North Island Lodge Report: June 13, 2010
June 13, 2010 | 522 Views
New Season, Spring Salmon Challenge Leader and Tyee’s are on the Board
We are off to the races with a full house and lots to report around here. North Island has now opened its doors for its 20th consecutive season and in honour the lodge is now wearing the retro logo and colors of the 90’s. The sign gives me visions of the old days, Fred Edworthy, and my first few days as a guide here. I still remember heading out in the tiller handle “humpy sled” taking every second wave in the face; one small manual downrigger that took two full rotations of the arm to gain a foot, and still loving every minute of it. Guides like Screamer, DJ, Brian Tomiki, Laurie Milligan, Wade Schlater, Jamie Jones, and Kenny Tsang set the stage back then, and I hoped one day to be in this club of experienced Langara guides. Even if I knew my dad thought at the time, “what of a thing to aspire to”….Not forgetting our roots of the once named North Island Camp, we look ahead to providing our guests with memories that have made North Island the lodge it is today.
For the better part of a week, Mother Nature and her friend Gale have visited us from all directions. Mostly from the South making it difficult for us to fine tune the lodge and dock moorings. Last night’s 2:00 am flood tide brought a heavy swell in to test our moorings. Each year we have divers inspect our chains and ropes but we always have to be prepared for the unexpected. Offshore swells were reported to be 4-6 meters! While most guests slept through the unusual swell, I decided to keep an eye on things to ensure we had made all the appropriate preparations for the unpredictable Haida Gwaii weather. We seem to have made it unscathed and a favorable forecast will hopefully soon allow us to make any final adjustments. Here is a shot out the window at the sideways rain and wind.
I’ll get onto the fishing now. A full load of guests arrived Friday ready for action. The crew jumped into their usual rolls as there was not time for a soft start here. Boats headed West to Lacy and the Lighthouse in the lee of the South East wind. Fridays fishing was spotty but most boats managed a Chinook or two. Saturday morning the weather shifted to straight south allowing us to see what was hiding on the east side of Langara. There were some nice Chinook but the Sealions were enjoying the action as well. Guests are rolling in for lunch now, a little chilly and wet ready for a bowl of soup. Two days into are season we know have two Tyee on the board and the Chinook numbers are increasing daily. Looks like a strong start as predicted.
We now also have our first official entry into the $15,000 Spring Salmon Challenge. Here are the official stats:
June 11th, 2010
Angler- Dave Storoshenko
Guide -Korey Fletcher
Verifying Guide- Ed Chutter
Length- 45 in
Girth- 27 in
Calculated Weight- 41 lbs
Location- Lacy Island
Dave, you have sure given us all something to shoot for. I’ll be sure to keep you informed as additional entries roll in.
Until next time,