As our first week draws to a close I have to say it’s been one of the best season starts yet! Our 2015 crew has hit the ground running with 2 full house trips full of super enthusiastic guests. They’ve done an awesome job of providing the full QCL experience and, with the help of some sweet weather and great early-season fishing; those first guests have gone home with big smiles on their faces!
The fishing so far has provided a pretty steady supply of Chinook salmon, most in the 14 to 20 pound range. And of course there is always the possibility of tangling with a Tyee… we’ve seen a few of them this week already! Fishing with guide Ryan Kelly, Al Ross boated the first 30 pounder of the season on Monday. Mary-Anne Hayfield raised the bar significantly on Tuesday with a beautiful 38 pounder (guided by Bryan Bowles) and Murray Seward caught and released a stunning big chromer that taped out to 39.3 pounds! And it’s just the first week!
On the Halibut side, a couple of nice calm days opened up the entire fishing grounds and our keen anglers pounced on the chance to fish offshore. There have been the usual crowd of tasty chickens taken but the stories are told of the fish that make you sweat!
Robert Walker pulled two giants to (guide) Oliver Massey’s boat last week – one taped out to 109 lb. and the other a whopping 150! Charles Patriquin turned back a 90 pounder and Yogi Parker released a 110 lb. barn door out off Bird 2. On Tuesday Chuck Stills measured one out to 106 lb. and yesterday Ken Coulter (fishing with his son, veteran QCL guide Kraig) caught and released a giant that taped to 121 pounds out off Green Point. Nice to see all is well on the halibut grounds! Well done – anglers and guides!
The coming weekend is looking pretty fine with the tides peaking today and starting to settle off over the next few days. Light to moderate variable winds should provide easy access to everybody’s favourite fishing holes! Can’t wait to see what happens!