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.
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