This all started three months ago when Rodney, from fishing with Rod, asked me if I was interested in taking two brothers from the UK out on a couple sturgeon and salmon trips. Carl and Alex, who are only 18 and 16 years old, respectively run a very popular YouTube fishing channel called “Carl and Alex Fishing”. After spending hours watching their amazing videos and seeing how talented they were I was super excited to have them come and film what BC has to offer.
On October 24th I met Rodney and the two brothers at the Mission boat launch. Although I could tell that catching sturgeon was their first priority, I knew that the weather and tide conditions were not in our favor at the time. I decided to take them to the Stave River where we could catch chum salmon while we wait for the perfect time to fish for sturgeon.
After catching about 15 to 20 Chum salmon we decided to try for sturgeon on the lower Fraser River. As soon as we dropped the anchor at one of my favorite spots, I was excited because I knew the conditions were just right. Within only 15 minutes of fishing, Alex hooked on to his very first sturgeon. Although we were unable to land it, we were fortunate to have caught several other sturgeons throughout the day. All the fish were between 2 to 7 feet long. Taking out Rodney, Carl, and Alex was truly a treat for me. Seeing the young brothers expression and excitement when catching their first sturgeon is what makes me love my job. The pure enjoyment and passion that these young boys had for fishing only reminded me of myself when I was their age. I was determined to help these brothers catch an even bigger fish the next day.
On our final day together, I was hoping and praying that we would get a trophy sturgeon and give the brothers an unforgettable fishing adventure. The morning of October 25th 2014, the winds felt like they were blowing at 100 mph. It was very hard to anchor due to the strong winds but with luck, we were able to find some spots that were protecting us from the extreme weather. Throughout most parts of the day, we were consistently hooking on to fish around 4 to 5 feet long. By the afternoon, I started to feel that our chances of getting a trophy sturgeon were fading away. However, as time passed, I could tell that the weather was improving which allowed us to fish at spots that we were unable to before. While I was preparing bait for Carl and Alex, I saw that one of the rods had a slight bend. As I was closest to the rod, I set the hook as hard as I could. I instantly knew that this was the trophy fish we were looking for. The fish jumped once and I almost passed out from the excitement. I passed the rod to one of the brothers as I knew that I had to drive the boat and chase the fish down the river. The battle lasted over an hour and a half; everyone including Me and my friend Justin had a turn with this monster. We finally landed the fish and it was 9’11 feet long! It was not the biggest fish that I have caught this year but it is one that I will never forget. The determination and suspense that everyone had while fighting this fish is an adrenaline rush that never gets old and the relief of finally holding the fish in our arms is the world’s greatest weight off our shoulders.
I am so glad that I have been fortunate enough to take these amazing young brothers (Carl and Alex) on a truly unforgettable fishing trip. I am proud and humbled to say that I have helped them catch the biggest fish of their lives. Their love for fishing only increased my motivation and passion to share my knowledge of fishing with the world.
Finally, I must say thank you to Rod. Without him, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. Just by watching his countless Youtube videos ( http://www.youtube.com/user/fishingwithrod ), anyone can tell the love that he has for BC and the fishing that this province has to offer. But as a true friend, I know I can always look to him for an amazing fishing adventure!
The whole fishing experience was captured on video and you can find it on their YouTube channel, please click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq7LQaFmIps&list=UUDH-BQ_G44oIt7f8RdQXNPg