It was the annual June trip for Maurice and Elizabeth . Two mornings of fine company with these 81 year olds.
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Sonora Resort, the top of luxury, hosts a large corporate derby every spring. It is two afternoons. Fishing was pretty good for boats spread over a wide area . I chose to go into the near end of Bute Inlet and the guys caught one each, with some luck leading for the first day at 19.5 pounds. On the second afternoon, a couple of fellows, who didn't mind the intermittent drizzle at all, caught these nice ones.
In the last half of the last tide, my friend Dave F guided a 30 pounder, a Tyee , to win.
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Teal joins the Super Island adventurers , with Jack and Brody. It was very windy last night and still some blowing this morning in exposed areas , but we head toward the mountains and find lots of nice calm places behind the islands. Some of the previous guests would have loved to see the whales we saw today.
It is different every day. You just don't know what will turn up. Teal caught the salmon today, and we sampled several small ones for the DNA study.
And we passed a humpback whale on the trip back .
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Diane, Brody, Chloe, and Logan make the next team from Super Island. We head out for yesterday's hotspot. It is pretty good there with smaller fish and we take tissue samples of quite a few, and Diane becomes a specialist at helping with that. After a while we move on a little further around the corner into the glacial tinted water. Some bites and a release , and then Chloe gets a strong bite and a fish that zooms out line , and hey, Logan has one on, too ! Logan gets the twin up close enough where we get a look before it shakes the hook .
Meanwhile Chloe has a mile of line to wind up. The fish and angler both get tired muscles.
We tried the hot spot on the way back , and had a good bite and chance at another. It is all fun, and one fish like this adds a lot to the pantry. It is different every day.
Thanks Diane for the extra photos.
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Sunday, 3 June 2018
It was a day for exploring and fishing from "Super Island" with Stephanie and Jason , and teenagers Jack and Brody. Everyone joined in to make a great time.
There is more than one family at the "camp" , and this crew was selected to go together because they are thought to be the keenest to stay out longer. Well , they certainly proved their worth as we went for hours , trying several spots, and going further, before we got the first bite. Thank you for your terrific attitudes and patience ! Then it was game on . Jason did a lot of the steering when the fishing end of the boat got busy . We released several smaller fish and Stephanie helped with taking tissue samples and sticking the bit in the book. The lads did most of the catching, but, hey, someone has to do it. The fish had lunch at noon, and then we brought them back for dinners.
Thanks Stephanie, for the extra pictures.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018
The Pacific Salmon Foundation ( PSF ) and the Sport Fishing Institute ( SFI ) have recently made public statements against salmon farms.
PSF is involved with the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative , including some DFO scientists and Genome BC, which is finding a link to the virus PVR , common in fish farms, and risk to wild chinook salmon.
PSF position on fish farms https://www.psf.ca/news-media/pacific-salmon-foundation-position-aquaculture-bc
SFI position on fish farms, http://sportfishing.bc.ca/fish-farming-2/ , is to support Wild First , rather than duplicate efforts of another organization.
Wild First http://www.wildfirst.ca/
And SFI gives an additional link to “A Case for Caution” , by Tony Allard http://sportfishing.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Case-for-Caution.pdf
There has been a law suit which was won, to stop fish farms from continuing putting PVR infected young fish from their hatcheries out into ocean pens where they can infect migrating wild salmon. The fish farm industry is big and powerful and it seems their main argument is simply financial loss. The judgment was clear, but DFO is ignoring it, which is outrageous. So Alexandra Morton and a First Nation, have filed additional lawsuits which will be heard in September. http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/
This is just the recent news in 30 years of unacceptable risks to wild salmon from fish farms. I won’t try to sum up here, except to say that there is this recent swell of notables opposing fish farms, which seems like good news, except that the science that brings them is bad news. In the past it seemed like Alexandra Morton was alone leading this charge.
The first step now is found best on Alexandra’s blog. The Province of BC holds the leases for fish farms , and several of these are coming up for renewal.
“ The Minister of Fisheries is lost to us.
However, Premier John Horgan is the industry's landlord and he will decide on June 20th whether to perpetuate this nightmare and issue tenure renewals for 1/4 of the industry as their licences expire.
I am not sure what else you need to know to take action with us.
Tell Horgan he must not renew salmon farm tenures in Musgamagw, Namgis territories, the Broughton Archipelago
Premier Horgan's contact info:
PO BOX 9041, STN PROV GOVT, VICTORIA, BC V8W 9E1 “
Please help save the future of wild salmon. please contact Premier Horgan and tell him not to renew the salmon farm leases coming up for renewal.
Ask you grocer or restaurant if the salmon is farmed, and tell them you will not buy that.
Thursday, 26 April 2018
I took a turn feeding the chinook smolts, and took some photos on this sunny day. The weather has turned from cool and stormy when we put the fish in , to hot now. There has been algae growing on the net , restricting the water flow, and lowering the available oxygen level . So the fish were released today , about a week ahead of the preferred schedule.
These are young chinooks being helped along by the hatchery system to spend the rest of their lives as wild fish. Hatcheries are not to be confused with salmon farms. (See blog post April 11 )
Bon Voyage little fish . Come back big and strong.