Wow, what an amazing month of fishing! This year’s August Heat Derby was certainly one to remember, as we had countless numbers of big fish being caught at both Painter’s Lodge an April Point. Between all the big Chinook that were brought in, and the tremendous run of pink salmon we’ve had, virtually every guest has gone home with a box or two of fish. It doesn’t get any better than that!
So, who claimed the top prize in the year’s August Heat Derby?
There were a number of top contenders this year. Bob Hawks went fishing in the famous Campbell River Tyee Pool and came back with a fish that registered just shy of the 30 pound mark at 29.7. Fernand Perrier came to Painter’s lodge all the way from Quebec and went home with a 30.4 pound Tyee. Jim Busselle finished in third place after reeling in a 31.5 pound Tyee. Finally, April Point guest Brent Benson came within just a couple ounces of the title with his 32 pound Tyee.
No one could catch Dave Zilch though, who brought a 32.2 pound Tyee to the April Point docks on August 2nd. His fish held up as the winner and earned him a 3 day/2 night fishing package at Painter’s Lodge. Congratulations Dave!
In addition to the grand prize, everyone who caught a Chinook salmon was entered into a random draw to win a prize. Andreas Pourahmadi caught a beautiful 28.8 pound Chinook on August 8th, and his name was selected as our random draw winner! Andreas will receive some awesome Oak Bay Marine Group gear, courtesy of Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa.
Finally, congratulations to all of our daily prize winners. Everyone who caught the biggest fish of the day during the month of August received one night’s free accommodation at Painter’s Lodge and April Point.
So what’s up next on our fishing calendar? Starting September 23, Painter’s Lodge will be hosting it's Octoberfish Derby that will last until our closing date on October 14th. There will be more awesome prizes available so don’t miss out!
Catch you later,