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Mar 4, 2014 10:55AM Post #1
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March 3rd 2014

With our 2014 season right around the corner, the crew @ Big Bear are working hard to put the final touches on the fleet. This upcoming season sounds as if it might be some of the best fishing we have seen in over 30 years. Initial reports suggest that the Columbia basin will have their highest return ever of fall Chinook. As well, higher than normal coho escapement will only better our fishery here on the West Coast.
DFO has also increased the size limit on halibut. Read Below

This Year (2014) Trip Limits (effective April 1, 2014 until further notice):
• The maximum length for halibut is 133cm.
• The daily limit for halibut is one (1).
• The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater than 90cm in length.
• There will be an annual limit of six (6) halibut (per licence holder) as authorized under the 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
• All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2014-2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on license.
Prior to April 1st for the balance of February and March in 2014 last year’s regulations still apply.
There are exceptions to these openings which are specific to Swiftsure Bank on Southern Vancouver Island and US vessels fishing in Canadian waters.
For the detailed regulations please consult the DFO regulations on the DFO website.

We will be extending our early season booking special through March so give us a call to book your trip of a lifetime.
Tight Lines,
The crew @ Big Bear
Mar 31, 2014 11:04AM Post #2
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Fishing Report March 30th

This weekend brought some typical Ucluelet spring weather with wind, rain and sunshine. Seas were 2 to 3 metres so we ventured into Barkley Sound to fish Swale Rock. Mike, Jennifer and six year old Jayden returned for an early season outing.
We hooked and release a number of undersized Chinook as the morning progressed. As the skies broke and the sun poked out I decided to send em deep and right away we were rewarded with a nice 10lb fish at 157 ft. on the green glo flasher and splatter back needle. As tide change neared we fished a little deeper into Sechart Channel and managed to hook and land a nice 13 lb. Chinook at 147 ft. on the same rig. This made the little fella go nuts, I mean this kid is a pro when it comes to laying the lights out on a fish. His mom and dad have no idea what they are in for as Jayden gets older and hones in on his skills as an angler.
With the weather looking to improve as each week passes, look to start venturing out to the open sound and banks such as South Bank, Lighthouse Bank and Long Beach to start intercepting the first waves of south bound Chinook. These will be a mix of spring and summer run Fraser fish as well as the highly anticipated return of Columbias.
Feel free to give us a call for an up to the minute report or to book today.
Tight lines,
The Crew @ Big Bear
Apr 10, 2014 12:16PM Post #3
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Hey all,
Yesterday saw another beautiful start here in Ucluelet. Spring is definitely in the air, as is the Chinook fishing. The Norlander group from the frozen plains of Alberta decided to do a half day of fishing with the anticipation of just going and seeing the sights.
We were off the dock just as the sun was breaking over the broken group and off to give Meares Bluff a shot for the flood tide. We dropped the gear and were rewarded with a hit right away. Unfortunately it was a hit and miss. Shortly after we were rewarded with another solid take and Jason Norlander hooked a landed a nice 15 lb. Chinook, his first ever. As the morning progressed we managed another 4 hook ups with everyone hooking and landing their first salmon ever. Way to go guys!!
The fish were at 120-150 ft in 170 ft of water. The needle fish patterns in the splatterback and purple uv were the tickets fished behind the chartreuse glo hot spot flashers. It was definitely another tide specific bite with the hour before and hour after being the most active time. The larger of the fish was full of squid so look to start fishing the hootchy and even a turd in the brown and white glo as we start to see larger fish moving in with each tide.
We have availability for our early season charter special so give us a call and get in on the great early season action.
Tight lines,
The Crew @ Big Bear
Apr 17, 2014 11:32AM Post #4
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April 15&16 fishing report

