Sooke Harbour Salmon Classic, picture of big salmon about to bite a lineThe Sooke Harbour on the secluded west coast of Vancouver Island is known for its natural beauty. It’s a place where the ocean crashes up against pristine sandy beaches and storm-blasted caves and where you can find a host of recreational activities to do.  The accessibility to the waters of the Pacific Ocean, where the much-desired Chinook salmon journey makes it a prime location for the V.I. Salmon Classic.

The 5th Annual Vancouver Island Salmon Classic Derby will take place on August 30, 2014 and will truly be a highlight event of the summer. Anglers from all over the world will meet up for their chance to catch the biggest and best within a pool of the best. There is nothing like going up against other fishing enthusiasts to bring out your own best fishing. You just may get a story to tell the grandkids! You know the kind where the story starts out, “My fish was this big!”

Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina will be hosting this event and will also be making a donation to a local salmon habitat charity on the day of the event. You have up until July 31st to sign up your team of four and the cost s $800 per team. This is truly a chance for you and your fishing buddies to compete for some great prizes and of course, bragging rights to bring home to the family. There will be a fantastic BBQ and a 50/50 draw, with proceeds going to the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, which helps ensure that the salmon populations are not overfished.

Mark your calendar, get your team pumped up and your gear packed and get ready for some fantastic fishing in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Find more information on the event website.

We love hearing about all of the adventures our guests go on when they tour around Vancouver Island. Many come from far and wide to experience the great fishing our area has to offer. One of our great friends often takes guests of The Prancing Horse Retreat out to catch a few (he may even set a crab trap or two!) and then the fruits of your labors can then be cooked up at our grille back at the bed and breakfast. If you will be coming in for the salmon derby in Sooke or are just looking for a fantastic place for a weekend getaway, contact us today for reservation information at (250) 743-9378.

Special Family Salmon Recipe

We have been cooking with salmon for years and since this post is all about this wonderful fish, we decided we would share a really easy family favourite salmon recipe.

Filet salmon mix
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp of dry mustard
1 tbsp of maple syrup.
Let stand for 1hr and grill on the barbecue.  Delish!!

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