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2022 Guest Comments


Awesome to have such knowledgeable guides and Deb you are such a great cook! Highlite for us was the great halibut spot. Everyone should experience a live aboard fishing trip like this and we sill be sure to tell our friends. All of your hard work is so appreciated and we wish you the best for the future.

Tyler, Kent, Rebecca, Blaine and Bell


Wow fabulous few days that went way too fast. The weather, amazing meals, patience and education on how to fish for us first timers! Overall this trip will be remembered forever, Thank you.

Eric and Jane

Thank you for being here still, I never needed the de-stress and R & R time more. Your boat and crew are unique and appreciated.

Bill and Mo



What an amazing and indescribable 4 days on the Thunder 1. I would swear you both come from the south with your Southern Hospitality. Your professionalism is unparalleled. The food was amazing. Thank you for making this the trip of a life time.

John from Memphis.


Thank you for an incredible adventure. This was truly the vacation of a lifetime. To fish, eat gourmet food and enjoy great company, all in the most beautiful part of the world. You offer the best in all fishing trips. Sincerely

Kelly and John/  Calgary

As always a wonderful trip with my two favorite people on the west coast. We will see you real soon!

Dave and Devon/  Quesnel



Thank you so much for an excellent fishing adventure. Fishing was fantastic, and the porpoises whales and your pet eagle added another layer to the trip. Cannot express our gratitude. See ya next time.

Pete, Cathie, Gavin an Kari


Deb and Sargent Doug

We want to express our heartfelt thanks for providing us with the best fishing experience. Thank you for the patience for those of us that are inexperienced and thanks for spoiling us with the meals. Your the best.

Dan, Jill, Jim Bev


That week was the best holiday we have been on. The fishing was amazing, the cooking incredible and the company top notch. We will take with us many coaching tips. Here’s hoping to meet up with you again soon! Thanks

Chuck and Shonna


2021 Guest Comments


Thanks for an amazing trip. Fishing was a blast, food was incredible and the company was top notch. I hope you always have a handful of fresh peanuts to bring you luck.

Brandan, Justin, Cole and Mike .  Alberta



Thankyou so much for an amazing adventure on the ocean. We had the time of our lives! I was pretty nervous but you helped a land loving person to love the ocean. We look forward to our next trip. All the best!

Corey, Zandra, Ava, Alexander, Karla


What a great trip! You Guys and Gals are the best. Thank you for making our experience one we will never forget. The food, the fishing and the hospitality was awesome.

John, Tayler, Dale and Joe


Thank you so much for letting us stay in your home. Thank you for the great food, comedy gold, and spectacular fishing! We really enjoyed our first but not last trip Thank you again.

Paulette and Bruce.   Fort St John.



We had to include the poetry from Rob and Diane.  (Doug and Deb)

There once was a Captain named Doug

His boat Thunder 1 she did chug

He’ll tell you “tip up”

Ask for help he’ll say “yup”

And he’ll hook you on fishing like a drug.

There once was an Admiral named Deb

Who takes care of you throughout the ebb

She drives cooks and cleans

All the while she does beam

She treats you like a celeb!

Thanks to Rob and Diane for their poetic talent, hoping to have you back aboard soon.


2020 Guest Comments


Deb and Doug are great people to go with on a fishing adventure. Everything was amazing, the delicious meals, great guiding, prawn traps, whale watching and luxury boat. Thanks for a great trip it was much appreciated. Hopefully another trip in the future!!

John ,  Winnipeg


Pat kept telling me what wonderful trips he has had with Deb and Doug aboard the Thunder 1. He finally convinced me to! come and I couldn’t be Happier. Fabulous food, great fishing and breath taking scenery! We both enjoyed every second. Thanks so much for making the trip so memorable.

Pat and Shiela,  Kelowna



Thanks so much for a wonderful fishing experience. We so enjoyed your hospitality, your patience in teaching us and the delicious food. Did I mention the excellent fishing!

Mike and Ann  Thanks!


