Cool weather a good sign for prawning season

by Dale Peng

While more sea lions are coming to Osborne Bay for their winter holiday after a busy breeding season in California, the prawn season is heating up on the east coast of Vancouver Island for sport fishers. The cooler weather is definitely a plus and more catches are expected for both seasoned and green-horn prawn fishers alike.

In the summer, the prawns tend to be small and the catches are more uneven. It is believed that the bigger prawns are in the deeper water. The cool nights and shorter daylight will lure them to the shallow water to feed and to prepare for the coming spawn season in the spring.Use traps with 3/4 inch net eye size. The traps with one inch net eye size will land you a good catch in February and March.When the winter sets in be prepared for unsettling weather and tides.

In many cases the rewards of winter prawn fishing outweigh facing adverse elements also neither you or your boat have to go through the long dark winter in storage.            Good luck, good fishing.

Recipe of the month: Crab Dip #1


bullet bullet 1 cup of fresh crab meat
bullet bullet 1/4 cup of sour cream
bullet bullet 1 tablespoon of horseradish
bullet bullet 1 cup of cream cheese
bullet bullet 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
bullet bullet 1 teaspoon of onion soup mix.


Mix ingredients well and put into a baking tray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let cool to room temperature. Now it is time to enjoy this delicious crab dip with your loved ones.

Provided by  Black Magic Prawn Traps, Crofton, 250-246-3773. Questions? Call Dale Peng or email: Special thanks to Ron Jerisky, email:



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