Reel Crazy Fishing Charters, Winter Harbour BC

Steve Mawdsley’s Fishing Charters Vancouver Island

steve.jpgSteve Mawdsley’s Fishing Charters is in Winter Harbour BC, a remote hamlet on Northern Vancouver Island near Port Hardy. Winter Harbour is home to some of the last, truly unspoiled salmon fishing in the world.

Reel Crazy Fishing Charters chose Winter Harbour to operate from because without a doubt, Winter Harbour has the biggest and the most Salmon on the West Coast. Winter Harbour also boasts some of the wildest remote wilderness in the world.

Steve Mawdsley, your Winter Harbour fishing guide and host aboard the “Reel Crazy” fishes a maximum of 4 anglers per week providing exceptional classic sports fishing in Winter Harbour and Quatsino Sound for wild salmon. Chinook (King Salmon) Coho (Silvers) Red Snapper, Ling Cod and Halibut are the fish we target for anglers, at the same time providing breathtaking scenery and photographic opportunities. Catching your limit of large salmon is the norm at Winter Harbour.

Photographers Take Note: Be sure and bring your camera as this will not just be a Reel Crazy Fishing Adventure but also a Wildlife Photography Adventure. Wildlife photo opportunities abound on Northern Vancouver Island’s Quatsino Sound region, the envy of many a world class wilderness/wildlife photographer.


boat1.jpgfish.pngOur Vessel & Fishing Gear

State of the Art Equipment

Our 25.5 foot Parker Pilot House is equipped with enough HP & state of the art equipment to get us to the fish and get the fish in the boat. Our Parker has a huge aft fishing platform and a pilot house to keep you dry during rainy weather. Marine head is available.


  • Sotty Electric Down riggers 10’6″
  • Shimano fishing rods
  • Sage 6012 & Shimano 4000GT fishing reels.
  • comfortable seats (not that you will be sitting much)

Reel Crazy Fly Fishing for Coho

  • Heavy weight fly rods and reels
  • It is a blast. “WOW”


  • Classic halibut fishing rods
  • Penn 320 level wind reels left or right
  • Halibut anchor setups