Sportsman Fishing Adventures Nootka Sound Fishing Reports

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November 14/03 in Nootka Sound

Well it's here! As I write this, the first snow has fallen in our little gem of a community and I must say it's about time. I love this time of the year although it makes for some cold fishing adventures. I spent the morning walking the Gold River above the second bridge looking for Steelhead. The water conditions were ideal as the levels were low compared to the usual for this time of the year. The fresh snow made it a little tougher to walk along the river bank, but I had the river all to myself. I watched as my fourth cast drifted towards the tail out of the bridge pool when suddenly the line tightened for about a second or two and then went slack. I immediately reeled in and cast into the same run letting my gear drift down over the same spot and wham, fish on! Ten minutes later, I beached a nice bright silver doe weighing about 9 pounds and watched her swim away a few seconds later. I caught and released one more smaller Steelie from that pool before moving up stream to another favorite haunt. I decided to drift fish today instead of my usual spinner/spoon methods and I'm glad I did. My gear included a gooey bob (small orange) rig tied behind a foam float with 2 split shot weights about 3 inches above the gooey bob. I fished a total of five different pools and riffles catching and releasing 4 fish in total, the largest weighing close to 15 pounds. This is the best late fall day I've had on the Gold in quite some time!

Keep those rod tips up and tight lines!
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Paul
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November 08/03 in Nootka Sound

Spent the day on the Gold River seeking out the elusive Steelhead and found instead some nice Coho and Chum salmon still holding in the lower sections of the river. The water levels are still low and clear due to the lack of rain over the last few weeks and fishing for Steelies was tough. After catching and releasing 3 nice sized Coho males, I suddenly felt some nice weight on the other end of the line and watched as a beautiful Chum tore out of the water as if possessed! Took me over 15 minutes to land this salmon and when I finally got to look it over it must have weighed over 20 pounds! Such a beautiful fish when in it's spawning colors of purple, silver and black. Didn't take long for it to revive and soak me as it sped away into the deep pool. I must admit that I almost forgot all about the Steelhead this river is so famous for until my line tightened and I felt the tell tale sign of a fish on! I watched as line tore from my reel and headed down stream towards the tail out of the pool. I immediately started walking down stream anticipating the fish to move into the rapids towards the pool below. Sure enough, I was running a second later trying to get into a better position to play this fish. 20 minutes later I was releasing a beautiful 13 pound female Steelhead and admired her strength as she swam back into the current. That made my day, and I made the decision to head back and watch Nascar on TV ( another weakness of mine).

Keep those tips up and tight lines!
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Paul
www.sportsmanfishing.com
bookings@sportsmanfishing.com

November 01/03 in Nootka Sound

Spent the morning float tubing around Antler Lake casting my dragon fly imitation towards the lily pads. It only took about 7 minutes before I was into a nice 12 inch Cutthroat Trout. I released the pretty fish and cast again towards the lily pads along the shoreline. My next few hookups were a lot smaller so I moved about 30 yards further along the north shoreline. I came up to the log that has been in the same place for about 5 years and tried a cast just to the left of it. Suddenly my line tightened and started peeling off of my 5 weight rod and reel. Could this be the 5 pounder I have been searching for ever since Floyd came back with a whopper of a story two years ago? Couple of minutes later, I was able to get a look at the trout and saw that she was only a couple of pounds or so but it was a great time none the less!

Keep those rod tips up and tight lines!
_________________
Paul
www.sportsmanfishing.com
bookings@sportsmanfishing.com

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