East Side Vancouver Island options

I have a co-worker who will be vacationing in August and has asked me about options for boat rentals somewhere on the east side of Vancouver Island.
I'm familiar with options on the west coast, but I don't have any specific boat rental options on the east coast.
If anyone has any info I could pass on to him would be much appreciated.

He's interested in salmon fishing and I'm sure he's not fly guy. I tried to suggest using a guide, but he didn't seem to want to do that.

I said I'd take a shot here and get back to him.
Thanks for any info.
There is a lot of fishing on the east side of Vancouver Island from Campbell River to Port Hardy. River Sportsman in Campbell River should have information on boat rentals and guides.
I don't know of any boat lieveries around Port Hardy.