Join Captain Turk (Andrew Turkstra) on a chartered fishing trip or marine scenic and wildlife tour. As a certified Transport Canada charter operator, Captain Turk has over a decade of experience fishing and touring the coastal waters in and around Nanaimo. His love for people, his passion for fishing and his knowledge and respect for the natural beauty of Vancouver Island make for an incredible experience and memories on the water.
Whether it be the heart-pounding fight of a giant Chinook Salmon or the breathtaking beauty of BC’s coastal waters and wildlife, our goal is to help you experience the wonder of the West Coast. At Reel Time, we know the exhilaration that comes with landing a prize fish, we know the renewal that comes with time spent in nature. It’s why we fish sustainably, tread lightly and donate 5% of every trip to the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help our natural resources remain healthy and beautiful for generations to come. It’s why we say, “Experience the Wonder, Invest in its Future.”
Reel Time Fishing Charters serves guests aboard a 26ft Hourston Glascraft Command Bridge. Considered a top pick by many charter operators and boat enthusiasts, Hourston Glascraft boats have a solid reputation as safe and stable vessels well-suited for the West Coast.
Reel Time’s boat “Friendship” is a fully licensed and insured commercial vessel. It features:
“Turk set us up with an amazing trip away from Alberta. He knows all hot spots on the island – best of all he knows how to find fish, and fast! We had fish on within seconds of setting up and landed a total 35 fish with 11 double headers. His ability to target each species is uncanny, a true gift. He does more than catch you fish, he teaches you how to fish. His respect for the sport and zest for life are something we will not soon forget – we are already planning trips for the next 2 years.”
“You can be sure of choosing the best guide when going fishing with Turk at Reel Time West Coast Fishing Charters. He always puts a lot of effort to make sure you bring home some great fish but as well the memories of an amazing fishing experience. Turk is a great listener, attentive to detail and persistent when it comes to getting the fish or offering you the best experience. Whether you want him to teach you tips and tricks or simply relax and reel in some fish onboard, Turk will be the perfect guide for you. I can’t wait to go again and catch more fish and have a good time with Turk.”
“I just thought I should drop you a note and express my thanks for a memorable three days this past July. John and I will never forget the hours spent with you in the stunning seascape off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Getting close to the ocean, to you and to a lot of fish was a rich experience and one I will not forget. Your energy and love of your work—if it can be called work—was contagious. You were made for this, my friend. I have high hopes for you as you start your own charter business: Reel Time Fishing Charters. I will definitely be back. ”
” I’ve been fishing the Fraser River for 36 years and have yet to catch fish like I did with Turk on Reel Time Fishing Charters. Turk knew where to go and how to hook me up with fish. My trip was an also an education on the local sites. And for someone who is concerned about safety and comfort, Turk’s seamanship along with his boat (Hourston) provided an enjoyable trip that I will never forget. Looking forward to doing it again!”
“To fish with Turk is one of the great moments of life. We have fished together for 18 years. I have never once in that time seen Turk lose his passion for life or fishing. He is a student of the river or the lake or the ocean. Last summer I was fortunate enough to be on his boat as he explored his first season as a skipper. I can’t remember the last time I had so much sheer fun. Turk really comes alive in these moments. He genuinely loves to serve people and takes great delight in seeing them revel in these moments. It is amazing to see him hop around the boat taking care of all the details so that you will have a great time. I will never forget my time on the water with Turk. You won’t either! Good luck, Captain!”