june 06, 2009 09:52am
What a DAY!!! The team of guests John from St Albert, Alberta, and Rob and Fred from Calgary, along with myself, Cpt. Matt were treated to an awsome day of Chinook fishing aboard the Dundas Kid, in the familiar waters around Dundas Island. The Dundas Kid's great electronics allowed me to navigate through the thick fog that had blanketed all of Chatham Sound. Once at Dundas Island, Fred was the first guest of Adrenaline Sportfishing to land a Coho salmon in the 2009 season. What a surprise, as Coho aren't usually here for another three or four weeks. We started out slowly, as the "bite' wasn't on right from the get go. Our patient team went a few hours with out any bites, but all the ingedients were ther for Slab Pie: huge bait balls, calm water, and patient guests. The fog started to lift late in the morning, a couple hours before slack tide, and once it did, things started to happen. John decided to put on his lucky hat, which for some reason, he hadn't done right from the start. He was rewarded with our first slab of the day, a dime bright Tyee class Chinook, around 30 pounds. We landed a few smaller chinooks, then right on the tide change, the biggest excitement of the day came, a double header of HOGS! John skillfully set the hook on the starboard side, and while Fred was about to reel in the rod on the port side, another big Chinook took the bait and Fred was into battle mode. John's fish screamed out a hundred yards of line on the surface, while Fred's beast did the same, but straight down. Fred fought his for about ten minutes, before his fish became a heartbreaker, and spit the hooks. John battled his fish dangerously close to a kelp bed for another twenty minutes before I was able to slip the net under his second hog of the day, and this one weighed in at 34 pounds. Nice work John! We fought a few more smaller Chinooks throughout the day, until Rob had his turn at bat with a Tyee class Chinook that was stubborn. Rob set the hook deep, and when he did, one hook was in the jaw, while the other was in the peck fin, making his fish feel twice the size. Rob's arm was shaking as he worked the big fish for half an hour before he got to meet his prize. What a day!! 3 big slabs, and three happy fishermen!!