CH Report: More Tyees Hitting The Board! ~ August 4, 2015
August 4, 2015 | 2403 Views
Hippas Are Here!
A blustery Northwest wind and a persistent shower was the order of the day here at Langara. That said, fishing has been very good with more Tyee hitting the board than at any point last season, with more over the 40 lb barrier!
Last trip, the PCL USA boys were here fishing and they had some big fish, angling two in the higher 40’s, which were both released, thanks guys. One of the fish at 45 lbs was grabbed at Gunia, in Owen’s skiff, the second taken off the slide in Han’s skiff. There were other fish in the 40’s as well, most taken in this area. Some were angled as shallow as nine pulls on the mooching rod out off the stern.
Bill Gray snatched a Tyee at the last minute off the reef across from the lodge. We were on the catch and release program, and short on time so we threw in the lines within site of the dock and in short order had this beauty in the net, grabbed a couple pics, and back she swam. Well done Bill! Thanks to PCL for all they’re releasing efforts, including the 61 lb specimen released a couple trips back. The guides were ecstatic to see these monsters returned!
This trip started yesterday, Sunday and it is off to a great start. Already there are a dozen Tyees on the board. Korey had Gary Hayden and his fishing partner Duane Schneider out in Bruin Bay on the tide swing, releasing a 41 lb beauty in very short order. We were all on decent fish, mostly fishing the top end of Graham Island in tight to shore, fishing shallow.
I had a couple patient anglers in the boat, Jeff Kuhns, and Tren Wickstrom. We pounded Gunia to death, and at 6 pm Jeff hit a 41.2 lb fish, hooked on top of the head! We followed the fish for forty minutes, working hard to winch her up into a netting position. We drifted over half a mile towards camp, Jeff patiently lifting and reeling.
Once in the net bag we hurriedly filled the hippaquarium and in she went. We revived her in style, carefully keeping the slime on the fish and out of harms way from curious lions. We took the pics, some posted below of Jeff and his fish, and back she went. Well done Hayden Group, both Hippas safely returned!
Jack Gucker is here fishing with Ian Barber and they had a nice day, angling a couple low thirties. Nice job boys, and a great return Ian, welcome back! Ian has been guiding here a decade now, and the boys love having him back on the guiding program.
The fishing efforts have been all about large Chinook Salmon at this point. The winds have shut down out west, but our holy waters of Gunia and Boulder, Bruin Bay and the REEF are the places to be. This time of year is all about the chance to angle a monster. It is not the time of year to chase small ping pong paddles. Every minute spent sitting in a monster pit is a very special experience. The anticipation of a rod tip buried, and a buckled rod is almost to much for some of us. The scramble to reel in the lines, fire up the main, spin the boat, and start towing your Hippa out off shore is an amazing thing. Hours and hours are spent visualizing what to do. Reel down, check, wait, feel for the fish mouthing the bait, check, set the hook and let her run. Let go of the reel knobs, get that rod tip up, be square to the fish, work to the stern of the vessel. One must be ready always this time of year. The guides are like hounds released from a crate, all scrambling to put they’re guests on the big fish. Some nerves are tense, seat punching a reality when the monster is lost, these are intense good times!
So off to bed, dreaming of the next Hippa, where? When? Until next time, thanks for reading and get up here, it is on right now.
Goodnight from The Clubhouse
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer