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Sept 13, 2017 7:19PM Post #21
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Another day but smaller fish and smaller schools.

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Sept 14, 2017 6:09PM Post #22
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Low tide 6 am so another early day. Strong winds and big waves made it very difficult to use most lures . We needed distance and the only lures we had that could cut through the wind were the two inch lead Zingers. Often the waves would catch our line and disturb the retrieve . The winds were coming in from the south east and were against are casts. The lead lures had no issue cutting though the air and maintained our long casts. All three of us were very lucky and without the assistance of each other we would not have been able to land the chinooks salmon. Especially without the Lucky Strike bait rubber salmon net. Again using 8 pound main line with 17 pound leaders to handle the salmon teeth. Nice to see four anglers using the Amundson rods on the beach it says allot for there success if your into catching salmon on lite tackle successfully .
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Sept 14, 2017 8:34PM Post #23
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They're all great-looking fish! Well done!
Sept 15, 2017 4:19PM Post #24
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Today was a blank day not just for me but every angler on the beach...... is it over ? Maybe time to hit the rivers
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Sept 20, 2017 8:18PM Post #25
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Made it out to the beach for one last kick at it the other day. I figured it would be over, but a couple hours into the ebb, a school came by. And then another. Finally I covered them well on few fly casts in a row until BANG. The beast went screaming out toward open ocean. I let it run. And run. Into the backing we go. Aaaaaaand run. Until I hear a little slipping sound. BLIP. I think, ''well damn, I guess it got off''. I go to reel in my line and there's a surprising lack of tension. I look down. Oh snap. There's nothing there! And I mean NOTHING. Turns out the place (that shall remain nameless) that originally spooled up the backing didn't bother to tie it on. Ouch. I relayed the information to the other anglers on the beach in the hopes that one of them might hook into the 150+ yards of line swimming around.

Luckily I had the ol' spinning rod with me and worked my way out with the tide, occasionally covering fish. At right about low slack a school passed right in front of me and again, whammo, I'm on! Once again, it went out, and out, and out, but this time I was able to eventually turn it. Ten minutes later I managed a wave-assisted landing and ended up with this beauty. It's probably the shiniest one I've managed to catch. Caught on a hammered brass croc.

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Not a great angle - I'm guessing it was around 13-14 lbs. But I'm lousy at estimating.

Shortly thereafter I hear some shouting. ''Hey! Did someone lose some fly line?!''. YES! I shout and start half running through the water toward the dude. A young guy comes up to me with his hand out and my fly line coiled nicely around it. Whew! He had been out in a little belly boat when he hooked it - out in the ocean and far from ground zero. When he had grabbed on, there was significant tension. The fish was still on! He hand-over-handed it into the shore, then SNAP, my 15 lb tippet broke, and the fish swam away to live another day, this time without the drag of 150 yards of line.

All in all it was an eventful day, and a fitting end to my season for these fish.
Sept 21, 2017 9:42AM Post #26
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David,

That's a great late beach-season Spring and an even better story.

Cliff
Sept 21, 2017 7:28PM Post #27
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great story David . Glad you got into some.... ithought its was done as we blanked out two outings .
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Oct 2, 2017 6:25PM Post #28
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Today was the fist day hunting the Coho on the east Coast of Vancouver island. Hundreds of beaches and its alway a trial and error in the beginning of the season with lots of driving to find them. NOT TODAY..... We decided to head to a northern beach and work our way down the island checking each location thats been successful in the past at this time of the season. Well that plan didn't work out as the first beach was loaded with salmon. Casting with our ultra lite 13 foot rods using 8 pound test main line and a heavier 12 pound leader to handle the teeth and abrasion the salmon puts on the gear. The hot lures again were the Olympic Tackle Squid lures and the 2 inch pink zingers. The Amundson 13 foot center pin/ beach rod allowed us to handle these power houses with light tackle . We had a total of 7 on landing 4..... I wonder what beach we will go tomorrow

Tomorrow is a special day. Testing out a new lure called the Reel Keel Lures. I can do that technique I have always wanted to test out for salmon and its called walk the dog ?.. stay tune


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Oct 4, 2017 4:28PM Post #29
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October 3

It was a no brainer to go to the same beach were we had huge luck. This time the tides moved a hour ahead so we arrived at a dropping tide . Where yesterday we were at the slack of the low tide. Major change as the current was very fast and picking up a lot of debris. Very dangerous at the speed of the current you did not want to venture to far out wading. With that all the green weeds laying over the bottom round rocks and boulder it made the wading very slippery even though I had studs on my boots . It was hard not to lose one balance.
The amount of salmon jumping were not as intense as yesterday. No one could touch a salmon for the first hour than Randy got a hatchery coho salmon on the Olympic squid spinner and then two jacks. I went though a lot of different lures without any luck and finally went back to my first lure the pink Olympic squid spinner . Not sure why but this a coho decided to be different and hit hard maybe 15 feet from me . Fantastic fight a lot of arial jumping and the famous coho roll. Finally subdued the salmon near the shore and was reaching down but he gave a valiant last ditch and threw the hook while doing the coho roll throwing sea water into my face .
The winds were picking up and the waves started to increase. Even though we saw salmon they just were not as active in taking most lures. After another hour , moving up and down the beach I finally got another hit and it was a monster coho salmon. I would guess over 12 pounds. This timely buddies came over with the Lucky Strike rubber salmon net and we were able to subdue it gently . Take a few photos and off he went. So the day ended with 3 on and 2 landed.


