Sam Vandervalk

Salmon fishing was fair this week. The fleet continues to work the area from Mears up to Austin island. Chinooks in the 5-7lb range have been plentiful many days with the odd tide of fish between 10-14lbs. Small spoons like the size 3 Maverick and cookies and creame have been the staples. Some tides have seen needlefish hoochies produce the majority of the better salmon. Florencia is loaded full of squid at the moment so we patiently await the first mature fish to roll on into one of our favorite hunts. 

Halibut fishing was slow this week. Weather hampered the fleets efforts on the halibut grounds. A couple 20-30lb halibut were taken an anchor at the barnyard and some chickens (5-15lb halibut) were trolled up on lighthouse bank.

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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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