North Island Lodge "SHARKS!!!!!!"
July 5, 2013 | 2824 Views
Tuesday July 2nd started as any other day on Langara Island would. Loads of incoherent radio chatter from our Clubhouse fleet with our guides in a scramble to track down the Chinook salmon bite. June was unreal!!! …. Loads of salmon coming through with guests hitting limits and then some. What happened!?
In all honesty this week has been more difficult…. Fishing has slowed and as anyone knowledgeable fisherman can contest fishing can change in an instant. Day to day and hour by hour. But something I’ve found being a fishing guide here on Langara Island …. there is always something that can turn a slow day on the water into an experience of a life time in a second …… or four hours.
Myself and North Island all star guide Jared had the absolute pleasure of fishing with Brent Lantz and his group from the Washington, Oregeon and California areas. Brent last fished with us numerous times in the 90’s landing boating an impressive line up of trophy Chinooks and recently decided to make his way back to Langara for another excursion.
Stories where told and laughs where had but when we caught wind that Jared had a fish on for a good 40 min it was time to pull the gear and find out what was going on. We where fishing Gunia pnt that morning. A mystery bit had turned into a massive battle of attrition. Jared and his guests morning turned into a very strange occurrence of events. With line peeling runs, all signs pointed towards a very large chinook. As the fight carried on matters of opinion had shifted. 25lb test line peeling runs turned into deep heavy hauls for Jared and his guest Mike. They slowly pulled offshore. What the hell was this thing?
Hours had past as Jared tried various methods to pull the creature up. “Put a plastic bag on your head and take a peek down there!” Brent Gallagher chimes in. Although it was an incredible idea the ziplock head back concept was premature. The creature eventually slowed and slowly hand bombing the line was the key to success. Jared was able to slowly gain ground and pull this menus up from the depths as we all watched …. Let the pictures below guide you through the experience ……….
Yes … we do have sharks on the North West coast of British Columbia. Lucky for us a tail hooked salmon shark being dragged towards the surface put this creature into a coma. While vital organs still function, sharks fall into a hypnotic docile state after being flipped upside down. This made for a perfect opportunity for a photo op.
This salmon shark was measured at aprox 6ft in legth
My dental work hurts!
from 54°14′03″N 133°01′13″W,
Pat Cullen | NIL Fishing Guide | WCFC Sales & Client Services – See more at: http://westcoastfishingclub.com/news-events/report-article/north-island-lodge-65lb-chinook-release/10224/#sthash.AU0uk04I.dpuf