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January 5, 2017 Duane Foerter2

The perfect way to toast the New Year is with this delicious salmon recipe provided by our Dock Manager Ryan Ashton.  Hopefully you’ve managed to save a few pieces of your delicious salmon catch to enjoy in 2017!  With the fresh texture and taste so well preserved by our in-house vacuum packing service, you can enjoy exceptional fish dinners all year ‘round!

Although not a traditional holiday meal, salmon can be a great addition to a festive menu.  One of my favorites is Salmon Wellington – a west coast twist on the well-known beef wellington!  If you still have some QCL salmon left in your freezer, why not give this recipe a try?

INGREDIENTS:

4 (7 oz) salmon fillets
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp butter
2 garlic cloves, divided
1 shallot, chopped
1/4 cup white wine
3 oz cream cheese
5 oz fresh baby spinach
2 tbsp plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 (1 lb.) package puff pastry
1 egg (for egg wash)

 

PREPARATION:

  1. Season the salmon with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a pan, heat butter, chopped shallots, and garlic over medium heat. Sauté until the shallots become translucent.
  3. Bring the heat to high and add the white wine. Let the liquid cook out for about 5 minute, then add the cream cheese and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Lastly, add the spinach, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Sauté just until the spinach softens.
  5. Unfold the puff pastry onto a light floured surface and roll out the 2 sheets, then cut them in half, so you end up with 4 pieces. Each piece should be about 10 X 14 inches.
  6. Place each seasoned salmon fillet in the middle of each puff pastry sheet. Depending on the size of the fillet, you may need to roll out the puff pastry a little more or less. Leave about 2 inches around the edges.
  7. Divide the spinach mixture into 4 equal parts and evenly spread it on top of the 4 fillets. Then brush the edges of the puff pastry with egg wash (1 egg + 1 tsp water).
  8. Begin folding the the puff pastry over starting with the longer side. When folding over the short edges, brush more of the egg wash before folding.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the salmon wellington seam side down.
  10. Make crosshatch slits on top of the Wellington with a knife. Then brush with more egg wash.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
  12. Enjoy!

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December 24, 2016 Duane Foerter0

From our QCL family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  As 2016 draws to a close we want to say big Thank You to all who helped make our 26th season so great!  We’re looking forward to a fantastic 2017 and can’t wait to see you all up at the lodge again next summer!



September 6, 2016 Duane Foerter0

This summer, we’re supplying our guests with the gear to try a different, fun and highly effective way of catching fish!  Your tackle box will now include a selection of jigs as an option to trolling and bottom fishing with spreader bars.

Simply put, jigging is lowering a weighted lure into the water, and repeatedly lifting and dropping the tip of the rod, enticing fish to strike at the active jig.  It’s a surprisingly simple and successful way to catch halibut, lingcod, rock cod, and even salmon!

I have spent many successful days on the water with only my jigging lures to keep me busy, and I find it a nice change of pace to traditional fishing.  Staying active on the boat, and even having the chance to turn off the engine for total peace and quiet is hard to beat.  And nothing is better than holding the rod in your hands when the fish strikes!

 

Here are a few tips to effective jigging:

Find the right area!  For salmon, find schools of bait and jig to the side or just below a bait ball. For bottom fish, look for “humps” or depressions on     the sounder and fish a few feet off the bottom.

Once you find the right spot, motor up current and drift back over the zone.

Lower the jig to just below the depth of the bait, then start slowly raising   and quickly dropping the rod tip

If fishing deep, don’t let the jig rest on the bottom, to prevent snags.

Keep the lines completely vertical – this can take some practice when driving and working a rod at the same time!

Keep the strokes short, lift the rod tip only 1.5 to 2 feet – no need for big 6 foot pulls!

If you feel the slightest bump, it’s a fish hitting the lure so strike hard   and set the hook!

Why not give it a try this season?  Ask me on the dock for some of my favourite spots, and I’ll point them out on your GPS!

Tight lines!

