2014 Octoberfish Chum Derby Results

Painter's Lodge - October 16, 2014

With the end of our season also comes the end of our Octoberfish Chum Derby. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the fishing derby this year. We hope you all had a blast out on the water!

There were some pretty impressive chum caught this fall, but the biggest was 16.6 pounds, caught by Phil Morris. His guide was legendary Painter’s Lodge angler Bruce Aikman. For his efforts, Phil will receive a 3 day/2 night fishing package at Painter’s Lodge. Congratulations Phil and Bruce!

Matt Spindor nearly dethroned Phil as the leader with his 16.5 pound chum. Although he failed to grab the lead, Matt took second place in the derby and earned himself a 3 day/2 night activity package at April Point Resort & Spa.

Finally, we selected one derby participant at random to receive a free room night at Painter’s Lodge. The winner of our random draw prize is Ian Lamplugh, who caught a 14 pound chum during the derby.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and we hope to see you again next year!

2014 Fishing Season Wrap Up

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - October 10, 2014

Wow, time sure flies, doesn't it? It feels like just yesterday our fishing season was starting and now it's almost over. But what a season it was! Here's Dwayne with our end of season fishing wrap-up.

It is hard to believe that is already time for an end of season wrap up, it seems like only yesterday I was getting my reels ready with new line and a fresh coating of grease. But it was quite a season. My tackle got worked hard, that new line is now old and bedraggled and the fresh coating of grease has been replaced five times over.

Probably the single biggest story of the summer 2014 fishing season is the incredible Chinook fishing that happened south of town at the Lighthouse, the Hump and the Green Can. In fact, if you wanted to skip Chum fishing all together you could probably head to the Hump every day for the rest of the year and still limit out on keeper sized spring salmon. Make sure you take along this year’s lure of choice, which is none other than the UV belly army truck hoochie. This work horse of West Coast fishing must strike a chord with fish in all sorts of conditions because it constantly out-produces anything else I tie on. Mind you, all of the guides at Painter’s were mopping up with tomic plugs as well, which is great because there is no better fight than a big spring caught on a plug.

But the great fishing certainly didn’t stop with the Chinook return, this year saw almost 2,000,000 pink salmon flood the Campbell/Quinsam River system. Children of all ages spent hour after hour in the rivers hooking one fish after another. And then, of course, there was the August sockeye run that will keep canners and smokehouses going until well into the New Year. So now here we are, well into fall and the saltwater anglers are still hooking plenty of fish. Between big nasty chum and beautiful Northern Coho, this fall has seen some excellent fishing and fantastic weather.

And on that happy note, let me thank all of you for following along and…

Until next year,

tight lines and keep on fishin’


Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (Oct. 3rd)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - October 3, 2014

Coho fishing has been amazing at Painter's Lodge lately. But where are the Chum? Dwayne explains in this week's fishing report.

This week’s fishing report is all about Coho and the wonderful rebound we have seen for Coho fishing in the area. Ever since the Department of Fisheries and Oceans expanded Coho retention to include one wild fish per day in Area 13, we’ve seen people rediscovering their long lost Coho fishing mojo and bringing plenty of these beauties back to the dock. I’m not sure if there have always been plenty of beautiful Northern Coho around and we just couldn’t keep them or if there in fact more Coho around this year than in previous years. Whatever the case, no one seems to want to check this gift horse’s teeth because right now there are Coho in the 10 to 16 pound range being hooked at your favourite North of Seymour Narrows fishing spots. The Wall at Deepwater Bay is always a good place to start. Some of the Painter’s Lodge guides are having luck there trolling a nice hard-brined anchovy while others are catching them while trying to target Chum salmon.

There are plenty of nice healthy Chum out there right now, but they don’t seem too keen on biting just yet. Our guides have been throwing the kitchen sink at these fish, and what are they catching? Coho, lots and lots of Coho, even though there are plenty of Chum seen on the surface and on sounders. Your best bet is to try fishing them on a bright sunny day. If you are really, really intent on catching some Chum for your smoker and for the thrill of the fight, your best bet is to brave the elements and head up to Greensea Bay on the flood tide. Chum are funny. When they decide to bite you will find yourself with one triple header after another, but if they decide to remain close lipped, fishing them can be one of the most frustrating experiences you will ever have to endure because they will jump all around you, mocking you.  It’s almost enough to drive a guy to go chanterelle picking.

Thank goodness the Coho are biting.

Until next week,

Tight lines and keep on fishing