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  1. Vancouver Fishing Charter - Winter Special Pricing 2019 Our 2019 Winter chinook salmon is here and so is our annual "Winter Chinook Charter Special! Like we do every year, we are offering fully guided winter fishing charters at a great rate from January 15th to March 31st. This year we are offering full day trips (8 hours) for a great price. We have enjoyed good fishing so far this winter and we are hoping and anticipating more productive trips over the next couple months! Winter salmon fishing is truly our favourite fishery of the year. If you have not tried, this is a great way to give it a shot! The amazing scenery is worth the trip alone! In the past we have offered a half day special as well, but we feel the full day trip offers the best experience in the winter months. These longer fishing trips allows us to fish where we want, work the tides, and have the gear in the water longer to increase the number of hook ups. In addition to the salmon fishing, we drop prawn and crab traps on the way out to the fishing grounds. The prawning has been very productive over the last couple seasons. On our Vancouver fishing trips no previous saltwater fishing experience is required and we supply all the fishing equipment. Our boats are rigged are rigged to perfection with new Mercury and Yamaha Outboards, Island Reels, Scotty Downriggers and all the hot winter chinook gear from Gibbs Delta Tackle. NUMBER OF PEOPLE PRICE FOR 8 HOUR CHARTER 1 TO 2 PEOPLE $799.00 3 TO 4 PEOPLE $899.00 5 TO 6 PEOPLE $999.00 Check out the video below to get a feel for the Winter Fishing Experience! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGa24_Ez54E If you are looking at combining a couple/few fishing days with a seaside cabin, we work with the Union Steamship Marina on Bowen Island to combine great fishing with great accommodation. Packages start at $669.00 per person for a 2 day trip! Have a peak at this link for more info. The Bowen Island Winter Package is truly a perfect fishing get away. www.bonchovy.com/site/fishing-packages/bowen-island-winter-chinook-salmon-package.html
  2. Spring is here and our offshore chinook fishery is now in full swing! We have enjoyed some very good fishing over the last few days. We are hoping that things will continue! Areas like the Bell Buoy, Cowan Point, Cape Roger Curtis and the Hump, the Gulf Island's, and the QA have all seen good periods of activity. This offshore fishery in local waters should continue for the next 5 to 6 weeks. After that we will likely focus most of our efforts over on the Gulf Island side! Now is the time of year to start we start running a bit more bait and hootchies in addition to our spoons. We usually run 4 rods and mix things up a bit to find the depth the fish are feeding and biting at. Usually the fish will be between 75 to 150 feet, but there are years where we get them as shallow as 40 feet and as deep as 200 feet (especially on the Gulf Island's side). Good bets for spoons are the G Force No Bananas, Bon Chovy, Trailhead and Outfitter. Skinny G's will also work in the same patterns. Glow Yamashita hootchies like the Blood and Bones, Chartreuse and Green Spackleback, and the plain glow are good ones as well. The Guide Series Flashers will also be key in the murky water with the UV and Glow really making a difference. When fishing out on the deep water it is often necessary to cover some area to find the fish and the bait. Once you hit a fish or two, it is often a good idea to keep on working that area to see if you can keep hitting them. Pay attention to the way the currents are going as the fish will often move with the current. Quite often you will get more bites going with the current than against it. Looking for tide lines is also a good idea. The deep sea fishing in Vancouver in the spring can often involve a lot of searching but it can frequently result in some fast and explosive action if things come together! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpYbN1SykKs As we progress into May and June, we will likely see our Gulf Island's fishery really heat up! In fact, we have already seen some very encouraging fishing over there already. Because of the often excellent fishing over on the Gulf Island's in May and June, we recommend booking full day charters for the next 2 months as it is possible to make the run across the if weather and fishing conditions permit! Sturgeon fishing has also been very good on the Fraser River. The cool spring we have had so far has kept the river in excellent shape and the fishing productive. Most of the fish are in the 3 to 6 foot range, but there is some larger ones being caught, and always the chance at a monster! Give us a call or send us an email to get out on the water! There will be the odd slow day, but there should be lot's of good ones based on what we have seen over the last few days! Tight lines!
