What to Expect

We want your west coast fishing trip in BC to be unforgettable. Whether you’re here for the first time or a longtime resident our goal is to give you a singular experience you can’t find anywhere else. Leisure Suit Charters strives to offer customers a fully transparent experience with no surprises.

A typical fishing charter day starts with meeting up on the Port Hardy or Port McNeill dock at 6 am. Once all guests have arrived, A quick safety briefing gets underway. A discussion of the day’s fishing plans follows, with notes on weather conditions and slack tides.

Guests board the boat and the charter heads off towards the salmon grounds of choice for the morning bite or more. Once the fishing gear is set up and deployed, fresh coffee from a French press is served on the back of the deck.

After salmon fishing runs its course, the charter moves to halibut fishing and rods are baited and set. Guests can then enjoy a freshly grilled barbeque lunch on the deck, while fishing or lunch can be enjoyed in a private bay.

The day sets with trolling salmon or catching bottom fish. Back at the dock, Larry will guide guests as needed with cleaning and bagging the day’s catch. Local company Hardy Bouys will also smoke or vacuum pack catches to help preserve freshness.

Accommodations will be reserved and ready for overnight guests.

FAQs

Q: What is included in the costs?
A: We provide all of our guests with high-end fishing gear, bait for salmon and halibut, rain gear, hydrostatic release life jackets, a Transport Canada Approved Vessel, ticketed and insured local fishing guide.
Q: What type of boat will we be on?
A: Leisure Suit Charters operates a custom-built 28′ Silver Streak XW boat with twin Mercury 300 hp engines.
Q: Is there a washroom onboard?
A: Yes, there is a full private washroom inside the cabin.
Q: What should I wear?
A: The enclosed heated cabin of our boat will keep you warm and dry, and rain gear is provided, but it’s always a good idea to wear a couple of layers and proper footwear, like waterproof boots.
Q: Where do we stay if we book a multi-day package?

A: There is the standard hotel, Bed and Breakfasts, Cabins and Air B&B’s available in Port Hardy and Port McNeill. We work closely with the premier local accommodation providers for all of the above. Please enquire about our favourites.

Q: Where do we meet up and leave from?

A: When fishing in Port McNeill, we depart from the North Island Marina on 1488 beach drive. When operating out of Port Hardy, we are moored at Bear Cove Marina at 6770 Bear Cove road.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?
A: We have detailed marine weather forecasts and wind direction information updated in real-time. While we may have a bumpy ride to and from protected waters depending on the weather, it will be at the discretion of the guide if there will be a cancellation and refund issued.
Q: Are fishing licenses included?
A: We don’t provide a fishing license but you can apply for one online before your trip.
Q: Can I bring alcohol onboard?
A: Yes, you can bring your beverages of choice to enjoy while out on the water with us.
Q: Is seasickness a concern?
A: It shouldn’t be an issue for inshore fishing charters but it is possible to experience a bit of a queasy stomach during offshore trips. Consult a pharmacist about the Transderm patch, which is available over the counter, and is highly recommended for these types of excursions.
Q: Should we tip our guide and if so, how much?
A: Tipping is certainly not mandatory although it is appreciated by your guide. Tipping should be a reflection of the level of service you received during your trip. A general best practice is anywhere from 10%-25%.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: In the event that you are unable to attend your booked fishing excursion, please provide written notice 30 days in advance of your excursion in order to receive your refunded deposit, less a processing fee of $50. If cancelled within the 30 days before your charter, your deposit will only be refunded if we are able to re-book your scheduled reservation.

Do you still have questions?

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