You could call it the big one that got away; at least half of a salmon estimated to have weighed more than 50 pounds did.
Jason Wills of Kelowna was on an annual fishing trip near Bella Bella on Aug. 17 when he hooked the massive fish.
He says that as he fought to reel it in, he noticed a pod of killer whales started moving closer to his boat, zeroing in on his catch.
“The pod got closer and closer, and then I realized they were after my fish,” he said.
His cousin Jeff Brown then grabs a fishing net to scoop the salmon and that’s when they realize that the fish has been bitten in half.
One of the orcas even followed their boat afterwards but there were no other shared catches.
Wills says what was left of the salmon weighed 26 lbs.
He says to put that into perspective, the group of four were on the water for five days and the biggest whole fish they caught weighed 24 lbs.
So what did they do with the salmon? They also ate it.
Wills says his uncle and cousin cooked it later and shared it.
He calls the whole thing a “Truly a once in a lifetime experience.”