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“WardoWest above and beyond for amazing fishing trip”

WardoWest Tofino Sportfishing
Ranked #4 of 51 Tours in Tofino
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A world class experience offered from WardoWest Fishing Charters means experienced guides with proven results in two of the best vessels in Tofino, either on our 25' Grady White vessel or 27' Sailfish. Our vessels are stocked with the very best technology and fishing equipment including: Lowrance HDS10 Nav System, Islander Reels, Sage Rods and Scotty High Performance Digital Downriggers. In Tofino we target primarily chinook and coho salmon (with the occasional sockeye, chum or pink), halibut, rockfish, albacore tuna as well as Dungeness crab. Our vessels each have a heated interior and are Transport Canada approved. Give us a call today so we can help you plan the fishing trip of a lifetime.
Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is the 2nd year in a row that I've fished with WardoWest (Dave, Paul, and Kass). Last year we had 4 people (ages 14-64). We had such a great experience, we grew the party to 8 people (ages 15-65) this year. If you haven't fished with WardoWest, you haven't experienced 'blue ribbon' fishing.

Accommodations: WardoWest has a fabulous house in a quiet neighborhood about 5 minutes from the marina where they keep their boats. All of the beds are comfortable, the house is spotless (thanks Kass), cooking in their remodeled kitchen makes eating some of the days catch a truly memorable experience.

Boats and Gear: comfortable, safe, plenty of room for 3-4 people per boat. Great salmon and halibut gear. Huge variety of bait and lures to make sure we're giving the fish what they're hankering for.

Guides: Dave and Paul are some of the most respected guides in Tofino and after being out with them for a day, it is easy to see why. Their commitment is happy customers and they go above and beyond to ensure that is the outcome for all. They know the waters, they know the fish. Both Dave and Paul do an excellent job helping both experienced and inexperienced deep sea fishers to to be successful. Dave and Paul worked their butts off. They did all equipment set-up, hook baiting, gaffing/netting, handling and cleaning the catch. They have a processor who meets the boat at the dock and flash freezes the catch.

The Catch: We booked 3 days of fishing. It was perfect. Tofino is having unbelievable weather this summer. Lots of sunshine and warm temps. Unfortunately this slowed down fishing.
-Day 1: Our first day we only got 6 halibut (largest 40 lbs) and 8 salmon (Chinook/Coho-largest Chinook about 16 lbs). The slowdown wasn't Wardo's fault. (note: we did better than most of the other Tofino guides.
-Day 2: Dave and Paul announced that they had found a spot for day 2. It was a 35 mile ride, no problem in their boats. NOTE: we've never experienced fishing like this, both Chinooks and Cohos. We limited in both, often with 2 and 3 on at the same time. The Chinooks were averaging about 12-20 lbs. Great fights, even better eating. The best way to describe fishing was all of our arms and wrists ached. Sometimes we couldn't even get our bait through the swarming Cohos.
-Day 3: We split up and went to 2 different locations. Our boat went to Hot Springs Cove. Not to be missed if you haven't been. We had GREAT fishing nearby. Limited on Chinooks (10-20 lbs), 4 beautiful Cohos (7-10 lbs), 3 decent ling-cod (8-12 lbs) and a couple of red rock fish. And to top it all off, we were graced with 2 humpback whales who swam by about 150 yards from our boat. A PERFECT day 3.

Thank fire2020
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David W, Manager at WardoWest Tofino Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2015

Thank you Thank you Thank you. Cant Thank you enough. Building relationships with people like yourself is why I started this business. Well and of course my passion for fishing. Stoked to come visit you in the off season.


All the best.

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Reviewed June 29, 2015

Spent 3 marvelous days on the water with Captain Dave and Captain Paul. Fishing was superb and we went home with tons of salmon and halibut. (exaggerating OUR LIMIT of course) They knew where to find the fish.,Can not say enough about the equipment they supplied us with. Rods and reels were like brand new. Fast boats to get you out to the fishing grounds means more time for your lines to be in the water. We even went out after fishing one night and got some Crabs that complemented our Sea Food Extravaganza dining that evening. Dave and Paul have years of experience fishing in Tofino. They will share their knowledge with you and give you advice when catching fish. Don't forget to keep your rod tip way up when you have a fish on. Listen to these guys and you will land the majority of fish that you hook up with.
Our accommodations were super. Make sure you check to see if Dave's Chalet is available as well. His house is a 4-5 star property.Fully furnished, hot tub, cable, wifi. Just like home but better. If you need anything during your stay at the lodge, Kass or Dave will be make sure you get what you need.
This is a Bucket List experience.
Steve S.
San Diego, CA

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David W, Owner at WardoWest Tofino Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2015

Thank you for the wonderful review. Great meeting you in June! Honestly I learned and grew after your stay with us. Having your family annually visit us has been a great experience for our staff. Hope you keep coming back for years to come.


