This week Dwayne gives us his take on the 21st Annual Women's Derby and some insight on the fishing conditions for this weekend. Enjoy!
Last weekend saw the return of the annual Painter’s Lodge Women’s Derby, with 72 women from across North America competing for prizes and bragging rights. This was the 21st year for the Women’s Derby and the Grand Prize winner was Lonne Clark with a 22.5 pound Chinook.
Conditions were difficult due to the heavy running Spring tides which saw the waters south of town turn into a raging Jacuzzi of salt. Winning guide Richard Breaukers showed that there is no substitute for experience when it comes to fishing the difficult flood tides of the summer solstice full moon. As soon as the tides began to moderate, the fishing started to pick up.
With the weekend’s quarter moon, the tides will be quite subdued and the fishing should be hot. Look to the afternoon ebb tide for your best fishing and make sure you have at least one UV belly army truck hoochie down deep. I’ve been having luck pairing it with a beat up old cop car flasher, but your old standard green flasher will work as well.
Coho fishing also continues to be hot. They appear to be everywhere from Whiskey Point down to Nanaimo. People have been catching them in front of the Cape Mudge Village, the Lighthouse, the Hump, Francisco Point and the Green Can. There are many hatchery Coho mixed in and there is speculation among our guides that these fish may have come from our own Quinsam Hatchery. The only way to tell for sure is to have DFO check the coded wire tags in the heads of hatchery fish, so make sure you turn those heads in.
If these fish are from our local hatchery, we should all thank Painter’s Lodge and April Point guide Rocky Semkiw for his tireless work acting as adoptive parent up at the hatchery, feeding and caring for the million Coho fry which are released every spring. Way to go Rocky!
Until next week,
Tight lines and keep on fishin’