RECORD CATCH FOR WEST COAST FISHING CLUBAugust 1, 2009 | 667 Views
76.6lb Chinook Salmon caught and released off Langara Island, BC
(Vancouver, BC. July 24, 2009) – Smashing previous club records for Chinook Salmon, fishing guides at the Clubhouse (part of the West Coast Fishing Club) recorded a colossal 76.6lbs fish, caught earlier this week at Andrews Point.
The monster fish was finally pulled up to the boat after a 30 minute intense fight by guest Dave Willis. Measuring 50” by 35” and tipping the scale at 76.6lbs, the Chinook (also known as King or Spring Salmon) was the largest recorded Chinook catch for the West Coast Fishing Club, since its inception in 1991.
After pausing briefly for photos alongside the boat, the fish was released back into the ocean, part of the West Coast Fishing Club’s Catch and Release Program. Highly advocated by the Club and its fishing guides, guests are strongly encouraged to release any catch of “trophy size” (over 30lbs, also known as “Tyees”). In doing so, it ensures a strong gene pool for the fish around Langara Island, securing the enjoyment and thrill of big game fishing for future generations of anglers.
Halibut is another prized fish, with Langara Island giants often weighing in at over 200lbs. The West Coast Fishing Club record for the species is over 300lbs! That said, the best eating fish are in the region of 10 to 25lbs and these are in abundance, with almost all guests – from novice to expert – taking home a great catch.
It is without doubt that 2009 is proving a superb season for fishing, in the rich waters off the Queen Charlotte Islands. The West Coast Fishing Club offers world-class fishing with extremely knowledgeable guides and luxurious accommodation. Running through to September 10th, there is still time to book your trip… the 76.6lbs challenge is waiting…