july 14, 2010 07:31am
Last summer we were approached by Treasure Cove Casino in Prince George, BC, about donating a fishing trip for the grand prize in a charity golf scramble. Procedes would go to under priveleged children in BC. We were happy to do it. A short period later, and we got word that the team from Jack Schultz Autobody had won, and were coming to Prince Rupert mid June 2010 to fish for Chinook Salmon.
We headed out early, and arrived to find a few boats already on the grounds, with many more showing up throughout the morning. The wind had come up from the west, making this spot one of the only places to tuck in and fish. At one point there must have been 30 boats doing circles around the protected side of Avery Island. We had a few good battles with some smaller Chinooks. We boated a few , and decided to leave the mess of boats in search of some larger Chinooks. we headed south, and fished in a much smaller crowd of 5 boats. Things were comfortable, but when I spoke with another operator, I was told things had been very slow. We trolled up and down a kelp bed for quite some time, with no action, but spirits were still high on the boat, with the comment that "This is great, it's beautiful, a fish would just be a bonus!" And a true "bonus" was on it's way! I dropped one bait down to 75 feet, and within 5 minutes the rod buckled and the Islander knuckle buster reel screamed out line. This was a big fish, and acted like one from the get go! Paul was on it, and the fish was fully in charge, making huge runs, and when he would stop, the rod would double over as the beast made huge head shakes. Paul's arm ached as he battled this Tyee to the surface in the murky green water. I saw it, and knew we had a fish well over 40 pounds on our hands. Paul was doing great, and I knew from experience that when guests first see a fish like this that they tend to panick, so I told Paul to look at his rod tip and not at the fish. Paul did a fantastic job, and enjoyed the fight on the smooth Islander reel. He was rewarded with the largest Chinook to date for our 2010 season. The Tyee weighed in at a wopping 46 pounds!
Way to go Paul!! I look forward to fishing with the Jack Schultz Autobody team of Lee J., Brian and Paul again next year.