Once again demonstrating that age is only a number, and not one to get in the way of fishing my Uncle Gerry and Aunt Betty joined us with their daughter Tricia and husband Dirk to celebrate Tricias Birthday. Notice how I did not mention a number Trish. Pretty cool birthday present as we poked out of the fog and onto the fishing grounds. Photographers as well. we had some pretty impressive equipment aboard to capture the events and I can’t wait to get some back when they have had time to sift through them. Each morning brought some pretty thick fog but each day brought some petty awesome fishing and with the rods jumping no one noticed the fog. The sun battled through and each day gave way to smooth seas and nice sunsets. The eagles and whales all graced us with visits and provided some cool photo ops. Maybe the best show was the eagle who dived into the water and swam his big salmon to shore as it was too big to fly with. A rare event to witness in the wild. Nice to see family aboard and great to catch them some fish as well. Safe travels to all we will catch up in Victoria this fall.
Thanks to some pretty slick sales work by our daughter Kyla, we welcomed Julia her roommate at UVic, who convinced her dad, Doug, who convinced his sister Judy, who brought her husband Hewitt. Nice work Kyla. What a great group and what awesome fishing we had. Julia had never caught a fish, salmon or otherwise in her life, but we put a quick end to that. In fact by the end of the trip I’m not sure she could remember how many she caught. Much the same for all the group as the Prince Rupert fishing charter was electric and the halibut fishing was Chaos!! The outstanding weather continued in the Rupert area and while we did have some morning fog the afternoons always gave way to blue sky. Treated to one of the most awesome sunsets we have ever had we hope that they all enjoyed the trip as much as we did. And yes Doug, we will let Kyla come back on next years trip.
Joined once again by a group sponsored by Chris Page Associates we headed out still enjoying sunny weather and calm seas. Rob, Rick, Troy and Sean were eager to get the lines in the water and hook up some feisty north coast Coho. Didn’t take long once again as the Fish On! call rang out across the Thunders decks. Although some fog surrounded our mornings the sun would burn it’s way through later in the day. Perhaps the highlight of this trip was our halibut fishing. Sometimes a game of patience their was none required for this trip. No sooner did the lines hit the bottom that the tips started bending, double headers, triple headers, and yes at one point five at a time all taking line and bending rods. With only one fish per day their was a lot of selective angling going on and we released many fish to grow bigger for next year. Using circle hooks with their barbs crimped these fish are not harmed and easily released. Happy for just one session like this the next day proved to be the same and rods were jumping and singing at the halibut hole. No lunkers but nice solid fish had our anglers arms burning and a nice catch in the cooler. Thanks again Chris for sending these trips, I think that everyone enjoyed it
and look forward to having you and your Associates aboard next year.
Welcome back Kerry Brown. Always bringing a new group to experience Thunder 1 Adventures we were boarded this year by his brother Daniel, from Texas, his Father Bill and their nephew David. With five days to work with we were more worried about how fast the fishing might be than where are they. As it turned out it was a fabulous trip. The rods were busy from the get go and the Coho were putting up some great fights. With the Spring salmon winding down their was no pause in the action as our group was treated to many double and even triple headers. Halibut fishing was also strong with the first session seeing all the rods bobbing and some nice fish brought aboard and many others released for the coming seasons. The highlight of the trip had to be the weather with sunny skies, calm winds and some awesome sunrise and sunset pictures. Always nice to see three generations aboard the Thunder fishing together, we hope that we can do it again in the near future. Keep your tips up and keep a firm grip on the gaff.
load. Thanks for the hats guys, might be good on Halloween, and thanks for choosing us again in 2014 we look forward to the trip.
Known at times for it’s rain, this last trip looked more like Mexico than Prince Rupert. Joining us for there 8th year, Jeff, Pete, and friends Lorne and Barry slapped on the sun screen and headed out for some fishing action. Right from the start we knew this was going to be a busy trip. Coho madness had set in and the double and triple hits and fish on were non stop. With Rods crossing over and under, hooks and fish flying it was an entertaining trip to say the least. Pete hooked up a 20lb Ling Cod on the spinning rod during lunch and Lorne hooked a big red snapper to round out the catch.
Calm seas, some great Prince Rupert halibut fishing and smoking warm temperatures left our group looking tanned and relaxed. Hoping to see them for the 9th year in 2014.
