Dock Talk

Goodbye phytoplankton (hello salmon!)

Canadian Princess Resort - July 14, 2006

Vancouver Island halibut fishingIt looks like western Vancouver Island's weather is about to take a turn in our favour…

The skies have cleared and the phytoplakton bloom that has been inhibiting the salmon from coming closer to shore has finally moved off. Between that and the full moon a couple of days back, we’re ready for some great, close to shore, salmon fishing.

July 12th brought us the start of some unpleasant weather and our boats took to fishing right inside Barkley Sound. Nonetheless, anglers made the best of mother nature. On the Barkley Princess (which I skippered) Dennis Broughton coaxed the “Catch of the Day ” out of the sea, a beautiful 26 lb. Chinook.

Only July 13th we saw the tail end of the weather system and our boats were able to go offshore to fish the banks. Ben Leong brought home a 32 lb. halibut on the Long Beach Princess. Keith and his crew on the Coho Princess found some great action: Lee Schuerman netted a 21 pound Chinook and David Smith got a 20 ½ pounder.

Congratulations to all ye hearty fisherpeople!
Ken Roberts
Marine Operations Manager

Vancouver Island salmon fishing