Looking for some recommendations for a guide

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by fishpirate, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. fishpirate

    fishpirate New Member

    Hello,

    I am planning a relatively last-minute trip with my two kids (12 and 8) to Vancouver Island next week (16th-20th) and would like to get them into some fish. We plan to visit Tofino/Ucluelet, Port McNeill, and potentially Port Hardy, and would like to fish at least 1/2 day at one of those locations.

    Any recommendations for a guide?

    Thanks,

    Hans
     
  2. Hali_hauler

    Hali_hauler Member

    Try west coast fish expeditions in Ucluelet. Call toll free 1-877-333-8221 or email info@westcoastfish.com.

    I have been with Matt a number of times and he is always on the fish.
     
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  3. fishpirate

    fishpirate New Member

    Thank you!
     
  4. Pescado_Loco

    Pescado_Loco Member

  5. Waterwolf2230

    Waterwolf2230 Well-Known Member

    I always find it interesting looking through photos on guides websites of a cooler (on a boat) full of fish with no ice. I don’t hire guides, so is that the norm? If you are too cheap to buy a bag of ice are you going to be too cheap to go that extra mile on the water? It would piss me off, that’s for sure.
     
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  6. Dogbreath

    Dogbreath Well-Known Member

    Yes a lot of them are lazy, lying, ignorant skinflints- always looking to chisel a few pennies here & there.

    In complete contrast-fishing with Iron Noggin his extensive commercial experience showed- our fish were always buried in salt ice and I remember when taking some the smokehouse the receiver commented on the excellent quality fish.
     
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  7. Waterwolf2230

    Waterwolf2230 Well-Known Member

    I guess that’s a good thing for someone to ask a prospective guide, how do you care for your catch. Some don’t even bleed them from what I hear. If they say one thing and do another, bye bye tip...

    Id love to fish with Nog, I’d be a sponge with his knowledge.
     
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  8. Wetfeet

    Wetfeet New Member

    Try Mike Kelly at Tides and Tales in Port Hardy, this guy is truly and amazing and passionate fisherman.
     
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  9. Whitebuck

    Whitebuck Well-Known Member

    Westcoast fish ucluelet, ask for Cappy. I can give you his cell if you PM. Been doing ukee a lot of years...Matt and Cappy are 100% are always tubbed one when other boats are scratching for a few fish.
    PM me
     
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  10. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Any guide worth his salt wouldn't be open this close to those dates. The top guides are booked in prime time many months ahead of time. Hope you can make something happen
     
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  11. Clint r

    Clint r Well-Known Member

    I’ve been lucky enough to fish all those places but not out of a boat in tofino. If it was me, I’d try to get a trip out of Ucluelet. Don’t have any suggestions for a guide but I can say Port Renfrews been our go to fishing spot for a few years but last years trip to Ukee converted me. I’ll be going back there whenever I get the chance
     
  12. spoiler

    spoiler Active Member

    you could try Kenny Myers "Fish Myster" in Uky, Nelson Karger in Port Renfrew - O'Fishal Fishing Charters
     
  13. Stizzla

    Stizzla Well-Known Member

    Is he the guy who fishes with Mike Mitchell on Sportfishing BC sometimes?
     
  14. Waterwolf2230

    Waterwolf2230 Well-Known Member

    Yup
     
  15. Wetfeet

    Wetfeet New Member

    Yup that's right. Personal friend. Hes likely booked but may be a cancellation.
     
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  16. Peahead

    Peahead Well-Known Member

    As Tofino mentioned above it will be very hard to find any available, even more so any highly recommended or highly marketed operation. A last minute cancellation may be your only possibility. If in PH and Mike Kelly not available, you could always try:

    http://www.castlepointcharters.com/about-port-hardy-castle-point-fishing-charter.htm.

    Can't "recommend" as don't know anyone who's used his services but he has ctag and was on an episode of Big Coast where he looked to be good guy with many years of experience and good catch success.
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018
  17. Stizzla

    Stizzla Well-Known Member

    I like his attitude. You’d have a good time with him. Waterwolf would be my second choice.
     
  18. Big Green Machine

    Big Green Machine Well-Known Member

    You can find a cheap Group On guide for this short notice. They will not take proper care of your catch, nor be really concerned about your expectations. You get what you pay for. Mostly an uncomfortable boat ride.
     
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  19. fishpirate

    fishpirate New Member

    Thanks for all the info, we found someone in Tofino. Care of the catch is a top priority, as is fun for my kids.
     
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  20. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Good for you, have a good trip
     

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