Saturday, 31 August 2019

Times change

 This is the umpteenth trip for the core originals from California.  Every year from way back in the early 1980s.  Now the next generation numbers as many as the old crew.  And the fishing for this trip was as busy as it ever was .  And the fun was as fun as ever.

 We are three boats , with guides Dave and Hugh , and then Eiji subbing in at the end.  The fishing was very , very good , with many fish released , with care .  


   What are you guys doing ? 

Sea lions are common now ,  but they were not so regular a few years ago .

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Some extra fun

  Anthony and Jen rented a summer spot on Cortes to have some quality time with kids Leo and
Sam .  Nothing better than a family day fishing.  

 There were humpbacks nearby on our trip in and different ones on the way out . 

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Thomas takes a fishing trip from his cruise

 Thomas was cruising around Desolation Sound in his sailboat, away from his home in Seattle .  I picked him up at Gorge Harbour and we fished nearby.  It was a beautiful morning , complete with a fine salmon for him to share with friends.

 There are lovely old First Nations pictographs on the rock walls along the narrow entrance into Gorge Harbour .

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Dave and Noah

Dave and son Noah had another fun annual fishing trip .  One day south and one north . 

  We see more sea lions every year , and they are spread over wider areas .  This one was fishing the same area as a little bunch of boats .  Sea lions often bring bigger fish to the surface and thrash them around to break them into bite size pieces , but big pieces .  We could recognize one meal was a dogfish shark , and another a juvenile chinook . 

On the way back we were crossing the passage almost home again and saw an Orca fin , and then another .    There were a couple of boats watching them .  More Orcas ahead became apparent . We need to give them room to live their lives and this year the requirement by law is to leave a distance of 200 metres.   We angled across the passage  and I had the idea of crossing and coming up the shoreline to get home , but more showed , following behind the others.  It is nice to see them and they are an important attraction for tourism , so I stopped .  Two hundred metres is about the length of two football fields ,  so with the Orcas spread out there wasn't much room for safe passage.  I've had this situation a couple of times in Nodales Channel as well , when the Orcas are numerous enough and spread out such that it is hard to travel .  A couple came close enough for a real good look .  With the long lens on my camera I can get a better photo than seen by eye . 

Here is the regulation about viewing Orcas , or call them Killer Whales . 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

rowing team days

  Toby with Rich , and Dave with myself , made a coordinated team . We rowed together early , then had breakfasts , before going out again , and generally played together through the days .   

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Toby joins the team

 This year Dave invited Toby to join him in his annual trip, which focuses on the Tyee Club style of fishing from the rowboats , as well as some motorboat fishing .   Rich was his guide behind the oars , and the two made a great pair . 

 I took Toby and Dave in the motorboat to experience fishing in the the wilder back country . 

Saturday, 17 August 2019

annual father and son fishing reunion

  Steve and Justin have been making this an annual reunion fishing trip for years .   Thanks guys , very much, for being flexible to fit your schedule requirements with mine .

  One day south and one day north , makes a fine fishing trip .

Thursday, 15 August 2019

hard to believe

 Murres dive extremely deep to catch fish .  It seems incredible that a bird with hollow bones to fly can swim and catch fish down to several hundred feet or more .  I remember catching a few over the years on bait at over 100 feet .  This one grabbed a plastic plug at more than 200 feet .  

  See this article about them swimming even deeper (  it says 500 ft  , 150 metres ) and leaving a bubble trail on sonar .  

3 out of 4

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Super crew

What a fine fishing team from Super Island !   David , with Olivia and beau Justin . They battled some tasty chinooks to bring back , to share for dinner . 

 There were several humpback whales in the area . 

 This juvenile bald eagle wouldn't smile for the camera . 

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Tyson makes 3 generations

  Tyson was the star , of course ,  along with his parents Randy and Sylvia , and Grandad Paul . 

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

calm hot fishing

  Fishing a flat calm hot afternoon with a two boat family for Brant Peniuk Sportfishing .   The salmon took a siesta for a while , but it has been a very good season , so patience paid off . 

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Talented Japanese Jiggers

Guiding with Eiji Umemura and his group of very keen and sophisticated Japanese anglers.  They brought their own equipment and tackle . The group included the designer of the jigs, and the distributor , plus friends .  

 If you ever want to make a connection to get some Japanese speaking people out salmon fishing , Eiji is the THE guy to contact .   

 There folks caught a CRAZY number of fish and released almost all of them . 

 The big herring have been hanging around all season and keeping the chinooks fat and growing .