5, Canada

Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report

June 20, 2014

Our 22nd Annual Women’s Fishing Derby is well underway, and the ladies have set out on fishing day two of three as we speak. Yesterday was outstanding, with the majority of the women limiting out and a total of 749 pounds of salmon brought in by the group. That’s right— seven-hundred and forty-nine. I'm pretty sure that's enough to feed a large village.

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So clearly the fishing is on fire. We can all see that from the copious number of fish being caught on a daily basis. Despite the fortune, the fish can have their off-days. And we’ll have our off-days out there too. What do you do when the fish aren’t biting like they were yesterday? In theory, of course… Dwayne Mustard has your answer in his Weekly Fishing Report:

After rambling on last week about how much I hate clichés, I am going to throw another one at you, “Hero to Zero”, or what to do when your luck goes sour.

So, you’ve been out there fishing and you’ve been absolutely knocking ‘em dead. You’ve got it all figured out; where to fish, when to fish, what to use. You phone up your buddies and say, “You have to get out here, the fishing is on fire.” You load them into your boat and head to your hotspot at precisely the right time. You put down the lures that you used to catch your limit yesterday. You’re pumped, you’re primed, your buddies are excited… and nothing happens. Your rods sit there, silent. Your buddies start to shift in their seats, “It’s early,” you say, “It didn’t turn on until the end of the ebb yesterday.” But still nothing happens. You want to change your lures, but you know the ones you have down have been working. Just a little bit longer…should you move? This spot has been producing all season, there is plenty of bait on the sounder, but still, nothing…your buddies look at you like you are the worst guide ever. You get on the radio and talk to one of your friends at the Green Can, “How’s things over there?”

“Ahh, kinda slow, released a couple of undersized, was just thinking about heading to the Hump, how is it?”

“Lots of bait, couple of nets out, nothing for me…”

Your day is wasting away and you haven’t caught a thing? What do you do? The answer: do what has worked in the past. I might change up the colour of my hoochies, but I’m not a big fan of chasing the bite. Stick to your original game plan. If you are fishing an area that you know holds fish, ride it out. Eventually the bite will turn on and you will be there when it happens. Nothing is worse than racing across the water to hear later that things turned on after you left. Trust your instincts but be willing to accept the fact that you can’t be right all the time (as hard as that is to believe).

Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishin’.