The Clubhouse Report: August 12
August 12, 2013 | 1681 Views
A light fog, and a warm evening here on Langara tonight, and a Clubhouse full of happy campers!
Fishing continues excellent as the springs continue to pour through the pass and out the Westbank. The coho are as thick as I can remember and for as long a period of time, where are all these coho coming from? Is it the wall of bait out on the west side? Or the stack of baitfish sitting off the top end of Grahame Island? Baitfish equals salmon, and plenty of them.
Our last trip completed Sunday saw 8 tyee, largest was released by a guest of Boeing, Walter Valarezo who angled a 46 lb fish out of Bruin Bay. This fish was guided by Jordie who was rewarded with ball caps, tote bags, decals and everything else he could snatch and grab, well done Guys! Also with Boeing, Mike Laucius and Ahmad Zamany had a good afternoon on boat 6 with the red head, grabbing a pair of 30,s out at Gunia. Peter Gardner angled a couple at 30 lbs as well, so the Boeing guys did well.
Paul Polson grabbed two tyee with Pat, a 36 and a 37, I think out on the westbank, to wrap up the tyee scoreboard. So not heaps of monsters, but that said , chinooks in large numbers, 18 to 25 lbs were very evident. You could find them deep out at Lacy, or shallow in Bruin, or 40 feet at Gunia, your choice. Catch them on plugs, spoons or bait its up to you. There is so many coho around, the plastic seemed like a nice break and at times a better way to angle. How many coho does a guy want to release? The larger gear and hooks seemed to slow that problem down. That gaff was busy, shaking coho and springs, hours at a time. Some of us actually have developed forearms now, great workout with the gaff!
Today saw crazy fishing out on the west side at noon, and I went with the plugs. I fished with John Simpson and we had fish to 28.5 lbs, and plenty of them. Every pass we hit a chinook down 80 feet on the old 602 plugs, a guide favourite. The bite never ended, and the bait just poured on by the rock all afternoon. Amazing really, so much salmon , nice to see this area thrive. And NO, we did not go for chickens, how could you even dream of this routine? A lucky angler grabbed a 73 lb fish this pm not 5 minutes from the lodge. Nothing worst than dragging for chickens and a fellow guide announces over the VHF radio he just released a 73! Begging that does not happen while these Hippas are slipping through!
Tomorrow looks like a big day, so off to sleep I go, tucked in my bunk, dreaming of a fishing plan that puts me on a monster tyee. Another nice ebb tomorrow evening, hmm navionics tides are telling me to have a swipe or two off Gunia, to start my day, standby for a full report, Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer