FRIENDS, FOREST, FISH, FILETS,FUN, FIRE, FOOD....AND MORE!
The above describes my experience fishing off shore, on the Pacific Ocean, these past several days.
|BC Ferries - from Tsawwassen, BC to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island|
|One of the many super ferries in the BC Ferries fleet.|
|Protected waterways in Barkley Sound....and the Broken Islands.|
He claimed that while driving from the coast to Port Alberni he smelled wires burning. The dash caught on fire and he was forced to abandon the truck quickly. There are very few pull outs on this narrow highway.
|A volunteer firefighter came along and tried to extinguish the fire. Not to be!|
|Once the gas tank blew we let the traffic proceed.|
|Diane and Hector's fishing camp and my home during this fishing trip.|
Jeanette and I have traveled to the west coast of Vancouver Island many times in the past but neither of us had even heard of Toquart Bay.
|Several other RV'ers and fishers had the same idea as us.|
|5:30 am Friday, July 27, 2012|
|Our first few hours delivered these two Coho.|
|Captain Hector is scanning the Loren sonar/and chart for a better spot to fish.|
|This commercial fishing boat kept following us. Hmmm....I wonder why? Did they know about Hector's prowess and ability to find fish?|
|Seven hours later we returned to the dock to clean our fish. End of Day 1.|
|6:00 am Day two.|
|Hector has a bite!|
|These commercial boats have up to 100 lines in the water.|
|Hmmm....mmmmm....good! What a treat after a hard day on the salt chuck!|
|Diane has the gift for preparing awesome cuisine in all conditions.|
|Diane also dug for clams and she had great success with those also.|
|Hector and Diane's camp rests only a few feet above the high tide line. It's a beautiful spot.|
|Hector is not only well skilled at cleaning fish, he's a master at shucking oysters too!|
|Only a few minutes on the barbecue...and man were these oysters tasty.|
|The marina at Toquart Bay.|
|Early morning - Day 3 - 5:30 am and soon to head back out for the BIG SPRING SALMON!|
|Once at our destination, the lines were set, the down-riggers were released and we were fishing. The trolling motor was set at about 2.5 mph....the coffee was poured and we kept vigil on the rods.|
|Hector reeled in this bad boy! Nice!|
|Yes....another big Spring.|
|Back on shore, Chico - Hector and Diane's Portuguese Water Dog - was anxious to greet us.|
|I think my smile was wider than Hectors. I was still in awe of our great fishing adventure.|
|On board the Coastal Renaissance ferry back to the mainland.|
Not only was I so well hosted by Hector and Diane, I got to spend time with one amazingly interesting friend (and fishing guide) during the many hours (at least 20 + hours) off shore on the majestic Pacific Ocean. I also got to spend time relaxing with them both while enjoying the beauty and serenity that Toquart Bay has to offer. What a treat!
|A cooler full for the freezer back home.|
To Hector and Diane (Chico too), sincere thanks for a world class fishing experience.....and your continued friendship. Jeanette and I look forward to our RV'ing adventures this winter too.
Well, it's back to the reality of life and living - chores and duties - as Jeanette and I prepare for another adventure when we head off to the Province of Alberta this Wednesday.
Thanks for dropping by.