Ebb & Flow Week 14: September 2, 2015
September 2, 2015 | 2105 Views
We’re counting down to the end of an amazing summer friends, but not before one last blast at Parry Pass. Tomorrow morning The West Coast Fishing Club’s Derek Nyrose and I are packing almost a half-ton of music gear and instruments up to The Clubhouse in preparation for Langara Rocks, an end-of-season celebration that will feature live music and gastronomic nirvana courtesy of some of Canada’s finest musicians and chefs, along with what so far appears to be another late-season run of superb fishing for large Chinook Salmon.
In fact, I would describe Langara Rocks as the biggest human-made thing to ever hit our island, but there is already quite a bit of competition in that space, all thanks to The West Coast Fishing Club and its propensity to combine marine wilderness experiences with what Robert Mondavi liked to call “gracious living.” At present, The Club offers four special event trips each season (along with the Client Appreciation trips of course), beginning with the Short Notice Club Fishing Derby which kicks off the season at The Clubhouse, and The Ultimate Grill Showdown, which features barbecue fare of the highest order to welcome the first guests of the season to North Island Lodge. But the marquee events continue to be the David Hawksworth and Friends Culinary Adventure and the Fishing For Kids Tournament, which wrapped up last week and raised another million bucks for the Canucks Autism Network.
There is no question that those two latter events, both of which take place at The Clubhouse, are unprecedented and unequalled in BC sport-fishing history, but look out audiophiles – live music featuring some of Canada’s most accomplished studio musicians and live performers is coming to Henslung Cove in just seven more sleeps. The new Clubhouse band, The Dock Rockers, are going to kick it out on the deck overlooking Parry Pass during the cocktail hour and into the night September 6-8 before drummer Marc LaFrance and guitar-slinger Mick Dalla-Vee jet off to back Randy Bachman in a September 9 show in Regina. Combined with food and wine pairings courtesy of The West Coast Fishing Club chefs Shaun Snelling (The Clubhouse), Paul Moran and Stephanie Noel (The Outpost) and Hawksworth Restaurant’s Kristian Eligh, this special event trip is headed to the top of the charts. (As an aside, I recently chatted with David Hawksworth, who struggled to find words to describe the seascape view from the dining room and deck of The Clubhouse, and eventually settled for “ridiculous,” which is perhaps as good an adjective as any for that jaw-dropping vista.)
By way of disclosure, I made a reasonable living as a musician beginning with my own high school graduation dance and for several years thereafter, but I’m quite sincere in saying that the quartet lined up for this event are inordinately talented players and singers who can play pretty much any classic rock tune the guests can think of. Wanna try stumping the band? Guests will be invited to give it a try, but my money is on the boys, who are genuinely nice blokes and looking forward to wetting a line just like the rest of us. And anyone who has an abiding curiosity about what it’s like to play the big stages or work in the studio with some of the best in the industry merely has to ask. Simply put, it’s going to be big fun and I can’t flippin’ wait.
In the meantime, the last guests of the season at North Island Lodge are today enjoying their final full day on the water. First-timer to North Island Lodge Darcy Porsnuk recently undertook a self-guided mission with his brother Darren and found him a 39 pound Tyee at Andrews Point. It was quite the ugly day and lodge manager Todd McIntyre had advised that the self-guiders not venture out onto the east side, but Darcy had a feeling there was a lunker out there with the Porsnuk name on it, and man was he right.
The action has been pretty consistent during and just before the Fishing for Kids tourney and every day since then. The notable catches of late include a 44 catch and release for Rick Pike, guided by our man Screamer at the Fallen Tree. Darren Cash also said hello and goodbye to a 44 (see what I mean about a continued run of big fish?) as did Nicholas Burrows with a 42 and Jim Reidy with a 45.
The list of plus-30 anglers of late is again lengthy, but includes Pierre Leonard (31.5), Paul Tilbury (32), Connor Falls (35), Bryan Anderson (35.5), a pair for Mark Miles (31.5C + 30.5C) and Chris Gower (34). Other more recent notable catch anglers included Clubhouse guests Alisha White (31.5), Brett Sutton (32), Massimo Mancini and Francisco Deuringer, each with 33s.
That’s it for week 14 friends. Next week’s final report will come live and direct from the marine wilderness of Langara Island where the docks will be rocking.
Until then, tight lines!