2016 King Pacific Lodge season opening

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King Pacific Lodge being towed to summer anchorage

The iconic King Pacific Lodge is now safely moored at is summer location within St. Johns Harbour. Anglers are now out on the water and fishing our favourite fishing areas of Milbanke Sound!

Ocean bright Chinook and Coho salmon are being weighed in from 15 to 24 pounds. Here, fish-cutter Ralph Chamberlain shows off one of the first Chinook of the season.

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Fabulous June Chinook Salmon

The weather has been a little chilly and our anglers are enjoying the evening fireside lounge, incredible meals and warm comfort of the modern and comfortable King Pacific Lodge.

We’ve been working hard over the winter to refine our lodge and fishing program and are ready for an exciting season.

Most of our 2016 trip dates have been sold out for months however its never too late to inquire about current season availability.

Fishing highlights include:

The introduction of the new Able “Moocher” salmon fishing reels to our fully guided fishing program. These exceptional, custom reels will complement our inventory of the Islander “MR-2” across our entire fleet.

2016 22ft Northwest Aluminum craft – new for 2016

The addition of three new 22ft Northwest Aluminum craft boats. Typically run by our full time guides, these boats feature 150hp engines and plenty of room to fish. This adds to three others built for the 2015 season.

Abel “Moochers” for fully guided boats

Our entire fleet has been upgraded to the Lowrance 7inch “Chirp” Fish-Finder/GPS navigation system. These are easy to use and and extremely powerful tool to find the best fishing areas.

The 21ft Ironwood boats have been outfitted with new, custom anodized rod holders for both fishing and storing the quality rods provided by KPL and our guests personal rods.

Fish processing will now be completed within our new fishing processing room; located within our support barge. This Province of British Columbia licensed facility is now capable of cutting fish to smaller custom portions legally and within a controlled sanitary environment. As always, our custom fish processing is provided within the price of our trip packaging.  Our new freezer holds temperature below -25!

“Ravens Envy” by Steve Smith

 With our guests enjoyment in mind, we have refined our bar and lounge with some new artwork. Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Steve smith’s new piece “Ravens Envy” now towers within our fireside lounge.

Many new improvements at KPL

Should you be thinking of a trip to King Pacific Lodge and would like more information please contact us anytime. Most of our 2016 trip dates have been sold out for months however its never too late to inquire about current season availability.

George Cuthbert

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September 6, 2015

We were delighted to have guests with us until the 5th of September.

The 2015 season has now sadly come to an end and we’re already planning for next year!

During our last week of operation, anglers worked hard and fishing continued to be quite good. Ray and Dale played multiple Chinook and between them landed three over 30lbs for the trip.  Erik and Heather landed a beauty at 36 pounds. Many nice halibut were caught including a massive 27o pound monster halibut Clayton released after measuring. Many more halibut in the 40 – 60 pound range were taken.

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Fishing was spread out and anglers seemed to be fishing many more spots than usual. These included areas as far away as Ivory Island, Idol Point and Cape Mark. Long term favourite flasher and hoochie combinations seemed to work best with even the largest of salmon being taken on these lures.

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Coho are in good abundance and the average size phenomenal. Here, Chloe Cuthbert holds up two beauties at 17 pounds each.

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Lisa, George and all of the crew would like to extend a sincere Thank You to all of those guests who fished with us in 2015. Should you be thinking of a trip for next year and require additional information please contact us anytime.

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Kindest Regards,
George Cuthbert

 

 

 

August 30, 2015

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“We’re having a great time!” were the words of nine year old Matthew Walker. After less than one hour’s fishing the day of arrival and Guided by Ronnie Gunn and Fisher Cuthbert, Matthew and his father landed a beautiful 27lb Chinook. Congratulations!

As we enter the last few days of August the Chinook and Coho fishing remains spectacular. The weather however has taken a turn for the past 24 hours and we’re experiencing some of the heaviest winds of the season.  We’re not alone though. Vancouver is currently experiencing more than half a million people without power – and, we’re still fishing!

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Milbanke Sound is known for both fantastic fishing and having a very close proximity to the fishing grounds. At times of heavy weather, the winds often sail right over our calm water fishing areas. These unique fishing conditions allow for excellent catches. Here, Derek Kirkpatrick shows off a beautiful Chinook weighing over 20 pounds!

The last week has produced some very nice fish including several Tyee over 30 pounds and Coho are now often over 15 pounds. This time of year also makes an incredible place for children to experience an abundance of fish and wildlife before heading back to school.

