Tonquin Fishing Charters
Tonquin Fishing Charters
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Tonquin fishing charters wants to offer you an experience of a life time, here in Tofino BC on Vancouver Island's west coast providing some of the worlds best salmon/halibut fishing charters. Our trips are all privately guided to ensure the best time possible with Tonquin fishing charters. You can enjoy a private trip to Hot Springs cove with prawn and crab fishing on the way home! Plan your charter to fit your needs, We welcome kids on board to experience a fishing experience they will never forget!Born and raised here in Tofino BC, Owner/Operator John Nikiforuk grew up fishing off the local docks of Tofino catching bull heads, snagging crabs, and of course winning the legion derby for biggest bull head! Later in his teenage years he was lucky enough to have an older brother with a boat, they would fish every chance they had! John gives the upper hand with his knowledge and years of experience working on his families commercial Prawn and Tuna boat. Now as a Tug boat captain since 2006 and a sport fishing guide since 2007, here in the local west coast waters Johns marine experience is second to none.
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
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Jammypack
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
John is hands down the best fishing guide on the west coast! He knows the area and doesn't rely on where everyone else is fishing. It's like he wakes up everyday knowing where the fish are. To boot, he's the nicest guy and the hardest worker I've ever met. I can't wait to fish with him again!
Written December 27, 2023
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Amy S.
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
My husband and our 11 year old son spent a 1/2 day fishing with John. My son has always dreamed of catching salmon and he caught 3 large salmon. They caught lots of other fish/crab/prawns as well. They said John was an expert and also just a great guy. Thank you John for helping my husband and son make such great memories.
Written June 14, 2023
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Chris R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I've had many fishing guides over the years and John @ Tonquin is hands down the best. We caught around 300lbs in one day, and had to throw a bunch back. I'd highly recommend Tonquin to anyone looking for an amazing time fishing in the Tofino area.
Written August 24, 2020
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Kim C
Coldstream bc15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Thanks so much John for the fantastic day of fishing with you on the mega bite.
Fished west coast before and this was one of the best times out there by far. We felt very comfortable on the boat with the large rolling waves , your experience on the water and fishing was very evident.
The crab feast we ate when back at hotel was to die for . Friends are in shock at how much we pulled out in one day and asking who we went out with, the recommendations are already out there and more to come.
We will be back coming back to tofino to fish with you again next year. Already looking forward to it .
Written July 25, 2020
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Pierre G
Vernon, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
"Hey Johnny, any half days available this weekend" we phoned in on Friday afternoon?!
"Saturday is booked, Sunday is calling for gale force, let me do some research and get back to you" he says.
Not good news when Halibut is the goal. Damn.
"Hey Pierre, can you be on the dock for 6 am Sunday, there's a window early morning I think will play out? But only a few hours, gotta be on it, can't promise anything."
"No Problem Johnny, see you then."
The window worked out, we limited out on Hali early morning, winds picked up big time and we moved in, limiting out on 3 other species for 11 am.
John proves again, the client is number one, he always finds a way to make it work. A great plan, some hard work and faith, by noon we were on the dock with a cold beer, another years worth of fish for the family secured.
Thank you Johnny for continuing the tradition!
Written June 13, 2020
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Sarah Cyr
Trois-Rivieres, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We take a day with Captain John and it was fabulous! It was the first time that we was fishing sea food and of corse it will not be de last one. Thanks for the amazing trip we will see you again for sure. We recommend Tonquin Fishing Charters for everyone !
Written January 6, 2020
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Pierre G
Vernon, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This was our third time with Johnny, "its a bit slow, not a lot of action" was the word for how things were recently. As per our previous trips we came to fill the cooler and again Johnny was on board, full of energy, ready to work. On the rods, fresh baits, minimal down time, move if we have to move. And again we came back cooler full, first on our half day, and again for our full day.
Love it, great value, the freezer is full, Thanks Johnny!
Written November 9, 2019
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Mufferawjoe
Ottawa, Canada98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
My wife and I went out fishing on the Megabite in September 2019 while visiting Tofino. Wow I can't say enough about the good time we had. We caught Salmon, Blue lingcod, white lingcod, rockfish and even a small shark. He also stopped at a couple of his crab traps and we had dungeness crabs also. John is very friendly and knowledgeable. His boat the Megabite is state of the art with twin 150 engines that get you to the fishing action quickly. It wasn't long before we had multiple strikes and pulling in fish. We also got to see eagles, seals and sea otters. All of the other fishing boats were on the 2 way radio asking where the fish were as they were not catching fish. I laughed when he said it's one thing to know where the fish are, but it's another to know how to catch them, which he sure did. We caught our limit and had a really fun day on the boat. When you dock he cleans all the fish for you. At the dock there is a fish processor that will package and freeze your catch and put in a travel cooler so you can bring it home on the air plane. We did that and my freezer is full of nice pacific fish. All in all I would highly recommend booking Tonquin for your fishing trip in Tofino BC. Amazing and well worth it, thanks again John.
Written September 30, 2019
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binglee1
Invermere, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Second year with Captain John and it was tremendous. Johnny is magic on the water. I have nothing but admiration for his fishing skills.
Written September 13, 2019
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Douglas H
Boulder, CO9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Johnny and the Megabite were awesome. We had an amazing fishing trip and limited out on Chinook in about 3 hours. We also caught a pink and coho for fun. Johnny knows his stuff and we were catching fish while all the other boats stared on with no action. At one point, we had 3 Chinooks on. It was a blast!

Johnny is very friendly, safe, and knows the area well because he has lived there all his life. I took this trip with my 7 and 9 yo daughters.
Written August 13, 2019
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