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Marks Reel Fishing Adventures
We don’t tell tales up here about the ones that got away.
They’re about sending you home with all the fish!
7/06/2022 - TripAdvisor
Summer salmon slam! What a day! Luck was on our side, or was it the hard working captain mark? A gloomy day turned to sunny skies and the ocean was glass. Mark took the time to try different spots and depths to ensure we found the fish… and we did! After limiting out on chinooks, mark promptly reeled in and travelled to a new spot to target coho and it paid off. Being a first time salmon fisher lady myself, mark was patient and gave great direction, his laid back personality made for a great first experience fishing in ucluelet. Great perks - there was a bathroom on board, everything was spotless and it was a comfortable ride.
9/04/2021 - TripAdvisor
Awesome Fishing Trip! Mark was an awesome, experienced and FUN guide!Mark was informative and helpful -we learned so much from his generous sharing of knowledge We had an incredible experience catching huge halibut!We would highly recommend Mark for a guided fishing experience
8/23/2021 - TripAdvisor
Wonderful 2 Day Anniversary/Fishing Charter From the time we met Mark at his expertly outfitted boat to when we left the next day we could not have enjoyed our time more. With our limit of salmon in hand (and halibut) we left with smiles on our faces and our favourite food expertly processed and being shipped home. Mark is a friendly, professional and safety conscious skipper, which made my wife very happy. We will likely make this an annual trip and Mark will for sure be our skipper. Thanks so much!
8/18/2021 - TripAdvisor
Great day had by all! Amazing day of Fishing with Mark! Our family were in great hands, felt 100% safe and brought home a boatload of salmon. Mark is great with the kids and knew all the best fishing spots. A thoroughly enjoyable day!
7/26/2021 - TripAdvisor
Great family fishing adventure! We hired Mark on July 18th 2021 to go fishing as a family. Mark was honest and said there are no guarantees fishing but said he would work hard for us and he really delivered! We had a great morning and our children all landed very big salmon! Many people on the dock were asking where we caught the big fish! Huge memories for our children ! Thank you Mark we will not hesitate to hire your experience again!
7/24/2021 - TripAdvisor
Amazing day fishing! Had a great day fishing with Mark! Kids loved it, came home with 4 beautiful chinook Salmon. Felt safe and well informed before heading out. Mark knew the best spots.
4/16/2021 - Google
My family and I went on a full day fishing trip with Mark on September 10th, targeting Chinook Salmon. We got out bright and early and hooked onto two fish in the first hour (the second being 35lbs). Mark gave us the choice of continuing to target Chinook or going out to bottom fish. He recommended we stick to Salmon, explaining how the run works and the importance of putting in the time (but was completely okay with either decision). Sticking to salmon paid off and we got 7 Salmon to the boat and more than 10 hits we didn't get to the boat. Pretty fantastic day late in the run! The boat was extremely nice and the gear was in great shape. Mark knows what he is doing!
4/16/2021 - Google
Spoke with Mark, he was all booked up but still took the time to give me some great advise on what to do
4/16/2021 - Google
Knowledgable guide. Amazing views. Salmon baby! Book here if you want to catch a fish.
4/16/2021 - Google
The best vancouver island fishing charter. Mark is a funny dude to be out in the waters with. Can't wait until I go to fish Salmon
4/16/2021 - Google
We just had the best trip ever. Mark took us out to a excellent area where we caught some of the biggest salmon and halibut that I have ever seen. He was very professional and friendly as well as went far and beyond to make sure we were satisfied with our fishing trip.thanks Mark
4/16/2021 - Google
Great experience, honest friendly guy. Came home with 3 big chinook.
4/16/2021 - Google
We booked a 4 hr morning trip, and Mark was very friendly! Nice boat, he was safety oriented but most importantly, we hooked 5 and landed 3 beautiful chinook salmon! Would definitely recommend and book again.
9/17/2020 - TripAdvisor
Awesome Salmon Fishing, Friendly Guide We booked a 4 hr morning trip, and Mark was very friendly! Nice boat, he was safety oriented but most importantly, we hooked 5 and landed 3 beautiful chinook salmon! Would definitely recommend and book again.
