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Welcome to the Sooke Fishing Adventures website! On this page, we will post regular updates on what's happening with Sooke fishing, Vancouver Island fishing, and other news of interest to our fishing friends from around the world.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Halibut fishing seminar

Gord Martin, Foghorn Fishing ChartersThe "Kicking Butt" Halibut Fishing Seminar was held today in Langford.

The day kicked off with the Trotac team explaining how an anchor retrieval system works, crucial equipment and knowledge for fishing for halibut in Vancouver Island waters. member Gord Martin of Foghorn Fishing Charters presented an overview of halibut fishing from A to Z. Topics included tides and currents, planning for weather, finding spots, gear to use, and how to "subdue" an angry halibut. Gord did a great job of presenting some really useful tips -- but while still keeping some of those trade secrets under wraps, you've got to get on a charter if you want to see those in action! However, as a follow up to this session, Gord will be taking interested people out on his boat for short "how to anchor safely" sessions. This is the most dangerous aspect of halibut fishing, and if you're an anchoring rookie, this would be money EXTREMELY well spent. Email Gord for more details.

The day ended with a talk by Camosun College instructor/chef Gilbert Noussitou explaining how to care for halibut and to best prepare it for eating. A very informative talk, especially about how to freeze halibut to ensure it is optimal table fare later.

With over 300 tickets sold, this charity event raised nearly $13,000 for the Charters Creek Salmon Interpretive Centre. Rollie Rose is to be commended for his hard work and dedication in organizing this informative event. Good job!

On a related note ... DFO officially announced today that the halibut fishing season will open March 1st, and that recreational sector will receive 15% of the total allowable catch, up from the historic 12% level. So it is game on in less than 2 weeks....get those hooks sharpened!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Feb 2012 Sooke salmon fishing report

Two fishing reports from members, from Victoria and Sooke.

Trevor from No Bananas Fishing Charters was at Constance Bank off Victoria. He reports very consistent action with the best average size winter chinook salmon so far this winter. Best lures were purple haze teaser head and purple haze squirts.

Doug from D&D Fishing Charters fished the morning out front of Sooke harbour and then down to the Otter Point trailer park in 110' to 130' depth. They retained 4 fish 24-25", released 3 fish 20-23"and lost two on "long line releases". Doug reports the seal were around, but didn't disturb the fishing today. The salmon were holding 5 feet off the bottom and squirts out-fished bait 6 hits to 3. Most of the salmon were caught going west with the fast tide flow. Doug also reports other boats netting fish and talk on the radio from guys that had fish.

It sounds like there's some nice salmon around. On a sunny day without a lot of wind, it's a great way to spend a day. Good luck out there!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sooke halibut derby, March 24-25

Looks like halibut season is opening March 1st: more info

Just in time for the 2nd annual Sooke halibut derby! Details below...

[announcement originally posted here]
[Thanks to Foghorn Fishing Charters for the photo]


Derby Tickets are $60 each limited to 200 , get your tickets early gives you first refusal for next year

First $4000.00
Second $1000.00
Third $500.00

Top Ten fish prizes, Hidden Weight,Special draw prize for halibut donations to Food Bank

Largest Halibut donated to the Sooke Food Bank

Looking for prize donations and charters for silent auction/derby and sponsors for t-shirts

All proceeds go to the Charters River Interpretive Centre and Hatchery

Tickets are available soon at :

The Crab Shack 250-642-4410
Eagle Eye 250-642-7983
Westshore Sport fishing 250-298-4665
Island Outfitters 250-475-4969
Trotac Marine 250-386-2341

Watch here for updates

Sooke Fishing Adventures
Phone: 1-250-642-2587