CH Report: September A Nice Time To Fish Up Here Once Again! ~ September 5, 2015
September 5, 2015 | 2658 Views
Labour day has arrived here at Langara, no rest here though, Chinook are on the bite! Weather has been fantastic for two days, no wind, actually warm out there. Flat calm seas everywhere, Chinooks plentiful on a morning bite, September is proving to be a good fishery, year after year.
The last trip in August was our annual Boeing two day trips, and we still were seeing Tyee on these trips and plenty of fish in the twenties. Below are a few pics off my skiff, with a couple lucky anglers grabbing a 32 lb Chinook, and a very nice high twenties Chinook. We did not have any abundance of Coho, but everyone had decent Chinook fishing. Korey’s group had a nice low thirties Tyee, Dustin found his guests a Tyee, Shawn bonked a 34 for his threesome to win largest fish of the trip and a trophy 737 airplane courtesy of Boeing! Halibut wee tough to find up the east side, the boys put in full shifts for a couple very small chickens, but that said, Chinook fishing was decent.
Aug 30 to September 3 was a decent trip in here, although the weather was a bit scary the first couple days. When you see rainbows all day you know what is happening, thundershowers! I was guiding Greg Garske and his three daughters Lindsay, Lauren, and Mckenna. Greg has been fishing here for twenty plus years, self-guided, but this year was the year his family put an end to that and accompanied him to his secret favorite spot, Langara. The girls were so enthusiastic and proved to be great anglers and even better company. Although the rain pounded the hell out of us at times during the first two days and the bite was sporadic at best, we managed to catch heaps of Chinook up into the mid twenties. I would say Lindsay was the fastest at getting to the rods and setting hooks, Mckenna was the luckiest, grabbing a 26 lber and a couple low twenties, and Lauren did very well at both catching fish and sleep at the same time. It is an art to be able to curl up on my workbench in 25 knots of wind in a thundershower, and sleep for two hours while I squeeze in to the wheel trying to steer haha. Below are some pictures of our trip and the fun we had. I have to say, a time was had by myself , thanks to Greg and the girls, one of the best trips of my season. I recommend to all our guests to bring up the girls, they will love it up here!
The fishing continues strong, although the lions continue to be part of the story. We found some relief today, a mile out offshore NONAME, a traditional late season, deep trolling show. I have to say it is a fluke show, down 160 to 200 on the cable, with a Coho rod out the back. One guy is hammering jacks, the next boat grabbing high twenties or the odd Tyee. Chums smacking the herring as well, and the very odd Coho, below a pic of my guest Mike today, with a 14 lb beauty, a NORTHERN, grabbed on a weighted rod out the stern. Also a pic of Graham Tafford, with a 26 lb beauty, hooked down 170 feet in the middle of nowhere haha. I saw Bud Stafford with a decent tote with fish to 24 lbs, and a zillion jacks 14 to 18 lbs on the dock. Yesterday, Bud had a Tyee at some 160 feet where he found it is hard to describe, off Noname on a desperate drift. Cliff showed up to guide for a couple trips, and snuck a 32 lber into the dock, taken off Mac, and Dustin found a similar Tyee off Andrews. Dustin also came into the dock with a massive Tyee head, huge black head with a couple yellow dots, cleanly bitten off at the gill-plate, oh lucky him. I HATE sea lions, and make no apologies, they have been a thorn this season. That fish was easy over 40!
Okay, I will get over it haha, these lions are winning battles, but not the war. I often wonder what they feel like, everywhere they show up we give them the stink eye, bad talk them on the radio, swear, scream and gesture obscenities at them. The first thing you hear in the morning is a lion report on the radio, where they are, how many and how aggressive. That said, we are landing some decent fish and learning how to angle in and around these predators.
Well, its bed time, time to grab a sleep and get ready for some south east tomorrow, and some deep angling up the east side. The riggers are working overtime, the production is decent, September is proving to be a nice time to fish up here once again. Goodnight from the Clubhouse and Langara.
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer