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.
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
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.
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 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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