Meet The Serengeti Crew

They key to Serengeti’s success and reputation is our incredible team and the dedication they bring to making your trip the experience of a lifetime. Serengeti Fishing Charters is proudly family-owned and operated, calling the waters of Port Hardy home for decades. Discover the friendly faces behind your Vancouver Island fishing experience.

Meet The Captain & Crew

Your Guides On The Water

A lifetime of local knowledge and expertise on the boat is what set’s our crew apart from many other charters on the west coast. Meet the Serengeti crew, your expert guides on the wild waters of North Vancouver Island.

Dave Summers

Dave has been fishing the North Vancouver Island waters for over 50 years. He started as a guide 40 years ago and is now known to his clients and friends as the “fish whisperer” for his ability to find fish, especially halibut and salmon. His sense of humour and happy demeanour will make sure you have a blast on the water as you fill the boat with fish.

Even when not guiding full time, Dave will most definitely be the entertainment back at the lodge with many of his hunting and fishing stories from all over the world! Over the years, hundreds upon hundreds of clients and friends have been amazed by Dave’s ability to figure out where the fish are biting.

Dave has all his Transport Canada requirements, and industrial first aid.

David Summers Jr.

David is an indispensable part of Serengeti Fishing Charters, with his own knack for finding salmon and halibut, skills he appears to have inherited from his dad. Starting from his first fishing trip at nine, David now guides the Ms. Heather III and has reeled in two of the largest Chinook Salmon (64 lbs and 62.5 lbs) in Port Hardy to date.

He has become well known on the North Island for catching monster Halibut as well, including a 260 lbs Halibut in 2013, and two over 300 lbs released in 2014, a guided record out of Port Hardy.

David has his marine first aid, MED A2, and many other safety requirements, including his Limited Masters, a ticket which allows him to captain a vessel up to 60 tons.

Thomas brandwood

Meet the another member of our crew. Thomas is an experienced angler, not only in Port Hardy, but the entire west coast. As an avid outdoorsman, his passion for fishing mirrors Dave and David, sharing stories and actively listening to yours. His patience and enthusiasm is commendable and we’re thrilled to have Thomas on our crew.

Thomas has all his required Transport Canada certificates and first aid.

West Coast Comforts

Your Hosts In The Lodge

Heather Summers

Known for her warm hospitality and extraordinary recipes, Heather Summers is the heart of Serengeti Fishing Charters. As an avid angler and hunter, Heather has not only won fishing derbies and joined her husband and son on numerous hunting trips, she has also developed extensive culinary skills. No one knows how to cook fresh seafood like Heather. And if you ask, she might share her seafood recipes before you leave.

Carly The Golden Retriever

No lodge is complete without a pup to greet you at the front door after a long day fighting fish over and over again. Carly is our precious Golden Retriever, an eager supporter of our guests and a big fan of treats.

An All-Inclusive Destination

Port Hardy Fishing Charter & Lodge

Retreat to our premier fishing lodge, just steps away from the boat after a day of wrangling massive halibut and west coast salmon from the waters of North Vancouver Island. You’ll be welcomed by comfortable guest rooms, our fascinating trophy room and two hot tubs to overlook the most gorgeous sunsets in the world.

Home Away From Home

The Best In West Coast Hospitality

At Serengeti, you’re more than a guest. Many that have stayed and fished with us become lifelong friends, treasuring the memories of time spent in this beautiful place we call home. From our family to yours, we assure every aspect of your trip is as memorable as the last.


Serengeti Fishing Charters is a completely family-owned and operated business, allowing us to provide you with an intimate fishing and lodge experience that larger businesses simply cannot offer. When you stay with us, you become a part of the experience, making long-lasting memories.

Local Expertise

North Vancouver Island has been our home for a lifetime, granting us an intimate knowledge of the area, its values and of course, the best fishing spots only we know of. Tap into our extensive expertise and embark on the experience of a lifetime.

Island Comforts

From the prestige of our top of the line vessels to the homely atmosphere of our lodge, you’ll experience the very best of Vancouver Island’s signature hospitality. Serengeti Fishing Charters is your premier fishing destination in Port Hardy.

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