Matt grew up in the Fraser Valley and has spent most of his life fishing the local rivers since he was a young boy. He has spent years salmon fishing using many different methods even before ever having his first sturgeon experience. Once he tried Sturgeon, Matt has been hooked ever since. He really enjoys helping people catch sturgeon just as much as he loves catching them himself. In his spare time you’ll find him at the golf course, biking or spending time with his family. We are confident that you will have a great time on the water with Matt as your guide. Come join us and experience some of the best guiding available.
Growing up in the Fraser Valley, Merr has been fishing the rivers of the Fraser Valley his entire life as well as local and interior lakes since he was a kid. An original team member of BC Sport Fishing Group’s opening in 1996, he describes himself as optimistic, patient and always ready to fish, even under hard conditions. Merr enjoys helping our clients to catch fish as much as he enjoys catching them himself – he isn’t satisfied until his clients are busy battling fish! Merr is considered one of the Frasers Top Guides and fishes all methods and species. Merr is an avid fly fisherman as well as salmon and sturgeon.
Born and raised in Chilliwack, Derek is a local boy who began fishing at a young age with his father and younger brother. An avid fly fisher, Derek also can fish using any method and enjoys the challenge of targeting multiple species on any given day. Derek is also an accomplished Sturgeon fisherman who also volunteers for the FRSCS. When he isn’t guiding, Derek enjoys spending his time fishing with friends and family. If you can pry a fishing rod out of his hands, you might also find him out hunting or enjoying some of the other great outdoor activities the Fraser Valley has to offer with his wife and son.
Frank Kozel – Tour Operator / Fishing Guide
Frank has lived in the Fraser Valley most of his life and is our Operations Manager and guide for STS and BC Sport Fishing Group. Over his many years of sport fishing Frank has learned the art of fly fishing, spent countless hours Sturgeon fishing, bait fishing and spoon fishing. He really takes his fishing seriously! When not working for STS / BCSFG, fishing, or running the tour boat he is pursuing his other passion as a professional musician playing guitar and singing in a few local bands. You will also find Frank helping in the office, making sales call, doing boat maintenance / repairs, or he might even be your shuttle driver for the day. Whatever it is, he’s committed to help make your experience with BC Sportfishing Group and STS the best it could possibly be.
Pat Vidito – BCSFG / STS Guide
Pat began fishing in Chilliwack with his dad when he was a teenager and still remembers the “good old days” when they would fish at Nicola Lake. Pat is a very accomplished fishermen with extensive knowledge accompanied with 20 years of experience fishing and guiding all around beautiful British Columbia, he joined BC Sportfishing Group in 2006, spending the fall months teaching clients to fish. Pat also guides in the Haida Gwaii in the summer months as well. He currently lives in the Fraser Valley with his wife and two dogs.
To celebrate the end of Covid-19 whenever that happens Vic Carrao and STS Guiding Service are donating 10 seats ( 5 draws of 2 people) on our Fraser Canyon Adventure that includes a 132km Jet Boat trip to Hells Gate, Sturgeon fishing for the day and a barbecue lunch. A value of $295 per seat.
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Celebrating 26 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2020
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To all of our valued customers, past and upcoming;
As a company, we wanted to share some information related to the status of the Covid-19 pandemic, the restrictions and advice regarding it. As we are all aware the situation will continue to evolve in the coming days and likely weeks ahead. Please pay careful and close attention to the requirements and recommendations by government and health professionals and most importantly stay safe.
As we move into spring and summer approaches, planning a fishing trip in BC should be something to look forward to and will likely be considered as an appropriate sporting and social activity for small groups, families and friends. Sportfishing, kayaking, hiking, and Jet boat touring takes you outdoors, takes place in small groups and in open air non-crowded areas. Outdoor recreation in BC can serve as a way to allow you to get out, to avoid crowds and minimize chances of spreading or contracting the virus.
All of the fishing charters we offer are based on private bookings (No Shared Groups). Our large and comfortable jet boats seat 12 guests regularly, however, will be limited to 8 seats to allow social distancing at this time. Privately booked tours still offer groups of up to 12 people to get out on the water together.
As a company we are committed to consistently wiping down our boats inside and out before each tour. We have implemented a stay at home policy for any of our guides, sales team and office associates who are feeling any symptoms or feel they may have been put within close contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19.
Thank you for choosing STS Guiding Service , we look forward to seeing you over the coming months.
Please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.