Ryan Ashton


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September 6, 2016 Duane Foerter0

Well, this morning we said goodbye to our last group of guests for the 2016 season.  It’s been a whirlwind for sure!  Our busiest season ever and it was fantastic!  Sure we had to work a little harder for the fish at times this summer but our guests and guides made the most of it.  At the end of the day there were lots of fish to go around.  On Sunday, our final fishing day was one for the books; greasy flat water with just a hint of breeze, bright overcast skies and fish catching opportunities all over the place.

QCL Lingcod catchThe bulk of the action recently has been offshore and we’ve enjoyed exploring the tidelines and contours in the 200 to 500-foot zone.  We’re finding loads of beautiful 10 – 15 pound Coho and the occasional Chinook out there, from the surface down 60 feet or so.  And while we’re out there, we get lots of little surprises like random feeding humpbacks popping up alongside the boat or pods of Dall’s Porpoise zipping around below.  We’re always discovering great underwater structure that harbours awesome lingcod, halibut and cod fishing opportunities.  We set a new record for the number halibut over 100 pounds this season and with a little help from some enthusiastic jig anglers we’ve established a very healthy lingcod fishery.  Even in this past week we saw halibut released scoring 102, 102, 115, 134, and 160 pounds with several nice ones in the 30 to 60 pound “keeper” class.

Coho fever at QCL!

Inshore fishing for Chinook salmon turned on nicely this weekend with some snap bites coming on with the morning tide changes at Cape Naden and Parker Point.  There weren’t a ton of them but certainly enough to get everybody interested, even a couple of nice Tyees in the mix!   Now we crunch the numbers and we’ll be back with a bit of a summary very soon!  Stay tuned.

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August 25, 2016 Duane Foerter0
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Group Salmon fishing

While the fishing grounds have been mostly wide open for the past week it seems that much of the effort has been focused on the productive water from Cape Naden to Yatze.  The large mass of baitfish that have provided exciting offshore action have moved through but we’re now seeing more Coho inshore with the traditional Chinook fishery.

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But those Coho that are still being found up top and offshore are real beauties – 13-14-15 pounders with a couple of 16-17’s in the mix.  These traditional “Northerns” are always a highlight when they arrive!

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With less than 2 weeks remaining in the season, the salmon fishing requires a bit more work but we’re pleased to see the catch board filling up nicely by the end of every trip!  The Tyee bell still rings brightly each evening, whether it’s for big Chinooks, big halibut or those gorgeous Northerns!


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August 19, 2016 Duane Foerter0

Rounding the dolphin I knew today was going to be a great day.  The sun was shining and the water was as calm as a lake, just the kind of day we dream about when we head out to go fishing.

60818242_wWe started the day fishing Bird 2. You could really cut the kelp hard in water conditions like today, and after a few passes by the west bay kelp bed we had our first Chinook on, and what a scrapper!  After a 5 minute fight it was in the net. A few more passes and a couple of pinks later we decided to go bottom fishing. It was slack tide so it was perfect time to jig up some lingcod and halibut. We went to the pinnacles off of Green Point where the bottom fishing has been spectacular, producing very good numbers of lingcod as well as some very large halibut. It wasn’t long before we had our first halibut on the line. Within an hour we had all 3 of our halibut and a lingcod in the boat… a perfect morning. Everyone was in great spirits going to the Driftwood at lunch. The day was filled with laughter, amazing weather, good fishing, good times with Reggie the eagle, sea lions, killer whales, and humpbacks.  I’m always looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings!

Randy “The Hitman” Zinck


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August 16, 2016 Duane Foerter0

60814334_wAugust has proven to be a jackpot on the fishing grounds!  The arrival – maybe a little later than “normal” – of large numbers of salmon feeding on an abundance of baitfish just slightly offshore, has treated QCL anglers to more fantastic fishing.  While it’s still fishing, and not always “catching”, the opportunities out there are keeping guests pretty busy!  The makeup of this fishery includes all five species – with Chinook dominating, Coho and Pinks filling in, plus some random Chum and even Sockeye showing up!  Here’s hoping that they don’t move through to quickly!

