A boat which is well designed and thoughtfully fitted out can have a big impact on fishing success. Bill will discuss attributes of good fishing boats, including hull design, motor size, operator position and console equipment. Ergonomics is particularly important – being able to comfortably scan the rod tips, downrigger cables, depth sounder/chart plotter and the water ahead while trolling, and to respond to a strike quickly with a minimum of steps. He will discuss choice and location of downriggers, cannonball size, release clips, rod holders, fish box, landing net, depth sounder, chart plotter, black box and all the other important fishing equipment which can be critical but is often treated as an afterthought.
Bill Haymond has fished for salmon most of his life and seriously for the past ten years. He is certified by the Sports Fishing Institute of BC as a professional fishing guide, and has worked at lodges on the central and north coast as well as Haida Gwaii. This has given him the opportunity to rub shoulders with and learn from some of the best fishermen and guides in the province. In addition to salmon biology and behaviour he has a strong interest in meteorology and physical oceanography. Bill and his wife Kim live in the Vancouver area.