Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo

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 stand-up 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, 2022, Coho Salmon – June 1st through December 31, 2022, and Chinook Salmon – January through March and July 15th through December 31st, 2022.

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
    8 Hour Trip - In Season
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $785
    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 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Mar 31
    $667
    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 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $589
    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 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Mar 31
    $510
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $392
    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 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $392
    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 - Off Season (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Mar 31
    $353
    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 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Mar 31
    $353
    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.
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About the Captain

Andrew Turkstra
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
40 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
60 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since January 2017
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
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho 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
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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98%
Friendly captain
98%
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90%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
68%
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Lynn S.
St. Albert, AB
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Great day with Captain Andrew

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on July 15, 2021
The waters were rough but the trip was smooth!  Five of us on a family reunion had a wonderful afternoon with Captain Andrew...
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Half day trip with Captain Turk

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on July 4, 2021
Excellent boat. Prepared very well. Very friendly with everyone including the kids. Was great for us beginner fisherpeople....
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Amazing experience for the whole family

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on July 3, 2021
Turk was an amazing guide. We took our 3 kids, 11,8 and 4 with us and he was super conscientious of the conditions and excellent...
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Nanaimo, British Columbia
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (AM) on July 14, 2021
We had great time fishing with Captain Turk. He definitely knows his stuff, we all caught nice fish!  Was fun chatting with...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on August 23, 2021
No trophy catches, but good fun. Two adults, two children, all treated well by Captain Turk. Entertaining, interesting conversation...
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FAQs about Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo

Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $450 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Off Season (AM) (4 hours)
  • CA $450 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Off Season (PM) (4 hours)
  • CA $500 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - In Season (AM) (4 hours)
  • CA $500 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) (4 hours)
  • CA $650 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip - Off Season (6 hours)
  • CA $750 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip - In Season (6 hours)
  • CA $850 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip - Off Season (8 hours)
  • CA $1,000 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 Nanaimo, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Enclosed)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Ice Box

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

Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo 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 Nanaimo offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo include:
  • Crab
  • Lingcod
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)