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CH Report: “Plenty of Bites for Everyone” – August 7, 2019

August 7, 2019 | 779 Views

In for the day a little earlier than the normal, so yes, time for another update from Langara.

The fishing is steady as is the weather, fishable seas around the island and other than a few heavy fog patches, its dry. Very dry. No real rain for weeks!

The fishing has been great for chinook, coho and of course the halibut. Most of the nicer chinook have been taken between Seathe Point and Cape Knox, all along the top end of Graham Island. Both tides we are seeing nice chinook, this am on the high slack the boys grabbed them pretty steady, Boulder Bay and Seathe were hot.

The trick is avoiding the wildlife. When predators move in, anglers move out. Its a game that can be won, but you have to adapt to the situation. I am fishing three spots a day, moving back and forth along the top end of Graham Island and it seems to work. There are nice chinook at Cohoe Point as well. Here again, if you are going by and there are no boats, stop in for a tack. Yesterday three of us had a couple hours at the fallen trees with no wildlife and plenty nice fish.

Chinook all afternoon on the West Bank, another chinook in the bag!

The first day of this current trip was outstanding for chinook. As usual, August is a guarantee, when it comes to chinook passing by Langara. Almost all the guides were in the right spots and there were a few right spots for sure. Bud had a very nice tote of chinook with his guests, fishing Seathe. No pictures but I saw the tote, chinook to 26 lbs.

Korey was out on the West Bank, as was Owen and myself. We found calm water and a nice jag of chinook. Below is a photo of Korey with Dave Golton and his gang battling a nice chinook. Korey said they also had chinook to 26 lbs in the tub.

Dave Golton with Korey battling a large chinook on the West Bank.

In the Bag, another twenty lber for the Golton group.

I was fishing with the Simpsons, and below is a photo of Jollean on a nice fish, her guide Lucy coaching!

Jollean Hancen fighting a very nice chinook, Lucy guiding this time!

We had a dozen chinook on the line as well, largest a nice 27 lber, Jollean the angler.

Jollean Hancen with her high twenties chinook! Look at that blue sky!

John was on em as well, here is another photo of a couple of the chinook we tangled with.

John Simpson and Jollean with another couple nice chinook retained!

Christian and his gang fished out west with me yesterday afternoon, and they found the only tyee of the trip this far, A 32 lber. A photo might be rounded up of this effort, well done Christian.

Owen fished with John Fader and his gang, they just hit the dock with a tub of 35 to 40 lb halibut, must say, they looked very pleased with themselves. John had impressive fishing, the stern rod mooching specialist had 4 chinook to 29 lbs on the trip!

We are indeed enjoying some nice fishing, with chinook in the twenties now considered the larger fish. So far this year the tyee class fish we normally see daily are not around, but there is six weeks to go. The coho are in huge numbers still, so there are plenty bites for everyone, depending where you angle. From what I see at the dock shed, everyone has more than enough fish and talking to guests and guides, it’s generally very busy out there.

Hopefully we will have a big release to tell you about from up here soon, until then, I better get back out there and on the job searching for the illusive tyee!

A burned out Lucy, this guiding gig is tougher than it looks!

Goodnight from The Clubhouse,

Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer

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  1. Doug And Spencer Gowland says:

    Thanks Mike : I have been following you all season but the best photo I think is your dog in the fishing charge he is tired . Spencer and I had a great trip again see you next year have a great , safe winter season . Doug

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  2. robert brumpton says:

    thanks for a great report
    the guide dog photo was a picture to remembe

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