FISHING REPORT / BLOG
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!
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!
Posted August 14, 2016 by Sarah Bauer
Trip Date: August 10th - August 14th
That's the kind of thing you say after you've pulled a 42-pound Chinook into your boat on Day 1. Angler Jon was having a spectacular time out at Bird Rock with guide Kai and fishing buddy Shawn when the big one took the bite. "The thing was like a whale," said Jon later at the dock. It was a whale of a trip, let me tell you!
The gals Christy W., Shayle and Christi L. brought laughter and fun with them to Peregrine Lodge as well as a bit of wonderful luck for bringing in the Tyees. Shayle had a double Tyee day on Day 1 with two 32-pounders landed at Cape Naden with guide Khoi.
The humpbacks were on show all trip, feeding on baitfish in the morning close to the fishing grounds where Spring and Coho salmon were plentiful for our happy anglers.
At Eagle Rock on Day 2, return guest Dick S. had a 38-pound Chinook on for what he described later as "just an absolutely great battle." He followed up the next day with another Tyee and filled his limit quickly on well-sized salmon.
Over at Cape Naden, another epic battle was in action for guest Bill with guide Tyler. The 34-pound Spring gave everything it got.
"I caught a 46 a few years ago, but it was gutted. This fish put up a way bigger fight. It was a great fight, very fun," said Bill later on the dock.
Day 3 was marked by restful waters and mild climate with glimpses of rain here and there. It was a welcome respite after a couple of windier days last week which brought in bait, and plentiful Tyees and Springs in the early to mid twenties for our guests.
For Stephen, first time guest to Peregrine Lodge, bringing a 39-pound Chinook to the boat with guide Cody at Cape Naden on Day 3 was "a hell of a fight and a great experience." After photos and measuring, the gorgeous salmon was released gracefully back to its home.
Day 4 was overcast and silky calm, so much so that one guest commented "It was incredible. I felt like I was on a lake out there!"
Christi L. showed us all how it's done with guide Jake Henderson over at the Mazzies by pulling in a 47-pound Chinook and a near-Tyee at 29-pounds on the same day.
"It all went very smooth," said Christi. "Jake brought it in the boat, measured it, put it back in the net, and just like that, it swam away freely."
Another freakin' fun day salmon fishing in Haida Gwaii for the books.
Here's to big bites and epic fights - Talk to you soon!
Posted August 10, 2016 by Sarah Bauer
Trip Date: August 7th - August 10th
"Let's go get a Tyee," said angler Mark to guide Mike C. as they headed towards Cape Naden on Day 1. Sure enough, they did. A 39-pound Chinook for Mark, with two nice 26-pound Springs, 33-pound and 28-pound Halibut, and a 10-pound Lingcod to round out the day.
It was cause for celebration later at the dock bar, where guests mingled, tasted fresh crab and seasonal appetizers, sipped on cocktails and took in the exciting weigh-in of the first day of their trip. It was the sweetest ending to a spectacular day of salmon fishing in Haida Gwaii.
With calmer weather following a fit of northwesterly winds last trip, the waters were rich with salmon. Seasoned guest Marshall and his daughters Kayley and Kaitlyn and wife Christi had a riot with guide Jorgen at Parker Point and Snake Rock on Day 1, with Christi pulling in a 31-pound Chinook, and Marshall following up with a 30-pounder.
Loads of Tyees followed that day with Cape Naden and Snake Rock proving popular spots for finding the big ones.
Day 2 opened with hopes for "Hogs in the Fog!" as our anglers headed out into cloud-framed seas. Nature delivered with a gorgeous 49-pound Chinook for angler Darin, who was guided by Cody at Cape Naden and is now an inductee to the Peregrine Lodge Tyee Club.
"That was the best fighting Spring I've ever seen," said Cody later in assessment of the two hour battle.
For Darin, the experience was full-throttle.
"Oh man, my arms are on FIRE!" he said at weigh-in.
"I felt like I was reeling up the ocean floor!"
For angler Kosta and his wife Carolyn, it was all about getting on those bragging rights. They were neck and neck on Day 2, with Kosta landing a 32-pound Spring guided by Max, nicking Carolyn by two pounds on the Tyee she had landed the day before.
"I had to beat my wife!" Kosta said at the dock at the end of the day.
But the fish to beat them all was yet to come. Day 3 welcomed a 52-pound Chinook to the boat of angler Calum, who was on board with his dad Jason and guide Tyler for the fight of a lifetime.
"It looked like a dinosaur!" said Calum.
"[Calum] fishes at our summer cabin, and if you catch a 3-pound Bass there it's a big deal, so when you catch something this big, it's just incredible," said Jason after the photos and measurements were taken.
"He did the whole thing himself, " said guide Tyler. "There was a 'tap-tap', and he stripped out some line, and stuck to it like a pro."
More pro moves from guest David K. proved successful as he brought in a 43-pound Spring with guide Schwartz at Snarker.
"It's a lot different than catching a trout in Texas," laughed David. "It was unbelievable. Definitely something I look forward to coming back and doing again."
"We released a lot of nice Chinook today," said Schwartz. "They were all tubbed out and we just kept getting them."
That's something to celebrate.
Here’s to big bites and epic fights - Talk to you soon!
Posted August 7, 2016 by Sarah Bauer
Trip Date: August 3rd - August 7th
When the fishing is this good, does anything else really matter? In the midst of Hogust, our keen anglers experienced epic salmon battle in some of the most productive fishing grounds of the season; guide Mike O. can attest for that on Day 2, when his guests hooked into a whopping count of twenty-one confirmed Chinook salmon.
"Today was good, like really good," guide Mike C. was overheard saying on the dock. This is what we live for!
Our anglers kicked off Day 1 with a mix of sun and cloud in the sky, and plenty of opportunity on the grounds. At Parker Point, guest Mack pulled in a gorgeous 40-pound Chinook off the rigger at 33ft.
"We did two loops in the bay, came out the face, and BAM, the rod went screaming," commented guide Butch later at weigh-in.
Parker proved big-fishy for our anglers as guest Peter brought a 34-pound Chinook to the boat with guide Tyler on the same day.
Day 2 brought northwesterly winds with it, and if the fish gods are poised in our favour, these bait-rich waters should bring loads of salmon with it.
Seasoned angler Elliot got a taste of the action with two massive hauls on Day 2 with guide Scott and longtime fishing partner Evan at his side. Two beauties: a 37-pound Chinook landed at Snake Bay, and a 33-pounder at Opi Bay.
Evan and Elliot can count over a hundred fishing adventures together, having travelled everywhere from the Christmas Islands to Cuba to the Honduras in search of the thrill of the fight. They were once a student and a physics teacher with a shared bond for fishing, and having kept in touch over the years now can say they've fished in some of the most spectacular locations across the world together, including this unforgettable patch of paradise called Haida Gwaii.
And as is fitting for celebration and in giving thanks to the supernatural ecosystem of Haida Gwaii, we saw a beautiful release of a massive 43-pound Spring at Snake Rock by angler Steve, guided by Dimitri on Day 3. With fishing this good, our guests took plenty of opportunity to catch and release, which can be described as one of the most satisfying and engaged experiences of fishing in Haida Gwaii.
The northwestern gales continued through Day 3, further packing our grounds with bait. Day 4 concluded the trip in a big way, with guest Mack bringing in a giant 47-pound Spring at Cape Naden with guide Khoi.
"What a day to hook a hog!" said Khoi at weigh-in. This was Mack's second 40-plus Spring of the trip, and the 47-pounder secured his personal best. Now there's a story for him to take home to Tokyo.
Here's to big bites and epic fights - Talk to you soon!
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