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Choosing the Right Fishing Line

Choosing the Right Fishing Line

There was a time in my fishing career that I paid little attention to the less glamorous aspects of my fishing gear. I’d spend thousands on the boat and electronics and hundreds on rods, reels, spoons and plugs, and yet I would neglect the little things like swivels, hooks and, most importantly, line.

Winter Chinook Fishing: The Essentials

Winter Chinook Fishing: The Essentials

One of the great features of salmon fishing on the BC coast is that anglers fish for them 365 days a year, subject to local time and area restrictions. Of course, this opportunity only applies to Chinook salmon, as the other species are either still way out in the open ocean or too small to be legal quarry outside the traditional summer season. Thanks to the multi-year coastal rearing life history of many Chinook stocks, productive fishing for them can be had right through the winter months.

How to Fish Glow Lures Effectively

How to Fish Glow Lures Effectively

There is not much sunlight spectrum during the early mornings, late evenings, dark days, and deep depths to penetrate down the water column. So by charging your lures up with a high-powered flashlight or UV black light, you can fish them more effectively.

Winterizing Your Boat: A Checklist

Winterizing Your Boat: A Checklist

This is one of those articles that you may just want to keep around until you need it. Sooner or later, you are likely going to want to winterize your boat. While there’s no reason not to fish the somewhat mild winters Vancouver Island typically experiences, you may call it quits at some point, or at least prepare for a spell of subzero temperatures.

Canning Salmon Like the Pros

Canning Salmon Like the Pros

Award-winning smoked canned salmon recipe. This recipe has won two blue ribbons at the Salt Spring Farmers’ Institute Fall Fair. It's sure to win you over, too!

Fly Fishing Tips: Leaders and Tippets

Fly Fishing Tips: Leaders and Tippets

All fly fishers have to use a leader. It’s just a fact of life. The problem is that lots of fly fishers don’t really have a good grasp of how to match the leader and tippet to the fly. This article is here to help.

How To Catch More Chum Salmon

How To Catch More Chum Salmon

Chum mostly feed on plankton and shrimp. Purple, pink, green, and different shades of purple and pink small hoochies (mini sardines) or Michael Bait work well. Tie up your hoochies with 40-lb fishing line with short leaders of two to three feet...

Red vs White Spring Salmon

Red vs White Spring Salmon

Commonly 5% to 30% of any particular run of Chinook will be whites. Traditionally, many fishermen thought that the colour of a salmon was due to its diet. However...

Poachers: Observe, Record, And Report

Poachers: Observe, Record, And Report

Deliberate poaching—whether it’s taking over the limit, taking undersized fish, or repeatedly fishing in a closed zone may be challenging for an individual to deal with, and safety begins to be more of a pertinent issue.