  3. Things have finally warmed up and our winter weather is a little more "Vancouver" like these days. Even though we did have quite a bit of snow this past month, we managed to get out frequently. On most days, we hooked some pretty nice fish. Over the last few weeks we have started to see some larger fish in the mix with some fish nice fish up to the 20 pound mark landed! Prawning and crabbing have been pretty good as well. As usual for this time of year, we have been moving around quite a bit and finding fish in all of the normal winter chinook salmon spots. Vancouver Harbour, Howe Sound, and the Gulf Island's have all had fish in varying numbers depending on the day. We had a few pretty good days off West Vancouver last week. Check out this great unique video by www.corbiefieldwalker.com . We enjoyed a great day salmon fishing off West Vancouver after a snowfall in Mid February. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kpsxK50DIM As we get in to March we should see some fish start to suspend in the water column a little more. Areas like Hole in the Wall and the Bell Buoy are often pretty good bets in March. We have been having most of our success by running a mix of spoons and hootchies near bottom in 90 to 200 feet depending on where we are fishing. The spoons that have been good for us have been the G Force Trailhead, G Force Bon Chovy, Outfitter Skinny G, Bon Chovy Skinny G and the Silver Horde Irish Cream in 3.0/3.5. Hootchies that have been good have been the Yamashita green and chartreuse spackleback as well as the straight glow Yamashita. Our favourite Guide Series flashers have been working as always. Stop by our charter/tackle shop on Granville Island for the right gear for local waters. Sturgeon fishing has started to pick up in the Fraser River and the cold weather and ice flows and are behind us now. Sturgeon fishing is also a great option in the spring time! Please give us a call if you would like to get out on the water! Now is a great time of year to do a Winter Chinook Package with waterfront accommodation on Bowen Island! Check out this link for more info. bonchovy.site-mockup.com/site/fishing-packages/bowen-island-winter-chinook-salmon-package.html
  4. Things are finally back to normal after the extended cold snap in December and Early January. We have been on the water a lot over the last couple weeks and we have enjoyed some pretty solid winter chinook fishing! We have been fishing all over the place in recent weeks. Howe Sound, Vancouver Harbour, and the Gulf Island's have all kicked out some good numbers of fish depending on the day and the weather. It seems to be one of those winters where you can pick one of the many winter chinook spots and be successful if you fish the area properly. As per usual in the winter months, keeping your gear close to bottom is key to winter chinook success. These chrome fish typically hold and feed on sandy flats that are 80 to 200 feet in depth. Keep a close eye on your sounder for bait and fish. We have been running primarily spoons over the last couple weeks, but we have also had some pretty good success on hootchies. Running bait will also work, but why bother with bait when spoons and hootchies are work just as good, if not better in the winter! The Outfitter Skinny G has really started to catch fire again. Some other spoons that have been working have been the G Force Trailhead, No Bananas, Bon Chovy and Flamin Hans. The Silver Horde Homeland Security and Irish Cream have also been working well. Productive hootchies have been the standard Yamashita Hootchies in Glow and White. As per usual we have been running our favourite Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers. Our winter favourites are the STS, Lemon Lime, Bon Chovy, and Madi Flashers. If you are looking for the right gear for local waters, please stop by our charter/tackle shop on Granville Island! As we move into February and March we will see the mature herring make their way into local waters to get ready to spawn. This means we will start to see some larger fish in the mix. So far this year, most of the legal fish have been under 12 pounds. This should change very soon as fish in the 15 to 25 pound range are often caught in the next couple months. We are running our "Winter Chinook Charter Special" until March 31st/2017. This is one of our best charter option of of the year! Have a look at this link, it gives you an idea of our winter rates and what winter fishing is all about! bonchovy.site-mockup.com/site/fishingreports/1452629981.html If you are looking for a quick, convenient winter fishing. Check out the link below. You can combine a couple days of winter fishing with amazing waterfront accommodation at the Union Steamship Resort on Bowen Island. bonchovy.site-mockup.com/site/fishing-packages/bowen-island-winter-chinook-salmon-package.html Tight lines!
