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Monday, April 5, 2010

Salty Towers April update

Hello to friends of Salty Towers in Sooke and beyond

Spring has sprung in Sooke, with plenty of variable weather to go around. One minute it is sunny, next raining, windy, calm, even a hail storm now and then. The only constant around here is change ... but the garden's blooming and the grass is green and growing, and we love it here in our little seaside hideaway.

We are thrilled to announce our long-time dock resident, Ron from Sidetrack Charters, has retired the old Sidetrack I and is gearing up a new vessel for this year's season. His new boat is a "Ranger Tug" style, 25 footer. Classic looking boat and very well-appointed ... see photos below. Much like Sidetrack I, a little out of the ordinary for typical fishing charter boats around here, but very comfortable and safe ... and most important, a great fishing platform. Should be a fun fishing season ahead!

On that note, good early season fishing reports from Sooke. Plentiful catches of spring salmon and halibut from local waters. It is always a nice time of year to visit Sooke, but right now in particular! We hope to see you soon.

Neil & Maggie

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sooke and the Olympics

Greetings from Salty Towers in sunny Sooke!

Winter ends early around here, and it is amazing to see the bulbs poking out and cherry blossoms in mid-February. Beautiful spring weather here, we are blessed to be the probably best place in Canada right now.

And not very far from Sooke, there's a little event going on ... Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics. Sooke has joined in the festivities, hosting a booth at the O-Zone facility in Richmond. We are found on the "BC Street of Dreams" and early feedback is our booth is the toast of event. Entirely developed and run by volunteers from our little town by the sea -- big congrats to you all!

Come by Sooke's booth and say hi, or if you can't visit in person, then check out the website:

There's an amazing video posted there (see below on this page) that highlights Sooke's beauty and many have to see it to believe it.

The website also has a contest giveaway ... accommodations, fishing trips, zip line adventures, whale watching. Sign up for your chance to win!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Spirit Celebration

Saturday December 5th was Sooke's Spirit Festival, celebrating the holiday spirit right here at home.

The day started with the Santa Claus parade, continued with the annual "Sail Past", with local boat owners lighting up their boats and cruising the Harbour, from Rotary Pier to Whiffin Spit and back. The day ended with a performance with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bach's Oratorio at the Community Theatre.

Sooke Spirit indeed! Ho ho ho!

The photos below are the good ship "Reef Seeker" departing Salty Towers dock with a special guest of honour, making the rounds of Sooke Harbour.

Monday, November 9, 2009

November 2009 Salty Towers News

Hello to Friends of Salty Towers around the world!

It is November in Sooke, and that means storm watching season. We've seen some pretty interesting weather of late, no shortage of wind and rain, then sunny for a few minutes, then back to the storm again. It is certainly not boring to put on your rubber boots and rain slicker and go for a walk on Whiffin Spit.

And with the winter storms comes the winter surf. The area around Sooke has some of the best waves in Canada, and there's a wetsuit-clad local crew chomping at the bit for when a new storm arrives. The picture above could have been taken from the Salty Towers dock, if you stood way up on your tiptoes and had a really good telephoto lens. :-)

The picture below is about 20 minutes up the road at Jordan River. Swells tend to last 1-3 days, and come once or twice per week on average from November to April. So...if you're looking for something different, it's going on in and around Sooke!

For fishing, we are into winter spring salmon fishing mode. Plenty of nice salmon are being caught out front of the Harbour mouth west towards Otter Point. This week has had some reports of fish well into the teens, up to 15 pounds. As is typical, they are usually caught right off the bottom in 130-150' depths, usually with hootchies -- something glow or purple haze are popular.

Here's a photo from October, with Mike Ross from Alberta with a nice coho.

There are an increasing number of boats anchoring up for halibut too, just off Sooke that is an interesting possibility, bring home some nice white fish for the table, without having to go all the way to Swiftsure or Constance Bank.

It's a nice time to visit, but then again, when isn't it a good time around here? Come by for a visit!

Happy days,

Neil and Maggie

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Salty Towers, October report

Hello to friends of Salty Towers from around the world!

All of a sudden it is October, another whirlwind summer gone by, with so many guests and new friends made. We are so happy to be able to share our little slice of paradise with you all.

But we have not written off summer yet, as the last few days have been pretty summer-like...sunny, warm, no wind. Perfect fishing weather! And the fishing has been pretty good, with excellent coho fishing and now early winter spring salmon. As well, some of the local anglers have been having a bit of luck with halibut, just outside the mouth of Sooke Harbour. Here's a photo of a guest feeding of Sooke Harbour's real locals, from Salty Towers' dock.

There's still plenty of fun to be had out here on Vancouver Island's west coast in Fall....we hope to see you soon.

Have a great day!

Neil and Maggie

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sooke Whale Watching

The whales have been putting on a pretty good show in Sooke lately. The two pictures here show a couple of Orca (killer) whales passing by while we were out fishing.

Sooke Coastal Explorations reports some fun whale watching expeditions. Today's report: "Today we had a blast on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We started out this morning rounding Whiffin Spit when a friend called me on the radio stating that a group of Orcas past by at 0830. We decided to head West and approx. 1015 we came across 6 Transient Killer Whales making a kill in front of the Sooke Bluffs. The animal was a large male Stellar Sea Lion. It was an incredible sight to see."

When you come visit at Salty Towers, a trip out with Sooke Coastal Explorations Whale Watching is a must! Their phone # is (250)642-2343 and their website is

Have a great day!

Neil and Maggie


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