FISHING REPORT / BLOG
Posted October 6, 2015 by Georgia Husby
2015 will long be remembered for the incredible runs of salmon, the addition of the new dock weigh-in program, stunning weather and so many smiling faces. From the time Peregrine Lodge opened we were full to the brim on every trip- an incredibly successful year for both the company and especially the amazing angling encountered by our guests. June fishing was second to none for the hefty numbers of salmon and some boats were bragging that they were catching forty plus fish a day! The resident massage therapist was kept extremely busy relieving a few achy arms after a busy day of superb fishing.
With such an overwhelming abundance of sea life in our waters beginning with the salmon, halibut, needlefish, soaring eagles to the stunning backdrop of humpbacks breaching and bubble feeding within a few feet of the boats, the fishing grounds were like a page torn from National Geographic magazine.
Throughout the season and trip after trip guests were returning at the end of the day with overflowing fish tubs. The copious amounts of salmon and halibut being caught were not only a testament to our anglers skill-set but also the larger runs of salmon and halibut that were running right past our front door. Naden was the hot spot for the entire season, and I have never witnessed in my 27 seasons of fishing the Haida Gwaii extracting this voluminous amount of tyees.
The "Winner Takes All Pool” was a huge hit and addition to our daily pool and so many of our guests were eager to have the opportunity to win a trip to Peregrine lodge. The excitement each trip was revving up and you could feel the competition building throughout the season. I would like to congratulate Jon Toigo for his superb angling skills and for taking it all.
We had a mere thirty days prior to opening to ready the new dock facility and I must commend everyone involved in this project for making sure that this new addition was met with success. With plenty of enthusiasm by all the employees we were able to complete the hundreds of smaller details that make the weigh-in celebrations perfect to reap the rewards after a hardy day of fishing.
It was definitely a year of projects for Peregrine, including the new fish pack building and facility, the new dock weigh-in building and program, combined with the purchase of new furniture and the addition of more games in the sports lounge. The lodge was also freshened with new carpet installed throughout the premises. Our guest services department also stepped it up a notch with our guests left thankful for the steamy hot cloths on boat arrival and the cashmere hot water bottles to tuck up with at night.
We are already extremely busy with sales, projects and a few impressive renovations under tow at the lodge for the 2016 season, and a few surprises too! I am always eager to welcome all of you, both guests and employees, back for another spectacular season of fishing and adventure to a place we all call home. Tight lines and bent rods always,
" …arrive as our guests, leave as family.”
Posted August 19, 2015 by Georgia Husby
Trip Date : August 9-12
The weather continues to be impressive this summer as we welcomed another very excited group of anglers to Peregrine Lodge. Day one did not disappoint Nikki as she hooked into a 40-pound King at Snake Bay with guide Cody. This gal had no problem battling with her catch and could hardly wait to get to the weigh-in celebrations.
The lodge was boisterous during the evenings as Alana H. celebrated her birthday with family and friends. Many of her guests were newcomers to the sport of fishing and our exceptional fishing grounds did not disappoint. This trip was postcard perfect for memories of a birthday vacation well spent. Many of our guests had never experienced the humpbacks breeching so close to their fishing rods or the thrill of a battling salmon.
On the second day of the trip, a hefty run of springs lit up the fishing grounds and one boat boasted by playing over twenty fish! The champion of the day was Colby who masterfully landed a whopping 47-pound King salmon.
The boats left early with their guests to enjoy the last few hours of fishing on the last day and the weather enabled the ultimate fishing conditions so many of the guests adventured to "Halibut Hill "to complete their wish list for their boxes to go home.
The nightly awards ceremonies was active with good cheer among this group of close knit friends. We congratulate those who are the newest members of our Tyee Club.
The northwest is expected to blow gently through our fishing grounds, and we are expecting the next trip to enjoy playing even more of these incredible sized salmon runs.
Until next time, Tight lines, bent rods and big smiles!
Posted August 12, 2015 by Georgia Husby
Trip Date: August 5 - 9
Chances are that if the line strikes hard, it is going to be a good one. It’s that time of the year when the big ones are here. You can identify the bite right off the hop as these chinook tend to smash the rigger lines hard and then take off like a freight train. During this trip the down riggers seemed to have a slight edge over the weighted rods, but when the back weighted rod gets a strike, chances are it is going to be the one you were looking for.
Clint and Shayle enjoyed a great first day at Parker Point with their guide, Jorgen, as they caught and released 3 Tyees between thirty and forty pounds. On both the second and the third day, they were also successful yet again being guided into a few more of these spectacular King sized salmon. They had their game on this trip!
It's always great to enjoy the company of father and son trips here at Peregrine. Frank, Wes and Chuck had daily side pools with their boys as they do each year they are here. This annual trip started way back in 2001. Collectively, they know how to target the hogs, but their main reason for coming up to Peregrine Lodge is spending quality time with their sons whilst enjoying the outstanding fishing.
Our new fisherman guests from Michigan enjoyed landing these Tyee caliber salmon and they left home with much enthusiasm to return next year. We congratulate the Andreassans for joining the Tyee Club, with each landing a 37- and 40-pound Chinook. Frances had a great trip retaining a 43 and a 30.
