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Fish Tales Blog

Fishing Report: July 30, 2012

Posted on: Jul 30th, 2012
Author: 
Bill Gibson, Langara Fishing Lodge Manager

The flurry of fat fish continued this weekend, with the Graham Island shoreline yielding numerous trophy-size salmon.

Some of the highlights: a 14 year old guest hooked, fought and landed a 47 pound Chinook at Gunia Point; 46 pounder released at Chanal Reef; 49.5 pounder released in Bruin Bay.

Longtime guest Michael O'Leary released a 45 and 48 pound salmon on the same day (in photos above and below).

Largest of this trip was a 52 pound Chinook, caught and released by Keith Furuya (in photo below).

Much of the action has been fuelled by an increase in needlefish all along the Graham Island shoreline. You can see lots of evidence of this, and not just on the fish-finders -- Coho and Pink salmon are frequently seen chasing bait on the surface. Coho salmon moved into the Boulder Point area yesterday, and we had a new wave of Pink salmon show up this weekend.

Farther east, the Jalun River mouth has had its moments this trip with some good action for both Chinook and Coho. Just a few boats at Burger King this trip, but they did find some Springs.

But the waters from Boulder Point west to Cape Knox have been the most productive, as the Chinook salmon seem to all be hugging the Graham shoreline this week. The hot spots vary with the tides, and the bites are all at normal depths for the salmon, from 10-30 pulls.

Cohoe and Andrews Points have only seen a few boats drop lines there due to the Pink invasion, but these salmon generally leave as fast as they show up. The Pinks are also small enough that only the Bald Eagles are happy to catch one.

Bottom fishing was great for the very guests tired of chasing salmon. The highlight was a 110 pound Halibut brought in from the Lacy Island area yesterday.

Humpback whales continue to be present all around the island. Yesterday, a few boats fishing off Andrews Point were treated to a half hour breach-fest, as several whales repeatedly breached out of the water, each seeming to try and outdo the other.

If you read our reports regularly, these whale updates will sound like a broken record. The huge abundance of baitfish that gather in Langara Island's protected waters make it one of the biggest hot spots for whale activity on the entire west coast of North America, so it's actually a rare trip that does not feature numerous sightings of Humpback whales.

That same baitfish is also what attracts so much salmon, so we're doubly blessed here. Of course, all that salmon attracts the sea lions, so nothing's perfect!

If you're joining us soon, remember we must keep a distance of 200 meters when following whales. But it's okay if they happen to approach closer while we are angling -- that will usually provide better photo opportunities anyways, so we encourage all guests to simply wait for the whales to appear, rather than seek them out.

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