Frequently Asked Questions

Before contacting us, please browse our FAQ.

“We’ve been fishing with Tailspin Charters for five years now and have not once come home empty handed!!! First class service and guiding. Justin will put you on the fish and show you a great time, every time!”

—Matt & Sarah VanDyke, Kelowna B.C.

How much is a fishing charter? What are your rates?

We have a few different rates depending on how long and what type of fishing you want to do.

Salmon OR Halibut – Sooke to Victoria:
Half Day – 5 hours Call for rates (up to 4 people)
Full Day – 8 hours  Call for rates (up to 4 people)
Evening Bite Special Call for rates(up to 4 people)

Salmon & Halibut – Combo Special:
Full Day – 8 hours  Call for rates(up to 4 people)

Port Renfrew – 3 day charter,
Salmon & Halibut: Call for rates (up to 4 people)

Additional hour(s) – $75/hour
Additional people – $10/hour

Winter Salmon Season Fishing Specials November-March,
4 hrs, 5 hrs, or  8 hrs Call for rates  includes dropping crab traps. .

All rates include: 
Bait and tackle, experienced guide, fish cleaned and bagged, fresh baked goods, memorable experiences and tons of fun.

What Kind of vessel do you have?

TAILSPIN CHARTER VESSEL: 24 foot Osprey Fisherman Pilothouse
Our charter vessel is built specifically to take on the rugged demands of North Pacific and Alaskan
offshore waters. Commanding the ultimate in offshore performance and optimum handling,
with comfort and style that you deserve on your
fishing adventure. “Mistress” is powered by a
320 hp Volvo Penta Duo Prop and an
9.9 hp high thrust auxiliary trolling engine.

The Vessel cruises comfortably at 30 knots and will get you
safely to the fishing grounds and back, in even the most
inclement of west coast weather.

I want to book, what do I do now

Great news! You won’t regret it. Booking info:  $150 CND deposit is required for all charter bookings.  Final payment is due on the day of charter. If paying by credit card/paypal, payment is due 7 days prior to the charter date.  Deposit refundable with 30 days notice of charter date.  Deposit non-refundable and is credited toward a future charter on cancellations with less than 30 days notice of charter date.  The Captain reserves the right to cancel the trip due to any uncontrollable circumstances, such as unsafe weather conditions and will fully refund your deposit. Credit Card payable through PayPal or E Money Transfer. Paypal will have 3% Administration fee.

How long have you fished these waters?

Your guide Justin Wilson, has 20+ years of fishing experience on the Island and is
an avid outdoorsman. We take a great deal of pride in ensuring the highest quality of service is provided. We will customize any charter to suit your needs and provide you with the most excitement possible on your legendary outdoor adventure.

It is a great pleasure to share with you, the wonders that the diverse marine environment of Vancouver Island has to offer.

What kind of gear do you have?

We are equipped with the latest in safety equipment.

The Tailspin Charters Vessel comes with state-of-the-art
marine electronics, which includes JRC 1500 Radar,
Lowrance Sonar/GPS chart plotter, DSC VHF radio
interfaced with emergency distress GPS locator,
cell phone, and handheld backup GPS and VHF.

Fishing gear includes 3 Scotty electric down riggers, 10’6 Fenwick Hmx mooching rods, Trophy, Shimano and Penn reels. Assortment of light weight halibut rods with Penn and Okuma big game reels.

Are you a certified guide?

The vessel and guide is Transport Canada Inspected and Certified annually,
meeting the commercial vessel regulations.

The warm, dry cabin is insulated, has a heater, defroster, dinette table, fridge,
fresh water sink, 100% private stand up washroom with flushing toilet (Head),
stereo system and comfortable sleeping berths for catching a nap.

What are your credentials?

- Transport Canada Commercial Vessel Inspected and Certified
- Small Commercial Vessel Operators Permit (SVOP)
- Marine Emergency Duties Trained (MED A1/A2)
- Industry Canada Restricted Operators Certificate (Maritime)
- Certified First Aid (Current)

Do I need a fishing license?

Please note: There are a few ways to get your fishing license Have a look at these links.  Local Tackle store… also available
Salmon Stamp Required to retain salmon.

Is it ok if I bring my kids along?

Absolutely, if you have a look in the photo gallery you will see lots of young fishing enthusiasts enjoying the excitement of reeling in the big catch ! We have life jackets and lots of space for children in your fishing party.

Do you clean and package out catch?

Yes we clean, and fillet your catch upon return to the dock! Fish are then placed in fish bags. Custom Processing is available with local drop-off locations at

here should we Stay?

There are many options within a short drive to the Marina from Hotels to Private Rentals.

Contact us for book availability.

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