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#301 LJ

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 07:29 PM

Look below the boat and see the rest of the flagpole.

Also, that is not where you fly a flag on a boat.


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Posted 12 April 2021 - 08:01 PM

Correct, the courtesy flag - I doubt these morons even knew what that was - would normally be flown on the stern above the flag of the boat's home port/country while in foreign (Canadian) waters. Still don't see any other Canadian flag aside from the one at top of the flagpole but I'll take your word its there :)


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Posted 12 April 2021 - 08:12 PM

Gotcha. I did think it was an odd spot and didn't see the lower part of the pole :).

Pricey trip for these fellas. How many others do this, especially offshore?


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Posted 12 April 2021 - 08:41 PM

Gotcha. I did think it was an odd spot and didn't see the lower part of the pole :).

Pricey trip for these fellas. How many others do this, especially offshore?

 

Sadly, a lot. I rag on DFO frequently but hat's off to them in this case. Canada and BC in general do a poor job IMO when it comes to enforcement matters be it national sovereignty, logging, or fishing....must be the genetic Canadian default setting of "be nice!". See Bonnie Henry as Example Number One....

 

Insofar as fishing goes DFO has been generally underfunded for ages which is Problem # 1. I think I've encountered them either offshore or in freshwater fishing environments something like all of twice in almost 30 years. Thirty years.

 

On the Cowichan or Campbell Rivers, two of the most famous fishing ecosystems in the country, and rivers I have fished extensively, I have never had an interaction with a DFO official. But you will occasionally encounter contracted resources out there performing informal roadside (or riverside) 'surveys' of what species fishermen are seeing/catching and where and under what conditions, or taking DNA or organ samples of dead fish that have spawned etc. But that's about it. 

 

Believe it or not there is actually a National Fisheries Intelligence Service which was started in 2012 and became fully operational in 2016. It works out of Marine Security Operations Centres in Victoria and Halifax and employs something like 50-60 intel agents and analysts. But like any bureaucracy it has been subject to various critiques and I suspect is not as efficient or effective as it could be.

 

Not long ago I read a UN-sponsored document that stated internationally illegal fishing is a serious problem critically undermining conservation efforts and accounting for an estimated 30of all fish caught globally. So the enforcement issue is crucial because harvesting any resource illegally at those levels is by definition unsustainable; and with huge consequences for all of us well beyond this small island.



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Posted 10 June 2021 - 10:08 AM

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 12:15 PM

Finally discovered why this year was a tough one in terms of catching fish....*

 

 

*J/k....I always catch fish on every trip, every single time. And remember....a fisherman_never lies....

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Posted 31 January 2022 - 08:32 PM

Like just about everyone else I have not travelled extensively for two years, confining most of my activty to the island with the occasional trip to YVR. Finally next month a somewhat semi-return to normalcy at least in terms of getting truly outdoors.

 

The lads and I are heading out for four days fishing for winter Chinook up the coast. We're taking the Kuroshio, my buddy's commercial dive boat which accommodates and sleeps 4 comfortably. She sports a 12-cylinder Volvo Penta engine which outputs about 30kts going flat out, so we'll get to where we're going quickly.

 

Given the absence of "real" travel in over two years I'm looking forward to this almost as much as a proper vacation. Pic was taken a few years ago with me driving the boat while halibut fishing on Constance Bank. Fishing is the only activity where you'll see me wearing NY Yankees gear, the theory being if I lose it well.....its only the Yankees. :)

 

 

 

 

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Posted 31 January 2022 - 08:54 PM

Have a great time, ASE.

I know I speak for all of us that we look forward to your stories upon your return.
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Posted 20 February 2022 - 06:07 AM

Outta here heading out on the hunt for steelhead have a good day y'all.

 

Here is one of the gear sets I use for steelies for those who might be interested in chasing one of these elusive "unicorns", which are the gold standard for any west coast fly or gear fisherman.

 

For this setup, run a slider or “slip” float like a Clear Drift (pictured). I generally run a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce model, depending on the size and flow of the river and how much lead I need to get down. Slinky sinkers work well for this technique as they are very snag resistant. Add a 4- to 6-inch worm and you are in business. For this rig, I ran the worm upside down or “half wacky” style to give it some extra action.

 

 

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Posted 21 February 2022 - 06:54 AM

Whatever you do ASE, don't take up "drone fishing".

 

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Posted 16 March 2022 - 06:23 PM

Whatever you do ASE, don't take up "drone fishing".

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=iba7kCnkFos

 

LOL well that's a new one on me, thanks for that Sparky. I'd like to see our group explain_that to a passing fisheries officer. Bass are extremely aggressive so not terribly surprised it hit the lure, but from a drone is pretty damn cool. Might have to add that one to our repertoire :)

 

Personally I do like the Russian method of freshwater fishing - which of course naturally involves explosives:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=mV-FQ-fSDbk


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Posted 21 March 2022 - 07:52 PM

The short answer to the question in the T-C headline is an unequivocal YES. The scope and scale of sheer human stupidity and ineptitude unfortunately never fails to amaze me.

 

Herring is a keystone species on the west coast and their collapse due partially to incompetent (DFO) management and also to sheer greed by commercial interests, would ripple out and up the marine food chain with disastrous consequences.

 

One would hope that after humans essentially decimated the steelhead runs in this province - steelhead are the 'unicorn gold standard' for recreational fishing in BC and are fish renowned worldwide for their power, fight and beauty - and severely impacted other critical species like the Fraser River Chinook, and Sockeye salmon which are also in serious decline, that we would figure out one day how to get along with nature. Clearly that is a faint hope.

 

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#313 Matt R.

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Posted 23 March 2022 - 10:30 AM

Pacific herring was removed by Oceanwise as “sustainable” this season, never seen that before.

Various salmon species over the last number of years have also come and gone from the list. Remember to look for the Oceanwise logo when shopping for seafood, and ask at your reputable fish monger.

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Posted 23 March 2022 - 10:51 AM

Yup, very sad. It seems we just never learn.

 

In the last 30+ years since I really got back into fishing seriously - it lapsed after childhood probably due to the "university wilderness years" :), and too much time living and having fun in Vancouver - I have seen and been approached by DFO officers exactly twice, and only once on the vast west coast freshwater watersheds that I've primarily fished since the late 90's. Once. They are historically underfunded and undermanned, and the "science" upon which they rely so much is for the most part questionable at best.....



 



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