Shaw Charters

It’s safe to say that a passion for angling was always on the cards for Captain Mack Shaw – he was born on a boat in Vancouver, and his love for this sport has only grown since then! His family moved to Gabriola Island in 1999, where his father introduced him to these waters. In 2018, with over 20 years of experience under his belt, Capt. Matt decided to use his wealth of local angling know-how to set up Shaw Charters.

Capt. Mack offers a variety of angling adventures that are packed full of tips, tricks, and secret locations. These have been passed down to him from his father, who always wanted to run his own charter company. As well as exploring some of the island’s famous hot spots such as The Fingers and Thrasher Rock, you’ll also be treated to some true insider knowledge!

You’ll be traveling on board your captain’s 22’ Grady White center console, built to accommodate up to 4 guests, with room for everyone to tangle lines at the same time. Her size makes her the perfect option for an idyllic family vacation, or a light-hearted competition with your best fishing buddies. On board, you’ll find top-quality navigational gear, life jackets for all ages, and space for your cooler packed with snacks and drinks.

Gabriola Island is home to stunning scenery but, more than it, it’s also home to some world-famous fish! Lingcod, multiple Salmon species, Halibut, and Rockfish all inhabit these waters. Capt. Mack will help you troll and bottom fish using top-notch fishing gear, including mooching reels to help you plumb the depths of these waters.

In addition to this, your captain also knows some incredible spots that are just bustling with crabs and prawns – they never fail him, so get ready to pack your cooler with some delicious dinner options!

Your trip includes rods, reels, lures, tackle, and filleting of your catch for you. Grab a fishing license and join Shaw Charters for an unforgettable angling adventure that’s packed full of local tips and tricks!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    This 6-hour trip is the perfect option for guests who want to see the best that the stunning waters around Gabriola have to offer! You'll be able to explore a range of fishing grounds, including Thrasher Rock, The Fingers, and your captain's secret spots, where you'll be bottom fishing for Lingcod Halibut, and Rockfish, and trolling for Salmon species. Your captain will also help you set prawn traps and crab traps. Rods, reels, lures, and tackle are included. Just bring a fishing license!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Experience some top-notch angling action and take in the sights of this stunning island at the same time! Capt. Mack will meet you at Page's Marina in Gabriola, and from there you'll be cruising the waters near Thrasher Rock, The Grande, The Fingers, as well as secret spots, for your catch. Get ready to troll and bottom fish for a variety of species, including Lingcod, Halibut, Rockfish, and Salmon. You can go crabbing, too. All fishing gear is included. Just bring a fishing license!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Halibut Halibut
Lingcod Lingcod
Rockfish Rockfish
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)
Salmon (Pink) Salmon (Pink)
Salmon (Sockeye) Salmon (Sockeye)

Boat Specs

Grady White (Center console) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2019. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha f200 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

22 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting


FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Mack Shaw
Gabriola, British Columbia, Canada
Member since February 2019
It's safe to say that a passion for angling was always on the cards for Capt. Mack – he was born on a boat in Vancouver, after all! He moved to Gabriola Island in 1999, where he picked up his love of fishing from his dad, a lifelong angler. His dad's ambition was to start a fishing charter, but he never got to realize this dream – now, Capt. Mack feels privileged to be able to run this charter and continue his father's legacy. He offers a variety of angling adventures that take place on the beautiful, bountiful waters around Gabriola, and can't wait to help you discover the many species that call them home.
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