OFFSHORE FISHING CHARTERS IN TOFINO, BC
We invite you to join us on our most popular fishing excursion — an offshore fishing charter! We offer full and half day charters with departures in the morning or the afternoon. These charters target pacific salmon, lingcod, rockfish, and big-game halibut. Our offshore fishing charters also offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, as we commonly encounter whales, porpoises, seals, sea otters, bald eagles, and a variety of other marine life on our trips. Whether you are a seasoned pro chasing a "Tyee" salmon, or a first time angler wanting an action packed day of fishing, this fishing experience is not to be missed.
Deep Sea Salmon Fishing
Tofino offers incredible salmon fishing! Literally millions of salmon swim off our shores and provide anglers with exceptional fishing all year long. Chinook (King) salmon are the largest of the five species of salmon and regularly top 30 pounds — earning "Tyee" status and providing excellent sport on light tackle.
Coho (Silver) salmon are abundant from June to October and are a very acrobatic salmon species when hooked, often making several jumps as you reel them in. For added challenge or fun we welcome you to target them with fly fishing gear. Coho's average size ranges from 8 - 15 pounds, but can be as large as 25 pounds.
Sockeye, Chum, and Pink salmon are also caught in Tofino, and round out the catch between Chinook and Coho.
LingCod & rock fishing
Action, action, and more action is the name of the game in this exciting fishery where anglers can enjoy the feeling of constant bites and rod bending action all day long. Prolific offshore and inshore reefs offer exceptional fishing for a variety of bottomfish, including lingcod, yellow eye snapper, rockfish, and more.
Lingcod are a popular gamefish that often reach 30 pounds and are caught by trolling, jigging. They are a great species to target on light tackle.
Yelloweye Snapper, Black Bass, Vermillion, Canary, China, Tiger, Quillback are just a few examples of the rockfish species that can be caught fishing in Tofino. Most rockfish are in the 3 – 10 pound range, and are usually encountered while jigging around rocks offshore and inshore.
We prefer to fish with light-tackle Shimano and Penn jigging combos tailored to enjoy the spectacular sport that these tasty game fish provide.
Experience the best big game fishing Tofino has to offer! Halibut are the largest fish in our local waters, often topping 100 pounds. Shallow water halibut fishing in 50 - 150 feet of water near shore is the secret. Larger halibut love to prey on octopus and other reef dwellers in shallow waters and we have some of the most productive halibut grounds in Tofino just minutes from our dock.
Large halibut fight extremely well in shallow water, making long, sustained runs and testing the limits of both the angler and tackle.
We are providing all the specific gear to target large halibut. We are using hight end equipment like Penn reel and one piece Shimano and Penn rod.
With the new regulation for the 2019 fishing season, all halibut longer than 126 cm (50lbs) must be released. Usually those big fish are female and we want them to reproduce to preserve the health of the stock.
Clients are allowed to retain 1 halibut per day and 2 in possession if fishing more than one day. The maximum size for a multi-day fishing trip is 90 cm per fish.
Offshore Charter Rates
Full Day (10 hours) – $1,500
AM Half Day (6 hours) – $900
PM Half Day (4 hours) – $600
Tofino Offshore Fishing Calendar
*Note that seasonal closures occur to protect spawning Lingcod and Halibut, so please consult our office for up to date news on seasonal closures.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
Each individual who wishes to fish on a saltwater fishing excursion must have a tidal-water sport fishing license. Please purchase and print out your personal fishing license before you leave for your fishing adventure. To purchase a license, visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.
Please bring full rain gear. We fish rain or shine!
It is important to remember that it is common to experience some swells at sea. If you are concerned about motion sickness- plan in advance to safe guard against any potential nausea by bringing your favourite brand of anti-nausea medication. Candied ginger and chewing gum can help.
Please bring any food and beverages you wish for. If you like, we can provide a “Gourmet at Sea” experience, or a variety of packed lunches. We also work with one restaurant in town who can “Cook Your Catch”. Simply call our office at 1-877-906-2326 to notify us of any requests.
DAILY CATCH LIMITS
Ocean Outfitters has reduced our in-house catch limits and has implemented a simple rule:
1 fish / species per a person each day
The daily limit per person is:
1 Salmon(Coho or Chinook), 1 Halibut, 1 Lingcod, 1 Rockfish, Crabs, and Spot Prawns
We want to give a good idea of the diversity of the resources without taking too much. We would like you to enjoy your catch when you are on the West Coast. The captain will fillet and prepare your catch to be ready to eat while you are staying in Clayoquot Sound/Tofino.
THREE PERCENT FOR THE FISH!
We implement a 3% surcharge to all fishing charters (both fresh and saltwater) to support local enhancement projects throughout Clayoquot Sound. This initiative ensures that clients have hands on participation in the viability of the resource for generations to come.
CATCH AND RELEASE INITIATIVES
For every fish released (of any species) we will make a $5 donation to local rehabilitation efforts on the client's behalf. If you release all of your caught fish, you can collect an Ocean Outfitters cap from our staff.
CURIOUS ABOUT RECENT FISHING IN TOFINO?
Check out our latest Fishing Report! Fishing reports are typically updated on a monthly basis.