Sam Vandervalk

Halibut fishing has been very good in many spots and Chinook salmon fishing has been good right outside the harbour and up at Long Beach bank. Coho have been in a few spots but and plentiful around Fraser Rock and in a few spots on the inside. Normal depths for Chinook seem to be 100-140 closer in and if fishing Big Bank or other banks more than 4 miles off 140-200 on the downrigger. 

There have been lots of squid, needlefish and small herring so small spoon, needfish hutchies and white hutchies have been working well. 

Halibut have been biting well on salmon bellies, grubs and herring. If you pack all 3 you should have success anywhere you decide to set down. Some spots are faster than others right now but almost all spots are producing. As August rolls in expect the halibut to be mostly at Big Bank or other spots further offshore. 

We finally got the rain we desperately needed and it looks like we are back to rainless weather. Little fog has been great but if coming in Fogust expect to be using your GPS and Radar. 

Below are some pics from the past couple of weeks. 

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Below, some pictures of the last few days.


Tight lines,

Sam Vandervalk

Salmon Eye Fishing Charters

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Sam Vandervalk

About The Author: Captain Sam Vandervalk

Company: Salmon Eye Charters

Area Reporting: Vancouver Island - Ucluelet, Tofino, Port Alberni BC

Bio: Sam Vandervalk, the owner of Salmon Eye Charters has now guided for 12 years. He grew up around mid-Vancouver Island. You could say that fishing is in the family as his older brother Ray also guides for Salmon Eye Charters. Salmon Eye Charters has grown and is now going to be operating 4 boats mostly in Ucluelet as that is where the fish seem to be the most. Happy customers are made every day here!

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