Ucluelet BC Saltwater Fishing Report
By Big Bear Salmon Charters | Last updated: May 4th, 2013
Well we are another week closer to the kick-off to the season and the crew @ Big Bear have been lighting it up with early season chinook salmon and lots of halibut. Our Guide Brett Thomas has been putting huge smiles on all of our guests' faces with limits of both. While shooting a segment with Rod on halibut this week the boys managed a total of 15 hook-ups on these bottom dwellers. Amazing!!!
Big Bear Salmon Charters teamed up with the Ucluelet Aquarium to catch and transport two live halibut for their display tank. We were able to obtain two beautiful specimens without any real stress and they now call the Aquarium home. These fish will be released back into the wild once the season is over. Thanks to Rod and his crew for making this a possibility.
Barkley Sound has been excellent for chinook salmon to 20lbs. Meares Bluff to Cree Island has been the go to place on the top half of the flood. These fish are full of needlefish and sand lance so the 4" coyotes are killing it. Wonder Bread, Cop Car, Blue/Chrome and the "GP" are all fishing well on 5 to 6 feet leaders. Flashers of choice have been Chartreusse/Glo, Red/glo and the chrome blue all in the Hot Spot series.
Long Beach to Florencia have been the best bets for halibut to 45lbs. Depths of 160 to 220 are producing multiple hook-up days. Once again the 16oz. jig with the Berkley Power grub and a small portion of octopus to give it that extra little boost is the ticket. As well, the Norweigan Jig in the 20 oz has been hitting fish. Try dropping the NJ after you have missed a bite on the bait. Halibut tend to shy away from bait if they feel resistance from the angler. That does not mean they are gone, usually they will hover and this jig is enough to entice a strike out of aggression.
Big Bear Salmon Charters offers the best fleet to meet their customers' comfort. Their four Grady White 282 Sailfish vessels are 31 feet long, fitted with Espar heaters, clean washrooms, twin Yamaha 225 motors, the latest radar, GPS and fish finding equipment from Lowrance. Customers are also supplied with brand new mustang survival suits, gourmet lunches and top notch guides and the finest fishing equipment from Shimano and Islander Reels.
Until next time, keep those tips up and hooks sharp.
The Crew @ Big Bear Salmon Charters