North Island Lodge Report: July 26, 2010
July 26, 2010 | 1245 Views
Well, I apologize for the delayed report folks. It’s been a busy around here with a mid–season buzz kicking it up a notch for me. Early last week the Chinook fishing remained strong but with lots of fish in the teens moving into the area. There was a total of 4 Tyee with Heather Bacon producing a matching pair of 31’s, Marc Robinson from the Crown Cork crew and Allen Barker finding another pair of 33’s.
Over Last weekend, the Remington exclusive rolled in after spending some time at the Calgary Stampede. Fishing proved a little sporadic but most had their share of tags filled with the largest being 34lbs. On Monday the tables turned, rumors of a couple of 40 plus fish caught had the new group running down to the dock with barely enough time to wipe Walter’s brunch off their faces. Right out of the gate, Jerry Pepin and guide Kauri Thornton head straight to “The Reef”, interesting move I thought. Sure enough, a couple hours later I hear the call that they are into a good one. Their risky opening charge had paid off. A 38 Tyee release for a man that holds 56 North Island lodge Tyee after 20 years of fishing with us. Those are some very impressive stats, but who’s counting eh Jerry!
The mother daughter combo of Mary and Michelle Malick proved deadly, leaving all the guys on this trip scratching their heads. Fighting the numbers game, their guide Brent fished “The Iron” for the majority of the trip, not straying too far from the tack known for consistently producing trophy Chinook. The girls finish was exceptionally strong with 3 Tyee’s in just 12hrs of fishing!. Largest was Mary’s 42.5lb Tyee release. This fish swam away strong and Mary will be rewarded with a jacket or art print for her conservation efforts…Congratulations Mary!
The wind has been hitting us from the west recently so not much focus on the halibut, and when large Chinook are around the halibut fishing tends to take a back seat. We are seeing more or less an equal mix Chinook and Coho right now with the average size Coho 9lbs and increasing daily.
On Friday, guides were fired up with the Anderson exclusive derby headed our way, lots of familiar faces, both guides and guests. As this trip is just wrapping up all I will say is… “Unreal!” What a weekend. A full report coming shortly I will have to download the photo evidence, complete the tally and re-stock my Tyee pins after this trip.