BC Sports Fishing sets New Record
BC’s reputation as one of the world’s premier angling destinations was confirmed in the last five days, said Tom Bird, executive director, Sport Fishing Institute of BC. Exemplifying the excellent fishing season are three reports that are the stuff anglers’ dream of.
On August 1, in the Queen Charlotte Islands, an angler from Peregrine Lodge caught, measured and released a 72 lb chinook salmon. Two days later, in Campbell River, long-time guide from April Point Lodge, Warren Peterson, guided his guest into a 17 lb sockeye, which, subject to verification, will likely be a world record. Finally to end the five-day period, in the Queen Charlotte Islands, on August 5 a fisherman at Queen Charlotte Lodge caught an 82 lb chinook. As an added bonus, while the angler, Steve Johnson, of California was playing the fish, his nine-year-old son caught a 42 lb chinook.
These are excellent examples of this season’s extraordinary fishing in areas throughout the province: off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Ucluelet and Tofino have reported excellent fishing. Southern Georgia Strait, Vancouver and south of Nanaimo have seen some near-record catches.
There is no question that conservation efforts and harvest management adjustments have resulted in increased survival of returning salmon. The sport fleet, which catches few in the overall scheme of things, and by nature, fishes selectively, is enjoying the benefit.
Perhaps most encouraging of all are the early reports of good abundance of coho in the Strait of Georgia. Indication of increasing abundance of all salmon suggests improved ocean survival and it is most encouraging news for all fishermen, Bird concluded.
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