September 6, 2016 Duane Foerter0

This summer, we’re supplying our guests with the gear to try a different, fun and highly effective way of catching fish!  Your tackle box will now include a selection of jigs as an option to trolling and bottom fishing with spreader bars.

Simply put, jigging is lowering a weighted lure into the water, and repeatedly lifting and dropping the tip of the rod, enticing fish to strike at the active jig.  It’s a surprisingly simple and successful way to catch halibut, lingcod, rock cod, and even salmon!

I have spent many successful days on the water with only my jigging lures to keep me busy, and I find it a nice change of pace to traditional fishing.  Staying active on the boat, and even having the chance to turn off the engine for total peace and quiet is hard to beat.  And nothing is better than holding the rod in your hands when the fish strikes!


Here are a few tips to effective jigging:

Find the right area!  For salmon, find schools of bait and jig to the side or just below a bait ball. For bottom fish, look for “humps” or depressions on     the sounder and fish a few feet off the bottom.

Once you find the right spot, motor up current and drift back over the zone.

Lower the jig to just below the depth of the bait, then start slowly raising   and quickly dropping the rod tip

If fishing deep, don’t let the jig rest on the bottom, to prevent snags.

Keep the lines completely vertical – this can take some practice when driving and working a rod at the same time!

Keep the strokes short, lift the rod tip only 1.5 to 2 feet – no need for big 6 foot pulls!

If you feel the slightest bump, it’s a fish hitting the lure so strike hard   and set the hook!

Why not give it a try this season?  Ask me on the dock for some of my favourite spots, and I’ll point them out on your GPS!

Tight lines!

Ryan Ashton


September 6, 2016 Duane Foerter0

Well, this morning we said goodbye to our last group of guests for the 2016 season.  It’s been a whirlwind for sure!  Our busiest season ever and it was fantastic!  Sure we had to work a little harder for the fish at times this summer but our guests and guides made the most of it.  At the end of the day there were lots of fish to go around.  On Sunday, our final fishing day was one for the books; greasy flat water with just a hint of breeze, bright overcast skies and fish catching opportunities all over the place.

QCL Lingcod catchThe bulk of the action recently has been offshore and we’ve enjoyed exploring the tidelines and contours in the 200 to 500-foot zone.  We’re finding loads of beautiful 10 – 15 pound Coho and the occasional Chinook out there, from the surface down 60 feet or so.  And while we’re out there, we get lots of little surprises like random feeding humpbacks popping up alongside the boat or pods of Dall’s Porpoise zipping around below.  We’re always discovering great underwater structure that harbours awesome lingcod, halibut and cod fishing opportunities.  We set a new record for the number halibut over 100 pounds this season and with a little help from some enthusiastic jig anglers we’ve established a very healthy lingcod fishery.  Even in this past week we saw halibut released scoring 102, 102, 115, 134, and 160 pounds with several nice ones in the 30 to 60 pound “keeper” class.

Coho fever at QCL!

Inshore fishing for Chinook salmon turned on nicely this weekend with some snap bites coming on with the morning tide changes at Cape Naden and Parker Point.  There weren’t a ton of them but certainly enough to get everybody interested, even a couple of nice Tyees in the mix!   Now we crunch the numbers and we’ll be back with a bit of a summary very soon!  Stay tuned.

Tyee Chinook at QCL