60814039_wMeanwhile, back near the rocks and all the usual fishing holes, we’re still getting a good supply of Tyee-class Chinooks that keeps the party going at the Bell Ringer every night.  Twelve-year old Jake L was the rockstar last week with two 31-pounders and he released a massive Chinook that taped out to 67 pounds!  Congratulations Jake!  That’s our largest salmon so far this season!  These fish and a number of other nice Tyees were caught over at Cape Edenshaw, a most productive destination after a week of prolonged northwesterly winds pushed so much bait onto that shore!  Luke “Skywalker” and his guest Ron R found a nice 44-pounder over there, Bill G released a beauty that taped out to 43 lb., Kevin H sent back a 32 and his Dad Tom released a 37 just 2 hours before!

60814371_wBack on the west side of the grounds, Parker Point, Bird One and Cape Naden continued to produce big Chinook action on the weekend.  Several nice Tyees in the 30’s were taken and a number were released.  Conrad H was back up for the annual fishing derby with his brothers Willy and Gerhart, and they all got some very nice fish.  These guys always release their Tyees but for the first time, 60814378_wout of more than 200 Tyees caught over the years, they were unable to revive a nice 39-pounder.  We’re sure this salmon will be enjoyed by many friends and family this winter! Congrats!  Fishing with guide Kingsley, Emery B did manage to release his 39-pounder, caught out in 170 feet of water on a small 2 ½ inch spoon!  You just never know where the big ones are going to turn up!  Fantastic fishing guys!

The big salmon of the weekend was a stunning 44-pounder caught by Leanne R with guide Gaelan off Bird Rock.  The Tyee bell was ringing mightily on Saturday night when that one came to the scale.   However it may have been slightly overshadowed by the 20 clangs of the bell when James J showed up to declare his monster Halibut that was taped out to 203 pounds by his guide Matt Burr!  Not far behind was Willy H who released a 34 lb Chinook and a 185 lb. Halibut on the same day!  So many great memories shared up here at the Lodge!


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August 12, 2016 Duane Foerter0

The northwest winds have subsided and have left us with an abundant supply of Chinook. The schools of herring have been moving inshore as well. With this the salmon have showed up in large numbers.  Deeper waters have been producing steady 14-25 pounder Chinook action as well as big Coho. The Chinook fishing these past 3 days has been unreal!

Tyee time for John!With the Northwest winds you will usually have an influx of baitfish and salmon being blown into Cape Edenshaw. Because of this, we decided to go there today. It is always a gamble going to Edenshaw as it’s a little far from our western fishing grounds and If the fishing is not good it is a long run back to our western grounds. This proved to be a successful morning at Edenshaw as several large Chinooks were hooked throughout the fleet.

C&R Tyee ChinookWe were doing laps by “Slab Rock” all morning, waiting for the Tyee bite. We had caught several fish in the high teens but were patiently waiting for the big one. It finally hit and the bite was so big the fish visibly moved the downrigger line as we heard a powerful “thud.”  It was on, and we quickly cleared our lines and chased after this beast. After a nice fight that took us offshore we landed a beautiful fish. What a battle! But it yielded a stunning 44 LB Chinook – ALRIGHT!  There were a couple other large catches within the area we were fishing as well.  What a day!

C&R ChinookTomorrow, I think we’ll be back to Cape Naden where the action has been consistent.  We want to fill up the Coho tags and the Coho bite has been consistent there.

It’s great to see the fish showing up in large numbers and I’m looking forward to getting out there tomorrow morning! There is going to be calm waters with plenty of fish being caught by everybody.

Skywalker


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August 11, 2016 Duane Foerter0

The steady northwesterlies that we fished through last week have slackened off nicely and our guests are enjoying the bounty of the full fishing grounds once again!  We’ve discovered masses of salmon just slightly offshore from our “normal” fishing haunts along the rocky shoreline. Eager anglers are quick to move out a little further into water depths of 150 to 200 feet.  Tons of baitfish are attracting schools of both Chinook and Coho salmon to the grounds between the Mazzaredos and Bird 2.

