CH Report: Sunshine & Chinooks! ~ September 2, 2016
September 2, 2016 | 2240 Views
Hard to believe it is September already here at Langara, but yes, hot sunny day and biting fish of all varieties.
There was not a puff of wind, mirror calm conditions, and some nice Springs showed as well as the usual Coho. I fished the high slack out off the Westbank and had it to myself before the throng from next door arrived. Perfect, bait everywhere and the first three passes to myself. Below is a picture of one of our pickups, caught shallow and in tight to shore, the monofilament line vibrating off the tiny baitfish. This fish went 27, and yes, had the coveted yellow dot haha.
We again grabbed another nice 20 lber next pass, and had several others hammer the stern mooching rods.
Most of our fleet headed southwest and far offshore in search of Halibut, and it took some work, but they managed to get on them. Jared, Matt and Korey found a new spot as the old standby dried up on them. Needless to say they got it done.
Below is another picture of a first time angler and guest I had out yesterday, catching and retaking a fine chinook Salmon for fall barbecues. Well played and a nice bright fish to take home. We grabbed this one off the Westbank as well.
The end of August trips for the most part were fantastic, and below is a few pictures of my guests the Garske girls. While dad prefers to fish with his buddy Steve self guided, he did bring the girls back for year two, and we hit some great fish. Below is a picture of our trip capper last afternoon, again angled off the Westbank. This fish had quite a story to it, as it was grabbed by the dreaded sea lion in the Bowel. Lindsay eventually was the net man as I grabbed the rod and torqued the fish hard while chasing the lion all along the wall in the Bowl through the kelp and what have you. Some noise percussion amongst other Screamer methods eventually loosened the lions grip and I wheeled in the fish with Lindsay’s help, what a nice Tyee. This fish went 43 lbs, and finally a happy sea lion story to relay.
We also found several very nice low to mid twenties Chinook, below is a few of our pictures of some of the nice Chinook retained. All in all a great trip with the girls. Already looking forward to next August.
The previous trips the 25 to 28 were somewhat plagued by the dreaded fog, a few rough and notable boat trips, including a run into Masset. That said, Brent found a nice 33 lb tyee in Bruin Bay for top fish prize. The last full day of fishing was especially good with quite a few limits of northerns and plenty Chinook high teens into the low mid twenties.
Deepwater Don and the FFK staff will report on the Fishing for Kids Tournament I am sure. Needless to say, it rained. Hard. Haha. Thundershowers and ya, some more rain. We were wet and waiting for bites, most of us anyways. That said, the top fish was a stunning 42 lber, top Coho was a 15 northern. I did not weigh a fish in…..yes it was slow with the weather change, but a great cause and very well supported yet again.
So now we are on fall fish mode, although we are still scraping fish off the west side. I am seeing decent Chinook hitting the docks, and this am the dock was loaded with Coho, so all good up here. While other lodges are winding down or now closed, we are busy here to Sept 14 and I am looking very forward to this last kick at the can. Stay tuned for September reports, sunshine and Chinooks!
Goodnight from The Clubhouse, Mike Tonnesen, Screamer