Tips for Catching More Fish on Your Next Haida Gwaii Fishing Trip
If you are looking for a stress-relieving activity in which you can spend hours enjoying nature while bonding with family or friends, you should consider sportfishing in BC.
One of the best places to go sport fishing in BC is in Haida Gwaii. Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is made up of over 150 islands with numerous protected bays and kelp beds. Popular game fish found in Haida Gwaii include Lingcod, Halibut, Rock Fish and Chinook (King) Salmon.
If you are planning a Haida Gwaii fishing trip, here are some tips that can make a difference between having a big catch or no catch at all:
Pick the right bait
The first step in ensuring you catch more fish is having the right bait. For clear water, use brightly coloured bait that will easily attract attention. If the water isn’t clear, then the smell of the bait is more important than the colour. For unclear water, pellets will make excellent bait.
Learn how to position your pole
When it comes to sportfishing the smallest things can make a big difference. One such thing is the position of your pole pot. It is best if you place your pole pot as close to the pole as the possible. This can make a huge difference in how much you are able to catch.
Fish, along with their feed, move with the tides. This means fishing hot spots might move every few days. If you know how to predict the tidal waves, you will be better able to strategize your fishing days.
Plan for the season
Although Haida Gwaii offers sportfishing opportunities all year round, each fish species can be found during distinct seasons. So, you should plan accordingly. For example, Lingcod, Halibut and Rock Fish season run from mid-March to November, while Chinook Salmon season last from May to September. Coho, Chum, Sockeye and Pink Salmon season runs from July to September.
Hire a local fishing guide
If you are new to sportfishing, it may be helpful to hire a local fishing guide. A fishing guide will provide you with the appropriate equipment, predict the movement of the game fish you are trolling and teach you the fishing techniques necessary for a successful sportfishing experience.
Are you ready to plan your Haida Gwaii fishing trip?
If you are looking to reel in a big catch in Haida Gwaii this sportfishing season, contact us at Escott Fishing. At Escott Sportfishing, our guides are seasoned fishing pros and we use only the best fishing boats and gear. Not only will we take you to best Haida Gwaii fishing spots, but we will also treat you to a five-star experience inclusive of luxurious accommodations and gourmet meals from our accomplished chef.
So, what are you waiting for? Call us today to learn how to obtain your sportfishing licence and start planning your trip.