It’s the second-to-last day of our Spring Fling Derby and we’ve had quite an eventful week. Salmon seem to be more consistently coming in at the 18-21 lb. range, and Ken Volk took 2nd place with a nice 24.5 pounder earlier in the week. We also had John Janzen and Brian Sorokin bring in a 51.5 halibut, one of the first of the season for us!
We also had an eventful week in terms of weather. While we certainly enjoyed the blue skies and sunshine, the wind picked-up significantly providing a slight dip in temperature and rougher seas than usual. How does this affect the fishing, you may ask? Dwayne Mustard gives you the rundown in his Weekly Fishing Report:
One of my jobs as Marine Activities Manager at Painter’s Lodge is to post the weather reports. People will ask me, “Is it going to rain?” and then they’re shocked when I tell them I don’t know. They say, “Well, you’re the one who posts weather info.” I tell them that as a mariner I don’t really care about the rain, what I worry about is wind. Anything over 30 knots and our boats don’t leave the dock…and for those of you who are wondering, one knot equals 1.15 miles per hour or 1.852 kilometers per hour. Although we are fairly lucky here on the inside of Vancouver Island in that we don’t have open ocean swell, we can still face some pretty nasty water when weather turns against us. We are also pretty lucky in that we have plenty of options when the wind gets “iffy” and by that I mean strong enough to be uncomfortable but not so strong as to be dangerous…sort of like this week’s winds.
This week we have seen lots of North West wind, which is the dominant summertime sunny day high pressure wind. Very often this wind can be very brisk but it usually doesn’t reach gale force. It make fishing at the Green Can an impossibility on almost all tides and can make fishing at the Hump or the Lighthouse difficult on anything but a flood tide (which in turn is difficult to fish even on dead calm days). Fishing North of Seymour Narrows in a strong Northwester will have you limited to Brown’s, Deepwater and Plumper Bays.
The other wind we see in Campbell River is the dreaded South Easter. This is the low pressure Storm Bringer that we see throughout the winter and makes the south end of Quadra a “No Go” zone. On a flood tide this wind turns Discovery Passage in a liquid roller coaster that is best avoided. Fishing north of Seymour Narrows becomes your only possibility and quite often it is a nice little safe haven at places like Plumper Bay.
If you have your own boat and are heading out on one of these “iffy” days, make sure you check out the marine forecast online at weather.gc.ca/marine or on the weather stations of your VHF radio. Remember, SAFETY FIRST.
Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishin’