CH Report: The Big Bite Is On! ~ July 15, 2015
July 15, 2015 | 4005 Views
A rainy night in here tonight, but we hardly noticed as our annual run of Hippas have now started swimming through the pass and all along the top end of Graham island. The radio went crazy this afternoon shortly after high slack, as the boys working the pass locations found themselves angling for some rather large Chinook Salmon.
Below is a pic of Liam Pattemore and his dad Reg with a 41 .2 lb Tyee, caught on the West Bank, and carefully released in short order. We grabbed this fish at 4 pm, first pass along the kelp in tight to shore. The starboard rod buckled and the downrigger arm clunked down hard, this was a screamer! Heaps of pressure on the rod, the Tyee making numerous runs all over the shop. A big thanks to Owen and Conman for cranking in their gear and powering out the way, this fish put up an intense battle.
We were fishing Bruin bay, along side Ed Chutter, who had just cranked in a 35 lb Tyee with his client. Over the radio I heard Gallacher had a mid 40’s in the net and was calling for pictures and verification, exteriors…he is on a role. I thought he was off the reef, so I panicked and reeled in my four rods and blasted off to the reef chasing bites. I saw Conman pushing a large wake as well, we were all chasing. I pulled into the reef but no Gallacher? What the sam heck? I must have went the wrong way. Dammit, embarrassed, I roared into the bowl, hoping he was there, but gee, no one in there. Hmm, thought I better drop the lines, I thought I blew it. The boys must be at Gunia, I went the wrong way I thought.
Evidently not, as first pass, 42 x 28, 41 lbs, and the three of us were extremely happy with this fish. We had been targeting big fish for two days, and had some success with some decent mid twenties, two at 24, a 25 and a 26 but this fish was a heap of fun to play, photograph and release!
Gallacher’s fish turned out to be mid 40’s and he had drifted all the way to Cox, so we went right by him haha. Next on the radio was old man McIntyre, manager of North Island Lodge, and he did not know how big his Tyee was, but it was in the net and he was calling for exteriors! What the heck, he grabbed that one high off the reef Brent said. “Rod” was pretty happy with himself, and I believe he is throwing a small party for himself. The party should be for Brent, three over the 40 mark in the last three days!
Below is a pic of Scott Burns and his son Clayton, grinning with a 37 lb fish, guided by Steve Tennant and photo credit as well to Steve. This fish was a Jalun river special, they ran from the local lions and went east, rewarded with this beauty.
Korey ran east as well, grabbing two 29,s yesterday for the Fox group, and waiting for the big bite all day today parked off Shag, finally snatching a 33 lb fish before the 24 minute run home. This is how you do it, put in the hours hugging the kelp in shallow, a four rod attack, patience, commitment, desire and hard work! There are no pinks or troublesome by-catch, when that rod buckles you are on! Korey almost wept at the dock when he in on the fact he had a monster on, but the beast spit the hook at them! He also witnessed a 52 lb spring netted close by, yes they are around right now!
Greg Garske grabbed a 40 the first night of this trip, self guided off Cohoe Point. Greg moved down there to escape rough playing lions at Mac, and he was pleased with himself, huge smiles on that boat! Ryan Forester snuck into Bruin with his guests the Allistons, and he was doing cartwheels down the dock with a very nice 31 lb fish. Ryan fist pumped at the scale, he is in the game now!
The fish are here now if your looking at a crack at a monster. This is not the time to chase chickens, search for 6 lb Coho! Get on a kelp bed, hug the rocks, fish a big fat cut plug herring and wait it out for your Tyee! Yes they are now in season and passing through the area gobbling up the needlefish, which is here in massive quantities. so are the whales, its the full package deal right now. I am excited, and so are all the guides, some of which could be sleeping in they’re skiffs, old school! Get up here if you can, its on for the next few weeks, monster time!
Goodnight from the Clubhouse
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer