What can we say about Ron and Judy. Perhaps we should say your age is just a number, one that shouldn’t get in the way with a good adventure. Joined with friends Randy and May we embarked on another adventure. Weather forced the group to leave their Gold Wing motor bikes at home but that didn’t get int he way of their trip from Edmonton, to Prince Rupert and then on to Alaska for a drive around the top of the world highway. Barely enough time on a 4 day trip to get updated on all the travels of this group but needless to say we live vicariously through their travels. Although a Chinook ban was in place the trip was awesome with summer weather, great halibut fishing, and some outstanding eagle shows in our picturesque and quite anchorages. A 42 pound halibut on a spinning rod in the anchorage added a little excitement as well. Always happy to see you Ron and Judy, safe travels with Randy and May and we hope to catch up on your new travel adventures soon.
Twelve years ago we were joined by Emmett and his two sons Sean and Max. The boys were 16 and 14 years old and full of infectious enthusiasm for their first ocean fishing experience. It was a great trip and we parted with hope that we would see them again soon. Well soon turned into 12 years and Emmett returned without the boys, instead he brought two young men Sean and Max as well as his son in law Andrew. The boys had gone to university, graduated, (started shaving) all in what seemed the blink of an eye. What didn’t change was their enthusiasm and once again we had a great trip. A run of hard fighting spring salmon some great halibut and good weather all contributed for another memorable trip. On parting we made Emmett promise that another 12 years can’t go by before we see them again, he promised!
There has been lots of headlines of late regarding salmon fishing closures in various areas of the BC coast. I would like to take a minute to clear the air regarding some of the misleading information and how it impacts the areas fished by the Thunder 1. First of all the main headlines are mostly centered around the southern resident killer whales ( SRKW) and the need to protect their primary food source (Chinook Salmon). This is a concern as their population is dwindling however this is not related to the measures implemented on the North Coast as our Chinook are headed for the watersheds of the Nass and Skeena Rivers and not part of their foraging area. Our Chinook stocks have been decreasing and this has been known for many years by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The unfortunate part in my view is that action should have been implemented several years back and those actions could have prevented the complete closures that we now face as recreational anglers.
Here is how the measures affect the areas fished by the Thunder 1.
Chinook salmon limits have been reduced from 2 a day and 4 in possession, to, 1 a day and 2 in possession effective June 1 to 15th.
On June 16th to July 9th we will not be able to keep a Chinook and any caught must be released.
On July 10th we will once again return to 1 a day and 2 in possession for Chinook and this will stay in place until the end of August.
Coho, Pinks, and Chum have not been affected. We will still be able to retain these species with limits of 4 a day and 8 in possession.
For our guests booked during the closure of Chinook there is some disappointment however the good part is Coho are usually present during this closure period and all our guests should be able to take home some wonderful north coast salmon. Our guests must realize they can still hook and fight the Chinook Salmon and we will take the best care to release these fish so that they survive. Catch and release an important part of angling that will hopefully return our Chinook to their former levels.
Halibut limits are still 1 per day and 2 in possession and we have had great success in catching some wonderful eating hali’s to take home. Don’t forget a trip aboard the Thunder 1 almost always involves some fresh dungeness crab and some mouth watering spotted prawns.
Please keep in mind a trip aboard the Thunder 1 has always been more than just the fishing. You get to board an iconic wood Whal trawler that is meticulously maintained and wonderfully appointed inside. You enjoy awesome scenery, fine food, wildlife encounters with whales and eagles and quiet anchorages in our northern wilderness. The fishing may vary from year to year but we will strive to make your experience positive and memorable. Come and join us for a once in a lifetime experience with Thunder 1 Adventures.
After a great season it was time to point the bow south and head for our winter home on Vancouver Island. Always a beautiful trip we left Rupert on Sept 14th. for Comox. Accompanied by some beautiful fall weather we motored towards our first stop in Lowe Inlet. The trip south winds its way through the Great Bear Rain-forest and the protected inlets and Fjords of our spectacular coast. Although we have done the trip over 30 times we never cease to be amazed at how much we have not seen. Humpback whales, dolphins, bears, sea lions, and hundreds of different sea birds accompany our journey. Always time for a little fishing it seems we can catch our dinner at every stop. The highlight of this years passage was our sighting of the Spirit Bear while cruising down Princes Royal Reach. We were fortunate to be able to view this rare and awesome bear for over 30 minutes by ourselves while we floated just off shore. An unforgettable day!! With a good forecast we crossed the open water by Cape Caution and with the tides on our side we glided into Comox Harbour 8 days after our departure. Time to catch up with family, see the grand kids and get our land legs back. To all our guests who joined us this year, thank you. We hope we provided you with an awesome fishing adventure and that we can host you again in the near future.
The clear winner as a repeat customer for Thunder 1 is Norm. Not always accompanied by his lovely wife Arlene but often, Norm has fished the Thunder with us and the previous owner for over 20 years. After a nasty fall last year just days before their trip Arlene broke her ankle and they had to scrub the trip. As always we did our best and were able to accommodate them this year in almost the same time spot. Accompanied by their sons Brad and Stephan we headed out just one year late. The weather was not that memorable but the fishing certainly was. No strangers to the odd windy wet day our crew was undaunted and fought fish after fish until we couldn’t take another. With the wind limiting our halibut opportunities we still managed to pick off some nice ones in spots sheltered from the wind. A great trip and with Arlene back to her fighting strength we look forward to having our friends and guests back still one more time. Thanks.
Sorry folks for not up dating my blog recently. I will try and catch up when the dust settles a bit as we close in on the end of another awesome season.
Fishing has been awesome with the Coho swarming the boat, double and triple headers not uncommon. To top it off some big hali’s including a 180 lb brute that we released. Pictures and stories to follow stay tuned.