Articles and Photos by Terry W. Sheely
ON A RAT'S NOSE
Discovering Bamfield's Neighborly Salmon/Halibut
We’re hanging on and staring into a 90 minute buck-and-slam boat ride on an unsettled ocean toward a rumor of kings and halibut on the Rat’s Nose. Two months from now a Chilliwack angler will nail a 53-pound chinook at the placid mouth of Bamfield Harbor just steps away from the lodge we’re leaving.
Never know where the fish will be, but what I do now know is that they’ll be here—somewhere.
I’m discovering that the quiet little harbor town of Bamfield, BC (Vancouver Island), overshadowed by touristy Ucluelet and Tofino, its bigger brighter louder neighbors, is surrounded by salmon. Lots of salmon! Winter-springs from December into June, pass-by spawner kings May into July with halibut in the 30 pound range. Coho and pinks are late July deep into September along with halibut averaging 40 pounds, and from mid-September until winter blows in there’s a mix of hooknose cohos and late-kings. Fewer salmon but much bigger.
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