CH Report: A Guides Dream – Bait & Kings! ~ July 1, 2016
July 1, 2016 | 1663 Views
Hello again, from The Clubhouse here at Langara. The fire is on tonight, a drizzle set in early evening, so a comfy setting around stove tonight.
We have just concluded our trip June 26 – 29th, and we saw fishing picking up, with seven Tyees to report. Largest fish angled was a 37 lber which was released by Henry Koziarski, who also grabbed a 34 , also released fishing with Brent. Colleen chipped in with a 32 which was put back, so a great four days for this pair. They did most of the damage on the West Bank, certainly not fast fishing, but lion free and some size in there. Brent certainly did his job this week, on em.
Mike Henry fished with Bryce and released a 35 in Lepas, another nice Tyee. Pete had Mike and Todd Stanberry out off the West Bank and snatched a 36 lb specimen. Korey did well with Duane Schneider, who grabbed a very nice 30 on the West Bank, along with fishing partner Gary Hayden. Gary is a huge supporter of us here at The Club, and has caught numerous monsters over the years with some of our very best guides, including mid fifties with Darcy, and many over forties with Korey. Gary likes to fish on the kelp for a reason.
I fished the trip with Mike Throne and son John, day one we watched Brent catch all the fish. Day two we found ourselves catching into the low twenties, and yesterday we hammered them pretty good. I fished off the west side, keeping the rods shallow, dropping large cut plugs on weighted rods and off the riggers. We found one fish at 30lbs,a 27, a 26, a 25, and four in the low twenties, so things were good for our boat. Weather was spectacular all day, not a breath of wind, sunny and HOT. I had to strip off the rain pants for the first time this year and no long shirts or fleece, just to hot.
We did have bananas aboard as you can see in the above shot. Seemed to bring them in. Oodles of bait out there, top to bottom, many whales, some breaching, small gangs of young lions swimming along with the humpbacks, playing in the bait, with eagles soaring, one of those days you usually only read about haha. We landed probably 25 chinook, lots 14 to 19 lbs. Some boats grabbed nice twenties, others stuck in the teens, but everyone in our area was catching. Coho to 9 lbs as well yesterday.
That was yesterday. Orcas today, so we had to grind a bit. We still came in with a couple dinner fish at 21 lbs and a 35 hali troll caught, the best way to grab a hali haha.
Below is a couple pics of the boys on the tack and the weather.
So we are seeing some more size now, things are improving, no shortage of bait, and the weather was awesome for the trip. Looking forward to the coming week, see what rolls in, the pass is slowly heating up, game on!
Goodnight from Langara.
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer