CH Report: 8 Tyees & Spectacular Fishing! – August 14, 2019
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What a great week we enjoyed here at Langara, the weather and fishing spectacular!
The seven days in here have seen calm seas, warm temps, and of course most importantly hot chinook fishing. The tyees for once are numerous enough that I will leave it up to Deepwater Don to run down the list of names in his weekly blog. That said we had eight tyee and counting on the board, for this trip alone, so everyone is pretty pleased with that.
Lots of longtime guests were in visiting the 8th of August to the 11th and I thought the fishing was great and so did most of the guides. We did have to fight off the fog on the first day of the trip, but after that event, everyone did very well on the chinook and coho fronts. First place in the chinook derby was a 31 lber out at Cohoe Point. Below is a photo of that fish. My camera is acting up so excuse the partly closed lens. Saltwater is a killer on the camera for sure.
We found this fish 55 feet in a rather large herring ball in tight to the pin.
Here is another photo of a a very happy guest playing a nice chinook off Seathe Point.
We found a bunch of chinook in that area tight to the kelp in 40 feet of water. Although the fish averaged 19 to 21 lbs we had brisk fishing and no predators bothering us at all.
Below is a photo of the typical Seathe Point chinook earlier this week.
This trip has seen the chinook fishing actually get better for size and numbers. This am, I dropped the herring in at Gunia off the triangle and first rod in Joe O’Donnell had a nice 20 lber. We reset rather encouraged and John McLaughlin soon had a buckled rod and a screaming reel. This fish smoked off towards the kelp which made me start to panic slightly, was it a dreaded lion? John put the boots to the fish, playing it swiftly as he made it clear, any tyee would be released. When the fish boiled a 100 feet out I thought to myself, hmmm, nice tyee there. We had it to the boat a few times before we slipped the 33 lber into the net, and quickly into the release tub filled with water. Now that was fun.
Below is a photo taken on my rickety camera of the three of us with John’s (on left) tyee, well done JOHN!
Yesterday we had fantastic fishing in Boulder Bay combat fishing with 20 boats on a nice patch of 20 lb chinook. Here are the three amigos with the results of a near triple header we retained, photo below.
In this photo John McLaughlin, Joe O’ Donnell and Greg with three nice chinook.
Fishing was also very good on the West Bank, with countless mid twenties chinook caught, released, or retained. I snapped a picture of John again, here showing off a 25 lber he is taking home for a nice meal lol.
If you’re coming up self guided, one of the keys is to watch your sounder. Below is a photo of what to look for in Boulder Bay and elsewhere.
This is the trick right now, fish shallow in this micro minnow bait, most of it is thumbnail sized needlefish and juvi herring. I am fishing as shallow as 6 pulls. A slow to dead slow troll along the kelp is paying off in Boulder Bay at the moment. Remember its starboard rod to the beach in this area has the right away as it is in the fish bowel. Saves a lot of confusion. As well, pull the riggers up if your close to a boat with a fish on, always the proper etiquette as we don’t want to tangle someone’s monster chinook up in a mess of lines and braid.
That said there is good fishing in 6 or 7 hot spots all around the island. If you want coho, try off Andrews point, no issue today with fish to 12 lbs eager to snap at your plug!
Hali fishing? Ask Joe O’Donnell, he cranked up hundreds of lbs with me and crew on Tuesday, his top fish was 175 lbs which was released, no easy task and both our backs felt that one. Easy for Halibut now weather and time providing. Hard to leave the kelp at the moment, but hali are abundant as always.
Okay, time for bed, time for some shut eye, and soon enough, back on the grounds, chasing tyee and soaking up the sun, good night from The Clubhouse.
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer