There is never a dull moment on the water for our guides, however, some moments are definitely more memorable than others. Below are some highlights from this past summer for our guides - Travis, Ronnie, and Brady.
What a wrap! 2018 has been an absolutely exceptional year of salmon fishing all across the board. Anglers from new to the sport all the way to seasoned veterans were all constantly rewarded with excellent opportunities to fish for all major species of pacific sport fish. So many firsts were made this year, with anglers as young as 3 years old making their first catch, up to some return guests making personal bests on the water. Never have I heard more: “This is the best fishing I’ve ever experienced.”
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.
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!