Thursday, 17 August 2017

catch-up time

I've got a day or so to get caught up on all sorts of things before I go away for a 10 day trip to Sonora Resort and Dent Island.  But the mind wanders. I need to get the Tyee rowboat and tackle ready for when I get back. It is just one of many things on my list. I imagine the slim chance of rowing with Shamra , or her rowing me, to weigh a Tyee at the Clubhouse again this year.  This year I am doing more rowing, essentially the last of August and through to the end of the Club season Sept 15.  I'll hardly get to fish with her because I'm fishing with others.

Steve and Justin

Father and son, Steve and Justin enjoyed the salmon flow. We had talked about how a lot of salmon are migrating by, not biting much.. We watched a stream of trout-like pinks and robust sockeyes porpoise , or jump, and wave to us as they went by.  We are really just fishing for chinooks, but we'll take a pink or hatchery coho if it grabbed on.  In one of the popular fishing holes we saw a few chinooks caught, but not for us. 

 When we moved to a place all alone we had a couple of bites and got this nice one.  This tricky fish waited until we were staring out at passing dolphins and bit while we weren't looking.  But we hooked him anyways. 

Interestingly, this fish had hooks in his mouth from a previous encounter.  The hooks were very new looking, but there was no one fishing within a mile or so from us. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Alexandre and Manuella

Alexandre and Manuella are from Brazil , and having a wonderful time exploring western Canada on their own.  They did have a little trouble getting their fishing licenses the day before, so I drove over by car, and picked them up at their hotel in time to be at River Sportsman store when it opened at 7 am. Alexandre's English is pretty fair , and Manuella doesn't try to speak often, but she hears and understands quite well.  I don't speak Spanish at all, and yet everything worked out very well.

 We travelled up the Straits and  soon after arriving we saw Pacific White-Sided Dolphins. 

 We heard a report on the radio from another fishing guide saying there were Orcas coming.  We changed our location but couldn't see any sign so we settled in to fish , and caught a nice chinook in a lucky short time. Exciting !
 Then the whales came. Orcas. Boy did they come.  At the end of the day the experts said there were forty . 
 We watched many Orcas come by, and then left the group of wild life tour boats that were floating in the general area.   We headed into Nodales Channel to get some fishing in before the whales would come and stir the fish around, and of course eat some.  When we were fishing some of the whales came right past us.  Not good for fishing, but what show. 

 We had no more bites. When we moved up the coast a while later we found the whales had turned around already and were on their way back out. It is hard to get a photo that captures the scene of large numbers of orcas spread out , yet relatively near.  So many it was hard to safely find a course out. 

 On the way back , the black bear was on is beach again, rolling rocks. 

What a great day for this couple from Brazil ! 

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

keep 'em coming

David keeps coming back with a different mixture of his family.  Thom, Rachel and John all got in the action .

 On the trip up the Straits we spied a bear on the shore rolling over rocks to catch the little shore crabs underneath.

And we watched a seine boat doing the test fishery . 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

overnight circle route

John and Inge joined Stewart and Tamara for an overnight exploration , all around Quadra, Sonora, Maurelle and Cortes Islands, in a big circle route.  Stewart and John are childhood school friends, and have kept in touch while each has moved around continents. John and Inge have come from Norway to reconnect and what better way than a boating and fishing adventure. 

 We started in the north Straits fishing a few spots on the way around.  

On the way some Pacific White-Sided Dolphins played with us for a little while. 

 Dinner was the fresh pink salmon . Delicious on the barbeque . The cottage is adorable with a great wide view. 

On the return day there was a southeast wind coming up. We fished in a sheltered place for the morning, and then crossed over to the south end of Quadra.  There I was very impressed how well this crew handled some waves. All are boaters and it shows. We had some fast action there or a while, released wild cohos and Inge played a chinook that threw the hooks after a few minutes. A great way to end. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

a fishing lad from Paris

 Niel loves fishing, and luckily his father Francois supports him in that. Neil even fishes successfully in and near their home in Paris , France.
 They only kept one fish for the family to eat while they are here.  We took tissue samples of  a couple more that we released.
 The family is staying at one of Eric Peterson's wonderful waterfront guest cottages. They love it there, and the dock in front is a bonus.  Thanks, Eric for this connection.