  5. https://youtu.be/m7pX7QXDuM0 We are now about a month in to our winter chinook salmon season in local Vancouver waters. Overall, it has been a very encouraging start with decent numbers of legal and undersize fish around. Some days you have to work for them, but more often than not a handful of hook ups an outing has been pretty common this year, sometimes more! Most boats have been focusing their efforts on the traditional winter chinook haunts in the Vancouver area. We have been fishing Howe Sound, the Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Harbour . Over the last handful of days, the inner reaches of Vancouver Harbour have seen decent numbers of fish, mostly along the West Vancouver Shorline and the QB Marker. We made a couple trips over to the Gulf Island’s this week and the action was very good with 10 to 15 hook ups being average. Unfortunately, most of the fish were undersize, with only the odd legal fish. This should change in coming weeks as these fish continue to feed. Howe Sound has seen some decent fish over the last week in all the usual spots. We have been using a few of our favourite set ups so far this year with good success. The Gibbs Delta G Force Trailhead and Bon Chovy Spoon in the 3.0 and 3.5 size, Silver Horde Homeland Security in the 3.0 and green/glow Irish Cream Coho Killers have been our best producers recently. In terms of flashers, we have had most of our success with the Guide Series Lemon Lime, but we have also had some good results with the STS, Madi, and Bonchovy. We are now back from holiday mode and we will be in our charter/tackle shop on most days starting next week. We will also be having some great deals on used rods and reels and tackle from January 20 to 24th during the Vancouver International Boat Show. Our charter/tackle shop is right next to the Floating Boat Show on Granville Island. We will post about the specials in 10 days or so. Once again, we will be running our winter chinook charter special this year! Look for details on our blog and on our Facebook page early next week. If you want to get out to chase these winter chromers or learn about the local winter chinook fishery, please give us a call or an email! Happy New Year! www.bonchovy.com info@bonchovy.com 604 763 5460
  6. Right on schedule the Gulf Island’s have really heated up over the last few days! The eastern shoreline of Gabriola Island up to the Five Fingers seems to be the place to be. Our local trips have produced some fish as well off the Hump, Howe Sound and deep inside Vancouver Harbour. Sturgeon fishing has been surprisingly good as the Fraser River is staying in good shape as a result of the low snow pack this year. Early to mid May is when we shift a lot of our attention over to the far side of Georgia Strait. This year is no exception and based on the last handful of days, the fish have arrived in good numbers. The offshore waters off Gabriola Island has been where the boats found the majority of our action. The fish have been fairly deep with most fish getting picked up from 120 to 200 feet down. As with any offshore salmon fishery, covering ground and dialing in the depth of where the fish are important for consistency. Over the next 6 weeks, the Gulf Island’s will be where we will be spending most of our time. Locally, fishing has been ok. Some days boats are getting into a handful of salmon, and some days the be boats are struggling for a couple hook ups. . Areas that have produced over the last week have been the Hump, QA marker, the Bell Buoy, the Freighters, and Howe Sound. We should expect our local fishery to last for another couple weeks, before it gets pretty hit or miss for the month of June. These springtime chinook salmon are aggressive fish and will take a variety of gear this time of year. We have had our best success on spoons and hootchies over on the Gulf Island’s and anchovies and spoons on the Vancouver side. Our best producing spoons have been the G Force Trailhead and Bon Chovy as well the Silver Horde Irish Cream and Kitchen Sink. Our favourite hootchies have been the green and chartreuse glow splatterback made by Yamashita. We have had the best success on the Guide Series Lemon Lime, Madi, Bon Chovy and STS Flashers.. Our Gibbs Delta Tackle Pro Shop is now open daily on Granville Island. Please come and see us for your local tackle needs and up to date reports! Sturgeon fishing has been quite good in the Lower Fraser. Luke has guided his guests into some good numbers of fish in the 3 to 6 fish foot range over the last week. With the lower than normal snow pack this year, it is looking like the fishing will stay consistent thru May and June. Based out of Shelter Island, our sturgeon trips are only 25 minutes from Vancouver. Give us a call to get out on the water!604 763 5460 info@bonchovy.com www.bonchovy.com
  7. Spring has definitely sprung in local Vancouver waters! Chinook salmon are in local waters in good numbers and the average size of the fish is very impressive for early April!.. Sturgeon fishing on the Lower Fraser has also been productive this week! Our spring chinook fishing pattern looks like it is in full swing now. The snow melt and plankton bloom has started and the chinook salmon in local waters are cruising around in offshore waters feeding heavily on herring. There has been fish off the Hump, the QA, the Bell Buoy, Howe Sound and Vancouver Harbour. In the offshore waters off the South End of Bowen Island and Vancouver Harbour the 10 to 30 pound chinook salmon are running fairly high in the water column from 60 to 150 feet down. Productive depths change by the day so pay attention to how deep each bite is too establish a pattern. If you are offshore and start hitting fish, work that area till they stop hitting.. The best tide has the been the falling tide. The one thing that we have noticed over the