CH Report: FINALLY some rain and two Tyees! ~ June 24, 2015
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Yes the rains and a steady 25 knots of southeast greeted us at the dock this am. A heavy rain fog, and things looked liked they are supposed to here at Langara. A three to six foot sea with a decent chop was the order of the day on the east side of Langara.
Today’s fishing was steady, the dreaded deep fishery in full swing. Yes, we were throwing down the cable in 200 feet of water off Andrews Point reef and wind drifting to Noname Point, hitting pockets of fish anywhere from 90 feet to 200 on the cable. I found a couple triple headers in the mix, mostly fish 13 to 19 lbs, a steady 16 the order of the day.
We ended up with two low twenties, the largest was released, as we dropped 250 for Halibut and with all dance tickets punched, up came a mid twenties. Nice though to put her back, a decent surprise when dragging mud for sure.
Last night out at Lacy, Umit Nasifoglu was aboard my skiff and we pulled a 29.5 off the corner on the way in. A decent bait ball showed up late and that is all it took to make all Turkey proud, great fish Umit. I think they could hear the cheers back at the lodge when we bagged that one. Always nice to see a first time angler’s enthusiasm.
Earlier in the trip we went on a boat trip down to Eagle Rock, where a few of us hammered them pretty hard. Top fish amongst our boats was a 39 in Tennant’s skiff, Boat 3. We pulled a 28, Korey grabbed a few mid twenties for Gary Haden, Conman deck loaded his skiff with jacks, a huge bucket of silver 3 year old Chinooks, and his guests seemed ecstatic.If your looking for full limits and quickly, Matt is your man. Chickens, big Halibut, Chinooks, Coho, if it swims he will put you on them. Even has a secret irish red lord spot near the lodge!
The bait and whales are a major show down east for sure. I let the flood tide take me into the kelp at Eagle, and what I saw with polarized sun glasses was amazing. Maybe a 1000 foot stretch of needlefish accompanied by Chinook Salmon darting every which way madly feeding and thrashing, quite an interesting site. We were hooking a half dozen kings a pass, in 35 to 45 feet of water, and although mostly fish in the teens, crazy fights in the shallows. A light flyrod would have been the ticket, you could have grabbed one flicking fleas I am sure. The humpbacks were pounding eagle, and they were in the midsts of they’re own frenzy. These are close encounters, with whales approaching the few boats fishing with little caution, they were owning the needlefish.
June is passing us by quickly, and overall guests pretty happy, the fishing and weather has been good. The only thing missing has been the Tyee and larger sized Salmon. I have been here since day one, and along with fellow head guide next door, Laurie Milligan, we have noticed these larger specimens are in shorter supply the last couple seasons. Lots of variables, from genetics, ocean survival, feed such as herring, fishing pressure, both sport and commercial, in Alaska and British Columbia, as well as cycles all contribute to the size of our Chinooks and the health of our runs. That said, July is a new month, and things can turn around for sure. We could easily see more traditional big fish show in mid July. Some of these runs include Rivers Inlet fish and north coast monsters as well as the Fraser River fall fish fattening up on they’re way south.
Always tough to pinpoint that peak time year to year. Two years ago we had ten over 50 in June released at the Club, other seasons its late July and August. One year we had two over 60 lbs in September, taken off Cohoe Point. One guided by Ian Barber second week in Sept. taken on a flasher and skirt combo. I have seen Kenny Tsang crank up a 53 for PCL first week of Sept, 80 feet of cable, off little Cohoe point. Darcy Doyle, legendary himself, guided a mid sixties off Andrews last trip of the season, taken on the same flasher /skirt combo haha. Yes, every month we are open there is that possibility for sure. Time on the water and targeting Chinooks and you are in the game.
So tonight I will close by saying we have been a bit tardy with my reports, the good old internet has been taxed to capacity, and the new game is trying to get online to post a blog. Pics at the moment are virtually impossible, hopefully my writing is enough to convey what is up at Langara. With all our new devices, every staff member and guest alike is online 24/7 with the ipads and laptops, not to mention phones, so yes, please be patient with me, and I will try my best to get you the info and a few stories as well. If anyone wants a quick update on the fishing, before arriving, feel free to email me and anything I know fishing wise i will pass on.
Terry and his gang inside are on fire doing a fantastic job as are Shaun and his crew at the dock. The guides are chomping at the bit to help you all find some Chinook, and hopefully put you on a memorable Chinook, as well as showcase this fantastic environment we are working in. Take a few minutes with your guide, have a look around the island while you are here, it is well worth it, and the reason I return year after year.
Goodnight from the Clubhouse.
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer