There was a lot of action out at Big Bank for the Nootka Princess. Skipper Lynette was at the helm while her deckhand Chris moved from reel to reel helping contestants of the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby’s Fish Off boat their fish. Although none of the fish ranked in the top three spots this happy crew had a REEL adventure the last couple of days. Friendships were made, fish were caught, and there were a whole lot of happy faces tonight on the dock.
The weather was less than favourable this morning for the second day of the Fish Off. We all left the harbour and immediately entered a blinding sheet of fog. The winds threatened at 25 knots and the chop was definitely up, but that didn’t stop this crew from getting offshore and registering fish into this annual derby.
Meanwhile, Skipper Harvey navigated around Barkley Sound trolling for salmon on the Boston Whaler #5. His guest Carol Frahm was looking for derby contending fish as well. She called in two fish this afternoon, one caught at Beg Island and the other outside of George Fraser Island. When I talked to her and her husband later this afternoon she said they had a great time out on the water and are actually heading out again with Skipper Harvey aboard the Ucluelet Princess tomorrow morning.
So who won the derby?
Mike Tait took first place with a 23lbs-13oz fish. In second place was Rick Williamson who caught a 22lbs-120z salmon and in third was Cliff McCool with a Chinook that weighed 19lbs-11oz. It was a great event and we thank the staff of the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby for their dedication to the sport fishing community, salmon enhancement, and the community of Ucluelet.
To celebrate the Ucluelet Salmon Enhancement Society is holding the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby tomorrow from 11AM-4PM at the Village Green (200 Main Street, Ucluelet). If you are in town we invite you to join us for a salmon BBQ, live music, beer gardens, children’s activities, educational programming, and the closing ceremonies for the derby.
Gone Fishing, (yes, still)