Absolute Sportfishing offers exciting adventures in Campbell River, British Columbia. The captain has over 20 years of local knowledge and experience. If you want to fish in protected waters surrounded by magnificent scenery, amazing tidal flows, and a dynamic marine environment, you have found the right place.

Situated between Vancouver Island and the coastal mainland, the river is home to all 5 species of Pacific Salmon (Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum). They migrate through the fishing grounds as well as delicious Lingcod and bottom fish. And who knows, you might also be rewarded with Halibut while targeting Chinook Salmon!

Your charter boat is a beautiful Offshore 255 Pursuit that is kept immaculate and has fully covered comfortable seating, Espar heater, marine head, big screen GPS/sonar/radar, custom built rods, and the finest tackle & equipment. Equipped with new 4-stroke Yamaha main and trolling motors, 2 VHF radios, rain gear, and safety equipment, you are assured to be comfortable at all times.

Conveniently located in the heart of Campbell River surrounded by many options for dining and accommodations as well as being a hub for many other outdoor activities, you can find something for just about everyone’s tastes and budgets.

Your charter includes all tackle, bait, refreshments and light snacks. Your catch will be professionally cleaned and properly bagged for transport. There are three local outlets that can process your catch (fillet, vacuum-pack, and freeze).



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Multi location Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,092
    This is the ultimate day trip, we depart at 6:00 am for an all day fishing excursion with several prime locations to fish surrounded by stunning scenery and a great chance to see whales & wildlife! My favourite way to way to show what our region has to offer.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $936
    If you want the waters all to yourself, this is your trip. With Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Chum, and Pink Salmon all among the popular catches, you might also find Halibut and Lingcod at the end of your line.
  • Private trip
    Fishing/ Wildlife/ Whale watching
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $585
    A great way to get a variety on the water! We will scenic tour out of Campbell River to look for marine wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions, humpback whales and Orca whales and then set the lines for some salmon fishing. All of our region is surrounded by stunning panoramic scenery. Available on 5, 6 & 8 hour trips with the option of adding hours while aboard.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $585
    This trip will see you fishing the beautiful waters for Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon. All the necessary equipment and the fish cleaning and processing service will be provided.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Charter
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $468
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About the Captain

Laurel Gareau
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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Member since May 2017
Captain Laurel Gareau is a real threat to any fish. He is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable angler with many years of experience. He knows the waters like the back of his hand and is very familiar with the methods that work best to catch the fish of a lifetime. Laurel specializes in Salmon fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lingcod Lingcod
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Boat Specs

Pursuit (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha F300 4stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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 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
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Melisa G.
Ashcroft, BC
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Multi location Fishing on August 19, 2021
Got two springs and 4 pinks Had over a dozen other fish on during trip, but that’s how it goes. Tried jogging, we got...
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Cliff R.
Courtenay, British Columbia
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4 hr trip with Laurel off south end of Quadra Island

VERIFIED   4 Hour Charter on August 18, 2021
Great 1/2 day fishing with Laurel. Very nice boat & equipment. He has a good knowledge of fishing & can definitely...
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Noriki T.
Vancouver, BC
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Fishing with Laurel

VERIFIED   Fishing/ Wildlife/ Whale watching on August 22, 2021
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Four hour trip with Captain Laurel

VERIFIED   4 Hour Charter on August 13, 2021
Captain Laurel was very flexible and came out to pick us up at Quadra Island! He brought us out to fish for salmon, greenling,...
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Taranjan S.
Surrey, British Columbia
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Half day trip with Laurel

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 8, 2018
Our trip was amazing! We had a great time and our captain Laurel Gareau was very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. We caught...
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FAQs about Absolute Sportfishing

Absolute Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $600 per group - 4 Hour Charter (4 hours)
  • CA $750 per group - Fishing/ Wildlife/ Whale watching (5 hours)
  • CA $750 per group - Half Day Trip (5 hours)
  • CA $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • CA $1,400 per group - Multi location Fishing (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Absolute Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS (12 inch display)
  • Fishfinder (DSM300/1Kw Transducer)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Absolute Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

Absolute Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Absolute Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Absolute Sportfishing include:
  • Lingcod
  • Salmon (Chinook)