The 2017 Salmon Masters Tournament has gone and passed and it was one for the books! Epic weather contributed to epic fishing conditions and our competitors took full advantage.
Anglers were spending upwards of 12 hours on the water, fishing hard and reporting 100 bite days everywhere and anywhere. The Denham shoals ended up being the place to be, anglers were forced to weed through the large populations of teenage sized fish but those who stuck with it were most definitely rewarded. Just ask Team Brandon who spent every second of the Tournament out on the shoals, mostly near the Hummacle and South Pinnacle. With, now 2 time SMT Champion guide Nigel “ICEMAN” Pearson, Brandon Warner and Brandon Nick managed to rack up an impressive aggregate weight of 120.15 pounds to take the title of 2017 Salmon Masters Tournament Grand Champions. The Brandon’s went home with just over 100 thousand dollars in cash prizes for not only winning the derby, but also taking the 1000 dollar Team Calcutta as well as catching the largest Chinook of the Tournament weighing in at 34.05 pounds. Nice work boys, well deserved and of course a big thanks for bringing the title back to Englefield! Hippa, we commend your efforts and look forward to contending our title in 2018.
Thanks again to our competitors for another successful tournament, we appreciate you on your tenacious efforts out there on the fishing grounds. Year after year our dedicated competitors continue to impress us with their commitment to the tournament and with their contributions to the Pacific Salmon Foundation, a big thank you from all of us at Englefield Bay, and West Coast Resorts.
Since the tournaments conclusion, we were forced to deal with a nasty West Coast storm that limited us to the inside waters for a couple of days, but they did not disappoint. Bone Point, Denham Bay, No Name, Roe Point and Herbert Head have been great.
We have been noticing large amounts of bait stacking up on the inside waters which keeps us hopeful that we will continue to see great numbers of fish all season long. Yesterday and this morning we managed to get back outside and the bottom fishing has been the talk of the lodge.
Lots of great over sized Halibut have been hitting the dock with most of them hailing from the Hummacle. Yellow Eye, Ling and rock fish have also successfully been hunted down out on the shoals
Our guests continue to come back to the dock with overwhelming smiles after successful days of fishing all while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the West Coast Of Haida Gwaii. We have a select few dates
with limited space left, if you are interested in a fishing adventure with us, now is the time to plan your trip of a lifetime. If you already have your trip to Englefield booked, you had better start counting down the days, we look forward to your arrival!
Outside Operations Manager
Englefield Bay, Haida Gwaii BC