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Oct 10, 2017 2:55PM Post #30
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October 10

The day started cloudy, rainy, cold and a small NW wind. Perfect for me as a beach angler . Now to find the fish. The whole season has been dismal . The odd day we got it right but most were blank empty beaches devoid of salmon or anglers. When we did find them they were not responding to any lure we threw at them.

After visiting 7 beaches without any luck in locating the salmon I was approaching the next beach and slowly drove in and parked the Jeep. Looking at the north and saw nothing . Then turning to the south all I saw was birds making a lot of splashes as they dived in . The big loons always fool me . I counted two loons but there were three splashes . I waited and the two loons appeared but what was the other. Concentrating on the area I then saw it . It was a Coho .

Thank goodness finally I found a small school. Quickly I ventured down to the location and quickly started casting. The rain was pounding hard and it made it easy to approach them . Landing three my morning was perfect . All released to fight another day.
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Oct 11, 2017 7:54PM Post #31
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October 11

After yesterday I had great plans for today. As tides change proximately 1 hour forward that would mean the same condition should be attained around 11 am today. The difference in weather was major. Yesterday strong winds. very cold, heavy rain. Today calm, no wind and no rain.
I started to explore different beaches timing myself so that I could be at the beach were I found the coho yesterday . The first beach I arrived at 7:30 am and continued to explore many other locations till 9 am. I had 2 more hours to kill before my final destination and was feeling disappointed as the other beaches were avoid of any signs of salmon. As I explored north and south with binoculars I catch a glimpse of something . Its a good distance so I decide to drive over there. I find two other anglers among a school of coho and I don't want to disrespect their spot. So I wait knowing salmon often will move around. After 10 minutes they started in my direction. I see the location of the first salmon . I cast well ahead with the object of drawing the lure across their path . First cast and slam . A beautiful wild Coho. Great runs on the 8 pound line with the Amundson 13 foot rod absorbing all the power the could salmon put on it. The school of Coho kept me at that location till 10:30 and when it slowed down I moved to the beach from yesterday and it was empty of any salmon . Good move to explore this morning.
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Oct 31, 2017 7:57PM Post #32
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October 31
This is one of those day that look very disapointing. We were going to go the the river for a little while as the tide was to low on a particular beach. The river was not producing much but we could have fun catching some chum salmon. As the morning progressed it was time to move to the last beach that my friends have been telling me about while I struggled to work as they fished. We arrived and pondered if this was our last day as we saw nothing or jumping. After 20 minutes we decided to call it a day. Both of my buddies were already near the truck when I saw in a distance a salmon that completely came out of the water. yelling what I saw the guys thought I was pulling their leg. Until they saw another jump. We broke the sound barrier running back to the truck getting the gear. It turn out to be very successfull day . The top lure again was the pink Olympic Squid spinner and the Lucky Strike Rainbow spoon. Lets hope they are there tomorrow.

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Nov 1, 2017 4:55PM Post #33
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Wow! Now I'm tempted to give Port Renfrew another try. I have a friend who caught an 18-pounder from the beach in mid-November last year, but that doesn't happen on a regular basis. In fact, catching anything at all hasn't been happening on a regular basis down here -- at least for me.

Anyway, well done Gil!
Nov 2, 2017 8:49PM Post #34
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OldShoreFisherman wrote:
Wow! Now I'm tempted to give Port Renfrew another try. I have a friend who caught an 18-pounder from the beach in mid-November last year, but that doesn't happen on a regular basis. In fact, catching anything at all hasn't been happening on a regular basis down here -- at least for me.

Anyway, well done Gil!


Thanks Cliff
It been poor year but luck sometimes prevails. Like if I was dragging my feet and kept looking at the water I would have missed the first jumper.
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Nov 4, 2017 4:29PM Post #35
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November 1 journal

We were all excited to get back to yesterday location to continue our success catching Coho. That dind't happen as the salmon decided to move and spread out. We did find them but had to keep moving as they would not hold for long. For 4 hours we waded over our crotch and often were over 500 -700 feet from shore. Good thing we had insulating layers on to keep the cold out as BC water at this time is very cold. The salmon were also hitting the lures short. I think they were slapping them or last minute changing their mind to bite the lure. With a trailer hook on the lure that usually compensate for short strikes . We were not catching a solid hook set . We had numerous salmon on and then loose them . Of the salmon that hit our lure we were only able to land 2 one coho and one chum. Still lots of fun but that chum was sure ugly.
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