About Sunset Charters
We offer premium Fishing Charters in Prince Rupert, BC. We specialize in fully guided custom fishing adventures from one to four days, either returning to town each evening, or staying in a remote accommodation, minutes from prime fishing grounds.
On your fishing vacation with us, we will supply you with a fully insured safe and comfortable boat; an experienced, certified and friendly guide, and all the premium fishing gear you will need to reel in the big one!
All five species of Pacific salmon are found in the waters surrounding Prince Rupert, the main targets being coho and chinook.
Chinook (king/spring salmon) fishing starts in May, often with some of the fastest action of the season. Peak run times for these fish are between mid May and the beginning of August. Averaging 15-25 pounds, Chinook in the 30-40 pound range are not uncommon, and every year numerous fish over 50 pounds are weighed in.
Coho (silver) salmon start to show up at the end of June in the 5-8 pound range and increase in numbers and size until the end of September, when 12-15 pounders are common. Late July through mid-September are the peak times, and their ferocious appetites can mean non-stop action and acrobatic fights. This makes for extremely exciting fishing and extremely sore arms. If you are up for the challenge, bring your fly rod and see if you can hang on to one of these feisty silver bullets.
Prince Rupert boasts some of the absolute best halibut fishing on the west coast. These beasts are numerous and grow to astounding sizes in the seemingly never-ending shelves and pinnacles that provide them with shelter and food. Chicken holes can be found where it can be tough to get your bait to the bottom before getting a 10-25-pounder. Or try your luck fishing one of the many offshore structures, hoping for the big one.
Halibut to 80 pounds are common, a fish over 100 pounds is a real possibility, and 200+ pound halibut are caught every season off Prince Rupert.
Lingcod and Rockfish are also abundant in the area. Though some of the Rockfish populations are slow growing and sensitive to fishing pressure, others are prolific and sustainable, and local Lingcod populations are healthy on the many pinnacles and shelves.
Our vessels are spacious 26 and 28 foot command bridge cruisers. Licensed for up to six guests, with enclosed heated cabins, seating on the upper deck, marine heads, four stroke trolling motors, radar, GPS, two VHF radios, two sounders, Sirius Satellite Radios, electric downriggers, barbecues, and all the Transport Canada-required safety equipment. Once you step on board you will feel safe and comfortable, and realize that these boats were meant to catch fish!
For salmon we use medium-action mooching rods matched with single-action Islander reels to really let you feel the power of BC’s most prized gamefish. We also have Penn levelwind reels, if you prefer.
For halibut, short, stout heavy action rods with Penn levelwind reels give you the power and leverage needed to drag these monsters off bottom.
Our tackle box is loaded with spoons, plugs, flashers and hoochies and the bait box is always ready with top-quality herring and anchovies. We have what the fish want – and they will end up on your line.
We are currently working on an improved accommodation and overnight package for the 2017 season. Please contact us for details and availability.
We pride ourselves on making sure our guests have all the amenities and are comfortable, but we skip the unnecessary frills, allowing us to keep our trips affordable so everyone can come and experience the beauty and wilderness of BC’s North Coast……as well as the fantastic fishing!
Avid or Aspiring Angler?
Not everybody who comes aboard wants absolutely everything taken care of for them. Some people have quite a bit of fishing experience and like to help with rigging the lines and getting the gear in the water. Whether you are an avid angler or a rookie, if you want to try your hand at hooking up the bait or setting the gear, we are more than happy to let you. Even if you have never baited a hook before, we can show you the way. From tying a knot to cutting a cut plug and sending it down with the downriggers, to filleting a halibut, we can go step by step to send you home with some extra knowledge to add to the memories of your trip. But if you would rather sit back and relax, you can do exactly that. Just make sure you’re ready for the next bite!
Whether you are planning a trip with family, friends or business associates let Sunset Charters show you fishing at its very best.
Our #1 Priorities
- Your Satisfaction
- Your Comfort
- Your Safety
- Catching Fish!
What We Supply
- Safe, clean, comfortable fishing boat. (heated cabin and enclosed bathroom)
- All fishing tackle (rods, reels, lures and bait)
- Fish cleaned and bagged.
What We Offer
- Friendly, family owned charter.
- Guiding for novices and experts.
- Competitive Prices.