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Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (August 1)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 1, 2013

It's been a fantastic fishing season so far at Painter's Lodge and April Point, and August promises to be just as good, if not better! In addition to all the Chinook and Coho salmon that have been caught this year, we're also starting to see some Pink salmon show up. This week Dwayne give you a few tips about how to reel in these tasty little fish.

Hooray for August! For a community that has some of the best fishing in the world, August has some of the best fishing of the year. I mean, where else would you rather be? There are plenty of Chinook and Coho out at The Hump and the Green Can, and the waters north of Seymour Narrows are starting to see the beginnings of Chinook, Coho and Pink salmon migrations.

A lot of people “pooh-pooh” the poor little Pink salmon. It’s not a big bruiser like the Chinook salmon, it’s not a fierce scrapper like the Coho salmon, and it doesn’t cook with the same flair as a Sockeye. But the Pink salmon still battles as hard as a six pound trout (which is nothing to sneeze at), it is pure magic in the smoker, and if cooked the same day it’s surprisingly good on the barbeque. On top of it all, they migrate in such numbers that there is never a dull moment whether you are trolling with downriggers or casting from the beach.

If you have young anglers in the family, there is no better way to introduce them to salmon fishing than an afternoon trolling for Pinks. The weather is kind, the action can be fast and furious and the set-up is dead simple. All you need is a bubble gum pink “squirt” hoochie with a 36 inch leader and a green flasher. Head out to Brown’s bay, Deepwater Bay or Plumper Bay, drop your gear down 60 to 90 feet and wait for the rod to start bouncing. Hand the rod to a five year old and the giggling will start immediately.

But be warned: Tyee-sized Chinook salmon also frequent these August waters and they have been known to slam Pink gear. So be careful when you set the hook on a Pink salmon, because you might be setting the hook on a 40 pound monster.

Until next week,

Tight lines and keep on fishin’