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Reflecting on the Bountiful 2023 Fishing Season with Jason Assonitis of Bon Chovy Fishing Charters

Reflecting on the Bountiful 2023 Fishing Season with Jason Assonitis of Bon Chovy Fishing Charters

As we look back on the bountiful 2023 fishing season, it's time to reminisce about the highs, lows, and everything in between that made it a year to remember for Jason Assonitis, the driving force behind Bon Chovy Fishing Charters. From the heart of downtown Vancouver to the serene waters of Sidney, the journey was nothing short of extraordinary.
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Fishing Season Overview:
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The 2023 fishing season brought with it a wave of excitement and opportunity for Jason Assonitis, owner and operator of Bon Chovy Fishing Charters. From unexpected coho bonanzas to triumphant tyee catches, the season was marked by remarkable highs and memorable moments. Noteworthy was the resurgence of coho salmon in local Vancouver waters, presenting anglers with an abundance unseen in over three decades. Additionally, the fall chinook fishery boasted several memorable catches, including the landing of impressive tyees exceeding 30 pounds. Summer chinook returns to the Fraser River also surpassed expectations, contributing to one of the most fruitful seasons in recent memory.
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Areas of Focus:
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A significant development in the 2023 season was the exploration of marked selective fisheries in Sidney and the Southern Gulf Islands—a first since 2019. This exploration opened new avenues for retention opportunities, particularly for hatchery chinook. Sidney emerged as a hotspot, yielding plentiful hatchery chinook catches and reigniting excitement among anglers after years of closures.
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Species of Focus:
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Chinook and coho salmon took center stage during the 2023 season. The resurgence of coho salmon in local waters presented an unprecedented opportunity for anglers, with record-breaking returns stirring excitement among the fishing community. Similarly, the Fraser River witnessed a notable resurgence of chinook salmon, reaffirming their status as iconic and sought-after species.
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Top Performing Gibbs Products:
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Gibbs products played a crucial role in the success of the 2023 fishing season. Among the standout performers was the Nickel Bon Chovy Skinny G, which quickly established itself as a favorite among anglers. Its effectiveness in the spring chinook fishery of Haro Strait, Sidney, was unmatched, proving to be a valuable addition to the tackle box. Additionally, the Bon Chovy Guide Series Flasher continued to shine as the go-to flasher for Vancouver waters, contributing significantly to successful outings throughout the season.
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As we reflect on the remarkable exploits of the 2023 fishing season, it's evident that Jason Assonitis and Bon Chovy Fishing Charters have once again left an indelible mark on the waters of Vancouver and beyond. From the thrill of reeling in record-breaking coho to the jubilation of landing majestic tyees, each moment was a testament to the passion, perseverance, and expertise that define Jason's endeavors. The exploration of new territories, the celebration of iconic species, and the reliance on top-performing Gibbs products all contributed to a season filled with adventure, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories. As whispers of a promising 2024 season begin to surface, one thing remains certain—Jason Assonitis and Bon Chovy Fishing Charters stand poised to embark on new adventures, chase new dreams, and continue their legacy of excellence on the open waters.

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