All the best.

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Reviewed June 28, 2015

My family had a spectacular fishing trip with WardoWest. I came up from SoCal so Tofino was a bit of an adventure. We were also on the fence about doing a fishing trip because we had young kids in tow, but they really wanted to do it. We finally decided at the last minute. Am I glad we did! This was the highlight of our trip. We went whale watching the following day, and that was boring in comparison.

Our guide was Paul. He took us out for a half-day in the afternoon to a really good spot offshore. He made it look so easy. Within the first hour, we caught 2 almost 20-pound chinook salmon. The fish were beautiful. The conditions were perfect too. There was a light off-and-on drizzle, but the ocean was very calm with waves less than 2 feet.

Paul also humored my kids and answered all of their incessant questions. He showed them a different experience by going closer to the shore where we could fish for rock fish. That was fun because the kids had an opportunity to do some full-on manual fishing with poles. That was the type of fishing that they had always imagined.

In total, we caught 8 fish, which included salmon, rock fish, black sea bass, ling cod, and kelp greenling. Not bad for an afternoon! The rock fish were smaller, and Paul suggested using them as bait to see a bald eagle in action. That was awesome! He threw one of the rock fish about 15 feet behind the boat. At first, nothing happened. Then this bald eagle suddenly swooped down from a tree top, grabbed the rock fish, and flew away. It happened so fast (gone within seconds). It was amazing to witness this majestic bird fly away with our catch.

I highly recommend a fishing trip with WardoWest. Unfortunately, I think this experience will ruin it for any other fishing trip that we do. They were very accommodating starting with my initial inquiries with Brandon. As a novice, this was reassuring. You can ask them any questions no matter how silly they seem. Everything was easy. There was ample parking right next to the dock. We did not have to buy any extra equipment or wear any special attire. When we were done, Paul called the fish processor to pick up our fish so that we could fillet it and pack it for travel. No problems taking the fish back to the US on our flight from Vancouver. Thanks, WardoWest!

Thank JaeOnTour
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David W, Owner at WardoWest Tofino Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2015

Wow thanks for an amazing review! Here at Wardowest our motto is perfect is close enough so I guess we nailed it. lol Paul has become an outstanding guide and continues to show our guests a great experience time and time again. If you ever come back up to the great white north we would love to take your group out again.

All the best.

DW

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Reviewed June 11, 2015

Just got home from 2 plus days for fishing with Dave. My wife and I booked a couple days of fishing in Tofino and were lucky enough to have Dave as our guide. The weather was not perfect but Dave made it work and we caught our fish every day. I have fished all my life never met a better guy to fish with. His integrity, personality, overall program are top notch. I would highly recommend his programs. We only did the fishing part but I'm sure any program he offers would be great. Tofino is a wonderful place but its small and everyone works together. I told many people we ran into during our time in town about Dave and everyone really gave him very positive reviews. Thanks Dave

Thank CruzTownTommyd
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David W, Owner at WardoWest Tofino Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2015

Thanks Tom for the great review. Hope when you come back the weather is better and we can get into more fish and less waves. Tuna was great this year hope you get into them also.

All the best

DW

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Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Booking a fishing trip with WardoWest is a must do in Tofino. We had a great time enjoying the stunning scenery and catching salmon. Dave was a knowledgable, enthusiastic guide and was determined for us to find fish. His boat was equipped with top of the line radar and he had lots of different bait and hooks. We highly recommend this fishing tour, we had a blast!

Thank Annie R
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David W, Owner at WardoWest Tofino Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2015

Awe thanks Annie for the kind words. When the sun comes out and we get into a couple fish it usually makes for a great day on the water. It was great chatting with you and Matt. Hope you two make it up again soon.

All the best.

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