Thank you for stopping by Hymax Charters.
Owner/Skipper Greg McKay
- 60 Ton Master Limited
- 100 Ton Fishing Master IV
- Licensed Tug Boat Master
First Mate Lorenzo
First Class Private Charter
Perfect for large or small groups, families, stags, & wedding groups.
Professional Service, Safe & Comfortable
Homeport is in Tofino, British Columbia on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Our vessel is moored at the all new Tofino Resort & Marina.
The Tofino fishing scene is spectacular!
Fish the protected waters of Clayoquot Sound, or the more productive off-shore waters. As you cruise out of Tofino Harbour past the lighthouse, you enter a unique offshore eco-system that supports huge schools of bait fish. Teaming balls of Herring, Pilchards, Neddlefish, Squid, and Krill attract and support the legions of bigger game fish. This thriving rugged environment creates catch opportunities found nowhere else on the Coast.
We target Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Halibut, Tuna, Snapper and Rock Cod. In addition we usually set and check the Crab and Prawn traps when leaving and returning to the harbour.
A private charter is the ultimate West Coast fishing experience.
A reservation is made and the boat and date(or dates) are secured for your group or family. A full day trip is 8-10 hours, a half day trip is 4-6 hours. My regular clients usually book a full day to ensure the best chances getting their limit of salmon and halibut.
I encourage you to plan on booking a minimum of 4-6 hours. There is no penalty for ending a trip early, you can return to the harbour at any time for any reason.
I am easy going, but very serious about catching fish and providing a comfortable atmosphere on board. My mission is to fill the cooler with fish & for you to have a safe, positive experience with Hymax Charters.
Rates per hour (2020)
Deposit and Cancellation Policy
The Victory Features:
The VICTORY is for clients who want the best. Built to high end yacht standards and completely outfitted with the best of everything. She is a refined offshore battle wagon, and a proven fish killa. The ultimate Sportfisher. The extra comforts and exceptional sea worthiness of this fine vessel will keep you and your group happy all day long. I searched long and hard to find one of these particular hulls, she is a very renowned and celebrated Pacifica 44 in mint condition. You will not find a nicer charter boat.
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Catch DinnerCook Your Catch at 1909 Kitchen with Canada's Top Chef winner Chef Paul Moran. Have Paul and his team prepare an unforgettable seafood feast for your crew. Simply drop off some of your catch at the end of the charter trip, make a dinner reservation, come back and enjoy. The restaurant is located at the Tofino Resort and Marina (right where the Victory is moored).
The 1909 shows off beautiful views and a warm atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating. Cost 39pp includes sides.
Tuna fishing out of Tofino is a special trip. We are basically at the northern range of the Albacore territory. By late Summer and early fall the warm water California current, which comes across the Pacific from west to east shifts northwards, as it reaches North America it turns south. The Tuna feed along the temperature gradient were the warmer water mixes with our cooler coastal waters. Nutrient rich upwellings(of decaying organic matter) along the continental shelf feed microscopic plant and animal life starting the food chain that attracts massive schools of bait fish. Which in turn attract the schools of roaming Albacore Tuna. We have limited windows of opportunity to target Albacore Tuna. The sea surface temperatures have to be within a certain range, the weather forecasts need to be fair, and a few other indicators need to show. When all the variables look good, away we go. The edge of the continental shelf is about 25 miles off-shore from Tofino. As we near the edge of the canyons the water colour begins to change from green to blue and gets very clear. As we head out over the continental drop-off the bottom of the ocean plunges to over 3000 feet deep. We begin to see different types of marine life, like giant Albatross and other off-shore birds, various species of dolphins, porpoise, and whales that we do not see inshore. And if the sea conditions are calm we see the occasional shark fining on the surface as well as giant sunfish that can easily be over a ton. Of course we want to see tuna charging the gear. So we begin the hunt.
I bill for 12 hours for a tuna fishing trip, although the day typically lasts 14-16 hours. Some clients book me for 3 days, if on one of those days conditions look good for a shot at tuna we go for it, otherwise we fish closer to Tofino for Salmon and Halibut. Again this trip is not for everyone and there is no guarantee we will find them. But when we do get into them, hold fast, double and triple headers are common. Hard powerful runs push the gear to its limits, the ensuing pandemonium on deck will put a smile on your face.
Get out on the Wild Pacific Ocean.
We have fun rain or shine!
This is a three hour tour up Tofino Inlet in calm waters. Excellent for people who do not want any waves. We depart one hour before low tide. The bears feed along the exposed shore-line at low tide, turning over rocks and boulders to get at the buffet of crabs and clams underneath. We view the bears from the safety of the boat, only a few meters away, so close you can hear the shells breaking in the mouths of the bears. This is a great family outing.
As a commercial fisherman/geo-duck diver for almost 20 years I have had the good fortune to have had many encounters with whales in the wild. I have even come face to face with a transient Killer Whale underwater. So let me humbly tell you, to see whales in the wild is to realize you have seen intelligent, organized, sentient creatures much like ourselves, maybe more so. People have changed the direction of their lives after seeing their first whale. You will at least be amazed and gain an experience you will keep for life.
In our part of the Pacific Ocean we commonly see Grays, Humpbacks, Orcas (Killer Whales), Minkes, and Pilot Whales. We also regularly see Pacific White-Sided Porpoise, Dalls Porpoise, and Harbour Porpoise. Not to mention Northern Stellar Sea Lions, California Sea Lions, and Sea Otters.
Last season we had a rare encounter with a huge bull Sperm Whale feeding on giant squid. And another rare encounter with a pod of Risso Dolphins.
I have been a professional mariner on the west coast for 32 years. And a professional guide for 20 years. I have always made my living working and surviving on the ocean.
I spent my earlier adult years commercial fishing BC's most remote coastal areas. Mostly as a commercial diver harvesting Geo-Duck clams, Sea Urchins, and Sea Cucumbers. I've also been involved in commercial Prawn Fishing, the Herring fishery, and the commercial Sockeye fishery.
I am also a licensed Tug Boat Master and now spend my winters running tug and barges around Vancouver Island. From April through till the end of October I focus on running my charter business out of Tofino.
* 60 Ton Master Limited
* 100 Ton Fishing Master IV
* Licensed Tug Boat Master
Tug Boat Inn is located in Tofino, a 10-minute walk from Clayoquot Sound, 4 km from Chesterman Beach, and 16.1 km from Long Beach. The property is 2.7 km from Maquinna Provincial Marine Park and 9.7 km from Radar Hill.