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Cold Weather, Hot Fishing: Nanaimo Fishi
Cold Weather, Hot Fishing: Nanaimo Fishi
January 19, 2023
Over the past few weeks, Chinook salmon fishing in Nanaimo has been the best I've seen in my years as a fishing guide. The quantity of fish has been amazing. And the quality is getting better day by day. Today in just under 2 hours, we had our limit of Chinook, one topping the scale at 12 lbs (that's good for a winter spring!). What really stands out about this year is that these fish seem to be everywhere. In the past two weeks, we have fished the south end of Gabriola Island all the way south to the Brick Yard and have hooked fish at every location. Today, just to test fate, I fished as close as legally possible the Harbor mouth and still managed to find fish. They just seem to be everywhere. Another encouraging sign is that most of these fish are hatchery. This is good news for anglers. It shows that the hatchery programs across the Pacific Northwest are really working. For a reel good time, book your next fishing adventure with us in Nanaimo. Retention is 2 per angler until the end of March. After April 1st, there is a very good chance this fishery will close until July 15, 2023. Also, keep in mind that with Reel Time Fishing Charters, 5% of every trip goes back into salmon restoration through the Pacific Salmon Foundation. As we like to say at Reel Time..., "Experience the Wonder, Invest in its Future." Captain Turk (Andrew Turkstra) Owner and operator of Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours
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Nanaimo Salmon Fishing Specials with Ree
Nanaimo Salmon Fishing Specials with Ree
January 3, 2022
Nanaimo Salmon Fishing Specials with Reel Time Fishing Charters The alarm sounds only to remind you its 6 am. You jump out of bed and quickly dress in layers of warm clothing. Grabbing your favorite coffee mug, you open the fridge door and pull out a small bag of snacks and beverages. Wallet, keys, cell phone and fishing license, that’s all you’ll be needing today! Quietly, you exit the front door just as the headlights of your friend’s car pull up the driveway. After a quick stop at the local coffee shop, you head down to Nanaimo’s waterfront. Pulling into the parking lot, you notice the first rays of light beginning to awaken a new day. Parking the car, you and your friend quickly gather your things. As you walk towards the dock in the cold stillness of the morning, you notice the only other sound, the gentle gurgle of a boat motor. With a light skip to your step, you wonder what is it about the salmon fishing that stirs the heart of both young and the old alike? Captain Turk greets you with his usual enthusiasm. After years of guiding, he’s as excited about the adventure as you are. It’s been a number of years since you’ve last fished with him so he goes over the safety features of his new ride, a 26ft Hourston Glascraft. It’s truly an angler’s dream boat, lots of deck space, a full galley with cabin heat, a stand-up head, the latest in fishing electronics and gear and a flybridge. He then unties and pushes off. The moment is here, we are on our way. Gliding out of the New Castle Channel, the engine suddenly roars to life as the boat gets up on plane leaving the docks and doldrums behind. Rounding the corner of New Castle Island, you are greeted by a large orange ball cresting the eastern horizon and piercing through the early morning mist. Captain Turk points out two massive rock structures just off the shoreline that resemble large chess figures. As you exit Departure Bay and enter the open waters of the Salish Sea, Captain Turk steers the boat towards Clark Rock. Minutes later, he slows to a stop. Turning off the main, he drops the trolling motor and fires it up. He checks he chart plotter and says with a smile, “We’re here!” As the trolling motor warms, he positions the downriggers and readies the rods. Surrounded by water and wonder, you take in the quiet beauty of the day. You take in a deep breath thinking when did it ever feel so safe and satisfying? Its then you realize the boat is moving forward, reels peeling out line as Captain Turk drops the gear down. Selecting the desired depth, both rods bent over, he turns to you and your friend and says, “Let the fun begin” Every fishing trip is a new adventure. You never know what to expect. And that’s what makes each charter a memorable experience and a gift. We are so privileged to still be able to fish for these magnificent creatures that taste good, look good, and fight good! It is also why 5% of each trip goes back into salmon restoration projects through the Pacific Salmon Foundation. So, as another year begins, book a life giving trip with Reel Time Fishing Charters. Experience the wonder. Invest in its future.
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What anglers said about fishing in Gabriola Island

It was nice to wait until the Chinook were in season so we could take one home for dinner. The weather was great, but layers are a must. Go with a good captain, like Captain Turk.
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It was nice to wait until the Chinook were in season so we could take one home for dinner. The weather was great, but layers are a must. Go with a good captain, like Captain Turk.
Joshua  L.
Joshua L. Dayton, OH
If you want to keep your limit, go after July 14. But there is a lot of good fun out there!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to keep your limit, go after July 14. But there is a lot of good fun out there!
Maury  L.
Maury L. Toronto, ON
Definitely go in June, the fish are biting like crazy! Nice weather as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely go in June, the fish are biting like crazy! Nice weather as well.
Matthew  B.
Matthew B. Calgary, Alberta
In Colorado we don't have fish this big. My son and I caught 8-10 lb fish right at the start. Very fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In Colorado we don't have fish this big. My son and I caught 8-10 lb fish right at the start. Very fun.
Russ  H.
Russ H. Denver, CO
Book a charter and they'll show you where to go and how to they do it but if you already know how these day you got to fish in 750 to 950ft. of water and downriggers down to 180 - 200 ft. Evil eye or pink sink spoon or anchovy with teaser head! Happy fishing!
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5.0 / 5
Book a charter and they'll show you where to go and how to they do it but if you already know how these day you got to fish in 750 to 950ft. of water and downriggers down to 180 - 200 ft. Evil eye or pink sink spoon or anchovy with teaser head! Happy fishing!
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FishingBooker Member Nanaimo, British Columbia