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Best day of fishing this year, so far.
Best day of fishing this year, so far.
May 11, 2023
Sick day off, what did I choose to do with it? Well go fishing of course. Went out at 10a to check and rebait prawn traps, got my share of jumbos, so off to the salmon grounds. The status quo hadn't been working the greatest this year, so the other day I happened to find a new spot that really panned out. In front of little beach, the pinnacles create a triangle and in the triangle seems to be slack water that's loaded with bait and fish. 3 hours of fishing, 5 double headers, 20-25 Chinook to the boat. Avg 8-10#s biggest being 12#s or so. Not huge but lots of action. Lots. Status quo tells you to drop to the bottom with a needle fish, status quo was barely getting hit. Once to every 10 fish on the small herring aide spoon set at 9 84ft in 140fow. Smashed em, couldn't keep them off the hooks and eventually was only fishing with one rod because everytime I reset one it would pop off with a fish. Controlled chaos, if you will. Definitely wasn't relaxing for a sick day, worked really hard, had a ton of fun and brought home 10 meals worth of sea food with only 2 fish harvested and some prawn. Moral of the story, don't follow the status quo or you won't have as much fun. What a blast! Ps if anyone can find these herring aids in that size specifically, I'll take you fishing if you bring me a dozen of them. Nowhere on the island sells them anymore and I'm down to 2. Not entirely sure what's attracting them to it anymore since they're so beat up but still consistently working.
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What anglers said about fishing in Barkley Sound

Dress for the weather, take some gravol if it's windy to avoid motion sickness.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for the weather, take some gravol if it's windy to avoid motion sickness.
Maria  M.
Maria M. Port Coquitlam, BC
LISTEN to the guide..you know nothing..he works here everyday..accept that and a good day will happen!!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
LISTEN to the guide..you know nothing..he works here everyday..accept that and a good day will happen!!
Sydney  C.
Sydney C. Ladysmith, BC
Bring warm clothes as needed. Be flexible as weather can change your plans by a day or two.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothes as needed. Be flexible as weather can change your plans by a day or two.
Kurt  A.
Kurt A. Surrey, British Columbia
Be prepared for chonky salmon that run football fields and get your adrenaline going! Plus huge halibut and even albacore tuna if you go at the right time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for chonky salmon that run football fields and get your adrenaline going! Plus huge halibut and even albacore tuna if you go at the right time.
Cathy  K.
Cathy K. Ucluelet, British Columbia
Sign-up with Overdrive Charters. Curtis will take good care of you, providing excellent guidance!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sign-up with Overdrive Charters. Curtis will take good care of you, providing excellent guidance!
Sam  F.
Sam F. Parksville, British Columbia
Go out with a captain who knows where the fish are because it is easy to waste the day fishing empty waters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with a captain who knows where the fish are because it is easy to waste the day fishing empty waters.
Tom  N.
Tom N. Ladysmith, BC
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Lawrence  O.
Lawrence O. Long Beach, CA
Small town with little services/shopping and no internet or cell service. Good restaurants and limited groceries. Bring food if you are cooking.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Small town with little services/shopping and no internet or cell service. Good restaurants and limited groceries. Bring food if you are cooking.
Paul  B.
Paul B. United States
I would recommend getting a hold of Brent from West Coast ocean charters. He knows his stuff. He's an amazing fisherman we had a great time on his boat and everything was excellent!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend getting a hold of Brent from West Coast ocean charters. He knows his stuff. He's an amazing fisherman we had a great time on his boat and everything was excellent!
Chris  D.
Chris D. Courtenay, British Columbia
It's a funny named town, but if you're a fisherman Uky is your next favourite place!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a funny named town, but if you're a fisherman Uky is your next favourite place!
Tom  H.
Tom H. Canada
Just sit back and relax. Trust your Captain because he knows what he is doing.it will be a great adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just sit back and relax. Trust your Captain because he knows what he is doing.it will be a great adventure.
Charles  S.
Charles S. New Westminster, British Columbia
Go with Carmen on Miss Sea. Professional, skilled, fun , relaxed, great fishing experience. Will be my go to charter whenever I am in Tofino or Euclulet .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Carmen on Miss Sea. Professional, skilled, fun , relaxed, great fishing experience. Will be my go to charter whenever I am in Tofino or Euclulet .
Ed  S.
Ed S. Canada
Book with Last Cast Guiding and Pat Ahern will help you with the appropriate arrangements.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Last Cast Guiding and Pat Ahern will help you with the appropriate arrangements.
Daniel  H.
Daniel H. Las Vegas, Nevada
In Tofino is a fishing service that can freeze or smoke the fish and let ship it to any destination.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In Tofino is a fishing service that can freeze or smoke the fish and let ship it to any destination.
Holger  M.
Holger M. Tofino, British Columbia
Book your trip with Wild pacific Charters, Captain Al is a very knowledgable person of the area and a great fisherman... We have our own boat but find its better to fish with a local person who fishes there a lot, they know what to use and where to go and it shows with the calmness and all the fish we catch.......
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with Wild pacific Charters, Captain Al is a very knowledgable person of the area and a great fisherman... We have our own boat but find its better to fish with a local person who fishes there a lot, they know what to use and where to go and it shows with the calmness and all the fish we catch.......
Lee  V.  D.
Lee V. D. Port Alberni, British Columbia