Thank you so much for welcoming us on your boat and into your home. From eagles to orcas to a multitude of sea life these “flatlanders” rarely get a chance to experience, this trip was amazing! This family vacation was a hit all around. And the fishing was great too.

Patty, Sean, Harley and Wade


Thanks for everything! A good time was had by all. Not sure how Adam will do over the next few days as he is sad to leave. At least no more questions to the Captain for awhile. It was the family time we needed in this Covid year. Best wishes , stay well and thanks.

Scott, Lisa, Abbey Beth and Adam

2019 Guest Comments


Inside passage cruise with Doug and Deb in May of 2019. “As always , fabulous food, fun and loved every single minute. Thank you to our favorite fishing couple , Deb and Doug

Mary Ellen, Tamara, and Joyelle, AKA the Laughing Loons on the Laughing Cruise.



The best fishing trip we have been on, Doug and Deb have a great boat, their hospitality is outstanding. Well worth coming from Florida to halibut and salmon fish. Watching Doug’s eagle was a dream come true! Many thanks for a great trip.

Rick, Rachael and Sheila.


Time flew, by far one of the best fishing trips ever. Great chemistry and the hospitality was second to none. 5 stars +++++. Thank you does not do justice to express the positive thoughts we leave with and the memories we will have for years to come. Until we meet again.

Dave and Richard



This has been the most enjoyable , exciting and relaxing trip we have been on. You are both very dedicated and devoted people who work diligently to give your customers a positive experience.

Jeff and Trish, Alberta


Thank you very much for the great fishing trip! Garrett and I enjoyed every minute. We will be calling you to book a trip in the future.

Dave and Garrett.


Thank you for an amazing trip. Not only was the food amazing but the company was out of this world. Definitely the hostess with the mostess. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Fish On!!!

Raquel and Nathan



Definitely a trip to remember! Super awesome Captain and the Captains wife Deb. Good food, clean boat, lots of fish. We limited on the Halibut and almost on the salmon Yeahhh!. We are from the Yukon and have spent our hard earned dollars on Alaskan fishing charters, now we know to keep your $$ in Canada and have a better time at less expense. We will be back for sure. Cheers

Blanche and Greg


Thanks for a super trip Doug and Deb. Great friends, food and scenery.



Amazing trip with the family. Caught a ton of halibut, did a lot of catch and release on salmon(not on purpose) but landed a few. Could not have asked for a more spectacular experience. Thank you Doug and Deb for welcoming our family aboard, it was truly unforgettable.

Brian, Nadine, and family




2018 Guest Comments


Great fishing, great food, great company. Thanks for everything, 5 star!! (especially the food) We will be back.

Terry and Melissa, Williams Lake BC


Deb and Doug hosted my lads, Max, Sean, and Andrew and myself for a GREAT TRIP!! Chinook catch awesome and halibut as well. Deb is a fantastic chef!! We waited way too long for this reunion, will not let our busy lives get in the way again, we will be back very soon. Fish On!!

Emmet, Victoria BC


Doug and Deb, Once again we had the pleasure to experience your incredible hospitality. Great food, comradeship, fantastic sunny warm weather, along with an abundance of halibut. This is our 7th trip on the Thunder and we cant wait until the next.

Ron and Judy, Edmonton and Mexico



This was an epic trip that did not fail to bring in the big fishes! Great fights, some that got away, but a freezer full of yummies. The dishes served during the trip is just as memorable as the coastal scenery and the visits from the whales, porpoises and eagles. Thanks

Ben, Fort Saint John BC


Shaun, Shay and I thank the both of you for a fishing adventure that exceeded any expectations we may have had. The catch, the food, the accommodations, the skill and experience you both have, all beyond our dreams for a happy birthday celebration, Thanks so much.

Rob Shaun and Shay


Best fishing trip EVER!! Epic and good that Doug and Deb survived our quirkiness and weirdness…

Top 10 list:

  1. Whale breach and fishies
  2. Jamaican weather
  3. amazing food
  4. incredible scenery
  5. Eagles “Stanley the Eagle”
  6. Dougs constant encouragement to be focused
  7. Deb’s desserts
  8. Keeping John humble(way to go Doug)
  9. and 10 the crabs and prawns.

John, Joyelle, Gary and Mary-Ellen, Tim and Tamarra



As advrtised from start to finish. We had a great trip and appreciate all your work.

Steve, Jim and Bernie

Thanks so much for everything. Had an absolute blast. Never went hungry thanks to Deb. We will be back if you accept us.

Cole, Dylan, David, JP,  Sturgeon AB

You performed the impossible, Great Trip. Awesome food as usual and excellent company.

Rick P,  Sherwood Park AB




2017 Guest Comments


Doug and Deb, Thanks so much for making a memorable trip for all of us. From the seamless booking to awesome fishing and food how could anyone forget the trip of a lifetime!! Dad loved that he could even have a cake for his birthday!! 

Gerald and Glenn Spruce Grove AB



Doug and Deb, What can I say!!! Awesome trip, great people, well worth the travel from England to be here!! Still buzzing from the GREAT fishing, outstanding food and great company. 

Dean,  West Melton Rotherham England.



Great fishing, Tyee and one giant halibut 131 cm the first day! Wow! Wonderful time delicious food and fabulous hosts, see you again, Thanks be well.

Cliff, Joy, Roger and Andrew , Lethbridge, Rolling Hills and Whitecourt AB



Thank you for welcoming us into your home with generosity, hospitality, and class, TOP CLASS!!

Rob and Greg, Edmonton AB




The entire excursion far exceeded our expectations! A+ on all accounts. Thanks for a great experience we will never forget.

Loyd and Marilyn , High Prairie AB


More than just a fishing trip- Orcas, Eagles, prawns, great food, lots of laughs. Experience of a lifetime!! Thank you and God Bless.

Glenn , Leduc AB.



2016 Guest Comments


Thanks for a fabulous trip! Great hosts,great food, great fish. Spectacular displays for Orcas, porpoises, and humpback whales.  Won’t ever forget!

Bob and Frederica, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Another amazing adventure, fantastic fishing plus incredible wildlife shows.Thanks for being such great hosts, so much fun and beautiful food.

Dirk and Tricia – Coquitlam BC


My first fishing trip ever and it exceeded my expectations. As a rookie I caught more fish than I thought possible. Great food and wonderful hosting.

Gloria and Bill – Vancouver BC

Thanks for another fantastic adventure on Thunder 1. You are such wonderful hosts. It’s great to bring friends and have them enjoy it so much. Hope to be back soon.

Kerry and Sue – Edmonton


Our second trip, they keep getting better. Fantastic hosts, even know where the fish are ha ha. Deb your culinary skills are amazing.

Doug and Dave – Prince George and Quesnel

Thanks so much for a great family trip. Fun experience, great food and hosts.

Bob – Mapleton Utah

2015 Guest Comments

“Had a great time! Saw lots of wildlife, fish, new area the Portland Canal- made new friends Fantastic!!”

Pat – Kelowna

“Merci Beaucoup Deb and Doug! Great time my family will never forget this trip! Life Time Memory! Hope to see you next year.”

JP, Yvan, Lise

“This was our first family fishing trip, it was amazing. Feeding the eagles was awesome, all the meals were fantastic, and learning to fish was fun, thanks.”

Ally, Tia, Tim, Brie and Reece – Whitecourt Ab

“Deb and Doug, your passion for the sport of fishing truly shows everyday. Your energy transfers to everyone on the Thunder 1. Thank you so much for making my first fishing trip one I will remember for a life time.”

Gary – Grande Prairie Alberta

“Thanks Deb and Doug. Another fantastic holiday venture. The fishing was fantastic, the food was superb, the hosts were beyond expectation. Thanks again already looking forward to next year!!!”

Dan – Fairview Alberta

“Thanks Doug and Deb for introducing us to your beautiful part of the world. The great fishing was only outdone by your incredible hospitality. May and I learned so much about the skills of fishing from a real master. Your teamwork together is a real lesson for us old married couples!! Thank you both for the fishing trip of a Lifetime.”

Live with no regrets. May and Randy – Sherwood Park Alberta

“Doug and Deb. This trip so far exceeded what we hoped it would be, it’s crazy. Without a doubt the best fishing trip I’ve ever been on. Great scenery, wonderful food, navigation and of yeah – I almost forgot – unbelievably good fishing. “

Doug and Dave – Prince George and Quesnel BC

“Thank you so much for this wonderful experience. You are a wonderful couple, the food was excellent too, but most of all the fishing was great!!! Lots of salmon, we caught our daily limit in two hours, WOW!! We hope to be back soon, all the way from Texas.”

Love Dan and Sandy

“Another great experience with great friends, all made better by the hosts. Weather, fishing, food a first class experience. Doug and Deb your charter has proven to me again this is the only way to go.”

Elton – Edmonton Alberta

“A superb adventure!! Ron has always talked of the Thunder 1 and it is everything he spoke of and more!! Lots of laughs, great fun on the water, excellent meals and great hosts. Thanks for having us aboard, we will be back.”

Ron and Donna – N Saanich BC

2014 Guest Comments

June 14th
“This was our first family fishing trip, it was amazing. Feeding the eagles was awesome, all the meals were fantastic, and learning to fish was fun, thanks.”
Ally, Tia, Tim, Brie and Reece – Whitecourt Ab

July 1st
“Thank you Deb and Doug. Great food, great fishing, great trip.TYEE!!!!”

Kolten, Harvey, and Peter – Fairview AB

July 1st
“Thank you Deb and Doug for another great trip. Great Hospitality, exceptional food and superb fishing. Have been thinking about this trip since last July and looking forward to another adventure in 2015. Thanks again.”


July 16th
“Greatest whale watching trip ever! Fishing was fabulous and once again best food in BC. Thanks for a great time and a special thanks for enjoying the whale with us still not sure who was most excited.”

Ted, Wayne, Bill and Vern

July 22nd
“The best fishing trip I have ever been on. You guys are fabulous hosts. Deb your cooking is superb and Doug an exemplary teacher. Thanks”

Ian – Olds AB

July 28th
“Thank you Doug and Deb for the amazing trip again this year. The food was awesome and the fishing was great as well. Hopefully I’ll be back again sometime soon to do it again.”


August 9th
“Another amazing Adventure aboard the Thunder 1. Wow 16 Coho in the bin before 10:30 am. Halibut heaven!!! Wales everywhere putting on a great show. Thank you Deb and Doug for a wonderful offshore conference.”

Jerry & Holly – Edmonton AB

August 9th
“The fishing was fantastic again this year, Deb you are an amazing chef can’t wait for your cookbook. Doug you are a great Captain and love your sense of humour. Fish On!!!”

Love Judy & Ron – Edmonton AB

August 15th
“Fish On!! Has new meaning since our most excellent salmon and halibut run on the Thunder 1. Thanks Doug and Deb for our best family action adventure.”

Janice & Earl – Houston TX

September 3rd
“Thank you for a wonderful trip aboard the Thunder 1. The fishing was great, the hospitality fantastic! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and memories. We will talking about this trip for a long time and hopefully can come back again. The scenery and whale watching was fantastic!”

Jim and Linda, Curtis and Kristine – Edmonton AB

2013 Guest Comments

Doug and Deb
I knew you were the best when I selected you from all the others at the Edmonton Show. Communication, patience, meals and the fishing were the Best!! You even turned the weather favourable. Deb you are a first class Chef! It is a trip that Dennis, Dave and I will remember for a lifetime. We will be back.

Elton, Dave and Dennis

Great fishing and food along with awesome hosts! Couldn’t have gotten a better fishing trip adventure anywhere. Thanks Deb and Doug.
Cliff, Rod and Bill

Thanks Deb and Doug for making our 1st fishing excursion such a memorable one. The whales , eagles and sea lions were an added delight to the fishing. Thank you for the amazing meals and great conversation you are both wonderful hosts.
Don and Anita Dewinton AB

Deb and Doug
Thanks so much for the trip of a lifetime. Great fishing, great food and super hospitality. Can’t wait till next year!!


