PEREGRINE LODGE

Naden Harbour

Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii

FISHING REPORT / BLOG

July 24 to 27, 2011

Posted July 28, 2011 by John Kelsey





Here at Peregrine Lodge we have just completed our most stellar trip of the season, with Tyee after Tyee being caught by the majority of our visiting anglers. The first day of the trip, Monday, was our season record setting day with 10 Tyees reeled in by our guests! With weights coming in at 50, 47, 45, 42, 39, 37, 33, 30, 30, and 30! The celebration festivities that evening were enjoyed by all, with thunderous clapping and cheering as so many hats, pins, and awards were given out that even some staff members claimed their hands ached from clapping so much

The honours of biggest fish of the day, and in fact the trip, went to Doug True, who caught and released his stunning 50 pound hippopotamus on the West side of Bird Rock. Fishing with Brian as his guide, it was a remarkable fight that will be the subject of True family dinner conversations for generations to come. Second place, which at 47 pounds would rarely not be the biggest fish of the day, was caught by Larry Meyne Sr. However, what made this catch truly amazing was that it was the first salmon that Larry had ever caught in his life! Under the guidance of Ryan, he was fishing Bird Rock as well, which was truly the hot spot of the day. Continuing down the list, it was Allen smith who was able to bring in a stellar 45 pound hog, while Chet Brauch landed a 42-pounder. With so many more fish in the mid to high 30’s, it was just a phenomenal day

Remarkably, the fishing barely slowed down over the final two days, as big fish continued to come in at an almost alarming pace. Putting aside thoughts of his recent engagement, Johnny Williams was able to help Mike Nash land a weighty 42-pounder off of Cape Naden on the second day, while Both Mark Garagan and Ralf Sommer were able to bring in Tyees after a couple fantastic fights on the final morning!

There is nothing we can say to those departing guests except we hope you had a spectacular time here with us . A very remarkable trip that will last a lifetime for all of us.

John Kelsey

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July 24 to 27, 2011

Posted July 28, 2011 by John Kelsey





Here at Peregrine Lodge we have just completed our most stellar trip of the season, with Tyee after Tyee being caught by the majority of our visiting anglers. The first day of the trip, Monday, was our season record setting day with 10 Tyees reeled in by our guests! With weights coming in at 50, 47, 45, 42, 39, 37, 33, 30, 30, and 30! The celebration festivities that evening were enjoyed by all, with thunderous clapping and cheering as so many hats, pins, and awards were given out that even some staff members claimed their hands ached from clapping so much

The honours of biggest fish of the day, and in fact the trip, went to Doug True, who caught and released his stunning 50 pound hippopotamus on the West side of Bird Rock. Fishing with Brian as his guide, it was a remarkable fight that will be the subject of True family dinner conversations for generations to come. Second place, which at 47 pounds would rarely not be the biggest fish of the day, was caught by Larry Meyne Sr. However, what made this catch truly amazing was that it was the first salmon that Larry had ever caught in his life! Under the guidance of Ryan, he was fishing Bird Rock as well, which was truly the hot spot of the day. Continuing down the list, it was Allen smith who was able to bring in a stellar 45 pound hog, while Chet Brauch landed a 42-pounder. With so many more fish in the mid to high 30’s, it was just a phenomenal day

Remarkably, the fishing barely slowed down over the final two days, as big fish continued to come in at an almost alarming pace. Putting aside thoughts of his recent engagement, Johnny Williams was able to help Mike Nash land a weighty 42-pounder off of Cape Naden on the second day, while Both Mark Garagan and Ralf Sommer were able to bring in Tyees after a couple fantastic fights on the final morning!

There is nothing we can say to those departing guests except we hope you had a spectacular time here with us . A very remarkable trip that will last a lifetime for all of us.

John Kelsey

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July 20 to 24, 2011

Posted July 25, 2011 by John Kelsey





July 20th marked the start of our tenth trip of the year here at Peregrine Lodge, and once again, our guests were able to astound us with their superb angling abilities.

The big Chinook of the trip came early on the second morning, when Ryan, a masterful guide here at Peregrine, chose to take returning guest Glen to “the dark side.” After over a half hour of pulsating action, including some frantic boat-side excitement, Ryan was able to call captain Wayne with release measurements. The fleet waited in silence for the response, which was met with roars and cheers when it came in at an astonishing 49 pounds. It was the second monster trophy fish of the season for Glen who has chosen Peregrine Lodge as his fishing adventure destination twice already this season, adding to the 50-pound Chinook he caught and released 2 weeks ago!

