CH Report: We Are Open & We Are Catching! – Sept 3, 2019
September 3, 2019 | 707 Views
Hello once again from sunny Langara Island and The Clubhouse. Yes we are open, we are catching, and we have another two weeks of season left to enjoy the summer of 2019 up here on the north coast. Dixon Entrance is producing again, and although the coho are scarce, the chinook have picked up and we should have a fun couple weeks in here.
I hear Elton John, crooning in the lounge as I write this, so slightly distracted. I suspect it is a cover, we have live music nightly in the lounge, well played!
Fishing today really picked up after a tougher week in here. The weather was flat on the inside, and a later morning, early afternoon bite produced some chinook in numbers depending on what gear you were using. Some of the guides have went the gear way, trolling GIBBS DELTA GEAR, including flashers, spoons, and hootchies. The white patterns glow, for cuttlefish and all skirts seems to be working. That said, I trolled the trusty cut plug herring with Dennise Cappellini on the rod this am, and we did okay with a 25 lb chinook hitting the dock for top fish of the day. We were off Andrews for this fish. The afternoon saw a steady bite for chinook up on what is now called the Shawn Crawford Memorial Highway, and Shawn loaded up as did Jona with his gang, mostly teener chinook into the low twenties. Guides were smiling again, Lucy was active in the boat barking at every hookup and then some.
Dennise Cappellini with his 25 lb chinook caught Sept 2 off Andrews, with Lucy and Screamer.
The trip Aug 25 to 28 saw some wild weather in here. The chinook were biting well and despite a steady downpour for two days and wild winds, we all did well. I was guiding a new group from Saskatoon, Jack Brodsky and gang, and we had a lot of fun out on the highway and out on the halibut grounds. Deepwater Don had a nice pic in his blog with the gang and a mess of chinook we tangled with. Below is a photo of our halibut charter, we picked a decent weather window and got it done.
Fishing dried up a couple days on Aug 29 and 30th, so we took advantage of crazy good hot sunny calm days and explored the halibut fishing once again, and it was awesome. The Levan group did well, below is a photo of the ones we took, with several monsters released!
The whales put on an awesome show for us, the orcas appeared once again and followed us well offshore, and Johan and son had the icing on the cake with the whale visit. The photo below shows the encounter, on an incredible day in Dixon Entrance, shot on my shaky camera.
The salmon fishing was slow to say the least, we followed around baitfish and eagles all over the East Side, with limited production, but I was proud of the photo below I shot on my almost dead Canon Camera, a great shot of eagles being eagles, picking up herring and gorging themselves for what seemed like hours,
The coho are not here in numbers at the moment, and the large tides, 15 feet and more might have something to do with that. Makes for difficult halibut fishing on this trip as well, but we do after all have the chinook feeding and everyone is registering fish, so everything is fine with us up here on the north coast. It is great that we have these late runs migrating by, our season is longer than most on the coast, and we look forward to seeing all remaining guests gearing up for they’re visit.
Below is Lucy, she had a tough day, that halibut run takes a bit out of a dog…she will toughen up, promise you that, Good Night from the Clubhouse, Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer
So we have weather working with us once again, the chinook are once again swimming by our local spots, the last days of summer are proving to be awesome up here at Langara. Think I hear Neil Diamond playing while dinner is served, live music for September, great idea!