The bravado hits fever-pitch when my son and I score the fishing double-header.
For the uninitiated, the double-header is the much-hyped but seldom experienced phenomena of two fishermen in the boat having giant Chinook salmon on the line at the same time.
It's a reel-screaming, arm-numbing good time that elicits laughter, good-natured ribbing, trash talk and old-fashioned competition.
My 22-year-old son, Alex, is the first to have his rod shudder violently with the hit of a 17-pound Chinook.
The fish takes off, squealing out 30-pound carbon test line.
My encouragement for Alex abruptly ends when a Chinook smashes my line and I have a classic man versus fish battle of my own to take care of.
As we fight the fish in back-and-forth spurts, we berate each other for poor technique and postulate about whose Chinook is bigger.
I claim victory when I get the salmon to the surface first and our fishing guide Wade Dayley, from Bear Cove Cottages & Sport Fishing, scoops it up in the net.
Soon after, Alex's fish is beside the boat and Wade is ready with the net.
Wade congratulates us both.
We high-five and Wade takes a picture of us with our trophy Chinooks.
All of a sudden, I feel sorry for my dad, Alex's grandfather, who's also in the boat and ended up being a double-header third wheel.
After all, this is supposed to be an epic three-generation boys fishing trip out on the Pacific Ocean.
But the pity doesn't last long.
My dad already had bragging rights with the biggest fish of the trip, a glistening 21-pounder caught earlier that morning.
Wade estimated our double-header fish at 17 pounds each.
We all grin and call it a day because we've caught our daily limit of two Chinook each.
Our feeling of accomplishment is immense.
But the reality is our guide Wade did all the work and we claimed all the glory.
But that's fine with Wade.
Port Hardy's Bear Cove Cottages & Sport Fishing has eight rustic-luxe ocean-view cabins. STEVE MACNAULL PHOTO
"I never get tired of helping my clients catch fish," says the tall and bearded man. "I'm excited everyday for this job."
Wade owns and operates Bear Cove, out of Port Hardy, B.C., with his wife Shannon.
Bear Cove's most popular package is a four-night stay in one of the eight rustic-luxe cabins and three days of fishing.
Price is $2,500 per person based on double occupancy and also includes fish frozen and vacuum-packed for you to take home, meals, and pick up and drop off at the airport.
Pacific Coastal is the only airline to fly in and out of Port Hardy with three flights a day from Vancouver.