Tracey John Hittel reports. Hello from the Kitimat heat wave, 35c is the normal temperature here these days and the camels are loving every minute of it, or is it a mirage. Well the 55lber in picture 1 is real as life as our latest guest from Grande Prairie Alberta set the hook on this Skeena Monster yesterday just in time before the closure on Skeena Chinooks. Marvin fought this bad bay for a good 20 minutes and with the help of his partner Brad running my jetboat while I coached Marvin for the victory and a beached whale some 1.5 KMS down river. When the monster hit it took most of Marvin’s line, and he mentioned Iater that he could see the last few wraps of line on the spool, I quickly threw the anchor into the boat and pushed off shore for the chase, and would you believe I forgot the net on shore, what a l%$#@ I thought to myself, oh well what could I do now. When you have no net your not going to land the fish in the middle of the Skeena, so I decided to head to shore and do what all bank maggots (another name for shore fishermen) do, and that is skid the fish on the rocks and he will lay over on his side and its all good, well Marvin did just that and there you have it, a fish of a lifetime!
Also pictured in our next slide is Robert Anderson of Medicine Hat Alberta with a chrome bar from the Skeena, this fish pushed the 30lb mark and is a Tyee, not to mention another pair for the day landed, biggest fish Bob has landed as well his grandson Austin proved he could pull in Skeena fish as well.
Our Missouri Circus Show owner, Leonard and company spend a day on the Skeena with us and pictured is myself with Leonard and another beauty. During August the Skeena produces a large run of fresh Steelhead and attached is Tom, the Ukrainian necktie, with a Steelhead fresh from the sea. This was Tom’s second trip this season as he was in Kitimat in June for Chinooks landing a 30lber.
Also fishing with us this week was Greg Chacalias and Garth Stark, these guys had very good success and the story of the week was 2 days ago when Greg launched into a 70lb plus Chinook on the famous Kalum River, his guide Barkley said it was the biggest fish he has ever seen, having it elude his net on 2 occasions, unsure if it could even fit the large Salmon net, after a 1 hour battle, the beast snapped the 30lb test line and away it disappeared into the green emerald water, its always about the one that got away that keeps us going back out!
This weeks arriving guests are from the USA, Japan, Alberta, Switzerland and the UK. The run of Coho in the rivers and the Saltwater begins this week as well peak Skeena Steelhead.
If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Tracey John Hittel, you can contact him at, www.steelheadheaven.ca .