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Old 04-09-2021, 09:30 AM   #21
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Seems like a interesting place, I've been up to Langara fishing a couple of times but I hear that the fishing is pretty good around Kitimat too?
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I plan to cruise over to Campbell River to do some fishing this year if all goes well with the boat?
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Looking forward to a party that's for sure!
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Old 04-09-2021, 09:39 AM   #24
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Seems like a interesting place, I've been up to Langara fishing a couple of times but I hear that the fishing is pretty good around Kitimat too?
I'm not into fishing, but lots of people are. Mere shadow of it's former self limping along due to the hatchery, but still good compared to most areas.

The valley got pretty much logged out in a few decades, so there were no fully mature spruce flats to control the river. It's been meandering around the valley floor ever since, chewing its way through new ground and depositing sediment into whatever old spawning channels remain.

The whole Douglas Channel system is huge though, with lots of other salmon rivers and streams, some of which are in pristine untouched valleys.

I'll know everything is back to normal when the oolichan come back to the Kitimat River. The valley floor is starting to bounce back...lots of grizzly bears again!
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Murray how many days do you think it would it take to get from Gibsons to Kitimat in an old trawler like mine at 7 knots?
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Murray how many days do you think it would it take to get from Gibsons to Kitimat in an old trawler like mine at 7 knots?
in 2019 I helped a friend move a 37' boat from Saltspring Island to Kitimat. Being a delivery trip, some extra days were allowed for bad weather. We had good weather, so were able to do a little exploring, including a side trip to the Fjordland area, but our budget days proved just right.
14 days all in.
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Old 04-09-2021, 12:53 PM   #27
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There are a number of us here - slowly taking over!

Hopefully see you out on the water sometime!
Conrad, I have a son with 2 kids in the Cowichan Valley 20 min. from Duncan so we plan to be over on your side quite a bit.
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Old 04-09-2021, 01:03 PM   #28
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I plan to cruise over to Campbell River to do some fishing this year if all goes well with the boat?
And the DFO...

Another non-retention salmon year from April 1st to early Summer, at least.

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Old 04-09-2021, 01:17 PM   #29
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Murray how many days do you think it would it take to get from Gibsons to Kitimat in an old trawler like mine at 7 knots?
We've only been as far south as Calvert Island just north of Cape Caution, so looks like koliver has the answer for you.

All depends on weather and your running vs exploration/anchoring times.
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Hi Chilly,
Welcome to the forum from across the Salish Sea. The places to go and explore on the BC coast that are within the capabilities of your boat, once you are properly prepared, are practically endless. Enjoy all that your boat and the area has to offer.
Who knows, we may even allow our American friends to come back too. Just kidding Tom (ASD).
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Welcome to the forum from across the Salish Sea. The places to go and explore on the BC coast that are within the capabilities of your boat, once you are properly prepared, are practically endless. Enjoy all that your boat and the area has to offer.
Who knows, we may even allow our American friends to come back too. Just kidding Tom (ASD).
That would be awesome!
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You bet it would Tom, and not just so that our American friends can again start to enjoy all the area has to offer. It would also mean that most of this mess (Covid) is behind us, and that, my friend would be a very good thing
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I thought I saw something here about you living in Alberta, maybe another thread. But I'll throw this out there.

There are two marinas in Comox, public (larger) and private (smaller). You would be surprised at how many in these two marinas are from Alberta. They fly out from horsey land, arrive in Vancouver, jump on Harbour Air and land literally at the private marina where my boat is. When you step off the aircraft, you are about 40 yards away from my boat.

Many like it in Comox (and Campbell River) as you are on a jumping off point for all the best boating in BC - Desolation, Broughtons and points north. Fishing is pretty good close to my marina as between the two marinas is the put in area for trailered boats, most of them fishing addicted. I do know later in the fall last year, I could here guys talk about the fish they caught, I think they are mooching. I heard one women advise a party just going out to fish, they were catching salmon at around the 160 foot mark.

In fact, in this very put in area, in early November the marina was visited by three teen Orcas in the late evening. So I was walking on the jetty about twenty feet away from these three Orcas. Some feel they were coming in looking for a tasty seal snack.
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Welcome aboard! I'm in the same area these are great waters to cruise for sure.
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Excited to be on the beautiful BC Coast with my new (new to me) 1978 CHB trawler.
Been enjoying and learning from so many excellent posts.


Cheers Chilly
Hello and welcome, from the North Coast of BC ! (boat moors in Port Edward during the summer months).

If you decide to venture further north, do keep us posted.
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Hello and welcome, from the North Coast of BC ! (boat moors in Port Edward during the summer months).

If you decide to venture further north, do keep us posted.
For sure, we have not ventured that far north ... yet ... retirement is just two and half years away so we have plans to cruise!
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Hey Chilly welcome aboard... From Ladysmith.... Always ficxing something on my trawler. Have a 1980 Hirshine 37.... Cheers!
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Excited to be on the beautiful BC Coast with my new (new to me) 1978 CHB trawler.
Been enjoying and learning from so many excellent posts.


Cheers Chilly
Congrats on your new boat and on being able to use it in BC. It doesn't get any better than that! I bought my first trawler at the end of 2017 and went right up to BC. I spent the entirety of each boating season up there. My daughters started telling people that I lived in Vancouver. I miss it so much!

Cheers!
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