The fourth day saw another remarkable fish caught by Kevin Ahnert. Fishing off of Cape Naden with his guide Brent just after noon, Kevin was able to hook into a massive 37 pound Tyee right beside the kelp bed using a fresh cut-plug herring. It was one heck of a fight, and one heck of a fish.

The spotlight was not only on big Chinooks this trip, as there were many other amazing fish caught! Notable among these was a 13 pound Coho caught by David Paisley, the biggest coho of the year, and a beautiful 31 pound halibut reeled in by Laura. However, the attention on the final day was stolen away from these beautiful catches by our guide Johnny, who truly had the catch of the day. His girlfriend, whom he was guiding for the day, accepted his marriage proposal out on the water, drawing huge cheers from surrounding boats, and prompting me to end with a congratulations from all of us at Peregrine Lodge!

John Kelsey

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July 20 to 24, 2011

Posted July 25, 2011 by John Kelsey





July 20th marked the start of our tenth trip of the year here at Peregrine Lodge, and once again, our guests were able to astound us with their superb angling abilities.

The big Chinook of the trip came early on the second morning, when Ryan, a masterful guide here at Peregrine, chose to take returning guest Glen to “the dark side.” After over a half hour of pulsating action, including some frantic boat-side excitement, Ryan was able to call captain Wayne with release measurements. The fleet waited in silence for the response, which was met with roars and cheers when it came in at an astonishing 49 pounds. It was the second monster trophy fish of the season for Glen who has chosen Peregrine Lodge as his fishing adventure destination twice already this season, adding to the 50-pound Chinook he caught and released 2 weeks ago!

The fourth day saw another remarkable fish caught by Kevin Ahnert. Fishing off of Cape Naden with his guide Brent just after noon, Kevin was able to hook into a massive 37 pound Tyee right beside the kelp bed using a fresh cut-plug herring. It was one heck of a fight, and one heck of a fish.

The spotlight was not only on big Chinooks this trip, as there were many other amazing fish caught! Notable among these was a 13 pound Coho caught by David Paisley, the biggest coho of the year, and a beautiful 31 pound halibut reeled in by Laura. However, the attention on the final day was stolen away from these beautiful catches by our guide Johnny, who truly had the catch of the day. His girlfriend, whom he was guiding for the day, accepted his marriage proposal out on the water, drawing huge cheers from surrounding boats, and prompting me to end with a congratulations from all of us at Peregrine Lodge!

John Kelsey

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July 17 to 20, 2011

Posted July 21, 2011 by John Kelsey






After a magnificent first night dining experience, the guests of our ninth trip of the year awoke to perfectly calm seas, continuing a fantastic streak of nice weather! The first day of fishing was equally superb, with all boats catching an astounding amount of fish. With a healthy mix of Chinooks and Cohos, we once again had boats with over 30 salmon caught by mid morning alone. One of the most notable catches of the day, and indeed the trip, went to 9 year-old Layne Sjolie, who landed a feisty 24 pound Chinook with no help from his dad Rod.

However, when it came to big trophy fish, the real action did not get going until the next morning, when David Meikrantz hooked into a gorgeous Chinook. Having just arrived on the fishing grounds, the time was around 8:00 am, and he was trolling with his guide “Johnny 5.0” off of Green Point when the Tyee bit. After a fight that lasted close to an hour, they got the beast of a fish in the boat and measured it to be a massive 45 pounds! For David, in his first trip to Haida Gwaii, it was the first big fish of his life, calling for a big celebration that night. However, according to Johnny, it was anything but beginner’s luck, as he was able to bring it in like an old pro, with very little coaching!

Over the course of that second day, and continuing into the final day, the big fish just continued to roll in, keeping up the feverish pace that has blessed us over the past couple of weeks. Another notable catch later that second morning was made jointly by Guylaine Boivin and Audrey Paradis, who simultaneously hooked a 35-pound Chinook. Initially thinking they had a double header, they both fought hard for over half an hour, working together under the direction of their guide Cory to land this beautiful Tyee.

With spectacular 34-pound Tyees also caught by Judy Brandon and Nicholas Dagg, it was a high-paced end to another great trip here at Peregrine Lodge!

John Kelsey

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