The Clubhouse Report: July 12, 2012
July 12, 2012 | 1043 Views
What a gorgeous night in here, after a calm spectacular day weather wise, and you heard it here first, the next ten days should be sunny and warm. The weather gods are shining on us, temperatures are at 20c on the water and 25 c. on the deck up at the Club!
This past trip ending on the 11th featured a coho bonanza with all guests getting limits and shaking many more. Yes, mid July is coho time here at Langara, and we were on a good school today. Fishing with Mark Heine and Cris Glud we got our coho finished off early today, with all coho over 8 lbs and two topping 9 lbs, so certainly a different run than three days ago, with all the coho in the 6 lb range.
We were then after spring salmon, and that was a challenge. We scooted back and forth chasing pretend called bites, radio fishing can be tough. The squawk box was screaming at 3pm the bite was happening at Boulder, so I hastily pulled gear at Cohoe and roared over only to find almost all boats corked over on trophy pinks and coho. Wow, that was a shock, but we were there, so back and forth, finally honing in on Gunia about 5 pm. We were pinched in tight, kelp creeping in on the starboard, white boats crowding kelp spinning in circles drifting on the port. Slowly trolling now, running out of space, tight in on the rock, and Cris lunges for his rod, 40 feet, rigger, SPRING ON! Flash up a main, big donut, drag in reverse, we had a chinook on in a tight spot, no room to play a fish here. We dragged er out, and found some water, soon Cris had er to the boat, head shakes, dammit, one hook in the snout, so well, I lunged with the net. Hmmm, good idea! Had the fish rocking on the net hoop now, was I going to jump in to save our fish? Reaching and reaching caveman style, wish I had Stromquists arms, that was close.
We had her in the bag, ten hours trolling, finally netting our 25 lber. Two others were hit as well, one pushing 30 in a NIL sled and another about 20 in lucky boat 11. The afternoon was busy, blowing through bait and heavy hauling coho and pinks. So many bites, every 5 minutes a fish on. Springs continue to be a challenge, the bigger fish in the twenties, no tyee this trip. Nice to see Charlie Mooney up, his top fish was a 20, but his stories rock as does his modern haircut. Charlie tried to talk me into a pair of crocs footwear, come on Charlie, comfort does not always matter!
I see Larry Fleming….code name Donut had a great halibut at 55 lbs! Another very funny man! Guide fav. for sure. Guessing Peter Dickson was the guide! Lots of eating sized halibut in the 40 lb range.
Chinooks are scattered from Cohoe Point to Green Point now, Boulder Gunia now coming to life. The Jalun is good too, but that lone sea lion has an eating disorder, why is he so hungry? The lions are the worst at Cohoe point, what a pain, some days they leave you be, others they are inhaling your mooching weight, never mind just the salmon…Bud was hit about two dozen times this trip. He was not smiling ha ha!
So , good news, Coho are here in the usual huge volumes, chinook are here in spotty numbers, short spring bites and guides working hard to find any numbers. We are fishing gear as well, some guides dragging spoons and plugs, when the pinks swarm in. We are looking on the outside as well, I found a twenty while hali fishing, a cut plug at 250 feet took one for Cris Glud. Cris also found a monster ling we set free, probably close to 50, and Mark Heine was catching the hali, averaging 35 lbs!
Tomorrow is a new trip, awesome water, warm, no sweaters needed for guides, plenty of sunscreen on those ears though. Wind burn …careful everyone, melanoma is not a fun thing to discover! Check back soon for a tyee report,
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Clubhouse