Fishing charters & tours in Vancouver Island

THE 10 BEST Vancouver Island Fishing Charters & Tours

Fishing Charters & Tours in Vancouver Island

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  • Klaas-Jan G
    1 contribution
    Campbell gives you access to many waters for Salmon fishing. We had a great time with our guide Justin. Superior equipment like drift boats and jet boats. But also the best fishing tips and tricks we ever had. Coastal Wilderness will help you with organising your fishing holiday. We just said what we would like to fish and Coastel Wilderness Adventures came with the best period, times and water. We already booked for next year.
    Written October 31, 2023
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  • coolbeans59
    Falcon, CO1 contribution
    I first met Sam Vandervalk in 1998 and have been wanting to make it up to Salmon Eye ever since he told me that he founded it. Living in Colorado and not having a family reason to make it up there has been prohibitive since nearly all my travels have been personal and business, but then Sam gave me a great idea …

    Turn a salmon fishing trip with Salmon Eye into a business trip!

    He told me to bring some acquaintances that I want to get to know more and bond over the few days we are staying together! Brilliant!

    The time together was the best time I’ve had in years and years. Not only did all of us on the boat bond and develop genuine friendships, but the experience of my first fishing charter set the bar that I’m not sure could be beat … except by Salmon Eye. And knowing that Sam doesn’t guide a whole lot anymore (only for special guests), I felt honored that he would be doing this himself.

    Firstly, Sam was always moving: steering the boat, adjusting speed, watching the fish finder, adjusting the depth of the lures, swapping out lures when they weren’t hitting, putting the new lure in the water, conversing with us … it was nonstop jumping between all of those and more! Add in Sam teaching us and giving us tips on improving technique while he was managing all of the above … he was a whiz!

    I love supporting a friend’s business, but you always wonder … is it any good? Does he really know his stuff? Considering we were OUTFISHING all the other boats around us, I’d say yes. We filled our licenses every day and even had some time to fish for Lingcod (next time want to do more of that AND come back with some Halibut). By the end of the trip, I felt like I was really getting the hang of bringing in the salmon … which made it all the more fun!!!

    The lodging was the icing on the cake. We stayed in a gorgeous cabin that was very comfortable for our non-fishing hanging out. The woodworking in our cabin gave the trip a very special rustic feel. Add in the new sauna and coming cold plunge, I’m looking forward to the next trip, so I can not miss a beat with my hot therapy/cold therapy (sauna/cold plunge) routine!!!

    I’d never been to Vancouver Island before, and I was blown away at the beauty of the drive from Nanaimo to Ucluelet. When I go back next time, I’m going to spend a lot of time hiking on the front end and finish the trip fishing with Salmon Eye.

    Our last night, we hung out on Sam’s front porch over cigars and bourbon and it was the best night I’d had since my wife’s death 3+ years earlier. It was everything that my soul needed: Fishing. Friends. Fine tobacco & drink. Deep conversation. Laughs.

    I got to meet a couple of Sam’s other guides, and I’d trust them to take my next business trip out, as well.

    I’ve already recommended Salmon Eye to a bunch of business buddies, and if you reading this, have a business? Talk to Sam. It’ll be the best investment of money and time into a budding business relationship.
    Written November 20, 2023
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  • craigbish0p
    Crowsnest Pass, Canada1 contribution
    Had such an amazing day with Steve on the water. A family of 4 with 2 x 12 year old boys who had the best day ever. The weather was amazing and the fishing was fantastic. Best of all was the service and attention from Steve. Couldn't ask for better and would highly recommend this experience. We did the full day and limited out! Thanks Steve and Island Pursuit Sport Fishing.
    Written November 22, 2023
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  • Paradise74734
    1 contribution
    Recently returned from an 11 day tour of Croatia with Grey Wolf Expeditions, specifically Jesse was our tour guide. We started in Zagreb, traveled to Krk Island, Zadar, Sibenik, Krka National Park, Split and Dubrovnik. The trip was wonderful, the clear blue Adriatic Sea has to be seen and experienced to appreciate its beauty. The highlights for me were swimming and kayaking in the Adriatic Sea, visiting the beautiful Krka NP, having a private all day boat ride out to Kornati Island to see an old movie set, enjoy a fantastic view, swim and go out to lunch. I also loved walking the Wall in Dubrovnik which provided great city views. This was not your normal 20-30 people tour with headphones, there were just four people including myself. Jesse provided options for activities each day and we made decisions as a group on how to spend our time. This trip was more of a cross between a tour and traveling with a handful of friends. Jesse was wonderful and he aims to please. He provided us with fun, entertaining and informative activities. He was a delight to have as a tour guide.

