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North Island Lodge "Man of the year Q & A"

August 3, 2012 | 1294 Views

July 31st marks an important day on Langara Island and at North Island Lodge.  D.J. Shinduke our most senior guide at the Lodge celebrated his 40th Birthday.  While its difficult to describe and sometimes hard to see from an outside prospective,  DJ has played an extremely important role in cultivating and preserving a guide culture and environment at North Island lodge that is second to none …

I had a chance to sit down with DJ with a few questions to delve deeper into the psyche of this 20 year veteran of Langara Island and here is what we found!

Q:  Firstly happy 40th birthday DJ firstly you’ve spent 20 years thats half your life working with North Island Lodge you obviously enjoy it here – what do you like most about working at North Island?

DJ:  Well the size of the lodge .. the fact that its small the fact that it only holds 24 people.  Everything is close by you got the dock shack here the scale there but most of all its the camaraderie working with you guys the tightness of our crew and the clients that keep coming back year after year.

Q:  Can you still keep your rod tip up after all these years?

DJ:  I sure can … I just dont get much of a chance to use it ..

Q:  Being an experienced of a fisherman as you are you could have guided at any location out of any boat .. whats kept you coming back?

DJ:  Well that was kind of in the first question .. (sigh) …  but again ya .. again the fishing here on Langara .. I’d like how everything is so handy here and the guests that I’ve guided that I get to see every year ….. and you guys.

Q: You’ve seen Langara Island in the glory days when catching and killing big fish was the norm .. how have you seen it change in your years and what would you change to preserve it for future generations of fisherman?

DJ:  I have seen it change over the years .. fishing has become more of a challenge.  The size and numbers aren’t like they where 20 years ago.  I think we have to put a conscious effort into ensuring we are releasing larger fish so they can continue to reproduce and that we are consistently investing in salmon enhancement programs and organizations like the salmon foundation and sport fish institute.

Q:  If you could have anything for your 40th birthday what would it be?

DJ:  A neeew boat.  A new big and better boat … with a top ..

It can go without saying but its easy to see why some guests continue to coming back to North Island Lodge year after year …..


Happy Birthday DJ!

from 54°14′03″N 133°01′13″W,

Pat Cullen | NIL Fishing guide | WCFC sales & client services

patrickcullen@westcoastfishingclub.com


There are 10 comments on this post:


  1. Chris, C-Dawg says:

    How do you seperate the fish from the Man?

    no, no, no, no… HOW!

    Two many good times with D.J. on that NIL dock to count. Great article. Happy 40th year on this planet D.J. and 20th in the most beautiful place on the coast.

  2. Morty says:

    Did ol Fred edworthy send DJ any birthday cards? He hired DJ back in 92…Happy birthday, I blew it.

  3. Jerry Pepin says:

    Happy birthday DJ. We have fished with you every year since 1993. Great fun with the Pickseed group for 19 years. We will be back. We miss you and NIL too much. My one suggestion is to arm DJ with a 30/30 and let him help control sea lions.

    Jerry

  4. Mike Fisher says:

    Happy Birthday, DJ! Great times at NIL over the past 15 years that I will never forget. The beautiful mount of the 54 lb king I caught with you hangs proudly in the living room. You are the consumate fishing guide. Here’s to you! Bottoms up!

  5. Carl Kennedy says:

    Happy belated birthday D.J.
    Always enjoyed our conversations and hope to see you next year.
    Congratulations on reaching the BIG 40.
    Carl Kennedy

  6. Geoff says:

    Dj … Message here from Geoff

    Wow man HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
    And what great pictures of an absolutely superior individual. A belated very best regards DJ, you old sea lion.
    Short Legs and I have had some of our happiest times thanks to you, and we are both looking forward to the next 40 years!
    See you again in a few weeks. Cheers, Geoff
     

  7. Happy Birthday D.J.! Sorry we are a little slow in telling you. We got caught up Crowning my King Quad. (lol) We went on a little ATV trip and talked of how fun it would have been to have you along. Congrats on 20 years that is a fantastic accomplishment. We cant begin to thank you enough for making our trip so much fun. But anyway thanks again and Congratulations!
    Kirby & Nan

  8. Bruce Currie says:

    DJ has been part of my summer program for over a decade. Quality guy. HE is the number 1 reason I continue to fish at NIL. Sorry to miss you this year.
    Happy 40th.
    Bruce Currie

  9. We love this guy. We finally had the pleasure to fish with him during the Salmonar. Beyond words. He is truly one of the top five in the organization. (Todd M, Kui, Lois,Walter, and DJ). (in my books). He really needs a new boat which would make him “stand out” above the rest. I’ve mentioned that numerous times on the guest comment cards.
    Thanks buddy for all your great energy.
    Good luck with all your house projects.
    Your friend- Ricardo

  10. Jordie and Scott says:

    would you….DJ 1992??

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