The Clayoquot Ventures Team
Leon moved to Tofino in 2011 and is looking forward to another season with Clayoquot Ventures. He brings a wealth of fishing and guiding experience from his eight seasons at fishing lodges in Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and three seasons on the central B.C. coast.
Born in New Zealand, Leon grew up in Victoria on Vancouver Island and displayed an early affinity for the water. In addition to his fishing adventures, he is a dedicated surfer who has followed the waves to Australia, California, Costa Rica, Hawaii, New Zealand, Indonesia and Africa, and now to Tofino. As much as he loves his time on and in the water, Leon equally values the opportunities he has had to share experiences with people from different cultures and all walks of life.
Leon, his wife Jen, son Kai, and their dog Thor vacationed in Tofino many times before making the move to the west coast from Victoria and have no regrets about living in a small coastal community. Leon is excited about showing guests of Clayoquot Ventures the natural wonders that brought them to this special place while catching some great fish!
If Adam isn't guiding, you'll likely find him out sailing his 36' cutter or preparing her for an extensive offshore voyage planned for the future. Adam comes by his love for the ocean quite honestly - having been raised onboard a 100 year old classic wooden ship purchased in Denmark and sailed home to Victoria BC, followed by several passages to the Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska in the years following. Fishing became a passion along the way, for sustenance, for sport, and for employment. Catches range from saltwater aquarium fish to tiger shark and some oceanic species such as tuna, dorado and sailfish. With diverse experiences under his belt, Adam is thrilled to be in Clayoquot Sound, sharing his love of boating and fishing with his guests. "You just never know what memory will be born from a day on the water around here".
Adam started with Clayoquot Ventures in 2012 and now resides in Tofino with his wife, two daughters and family dog. Whether solo, with family and friends or guests both new and old, Adam is always ready for another trip away from the dock, searching for another fish story to be a part of.
Born and raised in BC, Jeremy has spent many hours on the water both commercial fishing and sport fishing. He has guided fishing charters out of Gabriola Island and Port Eliza and has spent "decades" fishing Barkely Sound. Jeremy spent over 15 year as a freelance photographer and has travelled extensively around the globe. Jeremy is currently enrolled in an apprentice program for inboard/outboard mechanic and spends his winters in the Comox Valley area working on Mount Washington. His interests include fishing (of course), carpentry, baseball, hockey, as well as skiing and snowboarding.
Jeff moved to Tofino in the winter of 2004 with plans to stay and work until the end of that summer. However, those plans changed and he has now called Tofino home for almost ten years. Jeff spent his first few years surfing, camping, and exploring the areas of Clayoqout and Barkley Sounds which soon lead him to try fishing - which quickly became an obsession. Jeff eventually tried fly fishing and was hooked instantly but was limited to fishing Tonquin Beach and Grice Bay until purchasing his own boat. The transition to professional fishing guide just made sense. Jeff says that he is still blown away by the area's remoteness and beauty and spends as much time as possible immersed in the outdoors, saltwater flyfishing, exploring remote islands, inlets, rivers and various creeks of the Island. Jeff has been cooking local seafood for the last six years, and is very knowledgeable on preparing local side stripe shrimp, spot prawns, oysters, sea asparagus, salmon and halibut.
Born in Saskatchewan, Justin grew up on the East Coast of Vancouver Island and spent a lot of time with his family fishing Oyster River for Pink Salmon, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout with frequent trips to Nootka Sound in search of bottom fish. Like many "Island Boys" Justin says he owes the extent of his saltwater fishing knowledge to his dad who taught him and his brother respect for the ocean. recently Justin completed the Fisheries and Aquaculture program at Vancouver Island University and has previously worked in the aquaculture sector. Having operated his family owned boat for several years guiding friends and family, Justin is keen to join Clayquot Ventures and to host clients for memorable and fun fishing experiences.
Pete Terrell -
info coming soon!
2013 is Jesse's 2nd season in Tofino and his first with Clayoquot Ventures. More info coming soon -
Claire can usually be found at Tackle Shop ensuring the details of your upcoming fishing trip are organized well in advance. Claire moved to Tofino with her husband Adam and their two daughters in early 2013 to join the Clayoquot Ventures team and to be a part the Tofino community.
Jason and Lorrie Mohl:
Jay and Lorrie are the owners and operators of Clayoquot Ventures Guide Service, based in Tofino, B.C., on Vancouver Island's rugged and beautiful West Coast. Using over 30 years of experience on West Coast waters, Jay outfits clients from around the world, in and around the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound. Although he usually reserves the trophy catches for clients, Jay holds the local record for the largest Halibut with a barn door slab that tipped the scales at 170 lbs. Jay represents the Clayoquot Region of Vancouver Island as a director for the Sport Fishing Institute of BC as well as the Federal Government’s Sport Fish Advisory Board, and is the current Chairperson of Tofino’s Harbour Authority.
During their “down time” Jay and Lorrie enjoys spending time watching their kids play hockey, camping and travelling. Jay also enjoys writing about, and photographing some of the great fishing adventures available in the region and exploring new pristine areas to share with his guests.