July 7, 2016 Duane Foerter2

Ebb and Flood: Changing tides and changing times…

As the tides rise and fall, the fishing conditions can rapidly change as well.  When a tidal current moves toward the land and away from the sea this is considered the “flood.”  When this current moves away from the land and towards the sea, this is called the “ebb.”  These changing water conditions can dramatically affect our fishing grounds. The tides can push fish into our fishing grounds, and move fish out. The tide can also change the weather. For example, when the wind and current are moving against each other the seas can dramatically chop up. Vice versa when the wind and tide are moving with each other, the seas will flatten out. The changing tides also present us with the “magic hour” called “slack tide.” At this time there is little water movement and it can trigger the fish to bite.

We had a difference of 17.3 feet in our morning tide yesterday. This change brought heavy currents, while dramatically changing the surroundings of our fishing grounds in between the high and low tide. The slack tide today brought the big fish in, and it led to several Tyee-class Chinooks being caught. Bird Rock 2 and Parker Point held some big fish and gave up a few of them! This adds a little extra motivation to get out early as some of their large friends have probably moved into our grounds. This excitement will get the anglers out to the grounds early in search of these monsters. The currents also brought schools of Coho inshore, which provided anglers with flurries of aggressive Coho bites. I am excited to get out tomorrow and get the lines wet to and see what we can troll up.

That is all for now, Signing out,



July 3, 2016 Duane Foerter0

After a very productive week of fishing with the last group of guests topping their boxes up nicely, we celebrated Canada Day with a keen group of new guests, mostly veterans of previous QCL fishing adventures.  Tons of bait scattered throughout the fishing grounds is providing pretty steady action at any of a number of favourite fishing spots.  Cape Edenshaw remains quite productive with teen-sized feeder Springs and the odd Tyee lurking in the weeds.

While Cape Naden continues to produce more than its share of salmon action it’s the north shore that’s been coming to life lately.  The humpbacks have moved a little offshore and out of the calm backwaters they’ve been busy in these past weeks.  That’s a sure sign that there’s more baitfish moving through the deeper water and savvy anglers have trolled on out there to join them.  The reward… a whole new mass of brilliant silver salmon – a mixture of Chinook and Coho – pursuing shoals of needlefish and immature herring.  Anchovies fished over dummy flashers are most successful.

60703029_wLast summer the guides denoted “east bay Parker” as a new favourite fishing hole which was a steady producer all summer long.  Strangely it’s been slow to come to life so far this season.  That may have changed over the weekend as our 3rd 50-pounder-plus fish was recorded on Friday.  Wondering if he’s onto something, veteran QCL guide Jackson Jane worked his magic at east bay Parker and teased out his second giant of the summer!  Returning lodge guest Jared D set the hook and played a stunning big Chinook to the boat with Jackson and fishing partner Ryan cheering him on.

52 pound Chinook C&RA quick measurement scored the beauty at 52 pounds before they carefully returned the fish to the water and Jackson coaxed it back to vigorously swim away.  Congratulations Jared!  Well done guys!  It’s really nice to see these very special Tyees revived and released in such good shape!

Tyee Chinook Release


July 2, 2016 Duane Foerter0

As the dawn broke this morning and we rolled out onto the fishing grounds, we were the first boat off the dock.  The harbour was flat calm and the sun was poking through the clouds just over the point at Cape Edenshaw. The “shaw” looked so irresistible I just couldn’t help but peel off to the east.  With such a calm morning and those nice soft rollers you can’t ask for better conditions.

The morning turned out to be a productive one with us touching a Chinook approximately every 20 minutes for the first few hours of the day.  With only a handful of boats there, there was plenty of fish to go around. One of the great things about Edenshaw is that it’s always a bit of a variety pack. We got into Chinook, 2 Coho, a ling, and some rockfish. Around 10 o’clock a pod of orcas moved through and the fishing died down. But that’s just fishing and although fishing was a bit harder in the afternoon, there was a 52 pounder caught and released at Parker. The amazing thing about this place is every time you leave the dock that fish of a lifetime could be waiting, and today could be your turn at a chance for that unicorn.

Dan “Rainman”