Saltwater Cowboys Ramblings - Issue #1

Campfire Stories for June, 2016


We're back in Ukie!


After a complete trailer overhaul and a bunch of spring maintenance, we're finally set up and operating out of Ucluelet. We'll be leaving the boat there until September, but we haven't picked a firm 'end-season' date yet. It will probably depend on bookings, but more on the fishing itself.


We launched the boat in Ukie on 25 June, and caught a bunch of ground fish (Ling, Cabezon, Rockfish, Sea Bass and Snapper) while running sea trials. Then we spent the following week halibut hunting in drizzly weather and driving winds, which made for large swells, a boat-tossing cross-chop and very slow water travel. The guys sucked it up and braved it out, however, and we managed to get out all five days despite the miserable conditions. We landed several ground fish, but the halis were too elusive for us because it was too windy to control our drift most of the time. Coho and Springs were plentiful, however, and the boys managed to take a couple of them home with their food fish.


Cohos have arrived early, and Springs never leave, so the season is already in full swing. 20+ pounders are coming in daily and, unlike the Straits, we're allowed to keep wild Coho as well as hatchery, so nobody goes home with an empty cooler. The islands allow us to hide on the nasty days, so we can get out on the water just about any time we want.

We still have lots of openings for the summer, and the best price on the coast, so start planning your trip now! Our new web site is finally online, with more mods to come, and to help you decide when you want to go out our calendar can be accessed here.

Let's go fishing!


Tight lines and smiling faces!

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Cowboys' Ramblings 2016: Issue #1