What a great place to fish with friends and colleagues. This year it all started with one of my friends from Edmonton whom I play ball with and he had just turned 70 and wanted to celebrate with his sons Scott and david. Our first trip out to Dundas Island was to say the least awesome. We caught our 16 salmon in just under two hours and headed out for ling cod and sable fish aka black rock fish. Having caught their salmon limit and 2/3 of their ground fish catch we went on to a halibut hole given to me by my salmon guide friend Steve Hardy of Deep Springs Charters and we caught our 4 halibut and everyone went home with smiles on their faces. A great feast of crabs and prawns to top it off and the guys will talk about this one for years. Thanks Dan, Scott and David for your friendship and memories I will cherish forever.
The second trip was with my Leduc friends Ed,Ken and Rene. They had come out last year in July and had a great time catching springs and so this year they decided to fish the first week of August. So off to Dundas island and the fish were there waiting for us to bait our hooks. Each day was like the one previous. Catching their limit of ling cod and salmon with the odd sable fish and their limit of halibut. A great catch of crabs and about 300 prawns which Rene cooked steamed and in garlic butter, mushroom prawns, and some other prawn plate he came up with we had a wonderful supper and shared great times with each other. Thanks Rene,Ed and Ken you are awesome friends and a special thanks to Darol for making my cleaning table you will be in my thoughts every time I clean fish.
Some times the best times are with old friends that you worked with back in the mid 70’s and such person is Dave Mackenzie. Back in the day Dave and I flew for the Flying Fireman based in Sydney on Vancouver Island and we sure had a great time back then and while fishing we sure brought those memories back. Dave brought his son Rob with him this year and he proved to be a quick study on how to run the boat set up the lines and bait the hooks with ease.With the weather suppose to turn to the South East at 25 gusting to 35 we promptly left for the work channel 2 1/2 hours from Prince Rupert. 1/2 hour by road along the Skeena river and then one hour later on a goat trail road we get to the bottom of the Work Channel. Then its another one hour boat ride to the mouth where great fishing takes place out of any kind gusting wind. Since the tide was on the ebb we only got two hits and lost both so we traveled to a small island and started to catch big coho. The ones with the hook nose aka northern coho. Some would say a little early but a welcome treasure. After getting our limit we headed to our crab traps and prawn traps we had set before going to the mouth of the Work Channel. The crabs were nice and big and with a little fewer prawns than what we caught last year day one turned out to be a good one. Environment Canada screwed up but on the good side. The water was as flat as piss on a plate and there fore the trip to and from was very smooth.
Day two proved to be just as exciting as day one however we did our fishing near Dundas Island and again the fish were there and so were we. Since we only needed a few more salmon we spent out time getting ling cod and on the third day we got the balance of sable fish and our halibut. With our catch of crab and prawns eating out was out of the question Dave’s son Rob did all the cooking with my crab cooker and all I had to do was sit back and relax. David left for Victoria today and flying was on both our minds since the weather was great to leave Prince Rupert. All my friends experienced great weather while fishing in Rupert and I hope things remain the same each time they return.
Tight lines everyone!
I live to fish and not fish to live.