The Fishing Report – Sept 2017

The Fishing Report – Sept 2017

We’re Back from the West Coast !! We’re back from the West Coast !!!! What fun season on the coast this year.  The best part was the weather.  Lots of calm seas and nice weather days made for some very comfortable fishing. July started out a bit slow for Salmon, but the Halibut fishing made up for it.  It seemed like Halibut were more plentiful this year, and were easier to catch than the Salmon at the beginning.  Lots of runs out to the Big Bank this year because of the nice weather, and also because it was the only consistent place to catch fish during the early part of July. After mid July though, we started finding more big Salmon closer to home.  From mid July until the end of August, there were good numbers of fish right along the beach.  Consistent Salmon between 16 – 22 Lbs was normal along the shoreline, and as the summer progressed, we started catching some 24 – 30 Lb fish as well. Our normal routine throughout August was to fish for Salmon close to home in the morning, and then once the crew had their limit of Salmon, we would then head offshore for Halibut.  And, even when the Salmon fishing was on fire,  the Halibut fishing was even hotter!  I haven’t had this good of Halibut season for a long time.  A nice bonus for our guests.  Hali’s ranged from 15 Lbs.  – 75 Lbs. Along with my local groups who travel to the coast to meet up with me, we had lots of new groups join us this year, which added to the excitement.  I’d like to thank everyone who joined me this year and help make it another successful season. We added a nice new 2 bedroom cabin to our accommodations this year, which turned out to be a popular addition to our packages.  And, as everyone who may have booked late this year experienced, the accommodations in Ucluelet are getting harder to find on short notice.  So, I think the addition of the cabin is a bonus, and I recommend anyone interested in joining us for next season, please plan well in advance. And now, back to the Kootenays……………. Kootenay Lake: Our guides kept fairly busy on the lake throughout July and August.  Although the thick smoke from this terrible wildfire summer deterred some people from coming, we still managed to get out and catch some fish. Most of our trips were planned around the weather temperatures.  Some early morning trips and some late afternoon/evening trips made it more comfortable for our guests as we tried to beat the heat. Our guys were catching more Bull Trout than...

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West Coast Salmon & Halibut

West Coast Salmon & Halibut

Ocean  (Salmon & Halibut) During the months of July, August, and September, we send one of our boats and guide to the west coast of Vancouver Island. The small fishing village of Ucluelet is our home for the summer.  The offshore banks attract millions of migrating salmon each year, and it is not uncommon to hook into more than 20 fish each day. Whether it’s Salmon or Halibut, we will try and cater to your needs. Bring a big cooler, because you’re gonna need it for this trip. Check out our West Coast page for more...

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The Fishing Report – Sept 2016

The Fishing Report – Sept 2016

We’re back from the coast !! And a busy summer it was.  Our boat kept busy every day on the ocean, and our boats kept steady at home on Kootenay Lake and Columbia River. The ocean threw some curveballs at us this year.  July was a very windy month on the West coast and made for some tougher conditions.  And when the weather cooperated, the fish decided to be stubborn and make us work very hard for our catch. It seemed like the fish were holding in areas just beyond our reach for a while.  And our usual expectations were a lot harder to meet this year. However, we did manage to have quit a few good days mixed in with the slower days.  Fish would show up for a couple days, then move on.  So, we found ourselves catching our limits on some days in a few hours, but other days we would have to work harder for our fish.  Makes the sales pitch for booking 3 days seem a lot more reasonable. After the tough conditions of July, we found ourselves with better conditions and better fishing during August.  In fact, the last 3 weeks of our summer were the best 3 weeks.  Seemed like the fish were showing up later than normal. Halibut fishing was good when we planned the time for it.  However a lot of days we spent longer hours trying for our salmon and left not a lot of time to target halibut.  But, when we did target halibut, the fishing was great.  Some groups managed to land 5 or 6 big halibut each day.  In fact, one of my regular groups ended up with over 100 Lbs of fillets of halibut one day.  So, it just proved that you have to put your time in.  Another good reason to plan on a 3 day trip. Our biggest Salmon this year was just over 33 Lbs. And our biggest Halibut this year was around 72Lbs. Just below the maximum size limit. So, to sum it up,  the season started out slow, but ended with a bang.  It’s different every year.  Here’s hoping next year starts with the bang and continues throughout. Thank you to everyone who joined me this year!  Looking forward to next year already. And now back to the Kootenays. Kootenay Lake: Our guides were kept busy with tourists this summer.  July saw some good days of catching 10 or more fish.  A mix of Rainbows and Bull trout manage to keep everyone busy.  Then in August, as the water temperatures really warmed up, we were catching more Bull Trout than rainbows.  But still enough fish to keep the clients happy. And...

