Great Expectations Fishing Charters
Great Expectations Fishing Charters offers fantastic half and full day trips, targeting the top predators lurking in the waters around Victoria, BC. Spend the day fishing these clear northern seas in search of the giant Halibut and Salmon which thrive in the area.
The vessel you will be fishing aboard is a top-of-the-line 25’ Donzi cuddy cabin boat. Built in 2005, this clean, modern vessel is powered by twin Suzuki outboards up to an impressive cruising speed of 38 knots, to get you out to the best spots in no time.
Not that that matters, because all Great Expectations charters start when the lines are in the water. That means that you will always have plenty of fishing time, and can enjoy the ride, taking in the area’s stunning natural beauty without constantly looking at your watch.
Once you get to the fishing grounds, you will be provided with everything you need to catch some true trophy specimens. The vessel is fitted GPS and fishfinder so you are always fishing in the right spot, as well as downriggers to help target the big fish lurking in the deep.
You will be provided with nothing but the best-quality fishing tackle or your trip, to ensure the best result. Choose from a variety of weight classes, with the option to troll or bottom fish, depending on the target species.
So what will you be targeting on your trip? That is up to you, and how much time you have. On a half day trip, you can either go after Salmon or Halibut, and on a full day, you can target after both. You will also have plenty of time to drop some crab traps on the way out for an even better haul at the end of the day.
No matter which trip you choose, you can count on great service both during and after. Captain Gerry will clean and fillet all you catch for you, and can even arrange freezing and vacuum sealing, so you can ship it all home. This usually costs around $3/lb plus shipping, although rates can vary.
Great Expectations Fishing Charters offers fantastic half and full day trips, targeting the top predators lurking in the waters around Victoria, BC. Spend the day fishing these clear northern seas in search of the giant Halibut and Salmon which thriv
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About this listing
Donzi (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 140HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.
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 Captain
Member since November 2015
Went fishing on June 9, 2017
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 2017Fished June 9, 2017Replied to this review on June 11, 2017
Two of the best behaved boys I’ve ever had on a tripBrennan Heelan recommends Great Expectations Fishing Charters
Replied to this review on June 11, 2017
Two of the best behaved boys I’ve ever had on a trip
Went fishing on June 6, 2017
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 2017Fished June 6, 2017Basil Shaw recommends Great Expectations Fishing Charters
Went fishing on June 3, 2017
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 2017Fished June 3, 2017Kim Arsenault does not recommend Great Expectations Fishing Charters
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