It’s nice to see the Coho numbers up again after a bit of a slow period; typical catches are in the 8-11 pound class right now with some stunning 12-14 pounders in the mix.  While we are getting them in the upper reaches of the water column (where we expect to find them) anglers are also hooking up at depths from 45 – 75 feet!  (where we don’t expect them!)

Big Tyee at QCLThose “perfect for keeping,” 18-22 pound Chinooks are turning up in numbers as well in the offshore zone.  We’re generally getting them down 25-35 feet on anchovies, herring and spoons.  They don’t seem to be too fussy!  But the BIG fish are still found in the traditional spots around our favourite structure.  Cape Naden was the place to be for a number of anglers last week.

Big Tyees at QCLLong time QCL fan Tom R and his wife Sydney were fishing the Cape with Roger Baker when Tom hooked up with a big fish.  Tom’s version of the story is fantastic to hear but the short story was of a terrific 41 pounder in the boat!  Nice fish Tom, well done!

Aaron B boated a beautiful 43 pound Tyee, Axel K lit up the Bell Ringer with a 43 and out on the Driftwood Big Tyees at QCLPaul F put a 44 on the scale!  The ladies at the lodge were proving a force to be reckoned with as well.  Liz M was just beaming after she landed a striking 42 lb Chinook with her husband Phil and guide Isaiah Dahl.  Sheila B proudly displayed her chrome-bright 40-pounder alongside her husband Bruce and guide Coady Delesalle.  Fantastic catches all around!


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August 9, 2016 Duane Foerter0

Catch & Release Tyee at QCLHard to believe it’s already August and the 2016 season is going strong!  Cape Naden continues to be a steady producer of Chinook and has shown to hold some Tyees on every trip.  Jeanne D, “fishing Grandma,” was absolutely thrilled to be back to QCL with her family but even more thrilled to have released a 34 lb Chinook on the first day. Well done Fishing Grandma!  Catch & Release Tyee at QCLThen on Tuesday she shared the thrill when her daughter-in-law Terry also released a 34 of her own!  Kudos to QCL guide Jackson Jane with his awesome C&R skills!  On the 99 with Robbie C, Bill M returned the fish of a lifetime to the water after landing an amazing 63 pound Tyee at Cape Naden on Tuesday.  That’s an incredible catch Bill!  And thanks for sending her back!  Congratulations!

63 pounder C&R Among a number of flashy Tyees caught last week were a pair of 37’s that were released as well – by Claude B and Chris L – Well done guys!  We’re seeing greater numbers of Chinooks overall these days and the average size has bumped up measurably too.  Several of those 40-plus beauties came to the boat last week with a number of them carefully turned back. Carson's 48 Pounder

On his first visit to QCL, 14-year-old Carson B tangled with a huge Chinook that gave him quite a tussle but he played it perfectly and his guide Ryan Winger was able to release it easily after taping it out to 48 pounds!  What a start to your salmon fishing habit Carson!  Great job!

C&R Chinook at QCLAlthough we’ve had moderate northwesterly winds for over a week now, many guests have been able to go out and haul up some great halibut catches. Last weekend Rob C released a huge, human-sized halibut that taped out to 210 lbs with the assistance of veteran QCL guide Oliver Massey.  His arms may still be tired from that one!  Myles and Reid F have been coming up to QCL before they could even walk but they teamed up to land their largest halibut last week, a chunky 101 pounder! Well done boys!  Dad’s proud!  Casey P released a 146 pounder, Alan D a 121, John F a 101 and Mike S turned back a 148-pound giant!  It’s sure exciting to see a huge halibut beside the boat but it’s even better if you’ve got a nice keeper in the box!  Fortunately there seems to be no shortage of nice chickens & turkeys in the 15 to 50 pound class!  Quite a few of the guides have been exploring new bottom fishing spots this season and it looks like it’s paying off!