Our second trip compliments of Chris Page and Associates saw the return of Rob and Brett joined by their guests Eldon, Dave and Neil. A little rain did not deter our group and once again the first evening salmon fishing produced some great action. Coho seemed to be everywhere and while the rods were busy the humpback whales joined the party and fed beside us while we played our fish. New to this west coast fishing Neil, Dave and Elton got lots of practise with the west coast gear. Neil landed a nice Spring salmon on the last morning and Dave topped the board with the big halibut of the trip caught with minutes to go on the last day. The sun did shine on our return and I think we set the hook on the group for another trip down the road. Great fishing with you guys, have a good summer and we hoped you enjoyed your Prince Rupert fishing charter.
Client, Friends, it all gets blurred sometimes but it was with great pleasure that we welcomed our friends and client Chris, his wife Shar, sons Ryan, Dave and daughters Elyse and Joanna. Truly a family affair as we left the Prince Rupert harbour under clear skies and smooth seas. No lack of enthusiasm in the Page boys as we set the lines for salmon fishing. That enthusiasm spread quickly to the whole family and soon rods were zinging and fish were jumping. It was a fabulous four days with an awesome family, only down side is the realisation how much we miss our own family during the busy charter season. Many laughs, many fish, a beauty Halibut double header by Dave and Ryan, some great teamwork by Elyse and Joanna and a time for Chris and Shar to just hang out with their kids, priceless! All too quick it was over, in our busy lives it is nice to get the opportunity to just slow down a bit and enjoy some fishing with the family, we enjoyed watching and sharing the Page family time. Safe travels, hope to see the whole family soon aboard the Thunder 1for some more awesome Prince Rupert Fishing Charter.
Chinook in the boat. Well the guys kept improving and the fish kept coming, lots of them. Big ones, small ones, scrappy ones, flat ones , spiney ones, the action on this Canada Day long weekend was some of the best we have seen. The time flew by and we finished the trip with a halibut session that had all four rods bobbing and bending. An excellent finish and a great group to spend the weekend with. We look forward to having them back next year as they want to continue their adventures on the Thunder 1. We hope the sun shines on your crops and your grain harvest is as good as your salmon fishing.
Joined by new guests from our Edmonton show once again, Rod, his Dad Cliff and their friend Bill we set out under sunny skies for what we knew would be a great Prince Rupert fishing charter. Some confusion about where we were was the result of weather more like Mexico than Rupert but hey maybe it’s global warming. Sure didn’t hurt the fishing. Day one saw some awesome spring salmon fishing with all the group playing and landing some nice fish. Halibut fishing was no less exciting and at times there were three fish on. Day two brought the big salmon of the trip as Rod fought a ripper and finally put a 26lb beauty in the box. Rod’s Dad Cliff, at 84 may have been the oldest angler we have had aboard but that didn’t stop him from hooking up a huge red snapper and with some help from his son put the big red cod in the boat. Heading in with a lot of tanned anglers they may have a hard time convincing their wives that they got that sun in Prince Rupert however the cooler full of salmon, cod and halibut should do the trick. Thanks fellas, save drive home and enjoy the rest of the summer!!
With our first fishing crew due in three days Deb and I decided to do a little scouting before our season began in earnest. We headed out under calm seas to find where those Chinook were hiding. First stop a little hali fishing. No surprise here as the Queen of halibut jigging hooked up a scrappy 40 lber while the Captain had to settle for a 20. Not too shabby for our first stop. After a quiet night on the hook we set the lines the next morning to see if we could find some Chinook. 10 minutes on the tack and Fish ON! cried Deb. I cleared the gear while Deb played a nice fish. 21 lbs, nicely done Deb! Back in the water and 10 minutes later it was the Captains turn. Feeling a little pressure after watching Deb expertly play her fish I was rewarded with a nice shiny 20lb spring. Looks like the fish are here and after losing a nice one at the boat we cruised back to Rupert, excited about hooking our guests into some beauties like these.
on day 10 but as we cruised by the mouth of the mighty Skeena and entered the busy port of Prince Rupert we reflected on what an awesome trip we had. Each year the coast reveals new things to us and we truly believe we could not scratch it in one lifetime. Thanks again to Brenda and Gerald for joining us we hope their retirement is full of adventure
s for many years to come.