Welcome aboard the Thunder 1, Prince Rupert’s premier live aboard Salmon and Halibut fishing charter vessel.
Thunder 1 offers unique live-aboard saltwater fishing charters from Prince Rupert BC on the northwest coast of Canada. We offer all inclusive 4 to 5 day fishing charters as well as 2 to 7 day whale watching and eco tours.
We can accommodate from 4 to 6 guests aboard our vessel in two separate staterooms. Our guests usually organize their own group and with a group of 4 we do not add anyone to the charter and you have the vessel all to yourselves. We do not return to Prince Rupert each day, we anchor in quiet secluded bays next to the fishing grounds. In the morning no long runs in a small boat. Our BC sport fishing trips target salmon, halibut, and cod. We invite you to join us for the best salmon and halibut fishing on the coast of BC. Join us in Prince Rupert aboard your own private yacht for the BC sport fishing adventure of a lifetime.
The BC fishing season on Canada’s Northwest coast starts at the end of May with the arrival of the Chinook salmon, also referred to as King salmon. The salmon spend their time here feeding to prepare for their trip to the spawning rivers of British Columbia.
In these rich, productive waters we have seen Chinook salmon reach a size of over 70 lbs. Chinook Salmon 30 lbs. and over are classified as “Tyee” and are the prize catch for any saltwater sport fishing angler on BC’s coast. The Thunder 1 awards a coveted Tyee pin for any angler who lands a Tyee salmon. With continued concerns about dwindling Chinook stalks we encourage anglers to release large chinook to ensure their continued viability on our coast. The Tyee pin and the bragging rights remain yours for ever!!
The Chinook salmon fishing stays strong through June and into July when the Coho and Pink salmon make their appearance. Coho or Silvers grow rapidly over the summer and reach a size of 20 lbs by September. They are excellent fighters and their acrobatics often earn them their freedom from less skillful anglers.
Halibut fishing is strong throughout the season. Most halibut are in the 15 to 25 lb range, which provides excellent eating however the Thunder 1 has hooked and released halibut over 200 lbs. You never know when a monster halibut from the deep water might take your bait. Current regulations allow halibut up to 70 lbs, fish over that size are released. Don’t worry if you hook a monster we will take lots of pictures to preserve your memories.
Your hosts (and experienced fishing guides) have spent years fishing and boating on British Columbia’s West Coast. You will find them to be a wealth of information about the best fishing techniques and local fishing grounds. Saltwater sport fishing is done directly from the Thunder 1. The boat’s 17 foot beam provides an excellent, stable platform to catch your fish from: no small boat fishing with Thunder 1 Adventures Fishing Charters. If you are cold or wet just step inside for a hot cup of coffee or warm yourself by our Artic diesel stove. Washroom facilities and food and beverages are at your fingertips throughout the day. We have found the Thunder 1 to be a welcome environment for women and our senior guests. Lunch is often served on the run as this maximizes your fishing time during the day.
Thunder 1 Adventures has all the gear you need for a great saltwater fishing trip. We provide a wide array of fishing gear for both salmon fishing and halibut fishing. Whether it is a level wind or top of the line Islander single action reels, we have what you need to land the big one. Instruction on all fishing gear is provided and one of the crew is always available to assist in landing your catch. Once in the net, your crew will dress and bag your catch and then place them in our on board coolers where they will remain fresh until your return to Prince Rupert. If you require further processing, facilities are available in Prince Rupert for smoking, freezing, candy salmon or boxing fish for your flight home.
After the fishing day we anchor up in one of the many safe and calm anchorages available to us along BC’s northwest coast. Once the hook is set it is time to relax, have a drink and enjoy the BC sunset and a wonderful seafood dinner. It is usually early to bed – sleep comes quickly as you nurse your sore knuckles and wonder about the one that got away.
Need more than a fishing trip? Why not combine a salmon and halibut fishing charter (for the avid anglers in the group) with a custom BC eco- wildlife adventure travel tour that includes wildlife viewing, whale watching and ecotourism adventures for the non anglers. Contact us to plan your custom crewed yacht charter tour in BC, Canada.