PROFESSIONALLY GUIDED SALMON & HALIBUT FISHING CHARTERS
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V.I. Fishing Charters, now in it's 26th year operating on Vancouver Island. Owned and operated by Gil DiCesare since it's inception. Gil is a founding member of the West Coast Fishing Guide Association, former member of the Sport Fish Advisory Board and event coordinator for the Pacific Salmon Foundation (psf.ca). Our professionally guided fishing charters operate out of Tofino, Ucluelet, Campbell River, Salmon Point (Saratoga Beach), The Comox Valley and Deep Bay (Bowser); offering exceptional fishing in many different areas around Vancouver Island. We specialise in group, corporate and family charters as well as for the hardcore anglers from around the world. You can be assured that our vessels and guides are some of the best and are equipped with the latest fishing & safety gear to provide you with a safe and successful fishing charter.
Known world wide for its spectacular coastal mountain ranges, abundant wildlife, pristine waters and world-class sport fishing, Vancouver Island is a special place. Vancouver Island is the world's most popular salmon and halibut fishing charter destination. We offer our clients the opportunity to fish from ALL of the most productive angling locations here on Vancouver Island. When fishing the waters surrounding Vancouver Island you need a guide you can count on to make your fishing charter enjoyable and successful.
Our guides have a minimum of ten years of professional guiding experience and operate fully equipped charter boats; complete with washroom facilities, top quality tackle & gear, and the latest in GPS / navigational and fish-finding electronics. You will be onboard with some of Vancouver Island’s most experienced and respected professional saltwater fishing guides who are renowned for their catch rates and dedicated to providing you with an amazing fishing adventure here on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.
Moored in all the major sport-fishing ports on Vancouver Island, our fishing guides cover ALL of the prime salmon and halibut fishing destinations. No matter where you would like to fish on Vancouver Island, our fishing guides have the angling experience and knowledge to make your fishing dreams come true.
TOFINO & UCLUELET
These west coast ports on the amazing, unspoiled and rugged west coast of Vancouver Island provides anglers access to an offshore salmon and halibut fishery that is unrivaled anywhere in the world. This exceptional salmon and halibut fishery provides our clients with angling memories that British Columbia is famous for.
Just being out on the open Pacific Ocean off of Tofino or Ucluelet is truly a breathtaking experience to remember. Then throw in the thrill of catching wild Chinook Salmon (Kings), Coho Salmon (Silvers) and Sockeye Salmon that migrate in huge numbers off the west coast of Vancouver Island. These migratory wild salmon are veracious feeders and gorge themselves on the immense schools of baitfish consisting of krill, herring, needlefish, anchovies and pilchards prior to spawning in their native coastal rivers and streams.
This amazing fishing experience is one that few other areas in the world can match. More information...
CAMPBELL RIVER, COURTENAY / COMOX, DEEP BAY, QUALICUM BEACH, PARKSVILLE & PORT HARDY
The beautiful east coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia is truly spectacular, known world wide for its amazing coastal mountain ranges, pristine waters and world-class salmon fishing. From the northern community of Port Hardy to historic Telegraph Cove, Campbell River, Courtenay, Comox, Deep Bay, Bowser, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, Victoria and Sooke, you can spend your day on the water fishing aboard our fully equipped 22-28 ft guided fishing charter boats. There are endless opportunities to catch the mighty Chinook Salmon (Kings), feisty Coho Salmon (Silvers), the acrobatic Chum and Pink Salmon up and down the magnificent east coast of Vancouver Island BC. Millions of migrating salmon head south down the east coast of Vancouver Island starting in April and continue right on through October. More information...
PORT ALBERNI, BAMFIELD, BARKLEY SOUND & THE ALBERNI INLET
Known world wide as “The Salmon Capital of the World”, Port Alberni offers anglers easy access to the amazing Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, Bamfield, The Broken Group of Islands and beyond to the open Pacific Ocean. The Alberni Inlet is home to some of the world’s largest salmon runs, numbering well over ONE MILLION fish annually. Port Alberni’s world-renowned Somass and Stamp River systems are home to hundreds of thousands of returning Sockeye Salmon every year. Sockeye Salmon are known the world over as the tastiest of all the five salmon species. This amazing annual event provides an angler with Sockeye Salmon fishing action that one can only dream about.
In Port Alberni, our salmon fishing charter boats regularly hook into as many as 10-25 of these tasty sockeye salmon during most June and July mornings. The powerful Chinook Salmon arrive in the Alberni inlet in huge schools during early summer and on to Port Alberni during the mid to latter part of August and into September. The largest of the five salmon species, the Chinook can be a handful for even the most seasoned salmon angler. Chinooks in the 25-35 lb range return every year by the tens of thousands. Arriving with or just behind the Chinooks are enormous numbers of feisty Coho Salmon. These acrobatic salmon are, pound for pound, one of the most exciting salmon one can hook into. More information...
TAHSIS, NOOTKA SOUND, GOLD RIVER & ESPERANZA INLET
Located on the magnificent west coast of Vancouver Island BC, the Village of Tahsis is nestled at the head of the fjord-like Tahsis Inlet. This remote destination offers trophy sport fishing for Chinook salmon that have topped the scales at 50+ lbs! Huge schools of migrating Coho in the 10 to 20 pound range inhabit many of the kelp beds in Nootka Sound. Pound for pound, Coho are considered to be the best fighting of the five species of salmon.
Beginning in mid June, the salmon fishery continues well into September. Feeding on the abundance of krill, herring, needlefish, anchovies and pilchards, these migratory salmon are veracious feeders and pack on the pounds in anticipation of returning to their native rivers and streams to spawn. Abundant Halibut, Red Snapper, Rockfish and Lingcod offer fishing opportunities which have made fishing on Vancouver Island legendary.
The sheltered crystal clear waters of Nootka Sound offers a fishing experience that you will remember for years. Our fishing charters in the Nootka Sound area can provide our clients with hours of fishing in remote, unspoiled wilderness aboard 24-26 ft fully equipped charter boats. More information...
- Tofino / Ucluelet
- Campbell River
Parksville / Deep Bay
- Port Alberni / Bamfield
- Nootka Sound
Gold River / Tahsis
- Victoria / Sooke
"Three consecutive years running you have provided my wife and I with a great day out on the water.
The fishing and the scenic waters in and around Ucluelet were just fantastic."
J&R Kellick, Wash DC
"My first salt water fishing experience couldn't have turned out better; whales, sea lions,
bald eagles, dolphins and a cooler full of fish to take home."
G. Alderson, Seattle