9/11/2020 - TripAdvisor
I like big salmon and I cannot lie My family and I went on a full day fishing trip with Mark on September 10th, targeting Chinook Salmon. We got out bright and early and hooked onto two fish in the first hour (the second being 35lbs). Mark gave us the choice of continuing to target Chinook or going out to bottom fish. He recommended we stick to Salmon, explaining how the run works and the importance of putting in the time (but was completely okay with either decision). Sticking to salmon paid off and we got 7 Salmon to the boat and more than 10 hits we didn't get to the boat. Pretty fantastic day late in the run! The boat was extremely nice and the gear was in great shape. Mark knows what he is doing!
9/02/2020 - TripAdvisor
Wonderful Fishing Guide We have a PHENOMENAL morning on the water with Mark. He was very knowledgeable and so great with our kids. He made the whole experience fun and exciting for everyone. We can’t wait to come back to Ucluelet and fish with Mark again.
8/31/2020 - TripAdvisor
Awesome day for kids and adults, thank you Mark! We had three adults and three kids in our group, and we had an awesome day on the water. Mark was professional, knowledgeable and great with the kids.I've been out with several guides, and was really impressed with Mark's boat, his demeanor and with how hard he worked to put us on the salmon. We booked a 6 hour day and bagged 5 beauty chinooks.
8/24/2020 - TripAdvisor
Great Captain, great boat, great experience! Took my wife and two daughters aged 7 and 9 on their first salmon fishing trip. Mark was very professional and was great with my girls, they won’t stop talking about how much they loved fishing with Captain Mark! Marks boat is very comfortable and well equipped with top notch gear, and Mark himself was very well prepared. Will be back next year for sure.
7/24/2020 - TripAdvisor
Half day charter Captain Mark is very safety conscious, takes great care of the people on his boat and makes you feel safe, comfortable and welcome on-board his boat. During admittedly tough fishing we hooked 4 fish and 3 were keepers. Everyone got a chance to reel in a fish and we all had a great time with Captain Mark. I highly recommend Mark’s Reel Fishing Adventures for anyone wanting a quality, enjoyable fishing trip in Ucluelet.
7/23/2020 - TripAdvisor
Welcoming and knowledgeable host Mark was a fantastic and kind host. We had a great trip and walked away with three beautiful salmon. Would love to come back and go for another day trip. Thanks, Mark!
6/29/2020 - TripAdvisor
Better than advertised Knowledgable and personable guide. Salmon baby! Book with Mark if you want to catch some salmon and see the islands around Ucluelet. Doesn’t get any better.
6/24/2020 - TripAdvisor
Incredible experience Marks Reel fishing adventures is a must do fishing trip. Mark was funny, informative, and talked me through every step when I was reeling in my very first ever 20 lb Spring Salmon!!His boat “Easy Days” was clean and equipped with all the necessary safety gear and amenities. Whales, Sea Lions and dolphins came to visit which was a bonus for this already amazing adventure. Thanks Mark, I’ll definitely be back! Your Friend, Cindy Jones 🦈
6/23/2020 - TripAdvisor
Amazing fishing trip Just had a really enjoyable fishing trip with my father in law. Mark was extremely knowledgeable with the area and the different techniques to use. The salmon were scarce, but he knew where to go and we were still able to catch our limit even though many other boats weren't so lucky. He showed alot of patience even after i let a few big ones off the hook. Then taught me how to catch the fish properly and make sure they make it into the boat. The sheer beauty of the area was enough to want to do it again. Getting to see the whales and dolphins was just a bonus.Id highly recommend Marks Reel Fishing Adventures.
6/22/2020 - TripAdvisor
Great Charter Fishing Experience I thought “ come as a client, leave as a friend” was just a cliche but with Mark Durante of Mark’s Reel Fishing Adventures it’s a truth.My Son in Law and I just spent 3 incredible days with Mark and his boat Easy Days fishing off the west coast of Vancouver Island. What a great experience!The Easy Days is a 29 foot boat equipped with all the amenities and technology to assure fishing success. It’s twin 300 hp motors provide more than enough power to take the tops off the waves and get to the hot spots quickly and safely.Our day started at 6:00 AM and literally minutes after departing we were dropping our lines over one of the many”hot spots” Mark knows. From there on it was just plain fun! Mark really works giving great advice on lures to use, depth to fish and constantly checking to ensure lines were clear of seaweed and debris. It wasn’t long long before we had our first hit, a 14 lb Chinook beauty and the largest fish I had ever caught.We took our limit inChinook Salmon even though many charters were coming home without success. Most of the fish we caught were in the 12-16 lb range but two of them were well over 20 lbs.We also tried for halibut but were not successful in getting any in the boat - not for lack of trying. One snapped our line like it was spaghetti. Still, the time spent wasn’t wasted as we got to see dolphins, whales and sea lions up close. That alone was worth the price of the adventure.If you really do want to come as a client and leave as a friend I highly recommend Mark and his Easy Days -I know we’ll be back.Don McLaughlin Kamloops,BC
9/18/2019 - TripAdvisor
Great fishing trip with Markt We booked Mark on a last minute fishing trip on an mid-September trip to Ucluelet. What's not to like? Price was the going rate. Really great fishing set up on his boat. Mark was great to communicate with setting up the trip. Me and my buddy are both experienced fisherman and Mark was great at letting us bring our own poles and catch fish from the pole wag to the deck. It was the end of the season, fishing was not hot by any means from what we heard from all the guides we talked t,o in fact it was really the last day for most guides and many were all ready off for the seasons. Mark was honest about the conditions. In spite of being slow he put us a lot of fish for a half day tip. He worked his butt off trying different areas getting us in close to find bait. We ended up getting two nice Coho and a once Chinook. I'd definitely recommend Mark as your Ukee guide; he knows the area, his boat is set up very well, he's a super straightforward guide, and want's his guest to have a great experience. Thanks Mark!
8/24/2019 - TripAdvisor
Another great trip!!!!! Another trip out with Mark and again we were not disappointed in the least, hard to not have a great time while fishing with him. As always his humour and attention to detail are second to none and you immediately feel at ease the second you set foot onboard! Great fishing, great stories and most importantly, great time being with him as our friend. Already looking forward to next years trip, can we go yet????????
8/16/2019 - TripAdvisor
Salmon Success We had a great morning out on the water with Mark. He was both personable and professional. And most importantly, we caught our salmon limits with time to spare! He took the time to get some good pictures of us with our catch to commemorate the day. You could tell that he takes great care of his boat, and that cleanliness is a priority for him. He went over all the safety measures with us before leaving the harbor, which gave us more peace of mind as passengers on the boat. We would definitely recommend Mark to anyone looking for a good, stress-free time on the water.
8/14/2019 - TripAdvisor
Great First Salmon Fishing Trip We have been to the Pacific Rim NP several times and the children always love it for the beaches and adventure. This year, they asked to go fishing...The trip was the first for our children 9 and 11 years old. We picked the half day tour because we did not know how easy they would get bored. Timing was perfect for the children. We caught several Chinook, and the kids helped with bringing in the catch. On the way back, Mark stopped at a quiet area and he cleaned the fish. He even recommended a place were we could it packed and flash frozen. It was an exciting and educational trip for all of us. Mark is a great captain, his boat is beautiful and fast.When we are back this way, we'll definitly go on annother fishing adventure with Mark.
8/11/2019 - TripAdvisor
Wonderful family adventure! Mark took our family of four out for a 4 hour fishing trip. We have two kids, ages 5 and 8, and it was their first time on a boat smaller than a ferry. I wasn't sure how they would do, but Mark tailored the trip so it was just perfect for them and we all had a great time. It was definitely one of the big highlights of our vacation, and weeks later my 8 year old is still talking about the 17 pound chinook that she caught. Mark was extremely professional and really great with the kids. I definitely recommend booking a trip with him!
7/31/2019 - TripAdvisor
Best salmen ever Marc is a very professionel fisher and also a good guide. We saw wildlife and a wale. One of the salmon we caughed, was barbecued by Mark on the boat.The trip is worth the money.
7/17/2019 - TripAdvisor
First time ocean fishing not the last!! Out of all the other charters I reviewed it wasn’t a hard choice which one to choose, mark is hands on and right into the action, Sometimes it was hard to tell who was more excited when the fish was reeled in... he sure made our trip to the island one I’ll never forget. Thanks again mark!! We will be back!!
7/16/2019 - TripAdvisor
Chinook fishing Mark had taken my family and I out on a 6 hour fishing trip for chinook! He was very funny, had a great personality and was able to keep a smile on ALL of our faces the entire time with his jokes. Great guy and my family agreed it was the highlight of our trip forsure! Thanks again mark for the great time! Highly recommend booking with mark!
