If you read my previous post about Queen Charlotte Lodge, then you already know about their 5 star service and hospitality. But the main reason for my visit to QCL was salmon fishing. This was my first time salmon fishing and I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been deep sea fishing as well as shoreline fishing back home in Hawaii, but this was 100% new to me. After it was all said and done, my expectations had been completely blown out of the water. It was much more than I had anticipated and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Among the four people in our party, we were divided into groups of two and placed with a fishing guide on a 23′ Grady White. Each of the four days of fishing, we rotated so that we would fish with a different person in our party. Our guides Nick M. and Griffen B. were two of the most professional and courteous guides there were. Each day we were out fishing for 10+ hours and we couldn’t have been paired with two finer gentlemen. They kept us entertained everyday, but most importantly they knew the right spots to catch some fish!
The salmon fishing technique was completely new to me. It was almost like a “cat and mouse game” where you would let the fish run if it wanted to but you would always have to keep tension on the line. Therefore, knowing when to and how much to reel were the crucial parts because if you reel too much, the hook would rip and the fish would get away. Take too long to reel and the fish would have just enough slack to shake its head and release the hook.
After returning to the docks one day, I ran into QCL’s fish filleter, Curtis B. This guy was cutting up fish faster than I could blink my eyes. After watching him fillet a few fish, I asked him how long he had been doing it. My jaw literally dropped down to the floor when he told me only three months. This guy looked like a master technician, a seasoned veteran who had been doing this for years, definitely not three months.
Fishing wasn’t the only thing keeping us entertained. We also witnessed humpback whales, an orca, a pod of dolphins, and a number of different species of birds. The eco system was absolutely amazing and relaxing at the same time.