New comers to Thunder 1 Adventures we hoped to show our guests from Alberta some great fishing on the north coast. Starting with halibut we hooked into some nice ones on the first evening, releasing quite a few in hopes of tagging a big one. The Coho fishing proved awesome and we even added a small spring salmon to the mix. As the salmon tally rose we continued to hunt for hali’s and they proved a little more elusive. In the end we finished with lots of nice fish and left some smaller halibut to grow bigger for our next years anglers. Thanks for joining us fellas we hope you have a great winter and enjoy your fish!!
Welcome back Ron, Judy, Jerry and Holly. The big news for this trip was not the fishing, or the whales, or the weather, but the news that Ron and Judy were tying the Knot and getting married shortly after their trip with us. Wonderful news Ron and we are looking forward to some pictures. While we started out with some wind and rain it quickly gave way to some wild fishing and calmer seas. Surrounded by the humpback whales on the mainland side the Coho action was wild and double headers were the norm not the exception. With the sun coming out we chased around the sound for some halibut and caught some nice ones to add to the catch. Always a pleasure to have Ron and Judy aboard, their schedule of travel and adventure is hard to keep up with we are just happy they made time for us again aboard The Thunder 1. Hope to see you again soon as the official Mr. and Mrs. Brown.
A tough client when it comes to the bargaining table, Doug insisted that he would return this year as long as we could bring our daughter Kyla along to accompany his daughter Julia on our Prince Rupert Fishing Charter. Well after a tough milli second of debate we agreed. Friends from U Vic , Kyla and Julia joined Doug, and Julia’s boyfriend Jarrett, and Marc all the way from Yellowknife. Charmed by nice weather again this year we had to break out the sun screen for this trip. Needed those sun glasses as well as the reflection from all those big smiles was hard to look at. Under smooth seas we fished our way toward Alaska picking up some great fighting halibut and salmon along the way. With a great weather we headed off shore for some halibut fishing and had a great couple of hours off shore to fill the halibut tub. As for the Coho fishing, unbelievable, double headers, triple headers, over, under up and down with some of the best aerial work of the year it was lots of fun. Wonderful to have a working visit with our daughter, and her wonderful friends it was memorable trip. And yes Doug you win, Kyla can come next year, can’t wait.
We had the right group for some ripped fish lips as we were joined by our return group of Dentists, Alan, Greg, Kent and Greg’s daughter Kirsty. And boy did these fish need some dental work as we ripped the lips off as many Coho, and halibut as the group could handle. Great action accompanied by the melody “all my exes live in Texas” kept the group hopping and some calm anchorages, swooping eagles and whales feeding all made an excellent fishing charter for our group. Looking forward to the same action, same time next year!!
After a couple of years sabbatical it was nice to have Barry, Cam, and their sons Mike and Ben as well as new guests Scott and Pat back aboard for another fishing charter in Prince Rupert. Light rod salmon hunters this group comes equipped with 8 wt. fly rods and Islander reels to hook up their fish. As the prize money for the biggest fish was still being sorted out young Ben stepped up out of turn and grabbed the 8 wt. as it flattened out under the pull of a big spring. Fish On!!! Nothing like a screaming MR 2 and a big fish on a light rod. Great job by Ben and he expertly fought the 25lb Chinook to the boat and into the leader board list. What followed was 5 days of nice weather, nice fish and much laughter. Some other nice Springs joined the mix but ultimately that first fish held up and Ben took home the Bacon. Great to have the group back, always awesome to play big fish on light gear and well done to all the anglers. Looking forward to seeing you next year.
Bringing out there own private jet was a great way to start your adventure aboard the Thunder 1. Welcome back Ted and thanks for bringing Bern, Bill and Wayne. With the fog burning off we set off under sunny skies in hopes of continuing the action we had on the previous trip. Fish on!! The action did not let up and it was difficult to put two rods in the water as a great mix of both hard fighting springs and Coho continued to hammer our bait as fast as we could get it in the water. With the knuckle busters spinning the group continued to hone their skills throughout the trip. The halibut fishing required a little more work and a variety of other fish kept the gear going up and down with great regularity. Perhaps the highlight of the trip was our encounter with a humpback whale that left us all breathless and a little humbled. I will post that encounter and some pictures in the following blog. Thanks fellas, safe flight home and hope to see you again soon.
Their are big fish, small fish, red fish, blue fish, but the best fish is your first fish, ask Gene who at 85 years young landed his first salmon, and his first halibut!! We feel very honored to have had been a part of it. Great to have Chris, his sons Ryan and Dave, and his uncle Gene and son Mike aboard for a really great fishing charter in Prince Rupert. The weather could not dampen the laughter or the fun we had with this group and if a picture is worth a thousand words check out these smiles. Never missing a chance to put a rod in the water Dave hooked up a 20 lb halibut on the casting rod and a buzz bomb during lunch, some fun there. Ducking the winds that blew from all four corners we caught some fish, lost some fish and finished with a busy halibut session that saw all the rods bouncing including Genes. Punctuated by some spirited cribbage games in the evenings it was a great trip. Closely avoiding tragedy at the end as Dave and Ryan were almost abducted by a bevy of blond Australian gals who were crewing the super yacht next to us, only their Dad’s late minute diligence saved the boys and kept them in the country, nice save Chris.! Looking forward to seeing you next year, all the best and thanks for making us smile as well.
pin and he certainly did that in style. On the Islander MR-3 and cut plug he hooked into a ripper. Lots of line left the reel several times but in the end after a superb job of playing the fish a 36 lb Tyee was in the net. Nice Job!!! We hope the crops are good again this year Danny and look forward to your trip in 2015. It’s your turn for the Tyee.
turned on as well the last morning and despite the slow start we headed for home with a great catch. Thanks guys, safe drive home and looking forward to seeing you next year.
New couples aboard the Thunder 1 we were happy to have a new group from the Edmonton Sports show join us for a fishing charter out of Prince Rupert. Starting out with sunny skies we left port and headed for the halibut hole. Lots of action but mostly the dreaded arrow tooth flounders. At least it got everyone’s
arms warmed up. A nice crab dinner and the prawn traps down we slept well excited about the next days prospects. A great early morning catch of prawns set the tone and we went off in search of the Chinook’s. A bit scratchy but one by one we found the fish. Taking a break on day two we had a rock fish jigging contest and the bin was soon full of rock fish for the grill. Trying some other hali spots we finally got them going and everyone boated a couple of nice flat ones. The last morning finished with a pair of nice Chinook on the flasher hoochie combo and all too soon it was time to head back in. Thanks to our new guests for joining us, enjoy your fish and we hope to see you aboard again one day soon.
Welcome aboard to Tim, his wife Brie, son Reece, daughters Ally and Tia. Thanks to Western Star Trucks and Scot Robinson we were happy to host Tim and his family. With sunny skies in the forecast and a first time saltwater outing for the kids we set off to show them what lurks beneath the waters of the north coast. Although early for the Coho which the kids would have liked there were still some nice chinook and an abundance of halibut for the gang to wrestle with. Tim who had fished many times on the coast showed how it was done with a beauty 25 lb spring on the knuckle buster. The keener award went to daughter Ally who worked those halibut like a demon and was rewarded by hooking up a number of nice flatties. Everyone’s arms were tired at the end of the day. Great to have you aboard Tim, hope we hooked your family on the beautiful waters and fishing of our northern British Columbia coast.