Mid August… Prime time… and Cape Henry is BACK!!!
Always one of our guests’ and guides’ favorite haunts for chasing chinook salmon, Cape Henry has been producing both good numbers and good-sized chinook for the last 10 days or so now. The Cape itself, The Office and the Wall are all fishing nicely.
As a bonus, the absence of our annoying flippered mammalian friends means that anglers can fight their fish without too much fear of having them stolen during the battle. Long-time Englefield guest David Pankratz and his guide Aaron (Farm) landed a nice 31lb tyee from the area this past week, as have other guests fishing the same waters. Mary Tait and her husband Vardell were fishing the Cape this morning with their guide Arthur (Boo-Boo) and landed a magnificent 33lb chinook – Congratulations Mary!
Denham Shoals, Denham Bay, No-Name, Roe Point and Herbert Head have all held chinook this past week, and great coho in the 8-10lb range have been in abundance in all locations too. The good numbers of coho have meant that guests have been landing plenty of these silver high-flyers while targeting chinook. Anglers who have intentionally chased coho have had great success farther north around Willie and Lihou Islands with come nice fish in the low teens being retained.
Schools of herring out on Denham Shoals have been immense of late – literally acres of them on many mornings. The herring are feeding on juvenile krill (a small crustacean similar to shrimp) and in turn 20 or more humpback whales at a time are gorging themselves on both the krill and herring. The shows have gone on for hours, and guests have had some amazing up close and personal encounters with these giant mammals. Lots of food out there mean lots of salmon too – the whole ecology is thriving! Mike Brown and his guide David (Snapper) were fishing the West Pinnacle for lingcod yesterday and Mike tied into and landed a chunky 31lb chinook on a bait intended for a lingcod… Nice surprise indeed – well-done Mike! Along with the chinook and nice table-sized ling, Mike and Keith McRae released two other large lingcod – 40lbs and 45lbs respectively.
Congratulations on releasing those big breeding females guys! We have great lingcod fishing here at Englefield, and by continuing to release those big girls (25lbs +) we’ll have lots of them to enjoy in the future.
Halibut and other bottom fish continue to be in great numbers and anglers are making the most of the fantastic weather we’ve been experiencing to chase down these amazing table fish.
If you haven’t booked your trip during the remainder of this season or are thinking of booking your adventure for next season, don’t wait! Spots are super limited and 2020 is filling up already! Send the email or make the call 1.800.810.8933 – can’t wait to see you all up here with us soon!
Tight lines and take care,
Outside Operations Manager | The Lodge at Englefield Bay