The Clubhouse Report: July 31
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Fog, sea lions, swells, and oodles of coho kept us very busy here at Langara over the last four days. Five tyee was the total for this trip, so the big hippas have moved on for now and we are awaiting another surge of larger chinook.
David Roxburgh spent the trip with Pat on boat five, enduring many long stories but rewarded with twin 35 lb tyees. They grabbed one in the afternoon down at Boulder off the slide, so nice fishing for them. Phil Roxburgh snuck a 34 in from the west side, trolling deep with a 602 plug, boat 16 the lucky skiff. John Boyd angled a 32 lb tyee as well, I think on the same boat.
I fished with David Morse, his son David, Brent Jones and his father Dick, and Rick Wilson. We fished almost the entire time on the West Bank, and we took a royal beating most of the trip. Swells topping 12 feet, southwest slop, chop on top of a chop, kill me. On the tide changes we had him hitting us in all directions, growly, ugly, disorganized seas, in a heavy fog just to make it nicer. The rewards? Well David did grab a 30 lb tyee this am as well as a 23 in the hideous conditions. Overall we grabbed a total of 9 springs out there, all over 20. We lost zero fish to the dreaded sea lions, and had the area for the most part to ourselves, as it was closed out west for the other lodges.
That said, I am running a large boat with three motors, three radios, and four batteries, so safe enough for my skiff, certainly not the place to be in a single engine skiff, or a boat under 27 feet. This am she backed off a bit, but we had taken it far to long, so the guests decided cohoe point would be a great place for the last afternoon. Nice choice Rick! We were into springs to 22 lbs and heaps of Coho to 10 lbs, not bad, and the lions held off! Flat calm water and what the sam heck, was that the sun breaking through? It is clear and sunny everywhere but here, one big bank hanging over us, hopefully not a problem tomorrow.
Looking at the totes on the dock, over the last four days, it certainly has dried up somewhat to what it has been. July is in the books, one of the best since 2006 for sure, way more tyee around than the last few years. We now look to August for another wave of fish, hopefully some large chinook in the mix. The coho seem to be here in large numbers, so that will keep you busy. Our usual hawg holes are a bit quiet this week, the pass slower than it has been. No reason to panic though, they will be back. Heaps of bait continues to be the theme around here, so all things are in our favour. Will write a new report soon as the next trip gets underway, to them, me thinks it is time to say goodnight to the guests, goodbye to a retiring guide, congratulate DJ on his birthday and wish him another 100 tyees in his career. Goodnight from the Clubhouse, Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer