Fishing for spring salmon

The Carte Blanche is currently fishing for spring salmon in the waters surrounding Haida Gwaii; you can read about the trip below.

 


 

It’s a blessing to identify a faulty pump before you bury it under two tonnes of ice.

Anchors aweigh.

Rest up and enjoy the sun while you have some. No region of Canada measures as much precipitation as the west coast of British Columbia and no weather station on that coast comes close to recording the amount of rain that falls into the Mitchell Inlet rain gauge on Moresby Island in Haida Gwaii.

And what better place for the final pre-fishing “fun and games” than Port Hardy where Bonnie who runs the ice facility showed off her answer to the local labour shortage.

Now sitting abandoned, Namu was once a hub of commercial fishing activity that supported a population of up to 400 cannery workers, fish processors, maintenance personnel and their families – with enough children to support a four-roomed schoolhouse.

The largest community on the central coast, Bella Bella is also the capital of the Heiltsuk First Nation which is close to completing construction of a new big house that will be the social, ceremonial, and spiritual centre of the community.

In the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, Klemtu is home to the Kitasoo First Nation of the islands and the Xai’xais Nation of the mainland.  While in Klemtu, we met the extraordinary three-woman crew who were relocating the 65’ sailing vessel Extraordinary from Seward Alaska to its new home in Lake Union Washington.

An unscheduled repair in Port Edward.

We lay out the bait and then, voila, we catch the fish!