Your Captains

At Sunset Charters we know how much of a difference having a good guide makes for your fishing adventure.

From working hard putting fish on the line, and giving you the advice and assistance to get them in the boat, to being personable, professional, and safe, there is a lot that constitutes a good guide.

Many of the skills and attributes most valuable to a saltwater fishing guide take years to learn and hone, which is why we hand pick our guides, making sure they have the skills and experience necessary to truly make your fishing charter a trip of a lifetime!

David Eng

Growing up in BC’s Lower Mainland, Dave has been chasing trout and salmon for as long as he can remember. As a youth, the number of lakes and rivers within a short bike ride helped fuel an early love of fishing, and by 12 years old he was deck handing on saltwater charters in Vancouver. From there he worked in Rivers Inlet, Tahsis Vancouver Island, and Haida Gwaii. In between Summer seasons guiding on the coast, Dave spent months chasing Trout through Patagonia, and wading the flats of Belize stalking Bonefish and Permit, and of course there has been some time spent in search of Winter Springs, Steelhead, Cutthroat, Rainbows, Dollies, Brookies, and anything else that might bite here in his home waters of BC.

In 2011 Dave decided to take a leap and run his own fishing charter in Prince Rupert, an obvious choice of location for a serious saltwater enthusiast. His twenty years in the saltwater sportfishing industry has taught him a few things about ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip, and he may have learned a thing or two about putting fish in the boat as well!

 

Frank Blanchet

Frank grew up in Ste Julie Quebec, surrounded by water, boats, and fish. This naturally led to his obsession with fishing that started to take hold at the early age of around six years old. This obsession has led him to Nicaragua, Florida, California, and to countless rivers, lakes, and ocean locations across Canada and the US, in search of dozens of different gamefish species.

Frank has been guiding saltwater fishing on the BC coast since 2010, and has guided fly fishing (for which he has an extreme soft spot) since 1999. He has worked as an industry rep for numerous high-end fly fishing companies, and has competed numerous times in the World Cup of Spey Casting.

A fun, knowledgeable, and well rounded angler, he is a true lover of the ocean lifestyle. We are excited to have Frank as part of the team and he is eager to educate people of the fun and excitement of catching prime ocean salmon and monster Pacific Halibut. Most of all though, he is excited to be our saltwater fly fishing specialist, and is ready to show you how productive and thrilling it is to catch actively feeding Cohos on a cast fly (especially on one of his prototype surface flies).

A natural teacher, he will show you how to rig and run your bait or spoons, or get you double hauling your fly into the path of a hungry surface feeding Coho. Whichever style it is, we guarantee a great time fishing with him!

 

Blake “LB” Nicholson

Lake, stream, pond, or ditch, if it was within biking distance of his childhood home, Blake was fishing it. Growing up in BC’s Fraser Valley meant that he was fishing a lot. The endless opportunities for local species — crappie, bass, carp, sturgeon, salmon, trout, and steelhead — led him to target more exotic species — jacks, grouper, rooster fish, tuna snapper, barracuda — on trips to the Red Sea, Persian Gulf and Costa Rica.

In 2005, Blake moved to Vancouver Island where the west coast’s saltwater opportunities quickly became his passion. He has since spent countless weekends chasing the salmon up and down the Island, with his wife Anita, and two young boys, Lucas and Mason. He has guided in Tahsis and Port Renfrew, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and now lives here in Prince Rupert where he guides year round.

Although working the point searching for a trophy Chinook is probably his favorite, Blake is skilled in every style of our west coast saltwater fishery. From jigging lingcod, or sitting on anchor for the monster Pacific Halibut, to trolling various gear, or casting a fly for hungry Coho, he will be working hard to get those fish to bite and be just as excited as you when it happens!

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Contact

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Dave Eng
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