We hope this post finds you in good health and looking forward to Christmas and the New Year!
The 2023 season was filled with exciting times, great people and wonderful memories. Fishing stories are often the best when told around this time of year with friends and family. It is amazing how tall the tales become.
The fishing on BC’s Central Coast was very good this year. We feel fortunate to have such a productive fishing area and such generous limits of fish available for our guests. Our largest Chinook for 2023 was a whopping 48 pounds and the largest Coho weighed in at 18 pounds. The abundance fish, the great weather and overall experience at the lodge has resulted in fantastic bookings for 2024. Lisa has been doing her best to schedule both new and repeat guests into their favourite fishing times. We certainly appreciate the patience required to juggle everyones travel plans into this seasonal salmon migration.
We have been quite busy this fall. Mother Nature created some interesting weather conditions for towing the lodge this fall and we are now at winter moorage in Campbell River. Preparing for the 2024 season has already begun with the refurbishment of our 11 Ironwood boats. We have been stripping out the interiors for new paint, rewiring and installing new 150hp engines. In 2023 we upgraded the GPS/Fish Finders in half the fleet and will complete all the boats this spring. We are also upgrading the trolling engines to the Mercury Electronic Fuel Injection models.
On top of the regular maintenance each season, our team has also been working away on our new website. This should be up and running in the new year and we will do our best to keep it updated with all of the most recent information.
Many of our seasonal crew have been checking in and all seem to be doing well. After getting in some personal fall fishing, our guides in particular are all looking forward to getting back out on the water and seeing so many of our repeat guests.
In January, we will be welcoming Lorna Landry to our year-round team in Vancouver. Many of our long standing guests would remember Lorna from when Lisa and I worked at West Coast Resorts. Lorna will be working directly with Lisa to communicate with guests and to expedite booking and travel information. Lorna has years of experience with our industry and we are thrilled to have her aboard. She also knows how to fish! Here is a photo of Lorna, Chloe (Now our Lodge Concierge) and I at Cheney Point, Milbanke Sound when Chloe caught her very first Tyee Chinook at age 5.
We are well into booking out our 2024 season. Should you have specific dates you would like to fish or require additional information please contact us anytime.
In the meantime, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.