Fishing The Open Pacific – It May Be Rock & Roll But You’ll Love it!
Consistent fishing for salmon and bottomfish that you can “bank” on awaits you out of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The continental shelf extends far into the Pacific Ocean, with relatively shallow sandbanks whose depressions and structure hold baitfish like sand lance and herring, and provide a nursery for immature salmon. The offshore banks are also a major feeding stop for mature, migrating salmon returning to the streams and rivers of Vancouver Island, B.C.’s Lower Mainland, and the American west coast. It might feel a bit unnerving to corkscrew in huge ocean rollers at the offshore banks, but that’s where the fishing action is hottest. Later in the summer, there’s also heart-stopping fly-fishing for aerobatic topwater coho as they lurk in nooks and crannies along the surf line. Be sure to stroll along aptly named Long Beach – maybe even join a surfboarding class – and enjoy exploring Tofino’s restaurants, galleries, and funky shops.