Dock Talk

Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (August 17)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 17, 2013

The pink fishing has been amazing here for the last couple weeks. I've seen boats come back after an hour and a half because they limited out so quickly. Want to know how to best take advantage of this huge run of pinks? Then read below to find out.

They said they were coming, but as August continued to creep forward I wasn’t sure that I believed them. But, they are here with a vengence. If you don’t believe me you can find out for yourself.

All you need is a boat, any boat, as long as it has downriggers. You will also need a salmon rod, a flasher (I recommend a gold Super Betsy), about 2 feet of leader and a pink squirt sized hoochie. Find a tide table (, look for a flood tide, head up through Seymour Narrows making sure to keep a close eye out for whirlpools.

Once you navigate your way through the turbulance, head for Seperation Head on the Deepwater Bay side. Pull out eight pulls of line and attach it to your downrigger release clip and send your set-up down 90 feet. Cruise around at a medium slow speed and wait.But not too long, because you will more than likely have a pink salmon yanking away at your line before your coffee is cool enough to drink.

DFO was predicting that there will be about 30 million pink salmon making their way through Discovery Passage on their way to the Fraser River and while they may be a little late in arriving, they are certainly on their way. And they’re big too! On Wednesday morning I watched a guest battle one on a spinning rod for a good five minutes. So get ready, once the run gets here in earnest, there won’t be a pink hoochie to be found on the North Island. Or a smoker, canning jar or vacuum sealer bag for that matter. So if you thought the pink fishing in the river was hot, wait till you see what’s going to happen on the salt water over the next few weeks.

Until next time,

Tight lines and keep on fishin’