Great Expectations Fishing Charters

1101 Munro Street
Victoria BC, Canada

Fishing for 4 types of Pacific Salmon and Pacific Halibut.
Also catching all types of bottom fish, crabbing, prawning and whale watching.

Fishing for 4 types of Pacific Salmon and Pacific Halibut.
Also catching all types of bottom fish, crabbing, prawning and whale watching.


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About this listing

Boat Specs

Donzi () originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 140HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
All gear top of the line
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Freezing vacuum packing and shipping available
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 24 hours before the trip date.
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. 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: Cash.

About the Charter Operator

Great Expectations Fishing
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Member since November 2015
My first memory in life is going fishing with my father when I was 4 years old. I have been hooked, my wife would say obsessed, with fishing ever since. Come fishing with me and enjoy battling trophy size salmon and halibut as well as taking home plenty of eating size fish
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

3.33 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Quality gear and good instruction allowed us to boat every fish we had on - just a slowish day of fishing.  Robert worked well with my two boys and it worked out that everyone was able to claim a fish by the end of the day.

Fished June 9, 2017
Great Expectations Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 11, 2017

Two of the best behaved boys I’ve ever had on a trip

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Our trip began promptly at the agreed upon time: 6:00 am on a bright, warm sunny day. Robert quickly explained safety protocols and fishing proceedures ln a clear and friendly manner. He was extremely knowledgeable about fishing techniques as well as lnformative about local coastal history. As the day progressed, it was apparent that very few fishermen were catching fish. Regardless, Robert extended our half day trip to ensure a catch. He has a great sense of humour and we enjoyed the lively banter. All-in-all, it was a great day on the Water! We would not hesitate to do it again

Fished June 6, 2017
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Unfortunately no great stories to tell, to start off via email we communicated with the captain that we wanted to go salmon and halibut fishing, the captain said this is totally possible and we could also drop a crab/prawn trap on the way out and pick it up on the way in…  wake up at 330am… get to sooke for 6 to leave the dock… get on board and say to myself “no salmon gear, no crab trap… great… “... then we pull up to the “spot” to halibut fish… drop lines… drop anchor… and sit… over an hr before the first bite when the rod starts going the captain says ” oh its just a dog fish” then proceeds to reel in the fish and kill it and drop the line again… after a bit more he gets more dog fish but then proceeds to leave them on the line for a long time before reeling them in… after watching the captain reel in 2 more dog fish himself i mention maybe one of us should be reeling them in even if they are just dog fish… we are here to fish after all ... after watching the captain tie his lines for his Tuesday charter for a few hours… we finally got one on… ended up being a skate… kind of neat but still no halibut… you would think we would pull up anchor and move ... even if its 500 yards down the bank… sitting in one spot watching the captain talk and tie lines for 9 hours is not my idea of a way to spend $1000… Very poor experience and not happy with the outcome… would hope this is not a regular occurrence for this charter as we felt completely ripped off and left very un satisfied… when the trip ended the captain offered us our next trip “half price”...I understand its called fishing and not catching but the lack of effort from the captain was the biggest complaint… never once did we try somewhere else… we will not be booking a charter with this company again…

And the reply from the Captain

As the captain mentioned in this poor review I feel compelled to rebut a few things. First, the client fails to mention that there was a gale warning that day and the next and we could not go to the best area for halibut due to 25 knot winds and 6-8 ft seas expected.I gave them a chance to reschedule as there were concerns expressed about poor sea conditions prior the the day of the charter
At no time did I offer salmon fishing or dropping crab traps.
It’s unfortunate that a day with poor catch results comes back with such an unfair review.
Since there seems to be resentful feelings involved here the half price trip is off the table because there would be negative attitudes enough to spoil a good day on the water

And my reply

We will be sending the email communication that includes a discussion about salmon and dropping traps to fishbooker as well ... sorry but we do not agree as the main issue is that we were anchored in one spot for the 8+ hour trip and no effort made to move spots at all even after a couple hours of the trip and no luck that is ok that the deal is off the table as we would not like to book with this charter company ever again :)

Fished June 3, 2017
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