Meet our Fishing Advisor, Nick Basok

Nick retired as a Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC employee in 2004, and immediately started working weekends at a local tackle shop. His passion for fishing is infectious. Nick is known as one of the greatest storytellers around, and is one of the best, most well-rounded and versatile fishermen in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. He has helped teach and mentor countless numbers of anglers, and has spent much of his time volunteering on behalf of the angling community. When he is not working, you will definitely find Nick fishing. We asked a Nick a few get-to-know-you questions, and here is what he had to say:

 

1. Q: How old were you when you started fishing?

A: I was four years old.

 

2. Q: What was the first fish you ever caught?

A: It was a yellow perch in Eden Lake, Alberta.

 

3. Q: What did you catch it on?

A: I caught it on a worm.

 

4. Q: Most memorable fishing experience?

A: Most memorable fishing experience was in 1996, when I was seconded to the first radio-tagging program in the Fraser River for white sturgeon. The main contractor, Marc Laynes, and I fished from June 15th until early November from Yale to Mission looking for the great whites. It was like looking for Easter each day. What a blast!

 

5. Q: What is your favourite fish to catch?

A: Rainbow trout (including steelhead).

 

6. Q: Bucket-list place to fish, or species you still need to catch?

A: Cuba, and tarpon on the fly.

 

7. Q: What is your biggest fishing fail?

A: Trying to convince politicians that recreational fishing is very important to the people of British Columbia – for stress relief, enjoyment, and the economic benefits of tourism. They should do more to make all of this a reality without us having to beg for it.

 

8. Q: What is the most random thing you bring in your boat?

A: A pee bucket.

 

9. Q: If you could go fishing with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

A: Roderick Haig-Brown, as his books had a profound influence on my way of thinking about fishing and its relationships in people’s lives.

 

10. Q: What is your favourite fish recipe?

A: Caesar Dressing and Hot Sauce recipe for salmon.

Author: Jessica Yarwood & Nick Basok, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
Photo Credit: Nick Basok & Steve Olson