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Westcoast Salmon & Halibut 2016

Westcoast Salmon & Halibut 2016

We’re back from the coast !! And a busy summer it was.  Our boat kept busy every day on the ocean, and our boats kept steady at home on Kootenay Lake and Columbia River. The ocean threw some curveballs at us this year.  July was a very windy month on the West coast and made for some tougher conditions.  And when the weather cooperated, the fish decided to be stubborn and make us work very hard for our catch. It seemed like the fish were holding in areas just beyond our reach for a while.  And our usual expectations were a lot harder to meet this year. However, we did manage to have quit a few good days mixed in with the slower days.  Fish would show up for a couple days, then move on.  So, we found ourselves catching our limits on some days in a few hours, but other days we would have to work harder for our fish.  Makes the sales pitch for booking 3 days seem a lot more reasonable. After the tough conditions of July, we found ourselves with better conditions and better fishing during August.  In fact, the last 3 weeks of our summer were the best 3 weeks.  Seemed like the fish were showing up later than normal. Halibut fishing was good when we planned the time for it.  However a lot of days we spent longer hours trying for our salmon and left not a lot of time to target halibut.  But, when we did target halibut, the fishing was great.  Some groups managed to land 5 or 6 big halibut each day.  In fact, one of my regular groups ended up with over 100 Lbs of fillets of halibut one day.  So, it just proved that you have to put your time in.  Another good reason to plan on a 3 day trip. Our biggest Salmon this year was just over 33 Lbs. And our biggest Halibut this year was around 72Lbs. Just below the maximum size limit. So, to sum it up,  the season started out slow, but ended with a bang.  It’s different every year.  Here’s hoping next year starts with the bang and continues throughout. Thank you to everyone who joined me this year!  Looking forward to next year already. And now back to the Kootenays. Stay...

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Salmon/Halibut 2016 is filling fast !

Salmon/Halibut 2016 is filling fast !

It’s only Spring time, but it appears that this year is going to be a good one on the west coast.  Not only for fish, but for bookings. We are already 75% full for the upcoming season, so if you’re planning on making it out this year, please contact us sooner than later. Last year provided some fantastic fishing for both Salmon and Halibut, and this year is looking to be as good or better. Give us a call to help arrange your summer vacation!         Here’s a few photos from last season………. Tyee baby………. Father/Son limited out Full limit of Chinooks with a couple huge Halibut Michael’s Giant Chinook Aldo’s Trophy Chinook Sandra’s first chinook The lovely fishing couple Another beauty Richie and his...

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A successful Salmon Season………

A successful Salmon Season………

Salmon fishing was fantastic this year.  There was definitely a lot of Chinook around, as well as waves of Coho rolling through.  We had some crazy days with over 50 Salmon to the boat.  Average sizes this year ranged from 15 – 25Lbs, with a few 30 pounders caught also.   Our Halibut fishing was hot and cold.  Some days we would get 4 or 5 halis, and then some days just 1.  The Halibut ranged from 20 – 75 Lbs for our guests this year. The weather was amazing and the waters were quite comfortable for the most part. Overall, I’d say it was another successful season.  Thank you everyone who joined me this year.  Looking forward to next year already. For anyone who didn’t book next year’s trip already, I am taking reservations right now.  We already have over 20 days booked, but still have quite a few available.  Try to book early on this one, as it is our most popular trip. Thanks for the fun season.  And now back to the Kootenays for our Fall/Winter season.     Just a few of our latest catches………. Aldo’s Trophy Chinook Michael’s Giant Chinook Father/Son limited out Full limit of Chinooks with a couple huge Halibut One beauty and a Hali. Tyee baby………. Richie and his beauty The body count Another beauty The Cod Father Halibut day Just another beauty The lovely fishing couple Sandra’s first chinook Captain in action Kurt pausing for a photo opp Hold on tight…. Just another day…… Doug and his hali Another full cooler John and his...

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