How to describe these guys ? The originals have been coming to fish with us from California for over 35 years , and the size of the group has varied . This year three are sons of the originals. It is a 4 day trip , as usual.
What a treat to have this reunion and then settle in to the comfort of sharing fishing with our old pals.
On the last day , Dave and I went south , had some good luck fishing , and then headed over to Cortes Island for lunch at Gorge Harbour.
On our way over I noticed something ahead of the boat . It appeared small and blew a bit of spray . I anticipated it was a seal or a sea lion. But oh , boy it was much more than that . It was two humpback whales , just laying quietly below the surface . I slowed the motor and stopped the boat. Perhaps they were sleeping ,but at any rate they made very little sign of their immense size. We taxied a distance away before getting up to speed again.
Dave has a few days to do it all . Dave and his family from California have a long history fishing around these waters. The Tyees did not cooperate to come to our rowboat this year . We made a trip
north anticipating a sockeye, or even a few, but we missed them, and got lucky with a very nice chinook .
In between rowing tides , we had a lunch stop with the Buddies at a sandwich spot a short walk from the waterfront . Someone saw a quick motion and we all stared out the window to where a falcon had knocked a pigeon out of the air , and he was proceeding to have his lunch , too. I was able to hold the camera around the corner of a building to get this shot.
Lynnie made plans from home in Florida. Lynnie and Bill had a great variety package in a very short time. They drove up from where they are staying near Victoria , we rowed together in the Tyee Club manner that evening , and they stayed in Campbell River overnight . We fished the following morning in the motorboat , and came in with lots of time for driving and exploring on the drive back down island.
Steve and son Justin get some quality time fishing . This year it is for two days, so we go south for the first day . The fishing and the weather are just fine ,
A remarkable experience today . A pod of Killer Whales swam directly to the concentration of sport fishing boats and then mingled among the boats. We are in wide open deep water off of the shelf beyond the shoal south of Quadra Island , which makes plain that the big animals have come to play around the boats . They checked out the boats for twenty minutes or so, and then moved along to the east .
There is a new regulation which doubles the approach zone of 100 metres to 200 metres ( about 200 yards ) when viewing Killer Whales . But what if they come to us ? Maybe I shouldn't show these photos , especially the close up of one emerging right beside my boat . I have seen this sort of thing many times over the years and it always is amazing how they come in close and never, ever, touch anybody's downrigger line , or fishing line .
There is a lot of concern and controversy about these animals recently , especially the Southern Resident Killer Whales , SRKWs . The SRKW territory is primarily from about here south all the way to California ,and primarily seen in summer around the south end of Vancouver Island and Washington state . The American influence is to call them Killer Whales again, rather than Orcas .
Guiding for Sonora Resort , ( no photos of the guests in my boat ) . A couple of lovely bright days, and a trip into the near end of Bute Inlet to catch a wild coho, which is allowed in that limited area for a time . The glacier coloured water is beautiful, but tricky when fishing shallow because you can't see bottom.