Eric Tigges and Darrion Kerr recently joined us on Whale and Bear Watching Tours. They put together this short video of their trip to Tofino - highlight the guests experience at Ocean Outfitters. Enjoy :)
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!
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.
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.
As a newly minted grandfather I’ve spent the last few months working on a some essential skills that I believe every grandparent should master. At forty one I’m arguably on the young side for the big G status, sure, but it’s never too early to break in a new pair of shoes and really, do I have a choice?
Unfortunately all of my grandparents passed away while I was still young, and my memory is not what it used to be, so I’m kind of making things up as I go along. I’ve watched a few grandparent-themed movies like On Golden Pond and Grumpier Old Men, and they’ve certainly helped guide the way in terms of fundamentals.