We’ve enjoyed an excellent season and could not have hoped for a more productive salmon run in 2015.

Should you have any questions about our fishing packages please contact us anytime!

 

George

August 26, 2015

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The past trip has been truly memorable. Incredible weather and fishing conditions have been coupled with some remarkable catches. And, it appears we’ve had the most couples at the lodge with this trip exceeding 50% of our guest count.

Coho have been the flair and their size is often exceeding 15 pounds. Chinook continue to be a regular catch and we’ve recently had several Tyee including our largest at 36 pounds.

Hot spots have switched around and we’re now regularly fishing Cape Swain and the western edge of Seaforth Channel. Here, we’re finding large amounts of schooling herring and other baitfish and the salmon are staying close. Cheney 1 and 2 continue to produce and the “Notch” is a regular haunt especially for our repeat anglers from earlier in the season.

Artificial lures are a favourite at this time of year and popular colours are anything green/white. Many anglers are reporting a simple mooching rig drift with cut-plug herring and free weights has been the most productive. Popular

We’re looking forward to our first week of September soon. The weather is expected to continue to be excellent and the fishing is often the very best of the year.

Special update:

As of 11:00 am today and as the guests are coming in from the last morning of their trip, the report is fishing is excellent and as many as 10 fish per angler.  Four Tyee over 30lbs and multiple nice Coho have been weighed in and more to come. Congratulations Dave and Pat on a nice 30 pounder and to Fred and Laura on their beautiful Chinook.

 

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August 19, 2015

Congratulations to mother and son fishing team Jayne and Ian Coe on their amazing 42 pound “Tyee”.

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This week has been particularly meaningful as most of our guests are returning from our first season of operation and have been long time friends. Jayne and Ian’s family have a long history in the sport fishing industry in BC and the pursuit of adventure. We’ve voted Jayne as the most stylish angler 2015.

The fishing has been great and the weather has been co-operating as well!

Hot spots continue to be Cheney Point and Cape Mark. The “Notch” on the west side of Wurtele Island has also been producing. Chinook continue to be caught in reasonable numbers with the largest this week being a 42 pounder. Coho are growing and our largest of the season was weighed in yesterday at 18 pounds.

All lures and baits are working well and many anglers are changing methods during a days fishing. Large herring cut-plugs and run whole are working well at shallower depths first thing in the morning. Flashers and Hootchies or spoons are working well trolled at deeper depth of 100ft during the afternoon.

Congratulations to Terry Hughes and her 38 pound Chinook; the largest of our current trip! After an incredible 30 minute fight this awesome fish was landed with the assistance of husband Sean and fishing guide Jay.

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Anglers have been using our “Tyee” rowboat and taking advantage of the calm waters and close proximity to excellent fishing areas. Here, KPL owner Lisa Cuthbert rows while Lisa “T” baits the hooks in pursuit of salmon along the kelp beds at Cheney Point. Five fish to the boat within two hours isn’t bad!

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We’re looking forward to hosting the many anglers fishing with us until September 5th. Should you have any questions or require information regarding our fishing and lodge please contact us anytime!

George Cuthbert

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August 10, 2015

The fishing and weather has been simply fantastic at King Pacific Lodge.

Cape Mark, within the southwest part of our immediate Milbanke Sound fishing area has been producing big fish! Within the past week several Chinook well into the 40’s and 50’s have been taken including a 53 pounder taken by Danny Cortazzo self-guided and Murray Blackham’s 56 pounder guided by Dave Drever.

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Popular baits continue to be cut plug and whole herring. Some anglers are still fishing anchovies and having good luck. Squid, spoons and hootchies are all working very well.

Coho have been continue to grow in size with the largest now being 16 pounds. They are a little more spread out and being caught on the tide changes only.

We’ve had many more couples than normal fishing with us. Matt and Amanda Austin had a great time recently and weighing in four Tyee and the largest weighing 46lbs. Norm and Carole Anne also had a great sunny afternoon catching 33lbs and 38 pounders. Congratulations! Where else can you catch a fish of this size, enjoy a gourmet meal, have a massage and finish the evening with a view from your very own soaker tub.

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Many anglers have been commenting about the camaraderie on the water between West Sport Fishing boats. Our guides are sharing information and conscious of the success of all anglers. Whether you’re fully guided, instructed or self guided look forward to an awesome trip!

Should you have questions regarding our exciting packages please contact us anytime!

 

George Cuthbert

 

 

 

 

 

August 4, 2015

 

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“We’ll be back and bringing more of our friends” were the words of King Pacific Lodge guest Mark Anderson. “We’ve fished the BC coast at many different lodges over the years and this experience has exceeded all expectations.”

