THE OCEAN ADVENTURE CENTER HAS VANCOUVER’S MOST EXPERIENCED AND PRO GUIDES!

Our guides and Captains are passionate and serious fishermen who can take your Vancouver Fishing Charter experience to the next level. With over 20 years of experience, the Ocean Adventure Center maximizes your opportunity at a memorable Vancouver fishing experience. Relax in safety and comfort knowing that you’re well taken care of by professionals.

 

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Capt.Preston Steele

Captain Preston Steele has been fishing around the world in places such as Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Maldives, the Solomon Islands and more for most of his life as a fisherman. After buying his first boat in his late teens he has not stopped exploring. Guiding professionally out of the Westin Bayshore Marina since 1992, Preston developed the Ocean Adventure Center and its chartered tours. Although he has guided on the north coast he prefers to guide on local waters. On days off he lives in Whistler BC and pulls his kayak over to the lake to trout fish. He holds a 60 ton Limited Master Endorsement and Red Seal CTAG.

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Jason Tonelli

Jason has 17 years of fishing tackle industry experience in both retail and wholesale and 10 years of guiding experience in both fresh and saltwater. He studied for 2 years at Malaspina College in Nanimo in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technician Program as well as 3 years at UCFV. When Jason isn’t out on the water guiding you can find him selling tackle and teaching a variety of courses at his store, Pacific Angler.

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Eddie Matthei

Eddie started fishing in Ontario, came to Vancouver in 1978 and began his guiding career in 1985. Having worked with Vancouver’s most experienced guides and charter companies, Eddie has become a sought after and seasoned guide. He’s an expert on the local waters and has received job offers to work the top lodges in the Queen Charlottes. However, he has chosen to remain in the Vancouver area to be close to his lovely wife and 2 daughters. As a CTAG independent contractor, he has built a large base of repeat guests and is proud to work for only the best charter companies in Vancouver that provide the best equipment and fishing experiences.

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Colby Crockett

Colby has been in the Charter Fishing industry for many years working with a number of well established companies. A consistent producer when angling with great local knowledge of the honey holes for crab and prawns make Colby a great choice as a guide. When he is not at the Ocean Adventure Center dock he can be found at his oceanfront cabin on Boyer Island up Howe Sound fishing and prawning. He also enjoys playing softball and golfing.

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Ivan Chu

Ivan has been guiding in the Vancouver waters, BC Central Coast and the Haida Gwaii since 2001. He honed his fishing skills during his childhood while growing up in Steveston and learning the craft from the commercial fisherman. Ivan became an accomplished sports fisherman which naturally led to salt water guiding. In 2012 the BC Government developed the “Certified Tidal Angling Guide” program as a red seal trade and Ivan was one of the first salt water guides to pass the exam and earn his Certification. As a fishing guide, Ivan believes in the concept of teaching guests how to fish rather than just catching fish. Ivan retired in 2010 after 34 years as a police officer. He was in charge of the Marine Unit and instructed all the training pertaining to boat operations.

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Captain Mike Laninga

Mike has been fishing the coastal waters of British Columbia for many years and has a proven track record of landing fish. Born and raised in the lower mainland, Mike was drawn to the water. When not guiding for Ocean Adventure Center you can find 60 ton limited master Captain Mike Laninga operating a tugboat in the surrounding waters. His great attitude, local knowledge and uncanny sense to track fish will make your charter a priceless adventure.