This year’s Spring Fling Salmon Derby has been running for the last week and the fishing has been great. Both Painter’s Lodge and April Point have been reeling in loads of fish and this is just the beginning. The derby runs until June 8th, so there’s still lots of time to get in on the action.
Our savvy guides seem to know exactly where the fishing is good. So far this year the hot spots have been south of Campbell River at Shelter Point and The Hump, with most of our boats returning from there with one or two fish.
Part of my job as Marketing Coordinator is to take pictures of all the catches. It’s amazing how just catching one fish can make someone’s day. Whether it’s a 7 pounder or a 17 pounder, people are all smiles when they get back to the dock with a fish. Even those that don't catch seem to enjoy themselves, with tons of wildlife on display while they’re out on the water.
There have been some pretty impressive fish brought back this week, but so far our derby leader is Philippe Blondel, who caught a 20.8 pounder. That’s a tough number to beat, but with 28 days still to go we could very well see a new leader before things wrap up.
So besides all the fish and all the fun, why should you join in? Because we are offering some great prizes! The person who catches the biggest fish during the derby will win a 4 day/3 night fishing package for 2 at Painter’s Lodge. Second prize isn’t too shabby either, with the runner up receiving a 3 day/2 night adventure package at April Point Resort & Spa, including your choice of two of the following: A 4 hour fishing trip, a whale watching adventure, a $200 spa credit or 18 holes of golf at Storey Creek. There are also daily prizes at both Painter’s Lodge and April Point for the biggest fish caught that day. On top of all of that, everyone who catches a Chinook is entered to win our bonus prize: A 3 day/2 night fishing package at the Canadian Princess Resort in Ucluelet.
So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t booked your fishing trip already then now’s the time! We’re offering a special Spring Fling Derby Package: $329 for two nights accommodation and two guided fishing tours. I’m looking forward to taking pictures of more people holding giant fish. Who knows? Maybe my next picture will be of you!
Catch you later,