Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)
Whether for sport or food-gathering, Gabriola Island is a playground for fisher folk.
It's one of the top Gulf Island destinations for picking and eating fresh oysters, mussels and clams straight off the beach. Try dropping traps for prawns and Dungeness crab. Surrounding waters swim with salmon, lingcod, rock cod, snapper, octopus and other delicacies.
Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon are premium catches on Gabriola. The fisherman's grail is the "tyee", in Aboriginal parlance a salmon weighing 13.6kg/30lb or more.
First, a primer in the fishermen's lexicon: The slang for fishing is "mooch." A secluded bay is a "gunk." The lure is a "hoochie." A big fish is a "hawg." A point rife with fish is a "honey hole." Anybody can speak the lingo.