Pelican Charters Ltd.

Pelican Charters offers a range of trips out of Port Alberni, BC, targeting the many tasty gamefish found around Vancouver Island. From the calm, narrow waters of Alberni Inlet, to the open seas of the North Pacific, huge fish put anglers to the test throughout the summer and fall.

Fancy numbering yourself among them? You couldn’t find a better place to start than the “Rusty Pelican”, a 34’ Hatteras Sportfisher powered by twin Iveco engines up to a steady 30 knots. The boat is loaded with enough tech and equipment to bring in whatever the ocean throws at you, with plenty of comforts to keep you happy on your trip.

A range of marine electronics sweep the water and guide you towards the best fishing spots while you take in the view from her spacious flybridge. Once you’re in place, you can drop your lines for huge Halibut and Lingcod, or troll for trophy Salmon. On offshore trips, you will blow straight past these species and head up to 25 miles out for delicious Albacore Tuna.

And that’s just the day trips! Multi-day charters will see you fishing for all the area’s top species, fighting fish throughout the day then relaxing aboard as the sun goes down. You can also visit Tofino’s famous hot springs and wander the temperate rainforest which covers the island.

The “Rusty Pelican” will be your perfect home-from-home through all of this. She has two double and single beds, a full bathroom complete with a shower, and plenty of space to sit and discuss the day’s catches. There’s a complete kitchen with plenty of food for your trip, but Capt. Cory will need some help cooking it up each night.

All trips come with tackle, lures, drinks, and a first mate who will work himself to the bone to keep you hooked up all day long. At the end of your trip, Capt. Cory will even arrange for your catch to be vacuum packed for legal export. So grab your fishing license, your camera, and your lucky hat, and jump aboard to start catching fish!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip - Tuna
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Jul - 31 Oct
    up to 6 persons
    Spend 12-14 hours offshore, targeting big, tasty Albacore Tuna. This trip is a real offshore extravaganza, and well worth the long charter time!
  • Private trip
    2 Days, 1 Night - MAX 5
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    2 trip days, starts at 5:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip available 15 May - 31 Oct
    up to 2 persons / day
    + $165
    each additional person / day
    This trip includes fishing in Port Alberni and Bamfield, with a stop at the hot springs in Tofino if the weather allows. if the weather is too poor to stop in Tofino, the captain will knock $200 off the price. Accommodation onboard and food costs are covered, although you will need to cook your own food.
  • Private trip
    3 Days, 2 Nights - MAX 5
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    3 trip days, starts at 8:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip available 15 May - 31 Oct
    up to 2 persons / day
    + $220
    each additional person / day
    Spend three extended days fishing for Salmon and Halibut around Port Alberni and Bamfield. You can also explore the area on foot, and will be able to visit the Tofino hot springs, too! If the weather is to bad to visit the hot springs, the captain will refund $200 from the trip price. Food and accommodation are included, but you will need to cook your own meals.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Salmon & Halibut
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 May - 31 Oct
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the day trolling for Salmon and jigging for Halibut on this eight-hour charter.

About the Captain

Cory Coates
Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
4 Fishing Reports
Response time 13 hours
Member since August 2017
Captain Cory Coates is a seasoned angler and experienced guide, who has been working the waters around Vancouver Island since 1998. As well as running fishing charters, Capt. Cory has extensive experience scuba diving. He loves to explore the waters, both above and below the surface. He is very safety-minded on every trip and will adapt each charter to the weather and the group onboard to make sure you have a fun, stress-free trip every time.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Sockeye)
Tuna (Albacore)

Boat Specs

Hatteras 34 Sportfisher (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1968, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 370HP Iveco engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

34 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing


Life Jackets
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 30 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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:
Bank Transfer

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