NIL crew update: DJ turns it up!!
June 7, 2012 | 1311 Views
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Richard and Christina Masef. These anglers from northern California have fished with the North Island too many times to count. The Masefs have become great friends at North Island and it’s always fun to hear their banter with the lodge staff and guide crew. Christina will keep you captivated when describing some of their adventures on Langara Island while Richards laugh and jovial personality will easily brighten some the nastiest of days in the Haida Gwaii.
While early season fishing on Langara has been challenging and strong south easterly winds yesterday made fishing difficult, DJ turns it up with the Masef’s on board. Richard described to me the thrill of playing his 25lb Chinook yesterday. Using his preferred level wind reel he could hear a quire of clicks singing as his fish took numerous line peeling runs off of Lacey Island. Nice catch Richard!
All North Island guides take the time to personally fillet your fish when they return to the dock. With a quick biopsy of the catch it also gives us a chance to see what fish are feeding on. DJ’s 25lb “ivory chinook” pictured above was a happily fed fish with a belly full of large and recently devoured herring. This is a great indicator of what bait to use on the water to increase your catch numbers.
While our guests are out fishing it’s easy to assume it’s all rest and relaxation back at the lodge. Nothing could be further from the truth! It’s interesting to consider all the essential components that work together to make a floating lodge operate smoothly, fresh water for example. Through the process of reverse osmosis also known as desalination this costly and vital piece of equipment will pump out 4,000 gallons of water per day turning ocean water into high quality completely drinkable fresh water.
Todd and Steve performing routine maintenance on the d sal pump.
Introducing another member in the cast of North Island characters. Steve (Stevarino) Taylor is our new dock manager at North Island Lodge. A born and raised Ontarian Steve has worked in the Haida Gwaii for 6 years now. Claiming ice cold salt water now runs in his veins Steve will be a welcome addition to our crew and brings with him a wealth of experience working in the sport fishing industry. Welcome aboard Steve!
The salmonour has moved along well with Todd’s “gear fishing” installment and the response to this new North Island program has been very positive. Guests have been enthusiastic and keen to ask questions …. almost as eager as our special guest and Outpost GM Ken Beatty. With still a thing or two to learn about fishing Ken peppered Todd with questions throughout his presentation.
Well another day has come and gone on Langara Island. Book mark our blog and stay tuned for more fishing stories, reports from our guide crew and an inside look at life aboard North Island Lodge.
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Pat Cullen | NIL Fishing guide | WCFC sales & client services