Dwayne Mustard's Tyee Report (July 25th)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - July 25, 2014

The 2014 Tyee Season is officially open! Once upon a time there were plenty of Tyee hooked in July but these days most rowers don’t start to get serious until they turn the page to August—which is just next week in case you forgot. But we can’t forget about 2005 when Paul Breukers caught the biggest fish of the season on July 29th. But many of the rowers like to go out and work the bugs out before August rolls around so if you enjoy watching the rowboats glide back and forth you will probably seen a few of them on most July evenings.

Meanwhile, weighmaster Bob Goodwin doesn’t have too much to do this time of year outside of chatting with the occasional guide or answering questions for the parade of visitors that wander into the clubhouse.

But once the big fish start getting hooked, Bob’s life switches into high gear and his day runs from first light to last. Every rower wants to have a close encounter with Bob because he is the one who determines whether your fish becomes a registered Tyee or not. When you bring your catch to the beach he is the one the puts the loop around its tail and weighs it, and even if it is over thirty pounds you aren’t in the clear yet. He then measures your rod to make sure that it is between 6 and 9 feet long. If you pass that test, you next must have your line tested. He wraps it around an ancient old pulley contraption and then ties the end to the official weight. He turns the handle and if your line doesn’t snap before the weight comes off the ground, you fail and your fish is disqualified.

If you pass all of these tests you get to ring the bell, once for each ten pounds of fish and Bob puts your official weight up on the big board, usually to a round of applause from those gathered around. Then people buy you a whole bunch of shooters and you have a story for the rest of your life.

Until tomorrow, keep on rowing


Another Successful Fishing Trip at Painter's Lodge

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - July 21, 2014

Do you remember Travis Fleming’s last fishing trip? Well, Travis had so much fun fishing at Painter’s Lodge back in June he decided to head out again to see what else he could reel in. Keep reading to find out how he did!

I was in Campbell River this weekend visiting my parents, as well as my cousin and his fiancée who also happened to be in town. My cousin’s fiancée had never been salmon fishing before, so my brother and I decided to take her and my cousin out so she’d have a chance to get her first salmon.

The four of us hopped on a cruiser (1 of 4 Painter’s Lodge has available) early Saturday morning with our guide Keith and took off towards the Green Can, where most of the action has been taking place. We got our lines in the water and then waited patiently for the first bite. Keith watched the rods like a hawk while we talked amongst ourselves. It’s amazing how he can keep one eye on you and one eye on the rods at the same time. It wasn’t long before he leapt out of his chair, grabbed one of the rods and set the hook.

We gave Carine the first crack at reeling in a fish, as we really wanted her to get her first salmon. She did a great job of getting it to the boat but unfortunately it was a little undersized.

“Not up to our standards,” Keith said as he tossed the young Chinook back into the water.

Our next bite was also an undersized Chinook. Then suddenly Keith leapt out of chair again and grabbed the rod. It was my cousin’s turn this time and you could tell the way this fish was fighting that it was a keeper. My brother went about reeling in the other line to make sure the lines didn’t get tangled. Then all of a sudden he felt a tug on his line as well.

“I think there’s something on this line too!” he exclaimed. He’d hooked a fish on the way up and all of a sudden we had double header!

Keith did a great job of making sure the lines didn’t get crossed and helped us get both fish to the boat. The first was beautiful Chinook salmon, then my brother got his fish to the boat which turned out to be a pretty good sized wild Coho. After a few high fives we got our lines back in the water and waited for the next bite.

When we got another fish on the line we handed the rod to Carine again to give her another shot at reeling in a salmon. Once again she got the fish to the boat, and this time it was a nice Coho. Definitely a keeper!

We caught yet another Coho before the day was done, bringing our total to four. We celebrated our successful day of fishing by cooking a couple of our Coho on the BBQ that night. Few things taste better than fresh salmon right off the grill. For those of you who will be staying at the resort and want to eat your fish the day you catch it, our amazing chefs will be happy to cook it for you in Legends Dining Room. Just ask our Marine Centre staff about our “Cook Your Own Catch” program after your fishing trip!

The fishing continues to be awesome in Campbell River this year, so make sure to get out on the water before it’s too late. Maybe I’ll see you out there during my next trip!


Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (July 12th)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - July 12, 2014

Have you ever been so busy that you pour a cup of coffee and the next time you touch it the coffee is ice cold? Welcome to the world of a fishing guide in the summer of 2014. Race out to the fishing grounds, drop your downriggers down 220 feet, pour yourself a cup of coffee, then next thing you know, your coffee is cold and you are motoring back to the dock with a bucket full of fish. As my daughter says, “Anyone who thinks fishing is bad in Campbell River doesn’t have Painter’s Lodge as a Facebook friend.”

Again, the fishing is centered on The Green Can, The Hump and the Lighthouse, but if you keep your eyes open you will see pockets of fishing boats in some rather odd locations. When was the last time you fished Whiskey Point or the Picnic Beach? I know! Usually I blast right past them on my way to the happy hunting ground but there I was on Monday night banging springs at 220 feet off the South West side of Quadra. Again, bait seems to be the key, so if you aren’t seeing it on your sounder, you’re probably not going to get much action.

One place where they are seeing bait on the sounder is a quaint little spot called “The Abyss”. Located just Southwest of the Hump, the Abyss is a four hundred foot deep hole that sits at the mouth of Discovery Passage and acts as a natural collection area for deep running herring. On an ebb tide drop your gear down 275 and troll, what else, a UV belly army truck hoochie behind a cop car flasher. On the flood tide the bait is still there but with the strong tides coming this weekend, it will take a special type of angler to get that lure down without getting the gnarliest tangle you have ever seen.

Most of the fish are in the 15 to 20 pound range, but be careful, there are some 40 pound monsters lurking so don’t get too casual with your hook-sets or you could find yourself finishing the fight with broken fingernails.

Until next week, tight lines and keep on fishing,