Like many of you, we at QCL have been closely monitoring the global health concerns related to COVID-19, and we appreciate this is a very dynamic situation. The management team at QCL has been and will continue to closely monitor the status of the outbreak and its potential to impact the QCL experience for our guests and staff alike.
The QCL team recognizes that challenges exist that are to the largest extent beyond our control. For those things that are within our control we are going to take our responsibility to be prepared as top priority.
Preparedness needs to be the byword from this point forward. Given that our opening day is May 29th we are grateful that we have time to undertake steps necessary to ensure your safety. Even before you arrive you can be assured that we have screened all staff prior to heading up to the resort. Once there, and before opening day, we will prepare and deliver training of new standards of care in our handling of all aspects of service delivery. Enhanced food preparation procedures, staff cleanliness protocol, increased sanitizing stations and education will all be completed before the first guest arrives. We are working with our air carriers to make sure that they are an integral part of the team as they also add enhanced procedures and protocol.
Of utmost importance is the placement of trained emergency doctors on site every day of the season. They have their own clinic and equipment on site and are our best source of accurate up to date information. We’re grateful to have such an experienced team behind us. Now, more than ever, we are excited to be leading the industry with this type of service.
At Queen Charlotte Lodge we intend to operate “business as usual” for our 2020 season, adding the highest level of diligence to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests. We know we can’t control what may come in the next few months from a global point of view. However, we also know that we can provide the safest environment while you enjoy one of the most pristine, remote and simply amazing parts of the world. Thank you for choosing QCL as your remote 2020 fishing and adventure destination.
We will continue to keep you informed on this site as the summer approaches.
In case you missed it, you should check out the deliciously simple halibut presentation with QCL Hospitality Manager Jin Chong at Global TV on Saturday. Our portion packing program ensures you can enjoy perfect fish dinner every time! Vacuum-sealed for freshness months after your trip to the lodge, there’s no waste and this quick and easy recipe is a perfect play on fish & chips!
Here’s the video link to the show: https://globalnews.ca/news/5239665/recipe-potato-crusted-halibut-with-lemon-butter-sauce/
Last week we were talking about “special combo” fishing and the great variety of fishing experienceLast week we were talking about “special combo” fishing and the great variety of fishing experiences there are to be had up here. Well this week we had a father & son angling team at the lodge that really took it to heart! Ronald and Dan R not only found the variety but, with the help of their QCL guide Jake Harrach, they found the quality as well!
Over the past 4 days they managed to catch the largest fish of the trip in each of 3 species and the 2nd largest in a 4th! On Tuesday Dan caught and released the big halibut of the trip, a big slab that taped out to 163 pounds. On Wednesday Ron boated a nice big lingcod that tipped the scale at 35 pounds which, in most weeks would be the big one! But he came second to a 50-pounder landed by Lino P! That’s only 6 pounds short of the lodge record! Congrats Lino! On the same day Ronald caught the largest Coho of the week, coming in at 16-pounds – a beautiful fish for sure! Then on Thursday, making that famous “just one more pass” at Cape Naden on the way in, Dan hooked up with a big Chinook that really put him to the test. After a twenty-minute tussle, Jake slipped the net beneath the chrome beauty and they knew there would be some more Bell-ringing back at the dock that night! At 39-pounds, this big Tyee would add to Dan’s record of success as the largest Chinook of the trip. Congratulations guys! That’s an amazing catch report! It’s a good thing you’re going home for the weekend to get some rest!
The weekend forecast is for more southerly weather and calm seas (with a regular dose of liquid sunshine.) The inshore Chinook fishing has certainly picked up in the past week with the best action during the first and last hours of the day. Offshore the Coho catch remains strong and we’re seeing more of the larger Coho coming to the scale. Bottom fishing has been getting easier with the tidal range diminishing every day since Monday’s new moon. QCL anglers released 6 halibut over 100 pounds this trip and we’re still seeing nice 30-plus fish at the Bell Ringer every night. These are great days to be fishing at QCL!
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!