As we approach the end of August, the fishing has remained consistent and we are seeing great numbers of all species hit the dock despite tougher fishing conditions. We have been experiencing classic Haida Gwaii weather lately. The Denham Shoals have been accessible in the morning and afternoons have been spent, for the most part, tucked inside in more protected waters.
The Coho fishing has really picked up again the last few days, flasher hoochie has been the most productive this year however they seem to be hitting herring just as hard lately. Bone Point has been stacked up with these feisty little salmon, No Name, and Denham Bay have also been awesome with a healthy mix of Coho and Chinook. The average size right now is around 8-10lbs but we are seeing lots of silvers come back to the dock in the low to mid-teens, the biggest Coho of the week weighed in at a whopping 17lbs and was caught by longtime guest, Ben Stewart. Nice work Ben, what a beauty!
The Denham Shoals have been loaded with an abundance of Chinook and has been the go to spot for big kings for the better part of the season, as well as the last 2 years. In years past you would find all our boats seeking salmon strategically along kelp beds and bottom structures at spots like Cape Henry, Denham Bay, No Name and Bone Point. The shoals were always strictly fished for Halibut, Ling and all the other critters, and for the past week this has been the case. Denham Bay has been the go-to and we are seeing tons of actions along the outer reef and kelp beds, as well as deep in the bay along the wall. It is not out of the norm to look around and see most boats hooked up, often dancing around the boat fighting double headers. The biggest of the week was caught by Oksana Vlasenko, an Englefield first timer with the help of her veteran guide Clint, brought in a 36.4 pounder whilst searching for Coho along the wall in Denham Bay on a flasher hoochie! Welcome to the Tyee club Oksana, I’m willing to bet that you will be back!
Anglers have been venturing out to the Shoals early in search of their Halibut and have been consistently been able to get the job done, lots of perfect “under” sized Halibut have been found near the south pinnacle, “over” sizers have been hanging out at the Hummacle and just a few hundred meters west of it in the 300 hole. Ling Cod fishing is tough, but some hard work and determination often creates success. Bouncing jigs near kelp beds and pinnacles works very well, but lately a whole herring mooched on a salmon rod in the kelp has been just as good. The perfect size ling cod does not exceed 30 pounds, any bigger and you will find the quality of the meat is significantly worse, not to mention that the bigger fish are often the breeders and we depend on them to reproduce to keep the fishery alive.
That’s it for this week’s report, stay tuned for next week’s final update of the 2017 season. It has been an absolute pleasure hosting all of you that have joined us this year and we are excited to see you back next year. Next up we have our couples trip, with an exclusive dinner menu and exceptional wine pairing with each meal this trip is sure to be a hit. Most our guests have been rebooking their trips at the lodge to ensure their spot is safe for next year, we are already over 50 percent booked for the 2018 season! If you have yet to secure a spot for next year and are interested in doing so I recommend getting in touch with us asap to ensure you don’t miss out on your preferred dates.
Ryan “RJ” Jacobs