5 Different Ways to Fish With Oak Bay Marine Group

BC Fishing Resorts and Pedder Bay and OBMG.com - April 14, 2014

With DFO forecasts indicating that this could be one of the best fishing seasons in 30 years the Oak Bay Marina Group is ready to deliver with five different ways to fish in British Columbia. You’ll have your choice of boats and locations, giving you the ability to build your dream fishing vacation. Are you ready to catch that big fish you’ve always dreamed of?

Here are five exciting ways to fish with the Oak Bay Marine Group:

1. Boston Whaler

These boats are perfect for those looking for a more rugged and outdoors based fishing experience. They seat two guests and a guide and get you face to face with the beautiful BC wilderness. Exciting, productive, invigorating, and intimately in touch with nature are ways our customers describe this fishery. If this style of fishing is for you then this option will be sure to surpass your expectations every day.

Available at: Painter’s Lodge, April Point Resort & Spa, Canadian Princess Resort and Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

2. Delta Boat

Set off in a 43’ or 52’ cabin cruisers targeting salmon, halibut or bottom fish – the choice is yours. A professional skipper and deckhand will accompany you on the trip and familiarize you with the equipment, coach you on technique and help you bring in your catch. You fish party-style with other guests, enjoying the camaraderie of celebrating great catches with other anglers. Coffee and hot chocolate are available during fishing trips. The Delta boats have plenty of deck space, a heated cabin and washroom facilities. 

Available at: Canadian Princess Resort

3. Kingfisher 2825

The newest addition to our fleet is a luxurious 28 foot cabin cruiser that’s outfitted with all the latest fishing technology. The fully enclosed heated cabin features comfortable seating for five guests, allowing you to relax inside while you wait for the fish to hit. When the fish are biting you’ll have all the room you need to get your prized fish to the boat. The large fishing deck has plenty of room to deal with the double and even triple headers you will likely encounter without tripping over your fishing buddies. There won’t be any need to take turns with the Kingfisher 2825. Now everyone can fish at once.

Available at: Canadian Princess Resort

4.Tyee Rowing

This is as pure as fishing gets. Traditional Tyee Fishing is done from classic rowboats in the famous Campbell River Tyee Pool. Experienced local guides will teach you the proper techniques and row the boat through the pool. It is then up to you to watch the rod and set the hook when the fish bite. If the fish is successfully boated and weighs over 30 lbs., the catch is recorded and the angler has earned a membership in the Tyee Club.

Available at: Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa

5. Boat Rentals

If you’re an experienced angler looking for an unguided fishing trip then our boat rentals at Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina are perfect. We proudly maintain the largest and most affordable fleet of rental boats on Vancouver Island. Choose from 16′ Hourstons or Double Eagle watercraft. Both comfortable and easy to manoeuvre. Tackle boxes, rods and reels and other gear are also available for rent.

Available at: Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

 

Call 1-800-663-7090 to book your fishing trip this summer!


Amazing Fishing Outlook for 2014

BC Fishing Resorts and Pedder Bay and OBMG.com - April 2, 2014

Vancouver Island is known for great fishing, and our resorts have consistently brought large amounts of fish to the docks. So, is it possible that we could see even more fish in the waters this year? According DFO’s pre-season forecast, we just might! Based on their predictions, 2014 could be one of the best fishing seasons in 30 years!

Here are a few things for anglers to look forward to this year:

Large Chinook Returns

Everyone loves catching a big salmon, and it looks like there will be lots of those, particularly around Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Chinook abundance index is up over 100%, with a large number of 4 and 5 year old fish (25-40 lbs).

Over on the east coast, Chinook returns are also predicted to improve over 2013 with a larger number of big fish in the forecast as well.

Sockeye Opening in Campbell River

2014 could mark the biggest Sockeye run ever. Conservative estimates place it at 20 million, but it could be as many as 35 million or greater. This means a Sockeye opening should occur by August 1st, possibly sooner.

Retention of Wild Coho

For a few years now anglers have only been able to retain hatchery Coho in and around Campbell River. Reflecting recent significant increases in abundance of coho in Northern Georgia Strait, the potential for retention of at least one wild fish in the total daily bag limit is in discussion with DFO. Stay tuned for the final decision.

Over on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Coho bag limits have been increased to 4 wild per day on the inside waters of Barkley Sound to reflect huge increase in local abundance.

Shorter Closure of The Cape Mudge Lighthouse in Campbell River

The Cape Mudge Lighthouse is one of the best salmon fishing areas in the Campbell River area, so anglers will be pleased to hear that the traditional closure of this area may be 50% shorter than in recent years. Once again, we’ll update as soon as a final decision is made but this would represent a real opportunity for anglers should it come to pass, as this fishery is close to both Painters Lodge and April Point. Less time running to  the grounds = more time fishing!

We’ll keep you updated as we receive more information, but so far it’s looking like this could be a fishing season for the ages!

Interested in booking your own fishing adventure? We’ve got you covered with four fishing resorts on Vancouver Island.

Choose from one of our fine locations:

Painter’s Lodge – Campbell River, BC

April Point Resort & Spa – Quadra Island, BC

Canadian Princess Resort – Ucluelet, BC

Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina – Metchosin, BC

Call 1-800-663-7090 to book your trip!

See you out on the water!


9 Reasons to Come to Vancouver Island

BC Fishing Resorts and Pedder Bay and OBMG.com - March 10, 2014

How much is there to do on one island? More than you might think! Vancouver Island has something for everyone and is the perfect location for family vacations, romantic getaways or crazy adventures with your friends. Whatever kind of trip you’re planning, Vancouver Island has what you’re looking for. On top of that, the Oak Bay Marine Group has a number of resorts, marinas and restaurants located on the Island that are ready to accommodate you during your stay.

Still not convinced? Here are 9 reasons why your next trip should be to Vancouver Island:

Fishing

Vancouver Island has some of the best fishing in all of North America. Salmon, halibut, bottom fish and more are all plentiful along the east and west coasts of the island. The area offers year-round sport fishing opportunities, and with most communities located on or near the ocean there are a number of different fishing possibilities.

If you want to take full advantage of the great fishing on Vancouver Island there are plenty of guided fishing charters available. Resorts such as Painter’s Lodge, April Point Resort, Canadian Princess Resort and Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina let you get out on the water with experienced guides who know exactly where the fish are. That way you can spend less time buying the right equipment and finding the right fishing spot and more time catching fish!

Boating and Sailing

It’s amazing how many breathtaking boating locations are found around Vancouver Island. The Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, Discovery Passage and Desolation Sound are just some of the great cruising grounds that can be found here. Vancouver Island really is a boater’s paradise.

With plenty of Marinas located up and down the island, planning a boating trip is easy. If you want to take advantage of more than one marina, have a look at Oak Bay Marine Group’s new Reciprocal Moorage Program. Annual moorage customers at one marina now have access to all of OBMG’s marinas for no additional cost.

Wildlife Tours

Vancouver Island is home to a wide variety of wildlife including bears, eagles, seals, sea lions and more. If you want to get a good look at these animals you can take advantage of the wide variety of wildlife tours available. Many resorts, like Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort, offer their own tours to provide guests a convenient way to experience the island’s wildlife up close.

Whale Watching Tours

If it’s whales your after then Vancouver Island is the place to be. Orcas, humpbacks and grey whales can all be seen from various locations on the island. As with wildlife tours, many resorts offer their own tours. Painter’s Lodge, April Point Resort and the Canadian Princess Resort all have tours leaving right from their dock. Their guides know just where to find these magnificent creatures so you can be sure to go home with plenty of memories and photographs.

Camping and RVing

Vancouver Island has an abundance of campgrounds located near the ocean and lakes. Whether it’s beachside fun or a trek through the wilderness you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it here. If you’re looking for something a little more comfortable you can try one of the many RV parks that are found on the Island. Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina is a perfect example of what the area can offer. Situated right on the water with guided fishing charters and boat rentals available on-property, it’s the perfect way to experience many of the wonderful activities that are available on Vancouver Island.

Golf

Choose from more than 40 excellent golf courses on Vancouver Island. Courses can be found in urban settings by Victoria in the south, near the wilderness of Campbell River to the north, by the sparkling beaches of Parksville on the east coast, or by the seaside villages of the Pacific Rim on the west coast. Oak Bay Marine Group’s resorts are all situated near some of the island’s best courses and the staff are always happy to help you book a tee time.

Hiking

Some of the best hiking anywhere in the world is found on Vancouver Island. The landscapes vary between sandy beaches, temperate rainforests, caves, waterfalls and rugged mountains. You’ll have your choice between afternoon strolls or grinding muti-day treks. Oak Bay Marine Group’s resorts are all located near great hiking trails and are perfect launching points for your wilderness adventures.

Dining

If you’re more into fine dining than roughing it outdoors then Vancouver Island has plenty to offer you. Given the close proximity to the ocean, fresh seafood is easy to find. An abundance of local meat and produce also means there’s always lots of ingredients to choose from.

Oak Bay Marine Group’s Marina Restaurant has long been a favourite among Victoria diners, serving fresh west coast foods with a beautiful ocean view. If you find yourself further north then Legends Dining Room and April Point Dining Room are the perfect places to find a great mix of seafood and fresh local ingredients that are sure to satisfy your pallet.

Arts and Culture

Vancouver Island has a vibrant art scene, with a number of galleries and theatres located on the Island. The area also plays host to two very prestigious events each year: Photographers at Painter’s and Painters at Painter’s. Taking place at the beautiful Painter’s Lodge, these events let attendees learn from the best photographers and artists in British Columbia. Classes, workshops and demonstrations are held to allow amateur photographers and artists learn from the professionals. The events also contain some of the best galleries of photos and art found under one roof.