There’s no shortage of things to see and do during your visit to Malcolm Island and Sointula. But one of the island’s most famous features? Being home to some of the best British Columbia fishing charters the province has to offer.

Whether you’re an experienced angler or new to the sport, a fishing charter is a great way to enjoy casting a line in a prime location, without the stress and expense of buying and carrying your own gear. 

Booking a charter means that everything is ready and waiting upon your arrival. No worrying about bringing your own tackle or having to scout out the perfect spot to go to. Instead, an experienced guide is there to handle the logistics and help you out when you need. This also makes it ideal for anyone who hasn’t fished before, or who perhaps hasn’t fished in open water from a boat.

But while British Columbia fishing charters make it easy to enjoy the outdoors, a bit of preparing ahead of time can make your entire trip go a bit smoother. Keep reading to learn a few easy tips to help you make the most of your next charter.

1. Pick a Charter That Fits Your Ideal Vision

Not all British Columbia fishing charters are created equal. While most charters will share a few similarities, each will have its own unique features that could drastically change your experience.

Before you book a charter, there are a few things you should think about. Your level of fishing experience and what you hope to get out of your trip are two very important factors. Many fishing charters say that they welcome all experience levels. But some may be more geared towards beginners, while others will cater towards experienced anglers.

If you have a lot of experience, and the goal of your trip is to catch a trophy fish or a specific species, you’ll want to choose a charter that can accommodate this. However, if you are new to fishing and looking to enjoy the experience, a charter that is welcoming to beginners and able to take the time to teach you what you need to know can make your trip more enjoyable.

Cookie-cutter charters in high-tourist areas may pack their boats with guests, meaning that you are fighting a hundred other anglers for room to cast and guides have little time for any individual instruction. 

Sointula is home to smaller fishing lodges, with friendly staff and an intimate experience that allows them to cater to all experience levels. Whether you are eager to spend as much time casting as possible or want some extra instruction, our island’s charters are ready and able to cater your trip to your unique wants and needs.

2. Check the Weather Ahead of Your Trip

Coastal British Columbia is known for its constantly changing weather. A summer day can start cold and rainy, and turn warm and sunny within just a few hours. Having the right gear along when fishing on the open water can help you stay comfortable, and ensure that nothing gets between you and a great time.

A couple of weeks ahead of your fishing charter, begin checking the weather, and continue doing so up until you leave home for your visit. Pack clothing for not just the weather you anticipate, but for the unexpected cold front or warm day as well. Choosing clothing that you can easily layer makes it easier to add or remove clothes as the temperature changes throughout the day. 

Many fishing lodges provide rain gear and float coats for guests. But it’s still a good idea to pack waterproof outer layers for your trip. Waterproof, comfortable boots are also a good idea on any charters in cooler climates..

3. Ask About Any Special Items You Should Pack

Besides packing for the weather, don’t forget to ask your charter company about any special items they recommend that you pack.

For instance, our island’s beautiful Sointula Lodge offers a hot tub that’s perfect for relaxing after a long day on the water. You’ll want to bring along a swimsuit to enjoy this unique feature during your next visit!

4. Leave Your Gear at Home

A good fishing charter will provide everything you need. After all, lugging your own gear from home can be a drag. And depending on where you normally fish, you might not have the best gear for the water or for the species that you’re after. 

Check with a charter before you book to make sure that you aren’t expected to bring your own fishing gear, tackle, or other supplies along. Want to bring your own gear? You should also call ahead to find out what kind of tackle, rods, and reels they recommend.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Treat Potential Sea Sickness

Even weathered seamen get seasick from time to time. Unless you are someone who always gets motion sick on boats, it can be tough to predict whether your stomach will turn when you take to the water.

Don’t let your fear of getting sick keep you from enjoying the trip of a lifetime. Instead, start treating your symptoms before they start. From medications to bracelets that apply pressure on your pressure points, there are plenty of products on the market designed for treating your motion sicknesses. Staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol, and not overeating before going out on a boat can help as well.

Making the Most of Your First British Columbia Fishing Charter

A fishing charter is a great chance to try fishing for the first time or to cast a line in an exotic locale that you might otherwise not get the chance to see. And with a little pre-planning, you can ensure that your first charter is a smooth one!

British Columbia fishing charters offer an incredible experience for beginners and experienced anglers alike, in a setting that is truly idyllic. Ready to plan a visit to Sointula to cast a line? Check out some of the fishing charters the island has to offer to find the right one for you!