OP Report: Big Wigs and Little Rigs ~ July 5, 2016
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Last week we saw the return of the BOEING group for their annual weekend trip to The OP. Brad and Wilson escorted a gang of regulars back to Port Louis with the addition of a few first timers.
Great to see the crew as it’s always a blast spending the weekend fishing with our friends from Washington and beyond.
This year saw the first exclusion of Mr. Gregory Hall, but we all hope to see him again for the next go round. In a last minute substitution, we had the pleasure to meet a new edition to the trip Mr. Jeff Edwards.
Here we have Jeff and Richard enjoying a little scenic Danger Bay fishing. The sequence wasn’t done there, as shortly after Richard was on the rod.
Jeff didn’t disappoint of his first trip to The OP, bringing in this nice mid 20’s
The boys fished hard and played harder, but there was always time out for a little board meeting
Back on the water, here is Steve Benjamin with a nice pick up. Fishing wasn’t hitting up north so the boys hit the trail south to explore Selvesson. Low and behold the fishing was hot. They were picking up doubles every pass and the day was looking promising.
Peter Warlick had a beauty fish on and was bringing him to the boat, when out of nowhere, a flash of black
A large bull Orca came out of the depths and snagged his Chinook. Guide Bradan, said it was the biggest Orca he had seen up close. Peter was a little taken back, but then the pack arrived. A dozen plus Orcas rushed the boats and started picking Salmon off every line. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but it was confirmed as a pretty unique thing to witness.
Peter with his almost catch of the day.
Never the less, the group had no trouble pulling out some keepers for the 4th of July BBQ’s. Brad McMullen with Rich Steer and guide Carl showing off something for the box
After fishing it was time for KRUD. With everybody super amped for the game, it was heated contest of wills and weights.
On the final night, it was time to award the prizes. With 2 people tied for the prize it was up to stamina and desire to decide the winner. A little time spent in the water to decide the victor. Jeff Edwards and Mike Wilson did not disappoint by jumping in along with the contestants Greg and Steve.
Great group we look forward to welcoming back soon!
Another great trip with BOEING ends, and another begins. The weekday trip saw the arrival long time manager Kenneth Ross Beatty with his dad DRB. Ever since leaving The OP in 2013, Ken has made his annual pilgrimage with Beatty Sr to get into the big Chinooks and roach my internet bandwidth.
Ken and aspiring guide Jonah, help David play another beauty in Danger Bay.
Not long after, both the boys hooked up and it’s time to kill the engine and let the fish play.
Ken and David invited long time friends Michael and Christine Hill to fish with them at The OP, and it was real pleasure.
I myself went out for 1 day of fishing with Michael and Christine and I had blast. Weather was great, the bite was on later in the day, and we got the Coho of the season and some great action shots on the water
We scooted out to Selvesson to have a peak around and found Guide Bradan more than willing to show off his guest Frank Cicenelli’s fish.
I couldn’t tell from the boat, but it looked BIG.
Back at the dock for lunch the weigh was in and Frank’s fish topped the scales at a hefty 36lb’s. It’s the fish of the season so far.
Out we went with Ken, the Hill’s and myself for the afternoon to try to get some action. We trolled around danger, the bay and kickinghorse and just when we were going to pull up and move, we decided to give it one more troll over this nice spot. Glad we did because we picked up this beauty 25lber after a 15 minute nail biting fight. Christine played it perfectly with some expert boat skills from Mr Beatty and I managed not to blow the netting.
Back on the water guide Francis getting Jim Volk and L’Ane Ping into a nice double header.
The Hill’s and I took some time out to check out the Sea caves around Gillan Point
John Hagerman, celebrating his last minute Jack pickup in Danger Bay.
John and Greg had to endure Franks non stop reminders of his fishing prowess for the whole week as he potted another great fish, a Tryee 29.5 pounder. They boys were ringing their hats in anticipation of hearing about Franks week for the next 3 life times. We all know how that goes.
To conclude, the fishing in the last week has been a bit spotty at times. Last week we enjoyed the best weather of the season, with clear skies and light wind and minimal swell. We were able to get from Tian to Hippa. The best spot for me personally was Gillian Point. The fishing and the scenery is unbeatable and the fish seem to fight like mad.
Head Guide Sean said he got into the biggest fish he has seen all season, as it hammered the bait and took his guest to the backing in the first run before breaking off.
The last few days has been hard to fish due to weather, but the fish coming in have been a bigger size average, so I am confident we are going to pick up here this week.
Until next time!