Friday, 31 August 2018

more Super Island

A few more super days from Super Island .

 Bailer and his personal assistant play low key. 

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Sotsols 2018

 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. 

  We release a lot of very nice fish . 


Saturday, 25 August 2018

south-east patrol

 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. 


Thursday, 23 August 2018

Doing it all

 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. 


Saturday, 18 August 2018

bring your son and your Dad

 Dave fished with me in June and then came again in August with his son, Noah, and his Dad, Terry .  What could be better ?   Terry caught the big one , and everyone cheered. 


Thursday, 16 August 2018

Florida couple

 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. 


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Monday, 13 August 2018

Fisher from Germany

 Christoph loves fishing , he spin fishes near his home in Germany  .  So , obviously he wanted to give a try for Pacific salmon on his vacation trip to western Canada. One chinook and one hatchery
marked coho for the morning makes a great trip.  His wife came for the ride .


Friday, 10 August 2018

Eiji sets the pace

 Eiji asked me to join him taking an extended family out fishing,  in two boats .  Fun for all. 


Thursday, 9 August 2018

south to north

 Steve and Justin took in the Straits north of Campbell River after fishing south yesterday .  I am so glad to show them the two different worlds. 


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Killer Whales come for a visit

  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 . 

 For more understanding about this topic see this link to presentation by Dr. Andrew Trites , head of Marine Mammal Research at the University of BC . . 


Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Fun for family from Belgium

 Four hatchery marked coho keepers , is one each !  A nice afternoon on the water.


Monday, 6 August 2018

bring the teens

 Brian loves fishing and wanted his teenagers to share the experience .  This was a fine morning for that . 


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Sonora and Bute

  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.