CH Report: The Bar Has Been Set – 45lb Tyee! ~ June 15, 2016
June 15, 2016 | 1924 Views
Just off the water and in The Clubhouse enjoying our final night of the trip with all our guests and guides. I hear clapping from the office so Tyee pins are being awarded it seems.
We just completed current trip June 12 to 16. The trip saw some decent fishing with one day in there that was pretty spotty. Springs continue to be the focus although the guides did get out on a Halibut mission Monday when the swells subsided. Results were good with a number of 50 lbers retained, a decent haul of 20 to 35 lb eaters in the mix. There is a swell on the west side though, so a stronger constitution is in order to make the run.
Chinook fishing had a few surprises this trip, and I have a couple nice pictures here to share of our first over 40 which was of course released after a revival in the Hippa tank. I was fishing with Todd Gardiner and actually had a very slow morning on a world tour looking for a Chinook. We searched three spots and came up dry other than a jack bite at boulder. The afternoon was definitely a surprise for sure.
After a lunch stop 12pm to 2 pm we pounder out west to the ROCK and began working the area with Korey and his guests and Bud and the Ryan Erickson party. Three hours into it and our first bite was a thump, and heavy clunk off the rigger arm and a screaming Chinook wake swimming upstream and by our bow. Hmm, looked large.
Todd said it was big, not totally convinced myself. Ten Minutes in and another flyby, oh ya, its BIG!
I refrained from the early net job, and off the Tyee went on a major swim out into the swells, better fire up the main I decided. Nice rollers at 6 to 8 feet, slight chop, good times. Twenty minutes later that monster swam into my net, over the rail and into the revival tank, Todd already calling for a clean release. We were in awe measuring away, 46 by 28 the Chinook went calculating out at 45 lbs. Below is some pics of the first fish over 40 at Langara this season, what a beauty and so happy he swam back healthy and strong! Well done Todd, lots of emotions displayed by our happy crew.
Today continued better in the Chinook department,Halibut out west shut down, huge swells. Below is a few pics of our catch of three retained Chinook for Ryan Erickson and guest. Largest a 26 for us, although Conman grabbed a 30 and a 32 with Bravin Goldade. Look at the swells and good times, but Chinook were biting. Only the hardy made it out west, although the pm fish was calmer. Only 27 foot whalers out there today. Huge swells makes for lots of space on the tack. Tennant, Bud, Korey, Bryce, myself only boats most of the day.
So yes, weather has been a bit rougher out west, plenty calm water on the east side, Owen reports fish offshore NONAME down deep, Evan reports a few in Lepas weather permitting, Bryce did grab a 38 with Joe Hunt on Monday out west in a secret place, ask him when you show. That said, fish over twenty are on the larger size, and plenty 16 to 18’s hitting the dock. Really trying to continue our program first started here in the early nineties, to release all over forties and as many Tyee as possible. These fish are not as plentiful as a decade ago, and what a joy see them swim back and enjoy a month or two eating and migrating home to spawn.
Time to socialize, looking forward to seeing all of you and enjoying an improving fishery here at The Clubhouse.
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer