Another week goes by exploring the grounds of what so many people consider to be the best salmon fishing waters of the world.
Englefield Bay is such a special place and once again this week, we all enjoyed its bounties! Big chinook are still present and coming to the dock daily.
The largest of the week so far is a chunky 35 lbs and Ken Hobbs did a magnificent job bringing it to the boat. Fantastic work Ken!
Size average continues to fluctuate with each school of fish that pass through. We are seeing that normal 18-22 lb ‘cookie cutter’ with a few larger ones mixed in.
Coho are around as well and moving through fast. We are not seeing any big ones yet and still consider them a bonus fish but that will change considerably in the coming weeks.
Bottom dwellers are willing to bite on any tide, fish and chips for everyone! Zach Winkelman opted to take his one ‘over’ yesterday at 125cm, it weighed in at an impressive 53lbs.
Great stuff Zach! Halibut regulations this season are a little bit confusing, so I’d like to elaborate.
There is a one a day possession limit as last year but a new twist to it for 2019. If you land a fish under 90cm on the first day, retention of another under 90cm the next day is allowed.
If you retain a fish Between 90cm and 126cm on the first day then that becomes your possession limit for the trip. It translates into a possession limit of 2 ‘unders’ or only 1 ‘over’.
Hopefully this makes things clear to everyone. As for weights, a 90cm halibut will be between 18-22lbs and a 126cm halibut will be between 48-55lbs approximately, depending on girth.
With a stormy beginning to the week and what is shaping up to be a sunny but moderately breezy end, our fishery is in full swing. Anglers from all over the globe are excited to be joining us and everyone has sore arms, not a bad thing! Hope to see so many of our returning guests in the next few weeks, and we’re absolutely honoured to welcome those of you coming for the first time!
Until then, Take care and tight lines.
Paul “Scale” Kendrick
Englefield Bay Lodge Manager