September18th 2012

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Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing


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We are now into the month of September and not only has there been some great

salmon fishing in the Port Alberni and Pacific Rim regions but the weather is sensational

with sunny skies and afternoon temperatures from eighty to eighty-four degrees farenheit.

These temperatures have made fishing in Barkley Sound and offshore areas out of

Ucluelet fairly comfortable and very summerlike for those anglers seeking the big late

summer Chinook and the ample Coho found in many of this regions areas. The salmon

are currently migrating to their natal rivers, streams and creeks which will create a

fantastic fall fishing opportunity in the Stamp, Nahmint, and Sarita River systems.

The first few weeks of September not only includes great Chinook and Coho

Salmon fishing but is also the time of this areas two biggest salmon derbies. The

forty-first Port Alberni Labour Day Weekend fishing derby just wrapped up. Over

two thousand ticket entrants participated this year with local Port Alberni angler Alice

Kempton winning the derby with a thirty-four pound Chinook which she landed using

a white AORL 12 hootchie on the Saturday morning of the long weekend in the Port

Alberni Inlet close to Polly Point. This big fish won Kempton $3,000.00 for biggest

fish of the day and also the $7,000.00 prize money for biggest fish of the Derby. Alice

fished with husband Walter and while she was playing her big fish he was busy bringing

in a seventeen pound Chinook. Other local winners in the derby were Glen Wallman

with a (32.8) and Doug Croxen with a (30.8) both landed for second and third place on

Saturday. On Sunday Roland Goehl and Paul Wagner finished first and second with 33.6

and 33.5 pound fish respectively. On Monday there were not any local fishermen in the

top three fish. The biggest fish of each day was worth a cash prize of $3,000.00 while

second place was $2,000.00 and third place winners each day won $1,000.00. The derby

also awards several hidden weight awards.


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The Ucluelet Ladder Derby runs from May 1st until the Labour Day Weekend

and awards mothly cash prizes and gifts. All of the net proceeds of this ongoing four

month derby goes to local Ucluelet enhancement projects. The FISH OFF will occur

on September 7th and 8th. The top 15 fish of each month along with the next top 65 fish

are invited to the final derby. This derby also awards big money and gift prizes with

all awards being given out on Sunday September 9th. The biggest fish of the year was

landed in August out on the Starfish and weighed just over thirty-eight pounds. Good

Luck to all participants and guides this weekend.


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Port Alberni Inlet

Barkley Sound

The fishing in the Inlet for Chinook and Coho got underway about mid August.

The salmon pushed into the Inlet quite quickly but really have not held for long periods

of time. Currently there is a good push of Chinook and Coho headed for the Somass

and Stamp River systems and also Robertson Creek Hatchery. The early Chinook in the

the first ten days of the season were hitting anchovy in various Rhys Davis teaser heads


and a now seem to be more interested in the white AORL12 hootchie and the big O-15,

O-2 and O-16 hootchies. A variety of Four inch Coyote spoons are also working quite

well. The salmon in the first half of the morning are found in the top forty feet of water

with some of the biggest Chinook that are being landed found in the top twenty-five feet.

Most of the Chinook and Coho have been quite bright. As mentioned the fish are not

holding and are heading right to the river mouth. This means that every other day there

seems to be a new school of salmon moving in that are almost chrome in color. This is a

bit odd as the salmon often hang in various locations of Barkley Sound and feed heavily

on bait fish before finishing their long journey to their spawning grounds. The salmon in

Barkley Sound are there one day and gone the next as they quickly make their way up the

Port Alberni Inlet migrating to the Somass River Mouth. We are expecting the first half

of September to continue to have some good salmon fishing. Coho are becoming quite

dominant for many anglers and guide guests to land. The weather at this time of year can

play a major role. If early fall rains occur the Chinook and Coho will make their way

into the Somass River very quickly which will deteriorate the Port Alberni Inlet fishing.

Barkley Sound salmon fishing has picked up over the last week. Wittlestone,

Cape Beale, Assets, and areas along the Bamfield Wall have been producing some great

Chinook and Coho catches. The salmon are running in the top eighty feet of water and

are hitting bait, white hootchies and green hootchies plus a variety of different four and

five inch coyote spoons. The watermelon four inch coyote has been very prominent

along the Bamfield wall for Coho. Diplock and Pill Point have been off and on. The

Port Alberni salmon Derby had some excellent entrants from the Diplock area as a few

Chinook over thirty pounds were weighed in from this great location. September salmon

fishing in Barkley Sound can often be very good especially for big Coho that are making

their way to their spawning grounds. The Coho are still actively feeding in the sound

and can often be swimming in shallower water. Shortening leader lengths and trolling

a little faster can result in better catches. Weather change in September can often hurry

the salmon along to their natal streams and creeks. The long term forecast is looking

extremely good with the only possiblility of a small amount of rain early in the week of

September 10th.


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The Ucluelet Ladder Derby finishes this weekend with the annual fish off.

Derby finalists will be fishing for great cash and gift prizes. Awards will take place on

Sunday September 11th. West Coast fishing has been rather slow the last few weeks. It

seems some of the big Chinook have travelled a much different route than what they do

most years. Many are blaming the warm water current that has moved into the offshore

and inshore area. Mackeral are very high in numbers and water temperatures that are

normally in the summer from 53 to 58 degrees farenhiet are above 60 farenheit degrees.

The big bank continues to be very good for Coho and smaller Chinook. The halibut

fishing has also been excellent. Halibut fishing on the west coast does close on Sunday

September 9th. South Bank and Long Beach over the last week have had some good

fishing for Chinook in the high teens and low twenty pound range. The fish are taking

spoons from the four inch coyote to spoons up to six and seven inches. White hootchies

and also halloween and green spatterback are working quite well especially for Coho that

are ranging from ten to sixteen pounds. It should be noted that Coho limits offshore are

only at two per day and must be hatchery fish. All wild Coho are to be released.


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Somass-Stamp River

Salmon fishing got underway on the 26th of August on the Stamp River. Their

has already been some excellent catches of bright Chinook and Coho. The salmon should

begin entering the system in very high numbers beginning the week of September 10th.

The peak is usually sometime during the third week of September. Good Chinook and

Coho fishing should continue into October. October is often an excellent month for Coho

and fall or summer Steelhead. For good results anglers should use wool, spinners and

spin n glows. Bait can be used beginning the 15th of September. We are expecting some

great returns of Chinook and Coho and with fairly high numbers of Steelhead already in

the system there should be a fantastic fall fishery in the world reknown Stamp River.


For more information


Doug Lindores

Slivers Charters Salmon Sport Fishing

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