NIL: "Whale Of A Tale"
July 1, 2012 | 3069 Views
Yesterday our mission began as per usual, the hunt for the seemingly elusive chinook salmon. With numerous locations to fish along the North Western side of Graham and throughout Langara Island our fleet of guided vessels scrambed in different locations hoping to track down the bite .. it has been a bit of a gamble this week. While coho and pink salmon are becoming more abundant the abilitiy to keep your lines down and sealions at a distance seeming to be trick in scratching up the odd one.
Myself Dan Lipetz and his son Nathan began the afternoon fishing the “cabage patch” east from Pillar rock and seath point. We had no problem bringing up pinks and cohos and Nathan put his skill to the test and boated a decent chinook in the mid teens, he was eager to handle the fish himself and tried his hand at a successful release! Great job Nate! Soon after I spotted a strange off white object floating just below the surface of the water … we moved in for a closer look.
What we found was a deceased humboldt squid aprox 6ft in length with its tenticles that Im sure would have been longer seemed to be gnawed off by foraging marine life. Calamari anyone!? ..
That afternoon we decided to take on Coho Point along the east side of Langara Island. Its a quick 10 min run from the lodge and historically one of the more productive locations. Langara fisherman aren’t the only ones privy to this information. It wasn’t long before we noticed a large sealion on patrol stalking our vessel as we neared the pin. Fish on! …. Fish gone! … We all jumped as a sealion surfaced right near the transom of the boat with our catch in his mouth.
Enjoy your meal!
We took off further North towards Andrews Pnt hoping to escape the ruthless beasts. The distinct voice of Sr Clubhouse guide Screamer pipes in notifying boats in the area of a giant pod of Orcas passing by Boulder Bay enroute towards Coho point. Fishing had been slow so we decided to pull our lines and position ourselves for a possible sighting of the pod moving through … little did we know we would find ourselves smack dab in the middle of them. We could see the group moving towards us offshore at Andrews point .. we shut the engine down as per the department of fisheries and oceans “marine mammal act” and watched in awe as these magnificent creatures passed through. Dan provided us with some amazing pictures.
The pod of orcas closed in on us ….
A picture of Dan .. taking pictures of whales ..
from 54°14′03″N 133°01′13″W,
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