PEREGRINE LODGE

Naden Harbour

Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii

FISHING REPORT / BLOG

61 Pounds!

Posted July 31, 2013 by Mark Kelsey



Pat Quinn and guide Johnny Williams landed the biggest fish yet of the season on Wednesday morning, a hulking 61 pound beauty. Congratulations Pat!

Mark Kelsey

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July 28 to 31 Trip

Posted July 31, 2013 by Mark Kelsey




At Peregrine Lodge, we treat all our guests like family. From the moment they check-in with us in Vancouver, to the time when their Sikorsky helicopter lifts off from Masset, and right until they open their last vaccum-pack of delicious salmon, we go out of our way to ensure that every guest experiences the fishing adventure of a lifetime. We believe that it is this commitment to friendly service that keeps our guests coming back. And so it is truly special when we get the opportunity to welcome back a group of guests year after year, season after season.
 
This past week, on our 12th trip of the season, we had the pleasure of doing just that. For the past three days, we were proud to welcome the Toigo family to the lodge for the 25th time. The Toigos have been bringing their family and friends to Peregrine since our very first season, to the extent that they truly do feel like family. We feel privileged to have watched many of them grow up - it was even more rewarding then, to lead them to tons of big fish.
 
And there certainly were enough big fish to go around. We were absolutely delighted to see the biggest fish of the season so far caught this trip. Pat Quinn, fishing with guide Johnny Williams, was trolling just past the Mazeredo Islands on Wednesday morning when he hooked into a giant 61-pound fish! After a 45-minute battle, Pat successfully landed the salmon. Clearly, Pat knows just as much about fishing as he does about hockey!
 
Pat’s fish was just one of an impressive 12 tyees caught this trip. Geoffrey Lubert, another good friend of the lodge, caught and released a beautiful 46-pound spring on his first day of fishing. Geoff was angling right at the tip of Snake Rock with guide Mike Jones when the fish bit. It struck his top line, at about 12 pulls off the back - right where the big ones are supposed to bite. After a frantic fight, the Peregrine fleet heard Mike’s excited voice over the radio, announcing the measurements of Geoff’s beautiful fish. The next biggest fish was a gorgeous 43-pound spring caught and released by Dominic Toigo. Bruce Allen landed a 40-pound hog on the last day of fishing, while Jake Edwards started the trip off strong with a 35-pounder. Jon Toigo also caught a 35-pounder, and with the help of guide Steph Olson, released the fish to continue its journey. Brian Lougheed repeatedly snuck into the tyee club, bringing 30 pounders back to the dock on both of his first two days of fishing. Tyees were also caught by guests Ron Delorme (30), James Hepler (33), Roy Toigo (31), and Warren Erhart (31).  
 
The coho continue to grow in size. We saw a number of gorgeous 10-13 pound coho at the dock. These fish are notoriously feisty, and their meat is highly prized. We also see the occasional sockeye and chum salmon in the mix.
 
As we say goodbye to the Toigo family, we look forward to extending a warm welcome to our next group of guests. The fishing is absolutely outstanding – if you have been holding off, this is certainly the time to visit us in Haida Gwaii. Who knows – you might just start a new family tradition.

Mark Kelsey

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The Big Fish Keep Coming!

Posted July 29, 2013 by Mark Kelsey



Geoffrey Lubert caught and released this monster 46-pound spring salmon off Snake Rock with the help of guide Mike Jones.

Mark Kelsey

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July 24 to 28 Trip

Posted July 28, 2013 by Mark Kelsey



Releasing a big fish is an incredible feeling. While you fight the fish, you are focused only on getting it to the boat. Yet, once you take measurements and photos, and begin reviving the fish at the side of the boat, something just feels right about letting it go. As you watch the powerful tail start to beat, and follow the fish as it descends back into the deep, you are left humbled, proud, and exhausted.

A number of our guests got to experience the incredible thrill of catching and releasing monster chinook salmon on our 11th trip of the season. We continue to be amazed by this season’s fishing. Big fish are everywhere, and guests are heading home with memories of fighting multiple monster tyees. The big fish of the trip - a huge 51-pound slab caught and released by Kay Drummermuth of Iowa – was a perfect example of this kind of thrilling fight. Kay was fishing east of Bird Rock with husband Steve and guide Kai White when a massive hit bent her rod over. As line screamed off the reel, Kai shouted words of encouragement, and before too long, the enormous fish was in their net. Not to be outdone, Steve caught three incredible tyees himself this trip– a 40, a 34 and a 33.  

Kay’s wasn’t the only huge fish caught at Bird Rock this past week. Bob Herron, fishing with guide John Marcell, brought a massive 49-pound spring to the boat. Like many of our guests, this wasn’t Bob’s only tyee – he also caught a 34 and a 30-pound fish. All in all, 21 tyees were caught over the course of our 11th trip. John McNight caught a 44 and a 30. John Van Bemmelen landed both a 38 and a 35, while Clark McLeod released a 42 and a 31. Roslyn Ritchie battled a 32 and a 31, and Elizabeth Ritchie caught a 35-pounder. Mary Estalien reeled in a 34-pound spring. And last but not least, Georgia Husby caught an impressive four tyees, measuring out at 38, 34, 36 and 32 pounds!

Clearly, the big fish are out there in outstanding numbers. Even the coho are big – the average coho on this trip was around 9 pounds. John Stobo Jr. of California, visiting us for the 7th time, jumped to the top of the lodge leaderboard with a massive 14lb coho.

The weather continues to spoil us with clear skies and calm winds. When we saw light showers on Saturday morning, however, our guests stayed warm, dry and comfortable aboard our fleet of Edgewater and Trophy fishing machines. As many of our guests found out, there really is no better way to fish Haida Gwaii than in the comfort of one of our Edgewaters, with protection from the seas, lots of room for fighting fish, and iPod stereos to keep you dancing all day long.

Big fish are everywhere at Peregrine Lodge. Our guides are so excited that they can barely sleep – 30, 40, 50, 60-pound fish are out there just waiting to be caught! Don’t miss your chance to do battle with one of these incredible creatures. We congratulate the guests of our 11th trip on their amazing experience, and we look forward to welcoming you to Naden Harbour and Peregrine Lodge. You’ve got to be here.

Mark Kelsey

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Striking it Ritch!

Posted July 28, 2013 by Mark Kelsey



Elizabeth Ritchie found gold on Sunday when she caught and released this 35-pound spring with the help of sister Caroline and guide Lee McCabe.

Mark Kelsey

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