|Posted July 02, 2012 by John Kelsey|
As the last helicopter departs our lodge on another beautiful evening, after another incredible trip, the feeling here is one of great satisfaction. It is clear to everyone here at Peregrine that we are off to one of the best seasons we have seen in a long time, with some of the best fishing we have seen in years.
Over the last few days, there have been so many great fishing stories that it is hard to know where to start, but this time lets start with the halibut fishing. Over the course of the trip, every guest caught a halibut, with very few not catching his or her limit of two. While impressive, it was not the numbers that were astounding but rather the size of some of the halibut coming in. On the very first day, Cam Paterson brought in a remarkable 96 pounder, while fishing with his guide Johnny off of the Mazarredo Islands. The big fish was one of a pair that they hooked while trolling for salmon when they doubled up on “Halis.” The first one — about 60 pounds — got off at the boat but the bigger of the two wasn’t so lucky. But Cam was!
However, just about everyone would have put money on the 96 to win the halibut pool. That is, until, on the final morning, George Muller broke triple digits, reeling in a 106 pound beauty at almost the exact same spot as Cameron! Guided by Gordo, it took them close to an hour from start to finish, requiring the use of a harpoon, buoy, and plenty of manpower to finally bring the fish into the boat.
While these big halibut inevitably took up a good part of the spotlight, they by no means took it all, because the salmon fishing was even stronger than it has been on any other trip this year! Every single guest reached their limit in Chinooks and Coho, Including some beautiful Tyees among the group. The big salmon of the trip went to Ernie Rinomato who caught a whopping 47 pound Tyee on the second day. Also guided by Gordo, Ernie was fishing off of the famous Bird Rock when he hooked into his first-ever Tyee. The second biggest salmon went to Ernie’s brother, Tony, who caught and released a gorgeous 39 pound Tyee at the crack of dawn on the final morning, while fishing with his guide Mikey O.
There were many more great fish and too many stories to mention, but these is no question that the fishing was superb. When you combine this with daily Humpback sightings, Orca super-pods passing by offshore, calm seas and Captain Wayne’s bad jokes, the result was a treasure chest of great memories for every guest. If we have not seen you already, we hope to see you here this season at Peregrine Lodge. Please come and join us — you won’t want to miss out!