Fishing Reports by Captain Stephen Hardie

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Company: Deep Spring Charters

Area Reporting: Prince Rupert B.C.

Bio: Prince Rupert fishing charters guide for 25 years. We specialize in catching large and aggressive Salmon and Halibut. Welcome to the Deep Spring Charters home page. My company specializes in catching large and aggressive Salmon and Halibut. These are not our only targets though. I love seeking out Ling cod, Snapper and Rock fish where they live. These fish are not safe when I am on the water. It is not uncommon to have all my fish coolers filled to the top by the end of the day. I call this food gathering.

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Whacking Racking and Stacking (4/13/2012)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Halibut season has begun in Prince Rupert. The fishing is great and large flatties have come to the boat in the last two weeks.
Spring Salmon March Madness (3/31/2012)
[Prince Rupert,BC] The salmon are starting to get aggressive in the Prince Rupert area. The April herring run is just around the corner which means lots of Salmon.
Prince Rupert Winter Spring Fishing (12/04/2011)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Dec 3rd produced 2 more silver bullets with three hit and miss bites.
Nov 30 winter spring fest (12/01/2011)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Prince Rupert winter salmon fishing is in full swing.
2010 Prince Rupert Halibut season open for business (4/30/2010)
[Prince Rupert,BC] It is shaping up to be a great Halibut season. Early indications are positive with quite a few large and aggressive Halibut coming to the boat. Prince Rupert fishing season has begun. Just a few boats are working the early season.
Prince Rupert Late season Halibut Fishing (12/12/2009)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Prince Rupert Halibut fishing in November can be very productive. Deep Spring Charters captain Stephen Hardie is the only charter captain fishing this late in the season.
Kitimat Boys whack 5 Halibut Fishing Prince Rupert Area (11/16/2009)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Kevin James and Rene had a fantastic day fishing for Halibut at the mouth of the Skeena River.
Prince Rupert Late season Halibut Fishing (10/24/2009)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Halibut fishing in Prince Rupert during the fall months can be very productive.
Chinook Salmon have arrived in Prince Rupert (5/17/2009)
[Prince Rupert,BC] It was great morning trolling Plug Herring on the North end of Tugwell Island . Ross and I hooked into 5 Chinook and one aggressive Seal.
Halibut Fishing Prince Rupert with Deep Spring Charters (5/12/2009)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Deep Spring Charters 2009 Halibut season is under way. Out past Tripple Island on a rare calm day we pounded on the Halibut. May 10th turned out to be quite a day for big Halibut.
Deep Spring Charters 2009 season outlook (4/27/2009)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Deep Spring Charters open for 2009 season with a bang. Halibut fishing in the Prince Rupert area will be hot this summer. Red Snapper and Ling Cod Jigging will also be excellent this season.
Prince Rupert Fishing for Winter Salmon (11/03/2008)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Prince Rupert Salmon fishing for winter Springs just starting to heat up.
Prince Rupert Bottom Fishing with Deep Spring Charters. (4/30/2008)
[Prince Rupert,BC] The 420 crew was here again for Keri"s Birthday fishing trip. Some great Halibut and Cod were whacked. The weather was quite good all in all for these seasoned fishermen.
Prince Rupert Halibut Fishing 2008 (4/12/2008)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Fishing for Halibut around the Prince Rupert area has been getting better every day. The Herring have just spawned and the giant Halibut have followed them to shore.
Halibut Fishing Prince Rupert Heating Up (4/09/2008)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Halibut fishing around Prince Rupert British Columbia is heating up in 2008. Although the catch limit has been reduced to two fish for two days the number and size of these fish has improved.
Fishing Halibut and Lingers in the Prince Rupert area. (4/03/2008)
[Prince Rupert,BC] The first charter of 2008 started with a bang. Two days of calm weather produced many ground fish including Halibut, Snapper, Ling Cod and Rockfish.
Chinook Snapper and Lingers with Deep Spring Charters (5/13/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] We tried to whack Springers today and only managed 1 at around 35 lbs. The rest of the day we spent jigging bottom fish. After a short lesson the boys managed to catch quite a variety of bottom feeders.
The season begins for Deep Spring Charters (5/12/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Halibut and Salmon was on the menue today. We crushed 7 Halibut the biggest was 70 lbs. Later we trolled for Kings and smashed a few. Calm weather and flat seas with the rare sun greeted us in the morning.
The Chickens are here (5/09/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] We had the first Cruise ship today. I managed to snag a charter. Five boats and the Orca Mist headed out for some Halibut slaming. Great weather and calm seas helped us to catch and release 12 Halibut today.
