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“Great Fishing and great fun”

Tofino 1st Class Fishing
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Owner description: Come experience some of the finest salmon & Halibut Fishing the West Coast has to offer aboard The Linda Sue ll with a born and raised local of Tofino with generations of fisherman in his blood (Captain Joel Nikiforuk). The Linda Sue is a 30 ft Conquest Boston Whaler nothing but a 1st Class Fishing Vessel that has been fully rigged out for all the fishing and trapping the west coast has to offer, so in other words any kind of fish you want is only a short cruse away
Vancouver BC
1 review
“Great Fishing and great fun”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

Part 1 - Before the Fishing
Any other Fishing Guide might have been overwhelmed and not overly thrilled when they saw our family walking down the dock. Three adults (in age only) and three kids under 5, might have sent shivers down the spine of most sea-hardened veterans. But Bjorn welcomed us aboard his boat with a handshake and a smile. His 30' Boston Whaler was the perfect Vessel for our family. Easily able to handle the formidable girth we provide, and room for the children to move about. After loading our crab traps and fishing gear we were on our way. Bjorn beguiled us with stories of his youth growing up in Tofino, unintentionally reminding us of what is good in life. His knowledge of the local area was beyond reproach. This was not just a fishing trip all you readers out there, this was small glimpse into the lifestyle that we all crave.
Part 2 - The Fishing
The seas were angry that day my friends, waves spewed over the sides of the worthy craft and soaked us to the bone. The boat surged through the violent undulating waves. We all looked at each other wondering who would be the first. We had no luck the first hour, but continued undaunted. We hooked into few nice Sea Bass and Rock Cod, all of which were keepers. We were about to call it a day and head back to shore but Bjorn would have none of that. He said he had spot (all fishermen say that) . We were not 10 mins at his special spot, when my Brother had hooked a large one. It was a fight to the death (for the fish, we would not have died but the ridicule my Brother would have endured would be close to death.. sort of?!). The fish pulled and pushed and dipped and flopped, my brother dripping with sweat and beer trying desperately to maintain control. Bjorn calmly giving advice and feedback, kids and adults barfing out the side of the boat. The fish was obviously some leviathan from the farthest reaches of the ocean. It was chaos. At the end of it all we had landed a 60lbs Halibut. We all took a second to sit back and enjoy the moment has Bjorn drained the sea creature of its blood and beat it with a hammer (He did not beat it with a hammer, that was a dramatic tool). After the massive Halibut, the dozen or so crabs we caught, seemed a little less dramatic.

That day on the ocean with Bjorn will never be forgotten. We dined like kings that night and we toasted Bjorn on several occasions. We highly recommend Tofino 1st Class Fishing, it will be an experience not soon forgotten.

Visited April 2012
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Chilliwack, Canada
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“FISHING WITH BJORN BANKE - Tofino 1st Class Fishing”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Family of four, Mom, Dad and two teenage boys. - We have had some wonderful and unique experiences travelling, and this trip with Bjorn Banke was one of the most memorable. He is much more than an experienced fishing guide. A truly wonderful person who loves sharing his rich life experiences and at times you forget that you are with him to fish.....fascinating guy. We had 100% confidence in his knowledge and ability. Soooo fun!! Teenage boys were so impressed and can't wait to go out with him again. The Chinook meal we had when we got home was one of the best meals we have ever had....several more in the freezer.
Thank you Bjorn!!!

Visited June 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“Highlight of our trip”
Reviewed 15 May 2012

After numerous recommendations from the locals and staff at our hotel we decided to book a fishing charter with Tofino 1st Class Fishing. We met Bjorn on the dock and boarded his pristine 30' Boston Whaler. Beautiful boat very spacious and clean with covered seating and a bathroom.
Bjorn made us feel very comfortable with his friendly and polite demeanor. Its immediately evident that he has fished the waters of Tofino his entire life. A quick trip to the Island where he grew up in the inlet we set some crab traps and then cruise offshore. During the trip Bjorn shares amazing stories about the history of the area and the wildlife. My girlfriend and I both caught our limits for halibut and salmon and even had time to jig for some cod and rockfish. To top it off our crab traps delivered some beautiful crabs. Back at the dock Bjorn's knife skills are awesome to watch a true pro. Our day with Bjorn was the most memorable day of our trip. We would highly recommend Tofino 1st Class Fishing to anyone of any level of fishing experience. Thanks, Bjorn ... We'll be back

Visited May 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“A fabulous family fishing experience”
Reviewed 13 May 2012

Our experience with Bjorn and First Class Fishing was simply outstanding. We were on a family vacation in late April and wanted to treat ourselves to an authentic west coast experience on the ocean. Having two city girls under the age of 10, we weren't sure what to expect. Thankfully, our adventure was in the capable hands of local family man Bjorn who understands what it takes to keep young children (and adults) interested. Bjorn recommended a mixture of site seeing (eagles, seals), fishing (rock fish, Ling Cod, Spring salmon) and even pulling a crab trap. We all caught fish and had a fantastic, truly memorable half-day aboard Bjorn's immaculate 30' fishing boat (and no deisel fumes!). We had fish and crab to eat for the rest of our stay in Tofino. Being born and raised in the Tofino area, Bjorn's knowledge of the local history and culture was really an added bonus. Bjorn is a patient, personable and very skilled fisherman. I'm certain that he can more than hold his own fishing with the hard core fishing folks, but as for this family from Calgary, we felt like we found the perfect guide for a fishing adventure at Tofino.

Visited April 2012
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Blaine, Washington
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“Bjorn's the Best”
Reviewed 12 May 2012

We've fished twice with Bjorn now, both times in late May. Bjorn was born and raised in Tofino and instinctively knows where to find the fish. We always go home with a load of fish, enough to last a year or more. In 2009 we fished one day and loved it so much that we decided to fish 2 days in 2011. Bjorn is reliable and at the dock when he tells you he'll be there. His boat is always in pristine condition and it has a bathroom on board, which is the one and only reason I originally picked Tofino 1st Class Fishing!! Bjorn does everything he can to make you comfortable, teaches you the tricks to successfully reeling in the fish and does all the dirty work. The day flies by when you're fishing with Bjorn and I guarantee that you'll be back time and again. We wouldn't fish with anyone else.

Visited June 2011
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