Dock Talk

5 Different Ways to Fish With Oak Bay Marine Group

BC Fishing Resorts and Pedder Bay and - April 14, 2014

With DFO forecasts indicating that this could be one of the best fishing seasons in 30 years the Oak Bay Marina Group is ready to deliver with five different ways to fish in British Columbia. You’ll have your choice of boats and locations, giving you the ability to build your dream fishing vacation. Are you ready to catch that big fish you’ve always dreamed of?

Here are five exciting ways to fish with the Oak Bay Marine Group:

1. Boston Whaler

These boats are perfect for those looking for a more rugged and outdoors based fishing experience. They seat two guests and a guide and get you face to face with the beautiful BC wilderness. Exciting, productive, invigorating, and intimately in touch with nature are ways our customers describe this fishery. If this style of fishing is for you then this option will be sure to surpass your expectations every day.

Available at: Painter’s Lodge, April Point Resort & Spa, Canadian Princess Resort and Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

2. Delta Boat

Set off in a 43’ or 52’ cabin cruisers targeting salmon, halibut or bottom fish – the choice is yours. A professional skipper and deckhand will accompany you on the trip and familiarize you with the equipment, coach you on technique and help you bring in your catch. You fish party-style with other guests, enjoying the camaraderie of celebrating great catches with other anglers. Coffee and hot chocolate are available during fishing trips. The Delta boats have plenty of deck space, a heated cabin and washroom facilities. 

Available at: Canadian Princess Resort

3. Kingfisher 2825

The newest addition to our fleet is a luxurious 28 foot cabin cruiser that’s outfitted with all the latest fishing technology. The fully enclosed heated cabin features comfortable seating for five guests, allowing you to relax inside while you wait for the fish to hit. When the fish are biting you’ll have all the room you need to get your prized fish to the boat. The large fishing deck has plenty of room to deal with the double and even triple headers you will likely encounter without tripping over your fishing buddies. There won’t be any need to take turns with the Kingfisher 2825. Now everyone can fish at once.

Available at: Canadian Princess Resort

4.Tyee Rowing

This is as pure as fishing gets. Traditional Tyee Fishing is done from classic rowboats in the famous Campbell River Tyee Pool. Experienced local guides will teach you the proper techniques and row the boat through the pool. It is then up to you to watch the rod and set the hook when the fish bite. If the fish is successfully boated and weighs over 30 lbs., the catch is recorded and the angler has earned a membership in the Tyee Club.

Available at: Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa

5. Boat Rentals

If you’re an experienced angler looking for an unguided fishing trip then our boat rentals at Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina are perfect. We proudly maintain the largest and most affordable fleet of rental boats on Vancouver Island. Choose from 16′ Hourstons or Double Eagle watercraft. Both comfortable and easy to manoeuvre. Tackle boxes, rods and reels and other gear are also available for rent.

Available at: Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina


Call 1-800-663-7090 to book your fishing trip this summer!

How to De-Winterize Your Boat

Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina - April 8, 2014

Spring is finally here and you’re probably anxious to get your boat back on the water. But since you’re boat has been in storage all winter you’ll want to check to make sure everything is in running order. The last thing you want is for something to go wrong when you’re floating in the middle of the ocean.

Here are a few things to check when you’re de-winterizing your boat:

Check Your Oil

If you did not change the oil before you put your boat in storage you will likely need to change it now. It’s also a good idea to change the oil filter and check the oil in the outdrive.

Inspect Your Battery

Check the terminals for any corrosion and wipe them clean. Then reattach the cables and if your battery takes water fill it up. Use a battery tester to check the volts and amps. If the tester doesn’t pick anything up and you’re sure it’s fully charged then it’s time for a new battery.

Cooling System

If you live in a cold winter climate you likely drained your cooling system. Fill the cooling system back up, rinse out the strainer and check the hoses for cracks.

Fuel System

Assuming you properly winterized your boat, your fuel tank should already be full (leaving your fuel tank full over the winter prevents moisture from forming inside the tank.) Change the fuel filter and check the fuel line for any cracks.

Check the Distributor

Take the distributor cap off, clean it out and check for any corrosion. Check the connections and make sure they are all restored.


Check your belts and see if they need to be tightened. Remember, a belt is properly tightened when it can only be pushed slightly down. Belts that do not fit snugly in their pulley grooves may be worn out and in need of replacement. Another indicator that your belts might be worn is black soot found near the pulley

Inspect Zincs

Zincs, or sacrificial anodes, are mounted near the outdrive or the metal parts found at the bottom of the boat. The zinc absorbs damaging electrical current in the water and protects your drives from electrolysis. Check your zincs for any corrosion. If they’re corroded they need to be replaced immediately.

Bilge Pump

Inspect your bilge circuit, pump and automatic switch. Bilge pump switches float, sensing a rise in water level, then signal the pump to turn on. If the switch fails then equipment can flood inside your boat. On the other hand, if the switch activates the pump but fails to turn it off, the pump motor can drain the battery. Because of this you want to make sure this system is functioning properly.

In addition to the suggestions listed above, always make sure to readyour boat’s user manual to make sure you are taking all the necessary steps to properly maintain your boat.

Boat Maintenance Tips

Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina - April 4, 2014

Proper boat maintenance is extremely important if you want to be able to enjoy your boat year after year. Performing regular maintenance will save you money in the long run and can prevent any major problems from occurring.

Here are some things you should be doing on a regular basis to keep your boat in peak condition:

Clean your boat

Cleaning your boat does more than just giving it a nice shine. Regularly cleaning your boat helps to counteract the long-term effects of environmental wear and tear, and routine waxing and using anti-fouling paint also protects your boat from the elements.

Proper mooring

You may be surprised to learn that a lot of the damage boats receive actually occurs while they’re docked, not when they’re in use. Make sure your lines are securely fastened and neatly coiled. Check your lines regularly and replace any that show signs of breakage or wear.

Care for your battery

Make sure your battery is fully charged and maintain the proper fluid levels. Dampness and dirt can drain your battery, so be sure to keep it clean.

Maintain your motor

Perform a regular inspection of the motor for rust, damage and corrosion. Flush your engine after every outing and check your oil for correct levels as well as proper filtration and cleanliness. Finally, monitor your engine’s cooling system to make sure it’s functioning correctly.

Check your bilge pump

Do a regular check of your bilge pump. You will also want to check to make sure that your battery has enough power to run the pump for a prolonged period of time.

Check electrical components

Regularly check all electrical components for corrosion and make sure they are staying dry. For extra security you can protect your electrical components with a water-repellant, non-conductive grease or corrosion inhibitor.

Keep your fuel water-free

Keep your fuel tank full to reduce the chance of condensation forming and use a fuel stabilizer to stop fuel degradation and prevent oxidation. If you’re really concerned about water getting into your fuel you can install fuel filters to rid the system of any water that might find its way in there.

Use a boat cover

Using a boat cover is an easy way to keep your boat free of contaminants and also protect it against harmful UV rays.

Be sure to consult your boat's user manual to ensure you are doing everything the manufacture recommends to maintain your boat.