Deep Spring Charters doing some R&D (5/03/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] It has been a week since I was out so I decided to head down to the Skeena River to try for some Spring Salmon. My friends Terry and Dennis came with me to try and smash a few Springers.
Cut Plugging Proves Effective (4/28/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] I have some great Herring bait in the freezer. It is quite and art form to plug it so the Herring looks wounded. The river is starting to flood and the Chinook Salmon haved grouped around Humpback Bay.
Prince Rupert Fishing - Hecate Strait (4/23/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] I had a couple of first timers on board the Orca Mist today. They are from Tumbler Ridge BC and they had a great time. The idea was to catch some nice Halibut. Lionel was not disappointed.
Prince Rupert Bottom Fishing with Deep Spring Charters (4/23/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] The 420 crew were out for a second day of bottom fishing. These guys know ther stuff. You have to be tough to reel up a 30 lb Ling Cod from 200 feet down. Sore arms and smiling faces were what they had at the end of the day.
Deep Spring Charters and the 420 Crew (4/20/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] 5 years and counting. Kerrys birthday on April 20th has been a time of great food gathering. Today we slammed 8 Halibut, 7 Lingers and two Red Snappers. Oh and 22 Crabs .
Chatham Sound Prince Rupert Fishing Charters (4/19/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Today we were looking for Halibut because yesterday we whacked quite a few Spring Salmon. I tried to get outside but had to turn back before Lucy Island due to large seas. Instead we tried Big Bay for the Flat ones.
Deep Spring Charters whacked 5 Springs today (4/16/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] High winds and rain greeted us today. There was no way to get outside so we fished Metlakatla Passs for Springers. 9 hits produced 5 to the boat. The biggest one was 14 lbs.
Chinook Salmon Have Arrived In Prince Rupert Area (4/13/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] The yearly arrival of the Chinook Salmon has begun. These large and agressive Salmon are headed to the many rivers in the area. But before they do that they have to feed. I like to troll very slow with Cut Plug Herring down by the Skeena river mouth.
Fishing Halibut and Lingers in the Prince Rupert area (4/09/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Day three of team JD and Bob. Yesterday was a bust for chinook with only one bite on my Cut Plug in 6 long hours. Today however was quite different. Great weather and calm waters allowed us to head to the Hecate for Halibut and Lingers.
Prince Rupert Bottom Fishing with Deep Spring Charters (4/07/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] After the last good day one week ago I have been chomping at the bit to get back outside. Early season bottom jigging can be quick and violent. The most agressive fish have moved back in to the pinacles and are ready to slam your Jiggs.
Prince Rupert Charter Season Heating Up (4/04/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] After the long winter many charter companies are scrambling to get their boats ready for the season. I have been whacking fish for the last two months with quite a bit of success. The phone has been ringing off the hook for bookings here at Deep Spring Charters.
Harvesting Clams and Mussels with Deep Spring Charters (4/02/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Kim and I had a few days off together so we took a boat ride to Oval Bay. As usual we were the only people there. The tides were right to harvest a good amount of Clams and Mussels.
Jigging bottom fish in the Rupert Area (3/31/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] A couple of lucky fisherman experienced Prince Rupert bottom fishing at it's finest today. Early season jigging can be explosive when the weather co-operates. Today was such a day.
Deep Spring Charters open for the 2007 Season (3/28/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Deep Spring Charters is open for the 2007 season. Today we had to stay in the Prince Rupert harbor because the winds were to high for Halibut fishing.
Prince Rupert Halibut are here (3/27/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Fishing Halibut in the Prince Rupert Area has been slow up until last week. The reason was that the weather has been to windy to set the hook. Yesterday was different. Finaly a calm day to fill the freezer.
Two Springers Today (3/17/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Three hours of Fishing produced 2 Springers.
Three Springers Today (3/15/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Kim and Ed and Jack landed three Springers today. I was running the boat and did not have a chance to set the hook on any of them.
Winter Springs are here (3/13/2007)
[Prince Rupert,BC] Today was a glassy calm morning with clear water from the cold weather. We marked Springers at all depths. There were a few seals watching us today.