The fishing continues to be excellent off Nanaimo with many days of full limits on both salmon and dungeness crabs. The largest fish was a whopping 31 1/2 lbs salmon taken by guests from Alberta while the most spectacular was a double header 21 and 24 lbs that tested the endurance and skill of guests from Vancouver. The award to the best entry into salmon fishing occured when a 15 year old visitor from Colorado - his first time salmon fishing – caught a 20 lbs in rough water and, with some coaching from his grandfather and the Captain, landed it. He spent the next hours returning to the fish box to ensure his prize was still there and he had not dreamt it all. Definitely a warm feeling for all involved as well as the basis for a fisherman who is now ‘hooked’ for life! Our Sport of the Month goes to a couple from Alberta - celebrating their anniversary- who found themselves in big waves with the wife experiencing seasickness. We made a stop in at Silva Bay to ‘find her sealegs’ then turned the rest of the trip into a sightseeing tour. A charming couple who – despite the lack of fish – turned a potential problem into a great memory and who have already begun to make plans on returning – during calmer weather - to continue the quest for ‘the big one!’
The run is holding in all the usual spots and the only determining factor has been the wind which has played some games with where we could put down our hooks without having the guests experience seasickness. Crabbing has picked up while the prawning is currently suffering signifcantly due to the commercial prawn fleet which annually wrecks havoc with sportsfishermen and their quest for the tasty treat.
We currently have some openings for June and July around Nanaimo. As well we are booking the annual requests for trips off the BIG water of Ucluelet. This two week window, which targets migratroy USA fish heading home to spawn, produces some very large fish and full limits but has the issue of big waves and swells. Definitely a trip one should consider at least once in their lifetime as the show put on by Mother Nature 20 miles off BC’s shore is second to none with eagles, whales, dolphins putting on quite the show while one battles salmon that can run over 50 lbs. This prime opportunity begins the last 2 weeks of July and carries over for the first 2 weeks of August with the shoulder season a week or two on either side.
On another note we have finished three of our normal 4 charters donated to worthwhile charities: Child Development Centre, BC Cancer, Community Kitchens as well as the BC Salmon Foundation. This year we added another worthwhile cause: supporting our returning Vetrans and we are exceited about doing our part in helping our fellow Canadians who have fought bravely on our behalf and now need support upon their return. We will keep you posted on the details as this event nears.
For those who are interested in a charter we do have many options available and would be pleased to discuss ways to ensure you too have a chance to experience either fishing in British Columbia or the thrilling adventure of a water tour.
Until next time…keep your line in the water and smile on you face. Oh…and be sure to visit us on Facebook and, by adding us as a friend, you can catch timely accounts of our recent activity.