Orcas In Vancouver Harbour And Fishing Report..july 3rd
A pod of Orcas made a visit into Vancouver Harbour yesterday to snack on our very healthy population of harbour seals!! We were lucky enough to be on the water to capture the amazing spectacle. 6 transient orcas came into English Bay during the late morning and headed to the shallows off of Stanley Park and started hunting seals. It was quite the sight for the small group of boats that were able to see the orcas work! Seals were definately killed as we witnessed a few orcas with seals in their mouths!! They cruised the shoreline of Kits Beach and out towards Jericho before heading out to Georgia Strait. It was nice to see the Orcas in the harbour and nice to see them get a good meal!
Fishing has been decent locally for coho! The rain we had on the weekend slowed things down a little bit, but this afternoon we had a shot at 6 fish. The forecast is calling for a long hot spell coming up. This is just the news we have been waiting for as it will cause the Capilano River to drop. The numbers of coho along the West Vancouver shoreline are sure to dramatically increase in the next few days with the low water levels in the Capilano River. There has been the odd chinook salmon off West Vancouver as well. As we progress into July we will see more and more migratory chinook in local waters. Hootchies, small spoons, and anchovies between 20 and 60 feet have been the ticket along the West Vancouver shoreline!
The Gulf Islands are still producing some nice chinook up to 30 pounds. There has been the odd tough day recently over there, but we are still averaging 3 to 7 hook ups per day on chinook off of Gabriola Island. The ling cod fishing has been good as well when the tide is not ripping!
So for the next week or two we should see the coho fishing pick up even more and the Gulf Island's chinook fishery continue. Give us a call if you want to head out on the water. This week looks like it is going to be the nicest of the summer so far with calm winds and very warm temperatures!