Fishing Haida Gwaii

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Looking for an epic hunting, fishing, gathering do it yourself adventure?  Like the kind of trip where all you bring is a fishing rod, firearm and salt and pepper?  You’ve got to consider Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and you’ve got to check out the video, Fishing Haida Gwaii:

The ferry trip between Prince Rupert on the mainland and Skidegate on the island is cool but perhaps the most inhibitive part of the trip (approximately 8 hours and a couple hundred dollars each way).  You can get the ferry info here.  It’s a little pricey compared to staying home but is way cheaper than taking a boat to Maui.

Once on the island there are a couple small towns but mostly it’s a lot of mountain and coastal wilderness.  We headed out on the logging roads to Rennel Sound on the west coast and set up at a forestry site right on the beach.

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In order to tame the wild waters of the north pacific we enlisted our sturdy 14′ aluminum Lund. While it is not advertised as an ocean vessel, I’m certain that Mr Lund had this purpose in mind because it handles the rollers and chop in style.

Once out on the water it was three priorities: 1) don’t die 2) catch fish 3) don’t die

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We managed pretty well, no one died and we ate like Kings.

Jigging for bottom fish is wonderful for the kids or any beginner.  It is as simple as dropping your lure to the bottom and jigging it up and down until dinner strikes.  The other awesome aspect of jigging is the excitement of what you may bring up.  Rock fish are common and super yummy, Ling cod are great and look like mini-water-dragons while halibut are the steak laden cattle of the sea.  We caught them all and even hooked a spring salmon on the halibut rod.

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We ate fresh fish and chips, roasted halibut fillet, sushi rolls with tempura cod and crab but perhaps none was better than freshly campfire-smoked candied salmon.

fishing haida gwaii smoked salmon in Haida Gwaii

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Fishing Haida Gwaii is a serious adventure for the serious adventurer.  Even for the not-so-serious it is seriously a world class adventure.  Of course, sometimes going to the public library on a Friday night can be an adventure, so whatever floats your boat, seriously.

Think you can stomach the seafood while fishing Haida Gwaii or do you imagine you would become food for the sea while fishing Haida Gwaii? Either way is fine by me and either way you should probably subscribe to the blog and leave us a comment or something.

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Kissing Fish: Eat Your Heart Out Boys!

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Catching fish is so 90’s, kissing fish is what all the cool kids do these days. See if you can stomach your fish this fresh:

Here in Northern BC we have lots of great fishing lakes. This last weekend we went fishing at one of these stellar lakes just a few hours from our place. We headed out for a weekend of camping and fishing with our 14’ aluminum boat loaded down with all our gear and
kids (amazingly we came in just under the 400lb weight restriction for passengers and cargo).

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This lake is teeming with 1-2lb Rainbow Trout and Ling Cod (Burbot) of various sizes. We trolled along with our Minkota electric motor dragging 3 lines at a time. There was so much fish catching action going on it was hard to keep the lines in the water. Three would be fishing, two would be baiting hooks, one would be manning the net and one left to steer the boat.  Somehow it was never Roses turn to bait the hooks (in fairness, she did try once, it’s in the video, and it’s pretty funny)

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The Ling Cod were caught on a set-line baited with a trout head and laced with halibut hooks. The set-lines are meant to sit on the bottom of the lake, tied off to a float. We left these overnight and gathered our bounty in the morning. Everyone wanted to pull in a set-line in the morning, its like christmas morning, so Jeff made a rule that anyone who pulled in a Ling had to kiss it! The kids were up for the challenge. The biggest Ling was 7 lbs 4 oz. These yummy fish are just as tasty as any cod from the ocean.

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Our favourite way to prepare the trout is to brine it in brown sugar and salt for a
few hours and then smoke it over an alder campfire. We also canned some of
the smoked trout when we got home. It turned out great! The Ling Cod was
breaded and deep fried along with hand cut fries in a cast iron dutch oven over
the fire.  The only thing worthy of chasing deep fried Cod and home made fries? Doughnuts, of course.

This plate here was fried trout, deep fried ling cod and some wild gathered greens; false Soloman Seal shoots and Fiddle Heads.

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