    Written October 21, 2023
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  • will k
    2 contributions
    We had a great fishing trip with Cameron and caught good numbers of fish including a 23lb chinook which was really exciting. A brilliant team and highly recommended
    Written August 16, 2023
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  • Kenneth H
    New York City, NY4 contributions
    Blake was great in squeezing us in for a half day fishing trip last minute. Matt was an incredible guide on our mid day fishing trip with the kids. We caught some nice large king salmon and a few other fish as well.

    Our guide was friendly, informative and great with the kids as well. Cleanline came highly recommended to us and it was clearly for good reason.
    Written August 24, 2023
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  • Kiara B
    1 contribution
    Pat was absolutely awesome. He made it a very fun experience for me and my family. He knew exactly what he was doing. I would highly recommend going out with Pat. We will 100% be returning customers!
    Written September 8, 2023
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  • Excursion624681
    8 contributions
    Excellent 6 hour charter! Matt was our guide - he was personable, knowledgeable, and hard-working. We went offshore and inshore eventually got into fish. The boat itself was also top-notch.
    Written February 27, 2022
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  • Dave A
    Regina, Canada4 contributions
    We have mobility and allergy issues, everyone at Reel Obsession from the hosts to the guide to the chef could not have been kinder or more helpful. Everything about this operation from the people to the equipment was first class in every respect. And the fishing was nothing short of fabulous!
    Written August 30, 2023
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  • Collin C
    1 contribution
    I have gone on many charters in my life and have never been with a guide who still has the enthusiasm for catching fish the way Captain Mike does. His enthusiasm for fishing is contagious, especially for our kids. We had continual fish on the line and cannot wait to have a chance to go out with him again.
    Written September 30, 2023
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  • Kay G
    1 contribution
    Great trip with our guide Rick. Weather was beautiful and my friend and I came home with a cooler full of fish afterwards. Ricks expertise and attention to detail is second to none. I cant wait to go back and fish with him again.
    Thanks Rick.
    Written September 18, 2023
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  • Nick B
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada9 contributions
    Just finished a tour with Brin the owner that included crabbing, finishing, whale watching and wildlife. It was glorious, especially for February in Tofino. It was warm and sunny with hardly any wind. We cruised around Vargas island enjoying craft beers. Visited a secret fishing sport for a spell and trapped 6 dungeness. Brin is a chef so he showed us how to steam up fresh crab on a portable BBQ. Such a memorable and special day.
    Written February 23, 2022
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  • Richard T
    1 contribution
    Andrew certainly knows where to go and how to catch fish! Boats around us weren't getting anything, but we were consistently getting hits. Will definitely book with Andrew again.
    Written September 7, 2023
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  • Chris L
    Brisbane, Australia11 contributions
    As soon as we boarded Tory's boat we realised he is a true professional. Tory made sure we all caught multiple fish as he showed his years of experience fishing the area. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed Tory's company and entertaining stories. I have no hesitation in recommending Tory if you are looking for a fun day on the water.
    Written September 9, 2023
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  • Donna C
    1 contribution
    This is the charter you want! Captain Todd will find the fish.
    Book early, he's popular and has lots of regulars. Can't wait til next year.
    Written September 2, 2023
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