We started in the Sportfishing Business in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, BC in the Spring of 1982. I call those days the “Golden Days of Campbell River” because back then the fishing was as good as it gets and we enjoyed some wonderful years.
In the late 80’s, we started to notice many of the Campbell River guides bringing in a lot of huge salmon from the Nootka Sound area. Nootka Sound is about 90 miles due West of Campbell River, on the Pacific Ocean side of Vancouver Island. We sent a couple of our top guides over to find out exactly where these monster salmon were coming from!
As it turned out, all the reports that we had been getting about the fishing in Nootka Sound waters were true. On the spot, we decided that we had to get over there PDQ….pretty damn quick.
In the spring of 1994 we bought an abandoned fish farm and converted it into a fishing lodge. This was one of the best decisions we ever made as it quickly grew into the busiest fishing lodge on Vancouver Island. After 25 fun-filled years, in the Fall of 2019, we sold the lodge – and two months after the sale closed, the Covid pandemic hit the fishing tourism industry hard. We were basically closed for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, but now with the borders reopened, we have decided to return to our roots in Zeballos.
We have re-named our outfit Zeballos Top Guides, and we will be based at the Cedars Inn in Zeballos. We have downsized our business to a more manageable, personal level, and many of our long-time, veteran guides like Simon John, Brian Lebrun, and Joey Webber, will be returning. We will only be running 6 guide boats in 2022 and this is being done to assure that our guests have a once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience, with some of the “Top Guides” in the business.
Covid still seems to be an issue moving forward. We hope by the late Spring that any travel restrictions will be a thing of the past. One thing that we are 100% sure of is that every traveler to Canada arriving either by air or by land is going to need to have proof of being fully vaccinated – so if you have your shots and can’t wait to experience the wild fishing on the west coast of British Columbia, give us a shout.
We hope that you will join us this upcoming summer for some over-the-top fishing!