CH Report: Busy September Fishing! ~ September 16, 2016
September 16, 2016 | 2031 Views
We are now wrapping up the 2016 season here at Langara. Our final guests left the island yesterday, including Marc LaFrance and his fellow band members, what a show. Not only did Marc grab the seasons largest coho weighing in at 19 lbs, he entertained guests and staff alike with a nightly set or two of classic rock. The Langara Rocks event was fantastic, and with all the staff present until the wee hours of the night, we had a memorable night in here. This event is a must do, for those that want some music with their fishing. Throw in some dancing, some arena rock, and late night cooking with Brian Grange, Steve Tennant, and Brian Legge dishing out hot cheese sandwiches, and you have hit it out the park. I think we need a larger kitchen haha.
Fishing was decent, below is a photo of Dyane Legge with our top fish, a mid twenties Chinook caught off Langara Rocks.
Also joining us was Chelsea for a few nice Chinook, this yellow lab had a great month at the lodge.
Another photo here of Chelsea watching the rod tips for us.
Our last afternoon, one half of the Nyrose family joined us and the girls grabbed a couple of nice Chinook in short order. Yes there are fish here in mid September.
The last two weeks of the season had some highlights. One thing that was noticeable was the sea lions backed off, for whatever reason. This made for some decent days, and happy guides and guests. I fished with the Air Canada group, a group including Rocky Lo and his gang. We grabbed very nice mid to high twenties on the West Bank, our top fish at 28.5 lbs. Fishing was decent and the fish cooperated. What a lively group and we all had lots of laughs and plenty fish. Below is a couple pictures taken during the trip.
We also snuck out one evening with a new dining room staff member, Johanna, along with our fishing dog Chelsea, and we grabbed a nice first spring Salmon out off Andrews. Always nice to see a new angler succeed, she did it!
The Sinn group had average Chinook fishing, no monsters, but below is a few pictures of our trip. Top fish on my boat was 25 lbs, but we had a couple good days, and a couple slow days. At the end of the day we were limited out and had the fish for winter. We also snuck out for Halibut and had a successful time of it, catching several in the 40’s for the table and a couple Large halibut we released.
All in all, not as many large fish in Sept this year, but most of the guides did well. Owen registered the last Tyee to hit the scale this year, while Steve Tennant found the largest Coho at 19 lbs. I will do a summary of our guiding season on the next blog.
We are in shut down mode now, the guides have left for the season. I am here putting some gear away, as is Brent and Shawn. The weather is now returning to normal, rain and rain showers haha. We will be on our way in the next week. The bay is quiet, the otters are scurrying around grabbing they’re last easy meals. The eagles are on the rivers feeding on the local Salmon stocks. The lions are still around staring blankly on the rocks. Where are all the boats?
Yes this season is over. Hockey season now. Will the Leafs improve? Will the Flyers make the playoffs this season? Most of the guides are out hunting, what else? Chelsea is in Victoria for the winter waiting for me to get home. I will keep you posted on any newsy stuff I hear, and hope to report on Salmon returns and local stock up dates. Until the next blog, thanks for reading and sharing this beautiful place with us. And for all those guests I fished with, thanks for searching all those kelp beds and rocks hoping to hook a Tyee Chinook, it was heaps of fun. We will be seeing you all next season, goodnight from The Clubhouse.
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer