The Predator is a 24-foot 1993 Mako walk-around cuddy cabin style sportfisher powered by twin 2006 175hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke outboards. A true high-end fishing machine, the Predator will get you out to the best fishing locations quickly, and with the softest ride of any boat in its size class.
Equipped with four (4) Scotty downriggers, and top-of-the-line Shimano rods and reels, the Predator usually trolls four to six lines depending on sea conditions. The large amount of open deck space, walk-around cuddy design, and great maneuverability of the Predator allows for great ability to fight and chase down large fish if necessary.
Your skipper, David Korsch, caught the fishing bug early. By the age of six, every summer (and most weekends throughout the year) were spent at the family's cottage in Halfmoon Bay, and fishing became an obsession. Hundreds of hours each year were spent in pursuit of Chinook and Coho salmon, and a vast knowledge of their habits and movements was being created as angling skills were honed.
In 1986, at 22 years old, David began his professional guiding career. He was hired by Vancouver Fish-on Guiding Services, as a summer job while he finished up his last years at the University of British Columbia. During the following summer, David decided to continue guiding for Fish-on while attempting to find a permanent job. His degree in Forest Resource Management, with a heavy emphasis on stream rehabilitation and fisheries, had very limited job opportunities, and most potential jobs would have required him to move away from his saltwater salmon fishing.
During the spring of 1990 Fish-on was absorbed by Sewell's Marina. David bought his first boat in order to join Sewell's fleet of charter boat owner/operators, and Predator Charters was born. A member of Shimano's field staff and a Scotty Pro Staff, David is one of Vancouver's most experienced saltwater guides. More than 25 years of guiding experience, and his attention to detail continues to make David a consistently productive charter skipper. In 2011 he became one of the first Certified Tidal Angling Guides in British Columbia as this new program was created to establish the best practices and standards for salt water guides and ensures the highest level of customer service and safety standards.
Predator Charters operates year round, as the winter is David's favorite time of year to fish personally. The winter Chinook fishery takes more knowledge and skill in order to be consistently productive, hence he finds successful encounters with winter Chinook more rewarding.
Being a real student of what drives salmon to feed, having a background in Fisheries Management, and a desire to unravel all the intricacies of the winter fishery, David began a detailed analysis of his catches. Since 1990, he has recorded very specific information about all salmon caught aboard the PREDATOR - especially Chinook. This catch data and analysis is located in Catch Records, and any serious angler will find the information very interesting as tide, moon phase, and barometric pressure results will have applications world wide.
The Predator generally carries up to four anglers / guests, and all charters include fuel, tackle, bait, and the cleaning and bagging of the day's catch.
Number of People:
5 hour price:
$520 + GST
$555 + GST
$595 + GST
Additional hours: $95.00 + GST
If fuel costs continue to rise it is possible that a fuel surcharge may be implemented again this summer. If this occurs, it would likely be in the order of $25 or $30 added onto the 5 hour charter rate but nothing would be added to the extra hour costs, and if they drop back again later in the summer, this surcharge would be removed.
Though typically bottom fish are not targeted on charters aboard the Predator, with some advance notice, bottom-fishing trips can be arranged.
The local Vancouver waters no longer sustain any significant bottomfish populations since these slow growing, territorial species can get fished out fairly easily, and have therefore been closed by the Department of Fisheries for the past few years. However, the Gulf Islands do open up during the summer months, and they continue to have great populations of Lingcod. For this reason, extended trips to the Gulf Islands are the only real option for a serious bottom-fishing trip, and of course they should be combined with some salmon fishing since the Chinook fishery in these waters also peaks during the summer months. In addition to the Lingcod, we have seen a significant increase in the number of Halibut getting caught off Gabriola Island during the summer of 2009, and it is getting to the point where some serious effort in targeting this prized fish should start to occur.
Rates: Please inquire. Rates will be based on my salmon fishing charter rates, but will be modified to some degree depending on the specifics of the trip.