Tofino Fishing Report - August 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - August 2018

Earlier this season I was down at the marina tinkering with some maintenance projects on the boat when a buddy stopped by for a visit. Fisherman will grasp at any opportunity to talk shop so it didn’t take long before the tools were put aside and the conversation got around to fishing.

As is often to happen early in the year, we speculated as to what kind of fishing we were likely to expect during the coming season. I lectured on about DFO scientists, assessment formulas and Bering Sea trawl surveys and how it all pointed to an unfavourable scenario for dependable fishing. My friend, a local First Nations fisherman, nodded his head and listened politely.

Kakawin Songs - Orca Pods Chatting in Clayoquot Sound

Kakawin Songs - Orca Pods Chatting in Clayoquot Sound

It was a beautiful and blustery summer evening in Tofino. Swell was building and naturally we were a little hesitant to head out to sea. All day the office was buzzing with excitement and stories of Kakawin playing in Clayoquot Sound.

After clocking out, we suited up and made our way down to the dock. To manage guest expectations, our skipper Jesse played it cool and briefly mentioned that Orca had been sighted earlier that day. We departed from the harbour and made our way north on the inside of Vargas Island. As we entered the inside of Flores Island, the waters were calm and breeze was warm. We immediately spotted the Kakawin playing close to shore. They were actively breaching, spy-hopping and tail slapping; even the babies knew what to do!

Tofino Fishing Report - July 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - July 2018

The latter part of June was a blur of great salmon and halibut fishing. Hot spots continue to be Long Beach and anywhere along the rocks.

As we move into July some of the bigger chinook will be showing up (hopefully).  Most fish in June have been in the 10 - 15 pound range, though a few in the mid-twenties have been caught. July is the time of year when we start to see our larger 4 and 5 year old chinook start to migrate through so be prepared to encounter the odd 30 and 40 pounder in the mix.

Tofino Fishing Report - June 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - June 2018

The walk from my house at the top of Fourth Street to the marina at the Shore Building where I keep my boat is only a scant 900 metres and, according to Google Maps, should take roughly eleven minutes to complete.  It’s nearly a straight downhill shot, with one left-hand turn required off of Fourth street and onto Main, then a slight deviation to the right, down the ramp and onto the docks where my vessel is slipped.  Theoretically, it’s pretty straightforward.  But as any Tofino local will tell you - in reality it’s rarely that simple.