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.
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