Matt Horn & friends
May 22nd, 2008
It was a cheerful morning for Collin, Nick, Matt, Mark & Monte, buddies from way back going fishing with Bobby Kimoto Charters in Tofino. The morning was sunny with favorable off-shore fishing conditions, a 1' chop on a moderate SW swell with light variable winds.
After a little more than an hour run we dropped our gear and within minutes Matt was fighting our first fish. His experience had a nice 11lb (chicken) Halibut in the boat within minutes. Collin was next to battle our 2nd fish of the day and successfully landed a 13lb (chicken) Halibut. After a change in location, Nick took his turn fighting our third fish of the day, a nice 12lb hatchery Chinook. Monte got in on the action twenty minutes later and successfully landed a nice 13lb'er.
We made another move to try our luck at jigging bottomfish to end our day. Collin and Stephan enjoyed some double-header action as we drifted some pinnacles catching various species of rockfish and keeping six. Our catch for the day, 2 Chinook @ 12 & 13lbs, 2 Halibut @ 11 & 13lbs, 3 Black rockfish, 1 Copper rockfish & 1 Quillback rockfish.
Chris Forbes, Terry Burns & Phil Oaten
May 27th, 2008
5hr afternoon charter
After making the drive from Nanaimo in the morning, it was time for Chris, Terry and Phil to kick back, relax and go Halibut fishing. We headed off-shore for about an hour and dropped our spreader-bars and bait to the bottom. We had beautiful conditions, calm seas and feeding Humpback whales to watch as we drifted with the current.
Terry started the action off hooking his first bite and landing a nice 22lb Halibut. Phil, who was fishing from the bow, hooked his first bite and the second for the boat, a nice 10lb (chicken) Halibut. Moving back up on the drift and not wanting to get out-fished, Chris hooked his first bite and landed our biggest Halibut of the day @ 26lbs. On our next drift, Terry hooked another small 10lb (chicken) Halibut. We tried another drift but the current had changed and so did our luck so we called it a day and headed in.
Total catch - 4 Halibut @ 10, 10, 22 & 26lbs.
Ken Bennett & Family
May 30th, 2008
2 day / 3 night fishing package
More overcast skies, calm seas and light winds were in the forecast for Ken, Dorothy, Murray & Karen's first day of salmon and halibut fishing in 2008. We ran off-shore, stopped after 45 minutes of travel and tried our luck with birds feeding on the bait that was boiling on the surface. The sounder looked good but we never got a bite so we moved further off-shore where we found more birds and Humpback whales feeding on the bait on the surface and tried again.
It didn't take long for Karen to get a strong bite on the port rod and start our day off landing a nice 16lb hatchery Chinook. Then we got into some double-header action for Murray and Ken. Ken's fish spit the hook but Murray was able to boat his salmon, another nice hatchery Chinook weighing 15lbs.
The bite was on! A Humpback whale breeched along side our boat and then proceeded to swim into our port downrigger line peeling the spool of wire out like fishing line until it snapped. We actually had a whale on, WOW!
I repaired the downrigger and no sooner having both rods fishing again, Karen and Ken had some double-header action! Two more Chinook weighing 9 & 11lbs were added to the fish-box. Then Murray picked up a nice 10lb Chinook and Ken's next fish to the boat was a nice 11lb (chicken) Halibut. Karen brought in another Halibut weighing 15lbs before we called it a day.
Total catch - 5 Chinook @ 9,10,11,15 & 16lbs & 2 Halibut @ 11 & 15lbs.