7/15/2019 - TripAdvisor
Amazing day with Mark We had a fantastic 8 hours journey with captain Mark. We are a family of 4 with little fishing experience and he made sure everybody was able to catch something. We caught a lot of salmons and a big halibut during the trip. Mark is a true and kind hearted fisherman who REALLY knows his way around. It was a pleasure spending a day with him and get to him a little better. The family from Montreal
5/26/2019 - TripAdvisor
Best Fishing Guide and Charter in BC! My husband and I came right before the real season started, Mark was honest and told us it was gonna be tough but that we would get some fish! Sure enough I caught my limit and my husband was right behind me missing just 1! On the way out we were greeted by an Otter and during the time saw gorgeous Bald Eagles all around us, one came down and stole a fish we had just let go! Mark pointed out the wildlife all around us and was always watching the water! We had fun joking around the whole time! He was very attentive and cared about us and our moments of sickness and was very in tune with us the whole time! Mark celebrated our victories with us! cleaned and gutted all of our fish for us and showed us where to go the get them processed! He took photos for us and helped us document the good time! It was a great first deep sea fishing adventure and I am so happy we picked Mark to experience it with! We will be back, not only to fish but to see our new friend, Mark! Thank you so much, friend! Until next time!! The fish slayer will return! 😉
5/02/2019 - TripAdvisor
Amazing trip once again! My wife and I brought our kids 6 and 9 out to Ukee for a vacation and having previously had a great time with Mark we took the kids out, couldn’t have went better! As always Mark was amazing and we had a fantastic time. My youngest daughter peppered him both days non stop with questions and he really made an impression on her with his answers and humour! This time of year our expectations for great fishing were low but Mark got us on some amazing Ling Cod and Rock fish, also a tub full of Dungeness crab. We had already booked for a trip in the summer and can not wait to get back out here and get on some fish again with no longer our “guide” but our “friend” Mark, see you in August buddy, can’t wait!
9/20/2018 - TripAdvisor
Great day on the water We booked a last minute charter with mark on Sept 18th. The boat was nice and clean, especially the washroom. He set us up with some beginner rods, this being our first ocean fishing trip. Mark was quick to jump to action to help my husband land his first salmon. Mark will really work hard to find the fish for you even at the tail end of the season, and we still got to go home with a cooler full of fish. We can't wait to come back next year to fish again! Thanks for an amazing first time experience! -George and Krista
9/05/2018 - TripAdvisor
Fabulous day Mark was courteous, professional and fun. We had a super day and were as hands on as we wanted to be. Mark had certainly done his homework and selected a site that yielded 3 large halibut for the three of us. He had a ton of stories to tell during our time on board and we were made to feel like friends. Two thumbs up for this wonderful trip.
8/08/2018 - TripAdvisor
Fantastic day on the water! First time deep sea fishing for most of us. Mark is "the Man", he explained everything to us very clearly and instructed us step by step how to land a catch. Lots of laughs, great sense of humour. We just kept reeling them in all day long. Not only were we totally jazzed about the fishing experience but we were blown away by the presence of whales and dolphins that would frequently be in the area.Thanks Mark for an amazing day, we will be back.- Louise and the boys.
8/03/2018 - TripAdvisor
Great time, awesome guide My wife and two friends fished with Mark July 23-25 and were very pleased with Mark and his boat. While fishing was slow Mark went out of his way to get us on them. His passion and excitement for fishing is as much or more than the people he takes, it was a blast. The boat is in great shape and has plenty of room. Thanks Mark, already looking forward to next years trip!
7/09/2018 - TripAdvisor
Excellent service!!! Would highly recommend this sea fishing guide Mark. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The boat was spacious and comfortably seated 5 people. Cares about his customers satisfaction and works hard to find fish. Definitely would go on again in the future.
6/23/2018 - TripAdvisor
Boat cruise This is my third time on a boat charter on Vancouver Island and this is the first time we had an extensive safety talk about the "what ifs" Highly recommend him!
6/23/2018 - TripAdvisor
Great day on the water. Highly knowledgeable and a great boat. We wanted a scenic tour and Mark knew exaclty where to go. Fun was had by all. I would go again and recommend his services.
6/19/2018 - TripAdvisor
Great Day on the Water Went out with Mark with 2 other buddies and had a great day fishing for Springs. Limited out with some great looking fish. Mark was knowledgeable, funny and a good guy. Boat is in good shape, great to fish off of with some nice gear. Would recommend.
5/18/2018 - TripAdvisor
Excellent guide!Great fishing trip. Mark is one of the best guides on the Island. He is professional, personable and very knowledgeable. We went out with him a couple of times. My nephew had never fished before. With Mark's guidance, he caught a couple Springs. Now he's all into fishing. Our holidays will center on Mark's availability! We are looking forward to another great season with Mark.