Friday, August 8, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
1 12 oz. Can of Beer (Canadian)
1-1/8 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 Tsp Salt (Sea Salt)
¾ Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Paprika
½ Tsp White Sugar
Mix all ingredients.
Wash fish in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
Roll fish in flour.
Dip in Batter.
Deep Fry at 350 until Golden. – Be careful not to let stick to wire basket in fryer.
Drain cooked fish on paper towels, lightly salt, and serve.
1 Cup Helman’s Mayonaise
2 Pickles – Finely Chopped
½ Medium White Onion – Finely Chopped.
1 Tsp Parsley
½ Tsp Tarragon
½ Tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
½ Tsp White Sugar
Juice of ½ Fresh Lemon
Mix ingredients and put in fridge. Best if prepared a few hours or a day in advance.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Left the dock today about 7:30 AM and headed out to Esperanza Inlet with the intention of fishing Rosa Harbour area. Outside seas were calm enough that we ventured outside to the Highway.
Fishing was pretty slow, until we got a little closer to Ferrer Point. We were running three lines on two downriggers bracketing 100' in 300 - 280' of water. No signs of bait or fish on the sounder. Had a good hit on the upper rod with a Green & Glow 3.5" Coyote spoon - no flasher. Fish spit the hook after about 30 seconds of play. While reeling in, spoon was hit a second time and again spit after a minute or so of fighting the fish.
We decided to see if we could get some Halibut and tried drifting and back-trolling from 150' to a 90' hump just SE of Ferrer Pt. Picked up a nice Yelloweye, and two China Rockfish.
After getting a radio report of fish hitting at Ferrer, we moved in and started trolling two lines at 35' & 40'. After a bit, we hit what was the most amazing fish I have ever seen! It hit the outside rod, a Watermellon Apex lure with no flasher and almost spooled the 200 yards of line off the reel in one long sustained run toward shore that had Jim Hicks convinced that he was hooked on bottom until I pointed out that we were drifting toward the direction the line was running in. I believe that the fish made it into the kelp and the line broke at the swivel. Jim will be re-tieing his leaders before the morning!
Jim's partner Kevin picked up a nice 12 pound Chinook in the same spot about 20 minutes later on an green FBR (Franko Bullet Rotator) with anchovy, again with no flasher.
A while later, we picked up a nice 5 pound Coho on the before mentioned Coyote spoon. No flasher. Am I seeing a trend here?
We fished Rosa for an hour, seeing lots of bait balls and some solid fish returns on the sounder, but no bites.
Upon getting back to the dock in Tahsis, we learned that Tyler and his dad, Don also hit some very nice hard fighting fish in the same area that we were in at Ferrer.
The chinook we landed was a nice white Spring. Coho was had for a late dinner, soaked in Orange Juice and various spices to which I want the recipe before the guys leave town on Saturday!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
All the mechanical/tune-up work has been done. New plugs, wires, cap, rotor, change of oil in the motor and the outdrive. Everything powerwashed, and cleaned. Another days work and everything should be ready to put her back in the water and go chasing Salmon, Halibut, Prawns & Crabs!
I have also bought a couple of new fishing rods, Berkley Lightenings, that I am looking forward to trying out. They are much lighter than my Shimano rods and should make fighting the fish much more fun! If they work out the way I think they will, I'll get a couple more for spares.
In spite of the doom and gloom our friends to the South are experiencing, it looks like we will have a good season here in Tahsis. Should be some nice big Chinook caught here this year. I can hardly wait!
Friday, May 2, 2008
This video features Bob Franko showing how to catch Spotted Prawns in Tahsis Inlet and surrounding waters. Enjoy!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Just finished loading this new video to YouTube - Enjoy!
The new fishing season will soon be starting, I can't wait to get that first fish into the boat!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
We caught lots of fish, but what a strange year it was for those of us on the West Coast of Vancouver Island!
Normally, we go out and catch Salmon, Halibut, and various bottomfish. This year, we were out chasing Tuna! We also had many reports of people hooking large Humbolt Squid, and one local Tahsis Guide hooked a 147 pound Opah, or Moonfish. Normally these fish are caught in Hawaii. This one took 3 people and 2 hours to land!
There were lots of small "Chicken" Halibut around. We were catching them while trolling for Salmon at 100' in 180' of water - 80' off of the bottom! This is a good sign for the future - there should be lots of bigger Halibut here in coming years.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Wow! Lots of new stuff to report - where to beging?
First of all, I have a new and larger boat! The new Sushi Hunter is a 26' Campion Toba Hardtop Cruiser. This is a great boat for family fishing trips. Lots of room to move around in, and protection from extremes of sun and rain. There is a private marine head (toilet) - essential for those long fishing trips!
I have the newest, best and biggest electronics, a new Lowrance LCX-112c GPS/Chartplotter/Fishfinder unit that is truly amazing to fish with. I have a brand new Icom IC-422 VHF Marine Radio with DSC that will transmit the exact location of the boat to the Coast Guard in the event of an emergency (hopefully never to be tested!). On top of all of that, the boat catches fish!
Fishing in the Tahsis area has been very good this year with lots of feisty Coho and great fighting Chinook to test your fishing skills. Lots of Chicken Halibut up to about 20 pounds with a great many big fish showing in the last week in the 100 to 150 pound class!
If you are thinking of a fishing trip this season, phone or email me as soon as possible as there are only a few dates available before the end of the fishing season. Don't wait, do it now!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Welcome to my new blog!
The purpose of this blog is to provide up to the date fishing reports for Tahsis, BC. Reports will be mostly from the Esperanza Inlet area on the North side of Nootka Island, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Occasionally, I will include reports from the Nootka Sound area, on the South side of Nootka Island, as well as the off-shore areas to the West of Nootka Island.
I will try to give you as much detail in the reports as possible: area, species, depth, lure, etc.