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Agreed, things can be slow on the inner side, at times, however, there are lots of cool things to do in the area and the accommodations are first class!....First off...do some research on the area and understand the tides. They will play the biggest role for you to be successful. If you have the coin book a guide before you arrive.....they are really in demand from the guests after arrival.
If you are planning on doing a lot of fishing, I would take your own frozen bait along (easier to transport)and everything you need to "cure it" at the hotel.....Good bait, right size and success will improve. Bring your own gear. Some of the gear at the hotel is a bit "used" and having your own pole will be helpful.
The pinks are flooding by Port Hardy right now, so you will have some good action on small pink hootchies (maybe sockeye, too)....Take some coyote spoons in green glow and the red/silver fishscale, as well as army truck hootchies (the ones with the silver flash insert)
If the fishing is slow, take one of their cruises to the narrows for a fun ride thru the narrows on a big tide, or do one of the whale watching trips.....(can be very good right now with lots of salmon migrating thru the area). If everything else fails, take the free shuttle to the Aveda Spa at April POint on Quadra Island......Book a massage or spa treatment with one of the specialists and you won't be dissappointed.
Last, but not least, take your favourite beverage with you......The hard bar drinks are pricey......HAve fun.........Ortho
 

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Agreed, things can be slow on the inner side, at times, however, there are lots of cool things to do in the area and the accommodations are first class!....First off...do some research on the area and understand the tides. They will play the biggest role for you to be successful. If you have the coin book a guide before you arrive.....they are really in demand from the guests after arrival.
If you are planning on doing a lot of fishing, I would take your own frozen bait along (easier to transport)and everything you need to "cure it" at the hotel.....Good bait, right size and success will improve. Bring your own gear. Some of the gear at the hotel is a bit "used" and having your own pole will be helpful.
The pinks are flooding by Port Hardy right now, so you will have some good action on small pink hootchies (maybe sockeye, too)....Take some coyote spoons in green glow and the red/silver fishscale, as well as army truck hootchies (the ones with the silver flash insert)
If the fishing is slow, take one of their cruises to the narrows for a fun ride thru the narrows on a big tide, or do one of the whale watching trips.....(can be very good right now with lots of salmon migrating thru the area). If everything else fails, take the free shuttle to the Aveda Spa at April POint on Quadra Island......Book a massage or spa treatment with one of the specialists and you won't be dissappointed.
Last, but not least, take your favourite beverage with you......The hard bar drinks are pricey......HAve fun.........Ortho

I'm pretty sure he won a guided trip
 

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My condolences.
Yeah I feel a little let down, I've stayed at the Canadian Princess before albeit many many many many years ago. I wanted to go somewhere new, and I've heard so many great things about painters lodge.
 

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Make sure you take precautions. They aren't called the "puker boats" for nothing
I've been on the water my whole life, and never once felt sea sick, even in 8-10 ft waves on a 19ft boat. (almost flipped many times)

The only way I'm puking on the boat is if I get in to too much of the whiskey the night before with my boss.
 

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I stayed at Painter's Lodge about 15 years ago. I was pretty underwhelmed. Maybe it has changed but it was nothing special as far as I was concerned.
 

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I stayed at Painter's Lodge about 15 years ago. I was pretty underwhelmed. Maybe it has changed but it was nothing special as far as I was concerned.
We'll I'm not headed there now anywhere, there was a change in plans they forgot to inform us till after we won.
 

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I've been on the water my whole life, and never once felt sea sick, even in 8-10 ft waves on a 19ft boat. (almost flipped many times)

The only way I'm puking on the boat is if I get in to too much of the whiskey the night before with my boss.
I was just up on a Canadian Princess boat on a trip I got from my boss. I've also been on the water my whole life. Grew up in New London, Ct and sailed quite a lot. I have a 28 Bayliner that I have gone across the strait in a few times in 4 foot seas and never once got sick........ until I went on one of the puker boats! My advice?...... Gravol and lots of it! One before bed and one or two as soon as you wake up. You should be OK but there are no guarantees on these boats. The problem, as I see it is they get to a spot and then just drift. Once the boat gets sideways to the incoming waves you will definitely feel it. When I am in my boat I never just drift; I'm usually trolling and I try to keep the boat headed into the waves. Makes a HUGE difference!

Just a quick report, no one is doing very well over there for fish right now. Went out on Sat and people were getting plenty of small halibuts (under 20 pounds) and lots of Coho although half of them were wild fish that we released but no springs. On Sunday no one on our boat caught a keeper fish save one small sole landed by a 10 year olod kid. Only had 3 springs landed on Sat for all of the boats and none on Sun. Some of the other charters were connecting with a few springs but all in all fishing was a bit off. Hopefully you will have better luck then we had.
 
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