Naden Harbour

Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii


Cheers to big bites and epic fights

Posted August 21, 2016 by Sarah Bauer

Trip Date: August 17th - August 21st

Yet again, we are experiencing some of the best fishing at Peregrine lodge this year on this trip.

There was an 18-pound Coho - the largest recorded here in the past few years - hooked in by father and son team Ron and Jack with guide Rick at Green, a 100-pound plus Halibut landed offshore by angler Travis with guide Khoi, a 47-pound Chinook brought to the boat at Cape Naden with angler Kenneth and guide Tyler, and enough Tyees to make your head spin with dreams of epic salmon battle.

With mostly sunshine and flat seas, though not counting today's more windy climes, the weather was set for the kind of trip that leaves guests with rosy cheeks and smiles on their faces. The fishing was absolutely productive and exciting, with hard battles won including guest Fawn's 33-pound Chinook landed at Eagle on Day 1.

"That fish fought harder than the 45 I've caught," said Fawn later at weigh-in.

There were new experiences in salmon fishing for Tyee Club inductees including Migo, who with guide Scott at Eagle Rock, snagged a gorgeous 33-pound Chinook and his first Tyee.

"My best fight yet, and also my biggest fish!" he commented later on the dock.

Travis' monster Halibut was "longer than the tape measure" and was released back to the seas with triumph and grace.

"I've never caught anything in my life that was over triple digits," said Travis.

"Khoi said, 'This should be the spot here,' and sure enough, we dropped down and instantly hooked up."

Another first was Tony A.'s 54-pound Halibut landed at Cape Naden with his son and fishing partner Alexi on board with guide Mike C.

"It's my favourite saltwater fish to eat, and therefore it was on my bucket list to get a big Hali," Tony said.

When you're somewhere you can mark off a line or two from your bucket list, you know you're somewhere special.

Here's to big bites and epic fights - talk to you soon!

Sarah Bauer

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Photo of the Day

Posted August 20, 2016 by Dolf Vermeulen

This stomper of a Coho wasn't quite big enough to take home the lodge record a ridiculous 20lbs! but at 18.4lbs it was a very impressive catch nonetheless. A great fish for a great group of friends!

Dolf Vermeulen

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Photo of the Day

Posted August 18, 2016 by Dolf Vermeulen

The very first bite of Kenneth's trip was a good one, and he made no mistake bringing it to the boat. 47lb hog to start off his Peregrine experience, congratulations!

Dolf Vermeulen

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Photo of the Day

Posted August 17, 2016 by Dolf Vermeulen

With just a few hours left on his trip Karl decided to join the tyee club. Congratulations on today's 33lb release!!

Dolf Vermeulen

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Sunshine, smiles and plenty of Springs

Posted August 17, 2016 by Sarah Bauer

Trip Date: August 14th - August 17th

Our anglers came for the fishing, but they're also leaving with a serious jolt of Vitamin D and a sunglass tan. The sun was shining on our magnificent fishing grounds all trip, with minimal winds and glassy waters to boot.

Cape Naden was the winner for big Chinooks, with four significant Tyees on for Day 1, as well as plenty of Springs in the early twenties and late teens for our guests to take home.

Guest Steve released a gorgeous 38-pound Chinook with guide Dan and fishing buddy Bill, who piped up later at the dock that "it was easy to release!" and a big thrill to pull in to the boat.

"We had the fish right by the boat and as we went to net it, it rolled over and spat the hooks," said Steve. "Dan went way deep with the net and got it anyways, with no hooks."

Long-time guest Rusty celebrated his seventeenth trip to Peregrine with a 43-pound Spring which was just one pound shy of his personal record. On the same boat with guide Cody, guest Jeff landed his first Tyee, a 30-pounder on the nose.

"It was a good fight, took twenty minutes to get in," he mentioned later on the dock.

A snappier fight was in store for guest Robert's 37-pound Chinook, guided by Jake Hillier that same day. "It came in quick," said Rob at weigh-in.

For angler Gary, his 38-pound Halibut battle was as surreal and exciting an experience as any.

"It was like bringing up a door off the floor," he described.

A hard bite on Day 2 had guest Brandi fighting for her 40-pound Chinook and first hog ever at Snake Rock with guide Max.

"Oh, he fought!" Brandi said later of the incredible salmon. "I almost couldn't get the rod out of the rod holder because there was so much tension when he took off. It just kept going and going; it bit hard."

While lady luck was at play, birthday luck was also working its magic for guest Brad and his guide Scott, whose birthday it was on Day 2. Brad brought in a 50-pound Halibut at Eden Shaw, calling it the biggest Hali he'd ever caught.

The wildlife sightings throughout the trip were remarkable; a peregrine falcon was seen flying over the fishing grounds on Day 1, while a pod of orcas rolled through Green Point and Klash on Day 2 before heading offshore.

Day 3 came fast and the sunshine kept on shining. Brandi's partner Karl got to join her in the Tyee Club with his first Tyee ever, guided by Sam H. at Parker Point. The 33-pound beauty was released so for it to live and grow so that future anglers can enjoy the power and excitement of a Chinook battle in Haida Gwaii.

There are more spectacular days to come.

Here's to big bites and epic fights - talk to you soon!

Sarah Bauer

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