On this first cloudy day in weeks we had over half a dozen fishing boats out on the morning tide. Bob, guided by Bear, reeled in a 12.3 lb. spring while Nels, fishing with Bruce, landed a 14.8 lb. Ling Cod.
With the closure of April Point traffic on our dock has died down quite a bit. In fact, running the dock is now a one-person operation versus the two or three crew members we have working at any given time during high season. This morning it was Heather’s duty to tie up all the boats, re-fuel them and make sure our guests’ fish were properly bagged, boxed, labeled and delivered or placed in the cooler. During high season when 30 boats come in, all with their limit of fish, you can imagine the pace of the dock!
While out fishing, Richard and his guests spotted an elephant seal; an ocean creature he has yet to see in 22 years of fishing our local waters. A member of our Front Desk crew, Todd, reported seeing these creatures on the west coast of Vancouver Island, but I hadn’t even heard of them. If they are currently in the area maybe our zodiac passengers will see them in the next few days. (I’ll let you search images of elephant seals and draw your own conclusion about their appearance!)
Tomorrow (at 10:49 A.M. EDT) marks the autumnal equinox—or more importantly “wedding day” for Steph and Adrian! This evening we’re excited to have John Reynolds on the Tyee Pub marquee and this coming Tuesday night the Pub will host our annual Tour de Rock Beer & Burger Fundraiser. Each September Tour de Rock riders cycle the length of Vancouver Island in order to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. We’re proud to have the entire team stay at Painter’s Lodge each year when they come through town and always look forward to their presence at the Beer & Burger event.
See you in a few,