BIG FISH EVERYWHERE – The Clubhouse Report
June 28, 2013 | 1771 Views
A strong easterly blew in the new guests today, the water a heavy chop, the temp mild. This did not slow down Boat 1 and the Van Berkoms, who pounded out to Cohoe Point and in short order snatched a 54 lb chinook! They dropped one line on the rigger to 60 feet, in a 170 feet of water, and started a wind drift into the beach, and wow, first bite, an awesome fish, photographed measured and released. Must of thought that was pretty easy, lets grab another one.
This is the Clubs 5th chinook over 50 lbs, with Boat 21 leading the way at 61, Boat 17 measuring a 57 for release, Boat 1 with the 54, and boat Boat 3 releasing his 52, four guided fish over 50 lbs all released! This makes us all very happy and the future of large chinook depend on this, so thank you guests for taking part in this program.
The trip ending today had two fish over 50 released, guest ken MacNaughton tangled with a 57 lb specimen on Boat 17, and I did get a decent pic of this fish with the guide Matt, so If we can get the pic posted, you can have a gawk at this monster.
The same day Andy Buttrell released a 52 off Boulder, not great story of a long crazy fight, but what a wonderful fish to slip into Jordies net, a few pics and off she swam. That is one lucky Hippa. Andy followed it up with a mooching rod angled fish out the stern of boat 3, shallow fishing for coho off Seathe Point, this fish a 47! What the sam heck? Is there a small school of Hippas visiting us along Graham island?
This has been a good week here at the Clubhouse, 23 tyees on a quick count, a huge trip. The short tack off Boulder has been good, as have the guys buzzing Cohoe where I am always told there is no big fish. Hmm 1990 a 78 lber was clubbed there by a 13 year old kid, right by the fallen tree, which was standing back then. The pass always gets the
praise, and kudos, but the pass snobs missed the 65 angled up at Mac yesterday by the North Island unguided, so you just never know. Again thanks for putting that one back as well, one of the largest self guided fish released ever up here to my knowledge.
Fishing has cooled off, that said, oodles of coho come on the bite, and plenty springs cruising around the kelp beds and reefs, you have to work a bit, but we are all still catching. The wind and huge tides are not helping, and the kelp is starting to freak a few guides out, some ready to blow they’re stacks. Kelp, wind, and wicked tides, not the perfect situation but as stated, some work and time , plenty fish here to keep you happy.
The trollers on the outside have had some heavy fishing, so plenty of chinook in the area. We were not adversely affected this season, a stronger run and we did not miss a beat. These larger hippas or Skeena fish seem to creep through the pass along the top end of Graham island , hugging the kelp and dining on needlefish. All shallow points and bottlenecks seem to have a collection of skiffs angling for a shot at a monster. This is 2013, instead of clubs, the knowledgable guests and guides are armed with cameras and tapes, measuring carefully these beautiful fish and releasing back to fulfill what we want them to do, spawn!
Where to go tomorrow? Well we cant get em in the lodge so off to some shallow spot with hopes of big springs, mild temps, and no crazy easterlies, goodnight from the Clubhouse, Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer