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3,000 miles away (Lots of pics)

My wife and I celebrated 10 years of marriage up in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We had originally planned to go to Costa Rica and then changed plans to go to the Keys. At the last minute we opted for something totally different and went to VC, BC. We knew virtually nothing about the area but I had seen pictures and always wanted to visit the Pacific North West. So off we went.
The scenery is amazing. There is so much wildlife it is hard to believe. Seals, Whales, Dolphins, Deer, Elk, Bears, etc

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We fished for 1.5 days for Chinook and Halibut. We actually only fished for halibut for about 3 hours due to the tides. The fishing is very different up there. They salmon fish with something they call a mooching reel and use 10’ rods, clipped to downriggers. It’s actually a lot like trolling with a 12wt fly rod. When the fish run they pull drag and the handle turns. It cost me a couple really nice fish forgetting to take my hand off the reel to let the fish run. All in all we caught A LOT of salmon including (1) 25lb halibut in 515’ of water.
Here is a shot of the rod/reel clipped into the downrigger:

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Fog rolled in and it was so thick it’s hard to describe. Really incredible.

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Fish pics:

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Lots and lots of Dungeness crabs:

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It was a ton of fun. I think we brought back about 70lbs of salmon and halibut. I am looking forward to going back next year.
Genesis 27:3 - Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.

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