This week provided excellent fishing and of course many, many fish stories. Anglers have been accessing all of the productive Milbanke Sound fishing areas with ease; many only minutes from the lodge.

Up until this afternoon, the largest Chinook of the season was boated on the very day last trip. Weighing in at 48.5 pounds. This “Tyee” was enticed by the favoured “Cut Plug” herring trolled at 50ft near Cheney Point.  Anglers have been using their choice of Herring, Anchovy or artificial lures including spoons and “hoochies”.  Congratulations go out to angler Mark R, Mark A and Guide Bradan James.

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Reports of exceptionally large Chinook are coming in on a regular basis and Tyee topping sixty pounds are what dreams are made of for many anglers. Until this morning, the two other fish guessed at being well over fifty pounds have both spat the hooks and evaded the landing net.  This was until this morning when Dan Sly of Alberta landed a whopping 63 pound Tyee Chinook at Cape Mark. Guided by Troy Hogg and with long time friend Jim Funk, the massive salmon took about 45 minutes to land.  “We dropped our lines at Cape Mark at 6am today and had the fish on the line just five minutes later” Said Dan. “Other boats hooked up right away and several large fish were taken on the same tide.”

Congratulations Dan, Troy and Jim – all now legendary for catching the largest Chinook at King Pacific lodge.

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Coho continue to be in good abundance and as our season continues; so does their average size now reaching well over 10 pounds. The largest to date is 15 pounds.

Wildlife, adventure and luxury are all in a days fishing at King Pacific Lodge. Should you be wishing more information on our exciting packages please contact us anytime!

 

George Cuthbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 27, 2015

Have you ever been towed around by a large Chinook salmon?

A King Pacific Lodge angler experienced this during the early AM tide today. Congratulations Dustin on your incredible 36 pound “Tyee” Chinook!

Along with our fleet of fully outfitted Kayak’s, King Pacific has two of the finest “Tyee” Rowboats available. Guests may choose to use these at any time and this morning Dustin did just that. Rowing along the shoreline at Cheney Point (Background right) the huge fish bit a cut plug herring “mooched” at 40 feet.  “The fish pulled me around in the boat and in circles.”exclaimed Dustin. “I was at least 50 yards from where I hooked it and thought I may need a larger landing net.”

And the rest of the fleet experienced excellent fishing too. Gord, Dale and I were fishing at Cheney II when we hooked into a beautiful 13 pound Coho at 5:45am. From there it was non stop action including multiple Chinook (largest 31 pounds) and other Coho.

The radio was buzzing with information and it appears most anglers were into multiple fish regardless of location.

We’re enjoying an excellent season. Should you be looking for additional information please contact us anytime!

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July 26, 2015

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Fishing is simply awesome.

During the past 24 hours King Pacific Lodge anglers have brought in nine “Tyee” well over thirty pounds each. Congratulations Michael on a 32 pounder and Bob on this whopping 45 pounder! Both taken on the very first afternoon of the trip.  Other notable fish were in the mid to high thirties and several others taken this AM.

Halibut and Ling cod are a popular sport species and sea conditions have been quite favourable for their pursuit. Several of these fish were taken this AM.

Herring baits have been a little more popular than the productive flasher and hootchie combination we’ve been so successful with. Cape Mark and The “Notch” have been the very recent hot spots.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as best we can.

2016 is already filling in quickly. Should you like to review availability please contact us anytime!

George

 

 

 

 

July 25, 2015

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King Pacific Lodge has once again provided the perfect family getaway.

Anne and Monty joined us in our inaugural year of 2014 and we are delighted they brought their entire family in 2015.  And, we’re told the experience couldn’t have been better. The fish were biting, the sun was out and all three generations had a fantastic time.

The past few days have provided excellent fishing conditions. Winds have been out of the south and we’ve been able to access all fishing areas. Forecast is for continued moderate southerlies.

Today marks the last day of the trip for our current guests. A beautiful pair of “Tyee” were weighed in at 34 and 35 pounds. Many other Chinook were taken on the AM tide and weighing between 15 and 27 pounds.

Cape Mark,  The “Notch” and Cheney Point continue to provide the most consistent action on the water. At 2 minutes away, Louisa Cove has been a favourite after dinner location.

We’re looking forward to continued good fishing and welcoming the next group of  guests. Should you have any questions regarding West Sport Fishing |King Pacific Lodge please contact us anytime. gcuthbert@westsportfishing.com

 

George Cuthbert