june 21, 2009 10:47am
What a great trip. I had the pleasure of running up to Greg Palmers Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary floating camp, to meet 4 guests from the 230' Mega Yacht "Archemedes" and fish with them on our way back to Prince Rupert where the yacht was waiting for them. They flew into Greg's early in the morning, and had a fascinating grizzly tour with Greg in his custom Zodiac. They viewed two affectionate Grizzly bears, and were then treated to a feast consisting of fresh garlic prawns and shrimp, smoked salmon, and dungeoness crab, with chocolate cheese cake for desert. While they were dining, a curious young Grizzly came down to the beach about 60 feet away from us, and searched the beach for muscles and clams. What a magical place! Once the guests were done eating, we boarded the Dundas Kid, and headed south, to find some Chinook Salmon. We stopped and fished one of my old haunts, and within two minutes discovered that there was indeed some life around. There was a huge bait ball on the sounder, and all our lines were jiggling as we trolled through it. One rod dipped abruptly, and we had a fish on. This one spit the hook, but as we were bringing it in, the rod on the other side exploded, and we had another opportunity. This fish ripped out the line, and we managed to land a nice fish of about 20 lbs. The next pass we were hit again, this fish being a little bigger. We played this one for about four minutes, before fate stepped in and decided that this one was gonna make it up the river, and the hooks popped out. We had two other fish to the boat in the next half hour, and my guests had a reservation to make in Rupert, so we made one last pass. Time to go, so we started reeling in the lines. The last rod to come in got absotely smashed, and started peeling out line. I didn't think it was gonna stop! My young guest, who shares the same great name as yours truly, was into a great fight! Matthew played his fish the next 15 minutes and was rewarded with the fish of the day! A dime bright Chinook that tipped the scale at 30 pounds! We finished the day with 3 nice chinooks in the boat, one of which was a TYEE, released one and lost a couple others in the 2 and a half hour span we spent fishing. What an exciting day for these lucky guests!