Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sailing Bute Inlet, British Columbia

Kathy ready to fillet a beautiful Silver Salmon.
A couple of nice Coho Silver Salmon. We landed these without a net on small a spinner set up with only 8 pound line. What a sporting fight. I estimate the fish at 5 pounds and 14- 16 pounds.
North end of Bute inlet as the fog dissipated and the clouds parted for a glimpse of the towering and majestic mountains that encase the lonely water of Bute inlet.

Green-grey water in our wake is clouded with glacial till.

We anchored at the mouth of the 'Southgate River' at: 50°53.3456 N 124°48.0927 W in about 15 meters with good holding in silty mud. This anchorage is tucked in close to shoal areas at the river bar and equally close to a rocky bluff which affords some protection from up inlet winds and seas.

Dahl Porpoise enjoy the company of a boat in the remote waters of Bute inlet, British Columbia.

The unique 'Vee' shaped blow of of the Dahl porpoise makes it easy to spot.

Ling Cod ready for the knife.

Ling Cod caught while trolling for salmon. Apparently, our lures were a little too close to the bottom for Salmon and instead we picked up this nice Ling.
Nice rainbow. Even nicer that I can be outside without my foul weather gear on!

Bute Inlet is little explored and as expected and to our delight we never saw another person or boat. Unfortunately, anchorage at the head of the inlet affords little protection from up inlet winds. However, we experienced very little wind during our two night stay while weather reports suggested that a gale was blowing in Johnstone Strait. Our theory is that the many glaciers above the head of Bute inlet limit daytime convective action and the high summits block winds otherwise interested in flowing up or down the inlet. Who knows, maybe we enjoyed lucky timing as our anchorage was flat, calm and very enjoyable. The chilly 43 degree glacial water flowing out of the rivers created a micro climate that reminded one of winter in Seattle. Lots of condensation of the interior hulls, wool hats, long underwear, and rain gear. We very much enjoyed our forced air diesel heaters.
Waterfalls abound along Bute inlet. No surprise as plenty of rain soaked us for most of our visit.

Dave sailing his remote control sailboat in Kanish Bay, British Columbia. Our visit to Kanish Bay offered some surprises as we explored the bay in the dinghy. Fog filled the bay so thickly that our dinghy adventure required we use our hand held GPS to ensure we could find our way home. It was so thick that we had to run the dinghy at slow speed for fear of running into shore. Luckily, the slow pace afforded a rare chance to see a wild salmon swim close to the boat and eventually we found a nice beach bearing oysters and all the clams one could ever want. The clams were only about 4 inches deep in the muddy sand and we soon had plenty for a feast.
Kathy enjoys a book as we ward off the chill of thick fog and rain.
Sea Urchin that crawled into our crab trap near Campbell River, BC

Red Sea Urchin

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