Run from Rupert across to Sandspit

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Chuck, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    Next summer looking at making the run across to Sandspit then through the narrows and fish the outside of Haida. Cartwright Sound area.
    Anyone have experience making the run? Also, ie. fuel, groc, shower etc. or any general knowledge.
    Would also be interested to buddy boat to make the run across.

  2. saanauk

    saanauk Active Member

    That sound like a fun trip. Do you have an idea of time frame yet?
  3. captmike

    captmike Member

    I've made the run from PR to QC many times in a 65' commercial boat and always checked the weather (should be OK in summer). Its over 200 km usually with a ground swell as well a wind-Hecate Str is mostly relatively shallow so waves can pile up quickly. QC narrows can be a challenge since the sandbars change from year to yr-watch the kelp! get your fuel,groc,ice inQC. Good luck.
  4. hippaisland

    hippaisland Active Member

    Bring a spare prop! As Captmike said, narrows constantly change and have to watch the tides. Many of local outfits run jetboats(so they don't have to worry about running through on the ebb) w/kickers for trolling once through the narrows.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2017
  5. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    Will determine once I get more knowledge.
  6. ILHG

    ILHG Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking the same thing for next year. Possibly early July. Interested to hear what advice folks have.

    It cost a fortune to bring the boat across on the ferry.
  7. bigdogeh

    bigdogeh Well-Known Member

    I've thought of it but that's quite along ways over open water and that strait can get pretty windy. Would feel more comfortable taking a ferry across but prob mucho dollars... don't think I'd want to go without a buddy boat.
  8. ILHG

    ILHG Well-Known Member

    Agree 100%
  9. Fish Camp

    Fish Camp Well-Known Member

    Never thaught I would look but I did.Your buddy boat is the ferries at 8 hours from rupert to gwaii terminals .distance 93 miles .Half the distance to Gwii fom rupert is 50' of water.Ran nawitty bar and the water stacked up 20' high and had to plow through the waves.south end of poarcher is 115 miles with differant tack to wind and skidgate and no buddy boat being the ferrie.good luck.lord hates a coward,fools seldom differ.FC
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  10. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    FC, good thing your the most intelligent person on here!! Good on ya.. Appreciate your informative input!!
  11. Dogbreath

    Dogbreath Well-Known Member

    My understanding is that the indigenous of old generally did the crossing at night when winds were more slack-I did it twice in the dark with the old Charlotte Explorer and it was flat as a pancake no excitement at all.
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  12. ILHG

    ILHG Well-Known Member

    Well said. It went from a thought to, the ferry anit that much after all. What I like about this forum is getting to hear from experienced folks.
  13. Fish Camp

    Fish Camp Well-Known Member

  14. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    Can also be more pleasant runs across the Strait. And when applied with great caution risks are reduced. Hence the need to gather as much experienced knowledge as possible, then make an educated decision.
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  15. capt hook

    capt hook Well-Known Member

    if you do it at night , make sure the commercial crab season is not open.
    As its a mine field of trap bouys.
    Even in daylight its a constant job at the helm to avoid the trap bouys...Thousands of them.
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  16. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

    4 sure, CH! Every few years a boat catches a string of crab gear on their stabilizers and gets turned over and sinks...
  17. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    2018 run and fee schedule out mid Nov. which might have an increase. So towing my boat I'm looking at somewhere in the $1975.00 + taxes return. Also, 8-9 hrs each way.

    Making the run would definatly be more economical and timely but possibly not the smartest decision! Will need more info or require a last minute decision based on weather window and keep option #1 open to do the ferry if necessary.. Option #2: If all goes sideways, Fish Rupert!! Works either way and I'd be happy with that!!
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  18. Stosh

    Stosh Well-Known Member

    Maybe when I was young and fearless I'd consider doing something like that just for the fun of it, but somehow I don't thinks so.
    Way too many great places to fish on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and a lot easier to get to.
    Just my 2 cents
  19. adanac

    adanac Well-Known Member

    Haida Gwaii is incomparable to anywhere on Vancouver island IMHO. Wildlife , scenery , fishing , the local Haida culture is unforgettable .
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  20. Stosh

    Stosh Well-Known Member

    I'm not saying it's a great place to see. I've been there a couple of times and would love to go back again, but not in a small boat running from Rupert. There are safer ways to get there.

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