|Posted July 19, 2012 by John Kelsey|
Once again, we have had a Big Fish trip here at Peregrine Lodge, with another “Fish-of-a-Lifetime” Chinook and two more trophy halibut.
The Bartender’s Halibut Pool was running high this trip, so Steve Traversari and Rob Mittertreiner thought they would be going home a bit richer when on the second day of the trip they combined to pull in an amazing 68 pound halibut. They were trolling for salmon in the shallow waters behind Snake Rock with their guide “Catfish” Chris—expecting a Chinook or coho bite when the big Hali hit. Not to be outdone, Tino Petalas one-upped them on the last morning by catching a 81- pounder under the same circumstances off Parker Point. With his guide Brian doing all he could to help, the fight lasted over an hour. Things got tense when their harpoon brook at the crucial moment but they were finally able to get the halibut in their boat by pulling it over the edge with a gaff; an incredible feat on a live fish of that size! This all proved to be great for story-telling that evening.
Halibut were not the only big fish being caught though. After all, Tyee Chinooks are what we are famous for. Once again, we did not disappoint, with the big Chinook of the trip coming in at a whopping 50 pounds, tying our season record set just last week! This time, the man on the rod was Mike Mulville, again guided by Catfish, who was able to bring in this beautiful fish just offshore of the abandoned Haida village at Yates Bay.
With that being our second fifty pounder in as many trips, it is clear that the big fish are definitely here. We can’t wait to see the big ones that will be coming in on the trips ahead!