With a beautiful weekend of weather behind us and the return of rain Big Bear sloshed through and had a couple of really decent days of angling. I had the pleasure of hosting Rodney Hsu of Fishing with Rod and his crew to two days of fishing in Barkely Sound for early season Chinook.
Day 1 found us fishing the outer edge of the sound. Starting at Meares Bluff, we were quickly into a decent hit and miss. Circling back through and we were into another decent fish that was played like a champ by Kitty. It would end up being a fish of 14 lbs and the largest of the day. We worked the tide hard and were rewarded with another quality fish of 10 lbs. We decided to make a move and stop at Great Bear for a final pass and were rewarded with another decent fish in the same weight class. We called it a day and made our way home with high anticipation of fishing for Hali’s on day 2.
Day 2 found us heading towards Long Beach to try our luck for early season halibut. The forecast wasn’t looking the best but we made the attempt. Too no avail we decided to turn the boat around and head back to the sound for Chinook. With the S.E. blowing 15-25 knts we headed in to fish the back side of Swale Rock and Sechart Channel. What a great decision that was as we were into fish right away. Over the next 3 hrs we managed six hook ups and 3 nice fish in the box. Rods guest Ewan from Great Brittan took top honours with a quality Chinook that went 16-17 lbs. Wow did that fish scrap!!
The fish seemed to be feeding during mid-flood over the last couple of days. We are still fishing with the needle fish hootchy, the purple haze and green chartreuse hot spot was the top producer. Army truck with the red glo hot spot took two of our larger fish. These fish are holding deep so depths of 150-190 ft on the riggers and keep the gear near the bottom. Look to see the fishing get even better as we near May. The sound is always a good bet in the early season especially if the weather keeps you away from the offshore.
We still have availability for May so give us a call and get in on this great start to an amazing season!!

Tight Lines,
The Crew @ Big Bear
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Apr 22, 2014 1:04PM Post #5
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It was an awesome trip with you Darren!

I'd higher recommend you to anyone, you were the best I've been with so far. Fairly constant action for being so early in the year, even when the other boats around us were packing up and leaving. This trip was actually better for chinook (action wise) than any other trip I've been on with guides out in the salt, even during peak season!

Kitty is getting on me to book a trip with you in August again... so I'm sure we'll be talking soon.

Once again thanks!


PS.. Kitty's poor knuckle is still healing from her second one lol... some hot fish out there right now!
May 14, 2014 7:42AM Post #6
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Halibut fishing has been very good and salmon fishing decent so far but thats typical for this time of year with in a week or 2 the chinook fishing will be very consistant. Full limits of chinook are being caught currently some days limits come quicker than others. Lingcod fishing amazing, the 2014 summer months are going to be a blast! If you would like to be apart of the action give us a ring or view us online! grin

Ucluelet Charters
Salmon & Halibut Charters
Phone: (250) 726-3644

Edited: May 14, 2014 7:43AM
PH: 250-726-3644
May 14, 2014 11:17AM Post #7
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Ucluelet fishing report:

The Crew @ Big Bear are well into our fourth year of operation and the May fishery has been excellent. All of our local haunts have been producing fish up into the mid 20’s. The red can, Great Bear, Sail Rk., and Meares Bluff have been fishing well.
This past weekend we had the Babcock group with us for 3 days. In total the boys took 16 chinook back home with them, the largest weighing in at 23 lbs. Highlighting the trip was the weather, clear blue skies and calm seas.
The fish are still feeding aggressively on needle fish and sand lance so pull out those needle fish hootchies. The green splatter back has been the killer over the last couple of weeks. Paired with the green glo hot spot flasher and 40-42 inch leaders fished right near the bottom should bring great success.
Give us a call to get in on what looks to be an epic season. Space is filling quickly for the rest of the season so put the crew together and come enjoy Ucluelet at it’s finest.

Tight Lines,
The Crew @ Big Bear
May 20, 2014 9:38AM Post #8
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That’s a wrap!! The May Long weekend has come and gone and Big Bear Salmon Charters enjoyed sunny skies, calm seas and of course great fishing.
Consistant Chinook fishing combined with great hali fishing put smiles on all of our guests faces this past weekend. South bank and inside Lighthouse were the places to be with Chinook to 23 lbs hitting the boat each day. The fish remain deep feeding on needle fish and now herring. The needle fish in the splatterback pattern remains the top producer. The 4” coyote in the 602 pattern also produced quality fish early in the day. The gold Betsy flasher combined with a glo hootchy bounced on the bottom worked really well for halibut to 30 lbs.
We still have availability for May so give us a call and get in on our great early season rates.
Tight lines,
The Crew @ Big Bear
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June 4, 2014 11:19AM Post #9
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Dave & Heidi Bateman just spent two days fishing with the crew @ Big Bear. We chose to fish the Sound as sea conditions were not very favourable for the crew. What a call that was. Our first day saw approximately 30 chinook to the boat. By far the best day of fishing in the sound this season.
Swale rock was the place to be with herring balled up like I have not seen in years. Look to see fishing continue this way if the bait holds. Anchovy in the uv teaser and the 602 4'' coyote with the gold Betsy flasher. The offshore is also fishing well with the Light house Bank, the Adipose and the Turtle head all producing chinook and halibut. The season is booking quickly so give us a call and get in on the amazing fishing.

Tight lines, The Crew @ Big Bear

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Fun in Ukee on the weekend !!
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