Another great adventure on the Thunder 1. Amazing fishing, Coho, pinks, Springs and Halibut. Gourmet food as only Deb can prepare. Can’t wait till next year. This is an amazing piece of earth, hope we all get to enjoy it for a long time to come.
Thanks so much.

Fish Head Kerry

Wow! Great fishing trip Doug and Deb. Fishing was awesome, food was outstanding, and your hospitality unmatched. Oh and your patience was amazing too! So many laughs and great stories, some fish , some not. We will be back next year having forgotten all we learned but ready to learn it all over again. We would love to see Kyla again too! Thanks for the wonderful adventure.
Doug Mills, Calgary AB

Now that’s Livin!! You made us feel right at home with your wonderful hospitality. Thank you for a magical 4 day trip we loved every minute of it. Company and food and the fishing.
Judy, Chestemere AB.

Thank you for your hospitality. Prince Rupert and area is without question one of the most amazing places on our wonderful earth. Please continue to take care of it for all of us because without question we will be back to see you and this wonderful area.
Brian, Castlegar BC

Our 7th experience on the Thunder and it gets better every time. Fantastic hospitality, food 2nd to none, weather perfect and fishing exceptional.
JB and David, Edmonton AB

Ho Hum. 8 salmon, and 2 halibut each. 4th trip and aside from the superb onboard meals, and fantastic guiding it was just your average amazing fishing experience aboard the Thunder and should be atop everyones must do list. Thanks again for the great food and fishing and company!
Ted and Curtis Edmonton AB

A chance to slow down and just be together as a family, all taking place in paradise. What more could we ask for? Thanks for sharing yourselves and your home with all of us. Perfect weather, fishing, food, music and scenery were all part of the perfect piece of paradise you shared with us. Of course we hope to see you again next year.
Shar and Chris Edmonton AB

Hell of a trip. Want to come back “please”. Great boat , skipper and Chef. Will start diet tomorrow.
Bob, Prince George BC

2012 Guest Comments

“Thank you very much for these wonderful and unforgettable days. You spoiled us for four days with luxury, great food and the breathtaking scenery of the west coast. The fishing was great. I hope to be back one day.”
Rainer, Edmonton AB

“Good food, good friends, and good fishing!! Thanks for my first halibut and the pin to remember it always. I will definitely recommend Captain Doug and Deb!”
Jennifer, Edmonton AB

“Deb your meals were out of this world as was your expertise at the wheel and on the back deck! Doug you are well suited for this game, friendly, accomplished and happy to share your expertise with all of us!! Thanks too for your sense of humour and patience. For me personally, an unforgettable 4 days. A trip I will talk about for a long time.”
Paul, St Albert AB

“Great Trip!! Outstanding crew and lots of fish. We will be back. Thank you Doug and Deb for your hospitality.”
Bob N, Franklin Tennessee

“Thanks again for another great trip, so many things to be thankful for and so many special memories. We not only have great fishing and great food on our adventures with you, but we always experience and learn something new. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!”
Norm and Arlene, Calgary AB

“What a wonderful time I had. You are such gracious hosts. Deb your cooking is phenomenal, thanks for sharing your recipes, canÕt wait to get your cook book. Doug you are such a patient teacher glad I was able to land a couple of fish (even wearing my bathing suit) Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. “
Judy H, Edmonton AB

“A complete and heartfelt Thank you seems to be not enough yet covers it all. Thanks for sharing your wonderful world of the Pacific Northwest with all of us. Spectacular in all ways. The Perfect Trip! Fishing, Whales, Food, Sunshine, Views, the Crest, but most of all a chance for all 6 of us from CP @ A to become closer friends and appreciate each other. As a plus our circle of 6 became a circle of 8 as we got to know you Deb and Doug. Thanks for All”
Shar, Edmonton AB