Outpost Update July 14 ~ “5 tyees between 7 boats on 2 tides! Man life is good!”
July 14, 2014 | 4024 Views
Freeman rocks might be the best kept secret in Haida Gwaii. Where herring balls the size of city blocks, thousands of Chinook Salmon, sharks, eagles, whales and just a handful of lucky anglers meet up for an experience like no other in the world. July is blowing our expectations right out of the water this year. There is a huge biomass of herring flanking the West coast from Selveson to Freeman. Large schools of Chinooks have been aggressively feeding since we got here in June, it has been relentless! Every trip, we get at least 1 to 2 ridiculous sessions of 20-30+ Chinooks. Yesterday, July 12th, was one of those days. The kind of day you remember for years to come, the kind of day you can only wish to experience again and again..The boys had their best tide of the season. But before we get into the details, lets see how it all started…
Last Monday, we were happy to welcome Colin and Dawn Joudrie along with their 3 sons. There cannot be a nicer way to celebrate a 20th wedding anniversary than by going fishing! Along with them came our wonderful chefs from last season Paul and Stephanie. Graham and Rosie Baker also came to visit from Ontario. Day 1 and 2 were great and everyone started stacking the Chinooks which were a great 20lb average. In true Outpost fashion, Halibut was also plentiful with 3 keepers over 50 lbs and Colin Joudrie releasing a 180+lbs monster! Nolan Joudrie managed to find a glass ball on the beach on the last afternoon, clearly exhausted from catching fish all week! Paul and Steph went pretty easy on their guide big Carl and even let him surf as they went beach combing on day 4.
As Friday rolled around everyone was clearly happy about the turn of events. Plenty of fish between 20-28 lbs were headed southbound, along with lots of Halibut. Overall great times with great people.
So then came Northern Mat and Bridge, headed by Darren Francis. The boys were thanked as they stepped out of the chopper for bringing the sun and heat with them. That afternoon, most of our guys “hit the bottom” for some chicken and turkey of the sea as Salmon were a little scarce, although Scott Vyse managed to bring in a decent 28lb! Dave Linton was the top angler with a 37lb Chinook successfully released, with guide Sam.
With a full house of avid anglers ready to take over the whole ocean, a trip to Freeman was in the cards for day 2. The forecast was perfect, calm seas and sun. The bite was on for most of the day as a big flood tide kept smacking more and more herring on the Freeman pinnacles. Multiple fish in the mid to high 20 range were harvested as busy fisherman “weeded” through numerous Chinooks. Scott henderson declared himself catch and release from day 1 and let go a 28 lbs. Scott Vyse released a beauty 31 lbs with guide Myles Panz. Jordo ended up spearheading (new favorite word) a very successful outing for Roland Grombach and Jeff Grycan, resulting on a stunning average of 30 lbs over 4 fish!
Although Jordo, Jeff and Roland seemed to be the boat of the hour,and rightfully so,their prowesses were quickly overshadowed as this happened…
After an epic battle, which lasted long stressful minutes this beauty was landed.
Final measurements 45 x 27.5 for close to 43 lbs!!
Well, with numerous fish in the upper 20’s range and 3 fish over 30, one being 43 lbs! July 12th delivered the best tide of the season. After a day like this, you would think the boys would be fulfilled and would take things lightly, well that did not happen!! We had a couple more tyees on day 3 with Shaun Lawless grabbing a 30 lbs and Scott Hendersen landing a 35 lbs Chinook! Wow! 5 tyees between 7 boats on 2 tides! Man life is good!
Thanks for setting the bar Northern Mat boys! As good as this trip has been, I have a feeling the good times are gonna keep rolling! Maybe the old saying ” you should have been here yesterday” doesn’t apply anymore and should be replaced by “make sure to be there tomorrow”!!
Thanks for reading and tight lines!!
Kuiama St-Gelais, WCFC Outpost