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Safety Orientation & Safety Info

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (341)

Safety is our #1 regard; Before departure all guests receive a Safety Orientation and are informed as to the location of Safety Equipment.

1 You will be shown the Red DSC button on the boat radio. When required, if you push the button for 5 seconds it will send the digital ID and location of the boat on a Mayday protocol which will be received by all commercial boats including the Coast Guard.
 
2 All guests will be supplied with life-jackets that must be properly worn (clipped in) at all times.

3 All guests will be informed as to the location of Safety Equipment, this includes:
     Air horn & whistle.
     Dry Bag with spare horn, water proof flash light & radio, flare gun & flares.
     Throwing ball & throwing Life-Ring both with heaving lines.
     Anchors (2).
     First Aid Kit with thermal blankets.
     Fire extinguishers (2).
     Paddle.

4 Our boats are maintained to meet and exceed Transport Canada requirements. All are equipped with VHF marine radio, GPS plotter, depth sounder, automatic bilge pump, & running lights.
 
5 All skippers are extensively trained and have a min of 1 full season of professional marine experience in Clayoquot Sound.  All have passed the required courses set by Transport Canada including Marine First Aid. All boats carry a tool kit.

Fishing with Whales

Posted on August 9, 2016 at 2:24 PM Comments comments (32)
Recently while on a Family Fun Fishing charter near the Lenard Island Lighthouse a Humpback Whale swam quite close to the boat and rolled over on its side.  That day we caught a bunch of Copper Rock Fish at a depth of about 15 m. , which we released. 

As an experienced ex-commercial fisherman who caught and supplied live Rock Fish for the (high-end) Asian restaurant market I know these fish will survive.  Fisheries studies show that 90% of these fish die, however, that study was done at 90 m. (300 ft) with commercial gear, however, almost all of the fishing we do on our fishing charters are at 12 to 20 m (40 to 65 ft).  Fishing at these much shallower depths and bringing the fish up much slower is considerably less damaging to the fish and the vast majority do survive.  As a `Live Cod Fisherman`, no buyer would have paid me 10x the price of a dead fish if they didn`t make to the restaurants alive.  I believe our `Catch & Policy` is a great way of educating up and coming fishers to ensure healthy sustainable fish populations.


 

Family Fishing

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM Comments comments (8)
Here goes my first blog.
 
Family fishing has been very successful this summer,  Our 'catch & release' fishing ensures there's always been lots of fish around and they're bitting.  We've been catching a wide assortment of various species including; Black Rock Fish (aka Black Seabass), Copper Rock fish, Tommy Cod (aka Kelp Greenling), and China Rock fish.  
 
Today (July 30) while fishing with a father and his son near Tonquin Island near the harbour entrance, the son reeled in about 12 rock fish including a couple of Lingcod.  Today was his first time fishing, I'm quite sure it's not his last!   

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