Ebb & Flow Week 8 | July 19, 2018
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Summer…and the Living is Easy.
By Deepwater Don
It’s hard to believe. It seems like only yesterday that we dropped the first lines and here we are now coming up to the midway point in the season. The fishing this past week has seemed to have cooled down however guests have still enjoyed a few tyees and some nice fish in the 20’s. North Island Lodge manager Todd McIntyre reported, lots of coho around with the odd chinook mixed in. Despite this wave of fishing, there are still a few nice fish around – like Jacob Richler’s 33 lb released tyee below.
We’ll get to the highlights in a minute. But first friends, let me just emphasize that it is glorious summertime in Haida Gwaii, and just as the old Gershwin tune goes, “the living is easy.” In fact, the past four days have been very easy for the fishing foodies who gathered for the 12th annual David Hawksworth and Friends Culinary Adventure. It’s the marquee event of the year for The Club, a gastronomic odyssey that every July converts The Clubhouse into a temple of taste, where the congregation is ministered by some of the high priests of Canada’s culinary universe.
Each guest chef was selected by Chef Hawksworth himself, who pulled out all the stops to ensure that this year’s event was far a fitting mid-season celebration of The Club’s 30th anniversary season. You can read about the evening meals, wine pairings and mid-day cooking demonstrations in the words of renowned food author Jacob Richler, editor of Canada’s 100 Best, in the days ahead. For now, suffice it to say that nobody, but nobody, has ever taken food and wine service to loftier levels in the marine wilderness than has The Club, owing to a long friendship with David Hawksworth, who is also an avid angler, and with Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, the definitive guide to Canada’s culinary scene.
And now, to the highlights of another week of fishing.
CH Top Fish
North Island Lodge Highlights:
- The fishing has slowed down a fair bit however there are still a few nice ones around
- Guide Danny Snyder had two tyees in one day – a 30 & 31 lb
- Offshore pillar rock producing decent numbers of coho – very good average size in the 10 to 15 lb range
- Turkey halibut – a couple are around in the Langara Island waters
NIL Top Fish
Alex Christensen – 31 lbs
Dave Collins – 30 lbs
Darrell Whidden – 30 lbs
Bob Smith – 25 lbs
- We had some of the nicest weather of the season last week with glass calm seas and sunny days. The temperature in Tian bay exceeded 20 degrees.
- Fishing has picked up around Selvesson Point & Lighthouse, off Hippa Island Lots of perfect-sized turkeys have been brought in the 30-40lb range
- We welcomed new guide Alex West to the team.
OP Top Fish
Mike Pacey – 30 lbs
Landon McInall – 30 lbs
That’s it for this week friends. Hope to see you soon on the waters of mystical Haida Gwaii. Until then, stay safe and well.