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Event Recap: Father’s Day Derby

June 28, 2019 | 8333 Views

Memories Made – Father’s Day Derby One for the Archives
By Don Wells

The West Coast Fishing Club’s second annual Fathers’ Day Derby proved once again that there is nothing like a wilderness fishing excursion to create lifelong memories and strengthen the ties that bind.

The trip presented a rare opportunity to spend uninterrupted time on the water and participate in a friendly fishing derby, followed by memorable evenings that included a chance to listen to a celebrity guest speak about his experiences in the outdoors and live music on the deck overlooking Parry Pass. To top it off, a professional photographer captured all the action, enabling each of the 48 guests to take took home photographic memories that will endure for decades to come in family archives.

Fish on at the second annual Father’s Day Derby!

The individual highlights were too numerous to mention, but one of them belongs to Joerg Goetsch, who on his 15th visit to The Clubhouse caught and released his first-ever tyee, a beautiful fish at 38.5 pounds and one that earned him second place in the derby. To top it off, Joerg’s son Adrian caught a perfect take-home halibut of 41 pounds later that afternoon.

Joerg Goetsch and guide Christian LeVatte with a 38.5 lb tyee! 

Christian releasing Joerg’s impressive catch.

Then there was Rodney Bennett who journeyed back to The Clubhouse from his home in Tennessee as guest of his son Jordan. Almost exactly 22 years earlier, Rodney made his first trip to The Clubhouse and caught the 104-pound Opah that can be seen mounted in the lodge. The trip was everything he and Jordan had hoped for, highlighted by Rodney finishing high on the leaderboard with a 30-pound tyee.

Rodney Bennett touches down at The Clubhouse with his original WCFC hat from 1997.

Rodney Bennett is all smiles being back on the water. 

But perhaps the most poignant moment was when six-year-old Ethan Grange and his only slightly older fishing buddy, Heston Hawksworth, doubled up on a pair of chinook salmon and landed both, much to the pride and elation of Ethan’s father, Brian Grange.

Brian and Ethan sharing a special moment – Ethan’s first chinook! 

A success! (Left to right): Brian Grange, Ethan Grange and Heston Hawksworth.

A job well done, Ethan! 

There was also the father and son combination of special guest Les Stroud, author, musician and host of the popular reality TV series Survivorman, and his son Logan, who finished third in the derby with a 32-pound chinook. Les gave a presentation on the second night of the trip, followed by a lively Q and A with guests of all ages. Naturally he also brought a guitar and played some covers and original tunes that garnered two enthusiastic encores to close out the final night.

Logan & Les Stroud with a beautiful 32lb released tyee!  A memory these two will never forget. 

Les playing an acoustic performance for guests. 

And first prize? That went to Bryan MacFadden who set the bar high on day one of the competition with a 45-pound chinook salmon, triggering the adrenalin glands of fellow anglers, including those at home, eagerly anticipating upcoming trips. Bryan’s win gave him first crack at choosing from the prize table, from which he selected a Les Stroud Outdoor Pack (custom survival hammock, knife, soft pack and a copy of one of Les’s books) while Joerg claimed a superbly crafted Islander reel. A fine selection of other prizes went to the other six other top finishers, including Helly Hansen rain suits and Yeti coolers.

Bryan MacFadden with the top fish of the trip – a 45lb tyee! 

And then all too soon it was over. Guests awoke on departure day to a clear and windless morning, making it that much more difficult to leave. Not surprisingly, the conversation included a few folks talking about returning next year, and no doubt some will.

For as long as there are fathers and children and family members of every description, and as long as there are wild Pacific salmon in its mystical waters, Langara Island will remain a place where hearts can meet, and in the most unique and wonderful way.

Final Standings of The West Coast Fishing Club’s 2019 Father’s Day Derby

  1. Bryan MacFadden – 45
  2. Joerg Goetsch – 38.5
  3. Logan Stroud – 32
  4. David Montague Jr. – 31
  5. Richard Piche – 31
  6. Chase Rowland – 30.5
  7. Rodney Bennett – 30
  8. Jason Green – 28.5

For more information on the 2020 Father’s Day Derby, contact us today at 1-888-432-6666 oclick here to fill out an online inquiry.

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2020 Pricing & Packages

Download Pricelist PDF
  • WCFC All-Inclusive Fishing4 Days/3 Nights5 Days/4 Nights
  • Self Guided Package
  • 19’ Boston Whaler & Standard Room
  • 2 guests per boat$5,160$5,820
  • Guided Package
  • 22’ Boston Whaler boat & Standard Room
  • 2 guests per boat$6,298$7,068
  • 3 guests per boat$5,850$6,462
  • Offshore Guided Package
  • 25’ or 27’ Boston Whaler & Standard Room
  • 2 guests per boat$6,788$7,720
  • 3 guests per boat$6,231$6,895
  • 4 guests per boat$5,857$6,470
  • Deluxe Offshore Guided Package
  • 29’ or 31' Boston Whaler & Standard Room
  • 2 guests per boat$6,900$7,894
  • 3 guests per boat$6,232$6,965
  • 4 guests per boat$5,910$6,530
  • Room Supplements
  • Standard Room$Incl$Incl
  • Ocean View Room$180$230
  • Single Room Supplement - Standard$350$450
  • Single Room Supplement - Forest View$1,000$1,325
  • Owner's Suite - Henslung Cove$510$690
  • Owner's Suite - Grange Point$770$1,025
  • Private Dining Room (for full trip)$770$1,025
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy
  • Single rooms, ocean view rooms and owners suites are subject to availability
  • Private Dining Room is $250 per night based on availability
  • Ocean view singles available upon special request
  • Not Included: gratuities and taxes
    Each package includes:
  • Flights from Vancouver to The Clubhouse (private charter & helicopter)
  • Luxury accommodations, guided fishing, gourmet dining, host bar including beer, liquor and wine
  • Custom fishing equipment & weather gear, fish cleaning, freezing and packaging for travel home
    Packages do not include:
  • Tax, fishing licenses, gratuities, beer on boats and custom fish processing
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Download Pricelist PDF
  • WCFC All-Inclusive Fishing4 Days/3 Nights5 Days/4 Nights
  • Guided Package
  • 22’ Boston Whaler
  • 2 guests per boat$5,685$6,610
  • 3 guests per boat$5,065$5,995
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy
  • Not Included: gratuities and taxes
    Each package includes:
  • Flights from Vancouver to The Outpost (private charter & helicopter)
  • Luxury accommodations, guided fishing, gourmet dining, host bar including beer, liquor and wine
  • Custom fishing equipment & weather gear, fish cleaning, freezing and packaging for travel home
    Packages do not include:
  • Tax, fishing licenses, gratuities, beer on boats and custom fish processing
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  • WCFC All-Inclusive Fishing4 Days/3 Nights5 Days/4 Nights
    Each package includes:
  • Flights from Vancouver to North Island Lodge (private charter & helicopter)
  • Luxury accommodations, guided or self-guided fishing, gourmet dining, host bar including beer and wine
  • Custom fishing equipment & weather gear, fish cleaning, freezing and packaging for travel home
    Packages do not include:
  • Tax, fishing licenses, gratuities, beer on boats and custom fish processing
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