Last week was an eventful one here at Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa. I may sound like a broken record, but the fishing on Vancouver Island is continually improving. Few (if any) guests are returning without at least one fish, and the majority are keeping a nice variety as well. We’re seeing Chinook at an average of 15-20 pounds, both wild and hatchery Coho, Lingcod, and even a few Pinks. Most excitingly, the spawning-year salmon are starting to migrate through, which means a Tyee (Chinook over 30 pounds) is a possibility for anyone. Over the past several days we’ve experienced two Tyees back-to-back. Here’s a little more on the fish and the lucky anglers:
The Tyee featured above weighed an impressive 39.2 pounds, reeled in by Don Morgan from Port De Grave, Newfoundland, and guided by “Bear” Scow. It was the first salmon Don had ever caught, and was brought in right off the lighthouse area of Quadra Island on Saturday afternoon. Talk about a souvenir!
Two days earlier, Manitoba residents Kimorie Lees and 8-year-old daughter Dara Thompson fought a 40.0 pound Tyee further North in Deep Water Bay—and won! Although it wasn’t Dara’s first fish, “it’s the biggest by far,” says Kimorie. Painter’s expert guide Steve Webber led them to the monstrous salmon. The family is very excited about the catch, and plan to have the Tyee preserved and mounted as a token of the unforgettable experience. Congratulations, Kimorie and Dara!
With these two remarkable examples, and the Tyee Pools opening July 15th, we're looking forward to an amazing Tyee season. A word of advice on catching the big one: “Never assume there’s a small fish on your line," suggests fishing guru, Dwayne Mustard, "treat every strike like a Tyee."
Best of luck to all you anglers!