Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours

Reel Time Fishing Charters offers a range of affordable trip options, a captain with more than 2 decades of experience on the water, a stable fishing platform, convenient moorage, and secure parking. Captain Turk’s friendly personality, extensive knowledge of the area, and his love and enjoyment of guiding are just some of the reasons his clients return year after year.

You will be fishing aboard a 26 ft Hourston Glascraft which features a galley (sink, table, fridge, and fully private and enclosed bathroom), a spacious deck for fishing, and a flybridge for optimal views on those nice summer days. The boat can accommodate up to six guests. The captain and the boat are Transport Canada certified and approved.

When it comes to the fishing, Nanaimo offers the avid angler an opportunity to land a trophy Chinook Salmon. Other species of fish caught in the local waters are Lingcod and Coho Salmon. The season openings for these fish are as follows: Lingcod – May 1st to September 30, 2024, Coho Salmon – June 1st through December 31, 2024, and Chinook Salmon – January through March and July 15th through December 31st, 2024.

Crabbing is another activity you can enjoy upon request. There are also scenic and wildlife options for those who wish to mix it up a little.

Come and enjoy the serene beauty, the rich history and the exciting fishing Nanaimo has to offer knowing 5% of every trip goes back into Salmon restoration projects through the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

The motto at Reel Time Fishing Charters is "Experience the Wonder, Invest in its Future.”



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Off Season (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $365
    While many species of fish such as Lingcod and other species of ground fish (rock cod) are closed during this time, the Chinook Fishery remains open. Catch limit is 2 per angler. The trip price includes taxes.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Off Season (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $365
    While many species of fish such as Lingcod and other species of ground fish (rock cod) are closed during this time, the Chinook Fishery remains open. Catch limit is 2 per angler. The trip price includes taxes.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - In Season (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    US $439
    If you book this trip, you may target Lingcod and most species of ground fish. If you would like to target Chinook before the middle of July, let the Captain know, in order to be updated with the possibilities based on the latest regulations. Starting from June, you get a chance to go after Coho Salmon as well. The price of the trip includes taxes.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    US $439
    If you book this trip, you may target Lingcod and most species of ground fish. If you would like to target Chinook before the middle of July, let the Captain know, in order to be updated with the possibilities based on the latest regulations. Starting from June, you get a chance to go after Coho Salmon as well. The price of the trip includes taxes.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Off Season
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $548
    While many species of fish such as Lingcod and other species of ground fish (rock cod) are closed during this time, the Chinook Fishery remains open. Catch limit is 2 per angler. The trip price includes taxes.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - In Season
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    US $658
    If you book this trip, you may target Lingcod and most species of ground fish. If you would like to target Chinook before the middle of July, let the Captain know, in order to be updated with the possibilities based on the latest regulations. Starting from June, you get a chance to go after Coho Salmon as well. The price of the trip includes taxes.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Off Season
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $694
    While many species of fish such as Lingcod and other species of ground fish (rock cod) are closed during this time, the Chinook Fishery remains open. Catch limit is 2 per angler. The trip price includes taxes.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - In Season
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    US $804
    If you book this trip, you may target Lingcod and most species of ground fish. If you would like to target Chinook before the middle of July, let the Captain know, in order to be updated with the possibilities based on the latest regulations. Starting from June, you get a chance to go after Coho Salmon as well. The price of the trip includes taxes.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 116 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Satisfied with the boat
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FRANK V.
Albuquerque, NM
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Half Day Trip with Reel Time Fishing Charters

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (AM) on August 24, 2023
Absolutely great time on the water!  Turk knew exactly what to do to get us on some fish.  We caught Cohos that had to be...
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Ricky C.
Nanaimo, BC
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Half day afternoon with Andrew

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on August 6, 2023
Andrew was very informative and had many great stories to tell! His boat was safe, had a washroom, and was spacious enough...
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KEN S.
Haines, AK
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Reel Time Fishing - Nanaimo, BC- July 2023

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on July 17, 2023
We had a wonderful and memorable family experience with the chartered fishing trip. Captain Andrew Turkstra was very...
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Matthias S.
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More bites than expected

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on August 21, 2023
I was a bit unsure about fishing a place that is located to close to the city and populated waters. But it worked out prefectly...
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Aaron A.
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Great experience

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip - In Season (AM) on July 3, 2024
Captain Andrew is a wonderful person, competent in fishing and very willing to explain fishing techniques.
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FAQs about Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours

Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $500 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Off Season (AM) (4 hours)
  • CA $500 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Off Season (PM) (4 hours)
  • CA $600 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - In Season (AM) (4 hours)
  • CA $600 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) (4 hours)
  • CA $750 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip - Off Season (6 hours)
  • CA $900 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip - In Season (6 hours)
  • CA $950 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip - Off Season (8 hours)
  • CA $1,100 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip - In Season (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Enclosed
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)

Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing (Coastal waters: Nanaimo, Nanoose, Gabriola Island)
  • Offshore Fishing (We go as far as Lasqueti Island)

Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours include:
  • Crab
  • Lingcod
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)

Meet the Captain

Andrew Turkstra
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
51 Fishing Reports
126 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2017
Angler's Choice
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I have been fishing all my life. Many had suggested I become a fishing guide, so I took their advice and after working for a number of different fishing charters on the west coast of Vancouver Island, I started my own business called Reel Time Fishing Charters. With a passion for boating, fishing and the enjoyment of helping people catch fish, there has been no looking back!

About this listing

Targeted species

Crab Crab
Lingcod Lingcod
Rockfish Rockfish
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Boat specs

Hourston Glascraft (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 1979, and restored in 2019. Powered by a 262HP 5.7 MerCruiser (inboard/outboard) engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Coastal waters: Nanaimo, Nanoose, Gabriola Island
Offshore Fishing
We go as far as Lasqueti Island

Fishing techniques

Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
Enclosed
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Month of April is catch & release for all species
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit 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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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