july 20, 2009 02:02pm
I met the Mike Palmer group-Dustin, Max, Stacey, and Mike of course- for a couple of great days of Salmon and Halibut fishing. We left the harbour at 6 a.m. and headed west to do some Salmon fishing. On the way out, Stacey reached into his lunch bag and pulled out a banana. BAD LUCK!! I told him how banana's should never be on board a boat. No big deal, just superstision, right? Once at our fishing destination, I set the first rod down, and instantly we were into our first Chinook of the day! Bad luck Bananas, yeah right!! Dustin landed the Chinook, a nice one in the high teens. We caught a few Cohos, then the Killer Whales showed up, sending us out to the Halibut grounds. We faired alright in the rough, swelly water, landing a couple of chicken size Halibut. Suddenly, something a little more substantual grabbed our bait. This seemed to have a little more weight behind it. Dustin battled a huge Ling Cod of 42 pounds to the boat! Fish of the day honors went to Dustin with this one! We caught our limit of halibut, and headed back to smoother waters, as the wind was picking up, to catch a few more Salmon. We fished for a little longer, landing 3 more stunning Cohos, before heading back home for the day.
Day 2 proved to be a much nicer weather day, so we headed north to try our Salmon luck once again. We fished for Salmon, and had a graet morning, hooking 5 nice Chinooks, and numerous Cohos. Our fish box was looking pretty good by mid day- 2 nice Chinooks, and 8 dime bright Cohos.
Dustin once again was in the running for fish of the day with his 24 pound Chinook. We once again headed for the Halibut grounds, when suddenly our prop spun, making it impossible for us to do more than 8 knots. Those banans were kicking in. We limped out to a Halibut spot a hadn't fished this year, and set out some bait. No bites for a long while. A 20 pound halibut suddenly took the bait. Things went quiet again, real quiet. Nothing was happening, and things were slow. Max went inside and came out with a huge bag of bananas, and started throwng them away. What a great idea! He then found some banana peels, and turfed them over the side as well. No word of a lie, just 2 minutes passed, and suddenly we had a bite, and it was a good one! Mike powered in a big halibut, that got the harpoon once it hit the surface.
Mike was all smiles as he stole fish of the day honors from Dustin with his 62 pound Halibut.
A big thanks to Max for removing all traces of Bananas from the Dundas Kid!!
What a great finish to a great couple of days!