EXPERIENCE HECATE STRAIT CHARTERS: PRINCE RUPERT FISHING, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Hecate Strait Fishing Charter is much more than a custom salmon and halibut fishing excursion. Whether it’s an easy reel–in with a ling cod, rock fish or snapper, or the class B.C. knuckle-busting King Chinook salmon, we have all the gear you need to land the big one and have a fishing experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Our professional crew can cater to the most seasoned fishermen’s expectations, as well as provide instruction and assist first-time ocean fishing tourists in every situation. Once in the net, our crew will dress and bag your catch and then place them in our onboard coolers where they will remain fresh until your return to Prince Rupert. From dropping traps to catch Dungeness crab in the first few minutes of being on the ocean, to celebrating the first big catch with a cold bottle of B.C wine or beer, our clients never forget the hours they spend fishing with our company. Further, processing facilities to freeze, smoke and candy your fish are also easily accessible from our dock where we can also box your fish for the flight home. When it comes to deep sea fishing or guided whale watching and grizzly bear excursions, Hecate Strait Fishing Charter is dedicated to giving all our customers a classic north coast salmon fishing expedition at competitive rates.
Experience Fishing at its best with Hecate Strait Charters!
ABOUT YOUR CAPTAIN
Professional and experienced Prince Rupert Fishing Charter
Captain Brian Lutz was born and raised in Prince Rupert and has been an avid fresh and salt water angler for over 28 years, with experience in the commercial crab, halibut and rock fish industries. Owning and operating Rain Dining Lounge for the past four years, Lutz has made the transition from full-time restaurateur to hosting his own fishing charters aboard the 26-foot Reel Down. With 21-years of experience in the restaurant industry, Lutz is an expert in award-winning hospitality and applies his knowledge of hosting to each and every guest. The world-renowned four diamond BCAA-accredited martini, wine and food menus at Rain Dining Lounge make it the perfect completion to your fishing charter, where you can have a sample of your catch cooked by our Red Sealed chefs. Pre-arranged packages that include both flight and hotel can be booked through Hecate Strait Fishing Charter, with accommodations provided by Coast Hotel and travel bookings through Quadra Travel, Prince Rupert, B.C. Having adventured through local waters his whole life and with a wide-array of fishing contacts, Lutz is a leading entrepreneur in the community and is able to give clients the historical background and contemporary experience of the pristine Northwest B.C. wilderness and wildlife.
Scheduled air service is available to Prince Rupert (YPR) from Vancouver (YVR), British Columbia, via Hawk Air and Air Canada.
From Vancouver, B.C., travel north on Trans Canada Hwy. 1 to Provincial Highway 97 (approximately 320 km); go north on provincial Highway 97 to Yellowhead Highway 16, (approximately 410 km); go west on Yellowhead Highway 16 to Prince Rupert (approximately 690 km). Check highway road conditions at Drive BC.
As an alternate driving route, a ferry may be taken from Tsawwassen (www.bcferries.bc.ca) to Port Hardy and from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert.
DRIVING FROM VICTORIA:
Take B.C. Ferries (www.bcferries.bc.ca). The same alternate route from Vancouver is also suggested for the drive from Victoria with an additional ferry from Victoria to Vancouver and continuing as mentioned above.
DRIVING FROM SEATTLE:
Travel north on I-5 from Seattle. Cross the Peace Arch Border into Canada, follow route from Vancouver as mentioned above.
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For Discounted Travel
Book your flight to Prince Rupert/Vancouver with Elan Travel! For those guests traveling to Vancouver/Prince Rupert we suggest you contact Tracy at Elan Travel in Prince Rupert 1.800.969.6997 or enquire by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Elan Travel has secured preferred rates with Air Canada into Vancouver from points throughout the USA and Canada. They have access to special blocks of tickets and can save you some considerable dollars. All Prince Rupert trips originate from Vancouver.
Our Prince Rupert Charter is located on Norhtern BC’s Rugged Coastline. It‘s located at the mouth of the Skeena River on kaien Island. Prince Rupert is also the gateway to the Queen Charlotte Islands and Southeast Alaska. We are situated 920 kilometers (520 miles) north of Vancouver and 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Southeast Alaska. The Queen Charlotte Islands and Alaska are accessible by ferry from Prince Rupert. Both Air Canada and Hawkair offer daily flights to and from Prince Rupert‘s airport.
Charter Fishing in the incredible Hecate Strait
Prince Rupert is one of the hearts of the fishing industry in North America. We enjoy thousands of visitors from around the world every year, who experience its bountiful fishing. Prince Rupert is also home to a large fleet of commercial fishermen. Prince Rupert is also home to Canada‘s largest fish canning and processing plants. In Prince Rupert, fishing is much more than a hobby or even a job. Fishing is a way of life and it‘s the prefect place to come salmon charter fishing.
Prince Rupert is Canada‘s deepest ice-free harbor and a full two days shipping time closer than any other west coast port. It is quickly becoming the most important development of the Pacific Asia Gateway. There is also an addition of the Fairview Container Terminal and a rail system that connects cargo all the way to Memphis, Tennessee. Prince Rupert is poised to be the future of intercontinental trade in North America. The city is also privileged to be a growing cruise ship destination, with Norwegian Cruise Lines currently docking vessels once a week.
Experiance the best Prince Rupert at its Finest!
The first thing visitors to Prince Rupert notice is the stunning landscape and scenery. Spend some time enjoying our local culture and friendliness of our local residents. British Columbia‘s best kept secret, Prince Rupert is a growing community with a bright future. The people who call it home wouldn‘t want to live anywhere else in the world.
Charter Fishing – Sport Fishing – Salmon Fishing – Hecate Strait >> Fishing Charter
Hecate Strait Fishing Charters provide more than just a day of unforgettable fishing to all our customers. Each day with us on the Pacific is a customized journey designed to your specifications, and we are happy to accommodate any requests you have. Hoping for a gourmet five course meal of local seafood for lunch along with some of the best local beer and wine? No problem. Want to go fishing in the morning and visit B.C.’s famous Grizzly bear sanctuary in the afternoon? We can do that. And much more.
Our posted rates are for a package that includes an experienced guide, a top of the line boat, and all the tackle, gear, bait, and gas necessary. All guests are responsible for purchasing their individual salt water fishing licenses prior to beginning their charter, and can be purchased at several local outlets within Prince Rupert, seven days a week. While our prices do include the cleaning/filleting of your catch, additional processing is not included but can be arranged at additional charge.
Please feel free to call or email with inquiries about rates, dates, and any other questions you might have about booking a vacation you’ll never forget.
What to Bring on your Fishing Charter
To get the most from your day on the water, it is important to be be comfortable. Temperatures range from about 55º to 70º. We recommend warm layered clothing, such as a wool sweater or fleece under a wind breaker or light rain jacket and waterproof footwear.
Please bring your own meals and snacks, along with hot or cold beverages.
Coho Salmon live for three years and can average 10 – 18 pounds and are very aggressive, which makes for a fantastic fight to reel them in. The are distinguished by their white gum’s, black tongues and a few spots on the upper portion of their bodies with silver-colored wide based tails and a silver and metallic blue dorsal.
Halibut is the largest of the flatfish. While they have been recorded at depths of more the 2,000 feet, most are caught at depths of 95 to 1,000 feet and can reach weight of over 500 pounds and can be over 8 feet long, but averages much smaller. Halibut is a highly regarded food fish and like the flounder, adult halibut typically have both eyes on the right side of the head.
Ling cod can be up to 60 pounds averaging about 20-40 pounds. The ling cod have a large head,mouth, and teeth. Its long, elongate body tends to narrow towards the tail. It has one long dorsal fin with the spine and soft-sided parts separated by a notch. Its body coloration tends to be dark gray, brown or a greenish color on the back with varying degrees of mottling or spotting present along the upper back. Ling cod can reach up to 5 feet in length.
Spring Salmon (also know as Chinook, King)
Spring salmon live from 2 to 7 years and weigh an average of 25 – 40 pounds with weights up to 100 pounds reported. They are also know as Chinooks, Kings or Tyee’s. Black gum’s and a silver, spotted tail distinguish the Chinook from other salmonids. They are blue-green on the back and top of the head with silvery sides and white bellies; black spots on the upper half of its body with gray/black mouth coloration and are the largest, most prized game fish.
It’s been several weeks since our charter, but I’ve told the story so many times and to so many different people, it feels like just yesterday we were reeling in the 41-pound spring salmon! The weather couldn’t have been better in Prince Rupert, and seeing those porpoises swimming alongside the boat was quite the bonus. My dad has been feeding family and friends as much spring and Coho salmon as they can eat back in Ontario, and I know he’s already talking about booking his plane ticket to come out again next July for a fishing charter with you. I’m still cooking halibut burgers on the barbeque at least twice a week, and I think you’re going to have to send me some of your recipes for halibut because I’ve still got a freezer full! Anyways, on behalf of all of us I just want to say thank you for showing us a wicked time and bringing us to where all the fish were. Your knowledge, boat and gear were much more than we expected, and I will be recommending you to anyone I talk to who is thinking about booking a fishing charter in Prince Rupert. Hope all is well and you’re getting lots of business with Hecate Strait and Rain. Talk to you soon!” – Kris Schumacher
Q: How many fish do you usually catch in one trip?
A: Every day of fishing in Hecate Strait is different, but clients can expect to leave with several halibut and/or salmon, the number and species of salmon depending on the time of year. Each person can catch a maximum of two halibut and 4 salmon per day. A halibut can weigh anywhere from 6 pounds to over 300 pounds, with salmon usually ranging from 5 pounds to 40 pounds, although 50-plus pound Chinook are not uncommon in June and July. Hecate Strait Fishing Charters won’t guarantee a specified number of fish per trip, but we have yet to send any client home unhappy.
Q: What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
A: One of our clients took home a 41-pound Chinook salmon this summer, and another was able to land a 35-pound halibut. Hecate Strait clients also catch a fair number of ling cod and rock cod, so coming back to the dock with more than just salmon and halibut is always a possibility. We also drop crab traps on our way to the day’s fishing spot which we collect at the end of the day, so clients will typically have a couple fresh Dungeness crab to eat for dinner when we arrive back in Prince Rupert. Since he began fishing the north coast, the biggest fish Brian caught was a 57 pound salmon, and several summers ago he caught a 212 pound halibut while aboard a friend’s boat.
Q: How many people can go out on a fishing charter?
A: Hecate Strait Fishing Charters takes out four people at a time for half and full-day charters, although small children are always welcome to come along. Four clients is the typical number of people most Prince Rupert fishing charters will accommodate, for various reasons. Space at the back of the boat becomes limited when more than five people are on board, and we always want our clients to be within arms reach of their line when a fish hits. As most charter boats only have two lines in the water at a time, operators always want clients to have multiple opportunities to reel in a feisty salmon or frisky halibut.
Q: What should I bring when I travel to Prince Rupert?
A: There are a few important items to make sure you have in your suitcase when you leave and in your backpack when you board the boat:
Rain Coat: As a rule of thumb everyone in Prince Rupert is always prepared for the worst weather the coast can throw at us, so a rain jacket is a must. Luckily summer is our dry season, so we do get plenty of spectacular sunny days. Camera: Being surrounded by snow-capped mountains, exotic wildlife and other breathtaking scenery, many people are thankful they brought their cameras, so don’t forget to pack one! Plus you want to document every minute of world-class fishing while you’re out on the water with us. Lunch: Our full day charters last over 10 hours, so having something to eat for breakfast and/or lunch on the boat is always recommended. Our chefs at Rain Dining Lounge can also prepare a delicious meal in advance to take out if our clients request it ahead of time. Drinks: Everyone should bring out whatever beverages they want to enjoy during their salmon and halibut fishing experience. We can also stock the boat with a great selection of pop, juice, spirits, beer and wine upon request. There’s nothing like popping a nice bottle of champagne after catching that big fish you’ve dreamt about all year!
Q: Are there any fish we can’t catch if we come in August as opposed to June?
A: Several fish are only in the waters of Hecate Strait during certain months, but most can be caught from May until September. Chinook or Spring salmon are only caught in May, June and July, while pink and Coho salmon have not yet arrived in the month of May. However halibut, lingcod, rockfish, snapper and crab are available to catch for the entire season.
Captain Brian Lutz was born and raised in Prince Rupert and has been an avid fresh and salt water angler for over 28 years. Brian has experience in the commercial crab, halibut and rock fish industries. Hecatet Strait fishes aboard the 26-foot “Reel Down” a 2007 Sea Swirl Striper 2601. Lutz is an expert in award-winning hospitality and applies his knowledge of hosting to each and every guest. Pre-arranged packages that include both flight and hotel can be booked through Hecate Strait Fishing Charter. Accommodations provided by Coast Hotel and travel bookings through Quadra Travel, Prince Rupert, B.C. Having adventured through local waters his whole life and with a wide-array of fishing contacts, Hecate Strait knows the waters of the North Coast of BC. Lutz is a leading entrepreneur in the community and is able to give clients the historical background and contemporary experience of the pristine Northwest BC wilderness and wildlife.