Finding a big salmon was a bit tougher this trip, and yet we had 17 Tyees for the final tally. We are expecting a couple of days of Northwest winds, which means cooler waters and where there is cooler waters more bait is brought in, followed by hefty salmon runs. We have been stacked up with bait since we opened in June and no doubt that is the very reason we have experienced one of our best fishing years.
We measure to exactness here at Peregrine using this calculation for the release: Girth x 2 x Length / 800
You can be sure that when the salmon is returned to the sea, our guests will have the immense pleasure and gratification knowing that they earned their rewards earnestly and that their trophy-sized salmon has a better chance of making it to the spawning grounds. We understand precision is a serious matter when measuring the release and we are proud to have started the trend of promoting "Catch and Release” before any of the other lodges in the Haida Gwaii.
Thank you to all our guests on this trip for choosing Peregrine Lodge for their fishing adventure this year, and our extended congratulations to all of you that successfully landed a Tyee.
Best wishes for big fishes always,
Posted August 11, 2015 by Georgia Husby
Trip Date: August 2-5
The heat is on at Peregrine and I do not mean the weather, I’m speaking of the stellar fishing. We continue to enjoy hog hunting at Peregrine with another 27 Tyees angled by our guests this past trip. Our lucky guests have angled an outstanding total of 74 Tyees during the past week alone. Now that is bragging rights considering the size of our lodge is smaller than others in the same area. Our professional guides are lighting it up daily and the competition for the year-end tally of the Tyees is still off the charts.
From Naden to Klashwein, each point of structure has been just as great as the other for getting into the big ones. The combination of down riggers and a weighted rods allows our guests the advantage of targeting King Salmon that are continually running through our "close to home’fishing grounds.
Katy P. from Texas was off to a grand start on day one when she landed herself a monster. When she arrived back to the lodge for our weigh-in festivities she was stunned to find out that her King weighed a whopping 47 pounds. Katy is close to eighty in age, and it goes to show you that the spirit of sport fishing will always be rewarded no matter how old you are as long as you are at young at heart.
Emile entertained a group of southern anglers the past few days and a total of 10 Tyees were landed by his group alone. We congratulate each member of his party as they joined the prestige Tyee Club at Peregrine Lodge.
Sam enjoyed fishing with his mom and cousin Chessie on the final day of this trip as he landed her a 44-pound Chinook at Eagle Rock. Rosalyn R. is an exceptional fisherwoman and the lodge is always pleased when she returns each year. We could not be happier that she also got a Tyee on the last day while "hippie fishing” with Dan.
The humpbacks are everywhere on the fishing grounds and our guests are exuberant every time they get to experience the breeching of these grand mammals close to their boats. It is truly "Gods Little Pocket” in our backyard and I am ever so thankful that Mother Nature is at her best this year to share with all of us.
Until next time, Keep those rods bent!
Posted August 4, 2015 by Georgia Husby
Trip Date: July 29 - August 2
If you were lucky enough to be here with us this year, then you might have experienced the best salmon fishing on the coast of British Columbia.
The full moon brought the best tides this trip and our guides and guests captured the moment to the nth degree. A whopping "47 Tyees" between 30 pounds and 52 pounds were angled by our guests during the past few days. Fifteen hogs over 40 pounds were either landed or released, with the majority being the latter.
Naden has been on fire for salmon fishing this season, and I have never witnessed this area this hot for producing so many trophy-sized springs in just a few days. The weighted rods haven’t seemed to miss, but the down riggers are slightly ahead for the over 50-pound class. The over 50 pounds has been off the charts this past week.
Parker Point was the chosen spot for Jorgen as he started the day with his guests. His well thought out plan did not disappoint Timur, as he successfully hooked, landed and released a beautiful 52-pound King.
The J & G group with guide Dan, had 3 springs over 40 pounds, and one 38-pounder on the first day. This was then followed by Glenn and guests catching and releasing 4 springs over 40 pounds on day two. Now that’s performance plus!
We were also very proud of the very young kids from Wisconsin that learned much on this trip as they managed to angle springs up to 43 pounds and gave each of their dads a competitive challenge. " Halibut Hill ” has been producing the perfect size to take home and Kathleen was excited that her whitefish tipped the scales at 43 pounds. There were even a few halibut over 100 pounds, which were taped and released!
The lodge was abundant with joy and triumph each evening as each person regaled in the stories of the day with one another. There wasn’t much rest time on this trip for anyone, especially Janine our resident massage therapist, who was kept busy relaxing the achy muscles of our guests that enjoyed playing these hefty Chinooks.
The Humpback whales are breeching constantly and staying local for our guests to enjoy. This only means that the needlefish are plentiful for them to feed on, and where there is bait there is a another salmon run not far behind. We always welcome the Northwest winds which will be upon us for the next two days.
Thank you to all the guests on this trip for choosing Peregrine Lodge for their annual fishing adventure. We love having you here, and we were thrilled that you enjoyed some of the best fishing this year.
Until next time,
Best Wishes for Big Fishes
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