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June 10, 2009 9:05PM Post #1
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Did it open on Monday ? If so has anyone heard any reports ?

Cheers

Mike
June 11, 2009 12:16AM Post #2
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If you are referring to port alberni inlet it doesnt open until June 15th. 2 per day.
June 15, 2009 6:54PM Post #3
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Just got a call from Port a buddy limited this morning on Sockey 8 in total from 4 to 8lbs ! Mmmm
June 15, 2009 8:14PM Post #4
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This morning's report:

The Inlet was HOT this morning! Most of those in the know were limited regardless of angler numbers on board prior to 7 am! Sweet! Shallow fish, many jumpers, and the sounders ringing like sleigh bells! Bit of a Gong Show at the ramp though. When I went by before 5, there were NO parking spots left, and the launch line-up was lengthy. Upon the return pass, there were still a few disgruntled boaters waiting to get into the water, as the Lucky early-birds were attempting to get their rigs out of the water. Definitely pays to be EARLY! With that type of show already underway, imagine what a cluster**** it will be should the FN center be placed there, eating much of the available parking, access to the cleaning station, and restricting traffic flow! EEEEK! mad
Thankfully that hasn't happened.... yet...

I wandered down to Papermill, expecting the usual masses to be in full swing. I was surprised upon my arrival to find only a small handful on either side. I watched somewhat intently as I BS'd with a few of those I know, and over the course of 2 hours but 3 were hooked and one landed amongst the dozen or so anglers. Even the FN netters slowly wandered off downstream or pulled their boats off the water after a spell. River temp is over 17 degrees, and if that warms even a small bit now, the fish will become even more reluctant to wander in. Good news for Inlet anglers as that will cause them to school up out there in accessible areas. Didn't even set up my rod this morning, being quite content to simply watch.

So, it has indeed started. Appears the Best Bet is out on the Inlet for now. From the reports, numbers out there are very good, so one can well expect some success!

Time to get out and ENJOY! grin

Cheers,
Nog
June 15, 2009 8:16PM Post #5
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Thanks for the update on the inlet Nog. Everyone was itchin' to hear the news come opening day.
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June 16, 2009 5:53PM Post #6
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Good to hear the socks are making a comeback this year..and I dont mean boston or chicago cool

Chovy
June 21, 2009 11:30PM Post #7
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Got out on the inlet saturday and the sockeye fishing was hot. For about 2 hours 6-8 they were biting non stop. Hooked 17 fish only got four in the boat (forgot the net). After the bite died we headed out to swale non stop action but all the springs were undersized they bit anchovies and watermelon and copcar spoons.
June 22, 2009 3:11PM Post #8
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I heard there was A LOT of boat traffic in the inlet this weekend. Lots of socks caught too...
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June 23, 2009 12:13AM Post #9
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There was a ton of boats in the inlet. A freighter camme right up thru the middle and pushed everyone to the sides it was sure tight. Nice to have a moored boat up there to use because the boat launch looked ridiculous when we drove by at 430 am
June 23, 2009 9:20PM Post #10
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I was fishing fathers day sunday and picked up a limit in an hour off macktush. 25-45ft lots of dummy flashers and mp15 squirts on a 27'' leader. The ramp was chaosmad
June 24, 2009 9:24PM Post #11
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Excuse my ignorange...what is an mp15 squirt...you hear so much about them but no clue what it looks like.
June 24, 2009 10:25PM Post #12
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MP-15: Mini Plankton Hootchie, color # 15.
A rather small hootchie, designed to imitate krill/small shrimp. These come in a wide variety of colors, some of course work better than others. Although not on this chart from Micheal Bait, you get the idea: http://www.pacificnetandtwine.com/michaelbait.html

Cheers,
Nog
June 25, 2009 3:30PM Post #13
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Yep Nog has it nailed down. A little hootchy roughly 2.5 inches long. The #15 color is a opaque bubblegum pink while the #16 is a slightly translucent hot pink.
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June 26, 2009 3:52PM Post #14
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Thanks for the help guys. hey do you think the sockeye fishing will still be good come mid july?
June 27, 2009 5:15PM Post #15
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SFD wrote:
... do you think the sockeye fishing will still be good come mid july?


All things being equal, Yes.

Mid-July is the historic peak of the run.
The river is warm already, and getting warmer each passing day. Once the critical temperature has been reached (~ 21 C) the fish become rather reluctant to enter the bath-water warm fresh water, and start to stack up out in the Inlet. With no gillnet interference to speak of, these stacks can and do be come HUGE! And that, stacked schools of significant size, are the exact conditions that promote frenzied fishing!

Cheers,
Nog

June 27, 2009 10:43PM Post #16
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Fished near hocking today and we took a limit for 3 people from 6-7:30am. Down 40-50ft with bubblegum hootch. Everyone else looked like they were having the same success.
June 29, 2009 6:16PM Post #17
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I was out both saturday and sunday and we literally limited out in minutes not hours both days. Unbelievable sockeye fishing in the inlet right now. Caught half on a mp15 and half on a blue pink michael bait between 20-50ft. Be there before the crack of dawn!!!
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June 30, 2009 3:22PM Post #18
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I too got in on a little of the sockeye phenomenon. It is beyond me to think these fish used to be hard to catch back in the day until someone found the little pink hootchy. These fish took practically anything I put down there as long as it was under 4'' long. Our group of 4 got a limit in 1.5 hours. We felt like fishing some more so we ripped down to pill point and trolled the area for a few hours. Only 2 smaller springs to show for it, but still a great time!!smile
June 30, 2009 5:38PM Post #19
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Thanks IronNoggin. Guess I better plan a trip out that way. Sounds like a sure thing.
July 1, 2009 3:28PM Post #20
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I think I''ll be trollin the Alberni Inlet for sockeye tomorrow or Friday...
Sure sounds good!
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