last week is the frustrating abundance of Pacific Grey Cod. They are out there feeding as well, and can be a reel nuisance as you don’t always see them him. Checking gear frequently has been crucial at times. We have been running a mix of spoons, UV white hootchies and anchovies over the last week. We have been running our favourite Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers as usual.. (STS, Bon Chovy, Lemon Lime, Madi) We been running the Trailhead, No Bananas Force Bon Chovy G ForceSpoons as well as the Silver Horde Homeland Security, Kitchen Sink and Irish Cream. Our tackle and charter shop is open full time for the season now, so please come down for solid fishing tips and the right tackle for local waters! Crabbing and prawning has been excellent in Vancouver waters.. We are dropping crab traps on all of our charters and prawn traps on request on our 8 and 10 hour charters… Vancouver sturgeon fishing has been solid as well this week. The river did spike with the rain last week but it has come back into shape nicely over the last few days… Our sturgeon boat is only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. We should have some productive sturgeon fishing for the next month or so until the snow melt really starts. With the small snow pack this year, we may be in for a tiny freshet and good fishing all the way through the spring and early summer! April has started with a bang and the next month is when you want to do your local chinook salmon trips! As we progress into the mid to late part of May we will shift our focus to 10 hour trips to the Gulf Islands… Give us a call if you want to head out on the water.. winter looks like its over! (not that it ever showed up anyway) Tight Lines…. www.bonchovy.com info@bonchovy.com 604 763 5460
  8. Birthday winter chinook for Nick Nick and Billy with a couple nice ones Dandies! It has been quite the week in local waters… We have seen some larger than average winter Chinook salmon and even a couple halibut back to the dock! Overall, fishing has been quite productive and the majority of our trips have done very well! We have been fishing all over the place and found fish in all of the typical winter chinook salmon spots in Vancouver Harbour, Howe Sound, and over on the Gulf Islands. Things seem to be changing from day to day and we have found that we have had to move around a bit on some days to be successful. There have been some very nice fish around this week with quite a few of the fish being in the 12 to 18 pound range. Jeff with a beauty of a winter blackmouth Caroline and Dan with a limit of chinook and a bonus halibut In addition to the decent sized winter Chinook salmon, we were also fortunate to land a couple halibut over the weekend. We will likely start putting in more effort to target halibut in coming weeks as there has been quite a few caught incidentally while salmon trolling. Crabbing and prawning have been very productive over the last few weeks and should continue to get better. Limits of Dungeness are common and 150 to 300 prawns per soak seems to be the norm right now. We have not been changing our gear around too much this week. We have been running Bon Chovy G Force Spoons and Green/Glow Coho Killers behind our favourite Gibbs Delta Guide Series Flashers. (STS, Bon Chovy, Madi and Lemon Lime). We are offering a 2 day/1 night winter chinook trip for $499.00 USD per person. This trip includes 2 full 10 hour days on the water, accommodation at a seaside cabin on one of the Gulf Islands, salmon fishing, crabbing and prawning... All trips depart from Vancouver. This is a great deal that we can offer due to the exchange rate right now. This offer is valid until April 15th/2015. Please call us for more details. We can easily add extra days or nights to the package! For more info, call Jeff or Jason at Bon Chovy Fishing Charters (604)763.5460 www.bonchovy.com email: info@bonchovy.com
  9. Billy with a sweet winter fish! Billy and Oli with a limit of winter chinook! Our 30 foot Grady It has been a ridiculous stretch of spring like weather over the last couple weeks! We have enjoyed some fantastic weather and some continued solid winter chinook/blackmouth fishing! All of our trips over the last 10 days have been to the western side of Georgia Strait. The fishing has been very consistent with most trips hooking 10 to 20 winter chinook salmon per outing. There has been a mix of legal and undersize fish. The stable weather patterns looks like they are going to continue for the coming week. We are looking forward to continued good fishing and good weather! We have been primarily using spoons as per usual this time of year. Our favourites this week have been the G Force Bon Chovy and Trailhead as well as the Silver Horde Homeland Security. We have been running our favourite Guide Series Flashers. (Madi, STS, Bon Chovy, Lemon Lime) As per usual, finding bait is quite often key to find the fish. Look for sandy flats from 100 to 200 feet and keep your gear close to bottom. Crabbing is really starting to pick up now as well! Prawning has been good as well in the open areas. For our European friends, now is the time to take advantage of the exchange rate. The Canadian dollar is now at .80 cents. You can basically knock 20 percent off our rates! If you are looking for a day trip or an overnight trip to the Gulf Island's for winter chinook/blackmouth now is the time! Our Gulf Island's are adjacent to the San Juan Islands and offer some very consistent winter chinook fishing! We have some great 2 day packages with seaside accommodations and 10 hours of guided fishing per day from $450.00 USD per person. Please give us a call or email to inquire! For more info, call Jeff or Jason at Bon Chovy Fishing Charters (604)763.5460 www.bonchovy.com email: info@bonchovy.com
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