February 15th 2014




FISHING REPORT- Winter Springs

On those clear cool mostly sunny days of late winter there are more boats on the water than most people think. Locals from Gold River, Tahsis and Zeballos get out on most fishable day. On weekend fishers from Comox to Campbell River show up. Their efforts have general been reworded with chrome bright 8 to 14 lb. feeder Springs. These hard fighting feisty fish have deep red color meat and when they get to the table are excellent fair.

Fishing deep along structure for Winter Springs usually produces the best results. These fish are feeding on shiners so “match the hatch” by using small glow/white/green hoochies, Glow Green 4in. Coyotes & Coho Killers.

Hot Spots in Esperanza Inlet are - Hecate Channel, all around Center Island and Garden Point. In Nootka Sound Hot spots are- Coopte Pt., Hoise Pt. and Boston Pt. to Marvinas. All these spot are in calm waters and will bloody up your fish box!!!

While fishing (or thinking about fishing) for these Feeder Springs in March keep in mind that we are only 90 days from the opening of what appears to be the BEST returns in years on Both Chinook (Springs/Kings) and Coho (Silvers) on the West Coast of Vancouver Island (WCVI). Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet are both at the top of the list for HUGE retunes of both species of salmon This Season.  

Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society (TSES)
“Canada’s National Recreational Fisheries Award”

This award is given to organizations in honor of their contribution to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of recreational fisheries and their habitats in Canada. These organisations continue to play an important role in sustaining and developing the Canadian recreational fishing experience.

“WAY TO GO” TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS OF TSES. You have made an ENORMOUS contribution of your time, energy & talents. Tahsis & our region are BETTER places because of your efforts. More detail later on when, where & how the award will be received.

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Where does the time go? 

It seems like we were just wrapping up a great 2013 season and here we are just about ready to dive into the 2014 season!

Reservations for accommodations, fishing charters, moorage, boat and kayak rentals and eco tours are going through the roof so get your reservations in for all of the above!

Remember, if you book and pay for them before the end of February there is a 10% discount! 

This year we will have another great Rock the Dock Series starting June 13 – September 19 - every Friday Night with great entertainment and our ever popular Steak Night.! 

For those of you south of the border don’t forget that you will be taking advantage of the lower loonie!



Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced a change to the existing regs. that you are going to like.

They have increased the slot limit sizes. Fisher can now have 2 halibut in possession: 1st up to 133cm (approx. 70lbs.) & the 2nd up to 90cm(Approx. 20lbs.) starting April 1st

Both these step up in size will put more Halibut (lbs.) in the fish box & the dinner table.

This slot reg. change came about in the form of a recommendation from the Sports Fishery Advisory Board (SFAB) to DFO.

Thanks to the many volunteers who participate at the local, regional & board levels.

Halibut Season February 1st – December 31st 2014 Old slot limits are still in effect for February & March – NEW slot limits start April 1st

 http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm  for more details on regulations


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Westview Marina and Lodge Presents West Coast Tuna Adventures! 

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Daily tuna charter for 4 guests only $1,628 
Daily tuna charter for 2 guests only $1,020

This email special must be booked by February 28, 2014, and is a limited opportunity offered on a first come, first served basis. Tuna trips run from August 8th to September 19th, 2014. 

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APRIL 1ST – a BIG day for local openings.

  1. – 200 daily 400 possession

Oysters-15 daily 30 possession- encouraged to return all shells to beach

  1. Crab – 6 daily 12 possession
  2. Mussels – 25 daily 50 possession


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Recently we were visited by two of our adult children and their families.

On this day the four Gals went SHOPPING. The 6 guys (2 sons, 3 Grandsons & the old guy on the right) went FISHING.

The boat we were on was AWESOME TOO- a 35ft long 12ft beam Black Fin Cruiser” What a fishing machine it is. The fish pictured is one of 3 Stripped Marlin who rose to our bait that day. Others were released. This 136lb beauty came to the boat mortally wounded so we kept it. We also caught & kept 5 Dorado in the 25lb class. It was a GREAT day had by all. Not soon to be Forgotten.