OP Report: Hot August Nights ~ August 3, 2016
August 3, 2016 | 1492 Views
August has finally arrived here in Port Louis and we look forward to the remainder of the fishing season where traditionally the weather improves and a new wave of Chinook and Coho move in. In the last week we have seen multiple Tyees roll through as well as a wave of Coho on the larger size. Fishing locally has picked up again as we saw 2 Tyees coming in Danger Bay in the last week as well a good fishing on the flood tides. We have visited Hippa a number of times with good results and the Hali fishing is still fired up. Last week we welcomed Marky Mark back for a rock star appearance. Together with OP guest alumni Clay and Alan Dowling, they got after the fish right off the bat.
Clay and Alan have been coming to The OP a long as I have and Clay never misses a chance to give me the “gears”. For anyone who doesn’t know, Clay owns Ghost Transportation in Saskatchewan. It’s a trucking company. That makes that pun funny…
Recently we also welcomed back Mike Stuart and the team for another OP exclusive.
Mike’s derby is always a contested affair, with stiff competition between BC’s finest and the “Hurtin Albertans”.
Team AB got off to a good start with this nice 30lb right in Danger Bay. With a guide out it was time for me to dust of the boots and don the uniform again as I reignited my guiding career. First to set the mark, Bob Murrell with the benchmark Tyee.
Next we see Mike corked over at lunch spot, with something…interesting.
A Tyee Bull Kelp it seems
In the meantime, Giang and Scott were hitting it off at the lighthouse.
Big Bill Zielinski, last year’s derby winner, getting into some action off the shipwreck. I think I see Carl in the background netting another one.
The mark was set day 2 until Eddy “rat’s nest” Gramlich brought in this crazy 33lber from around both props, cannonballs and a final hand lining to the net. Dewie earned his money that day.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Adam kept his eye on the prize and finally waded through all my criticisms to claim victory in the exceptionally contested game of KRUD. Finally, Adam…finally.
Back on the water the Coho were peaking their heads out, and showing up in increasing numbers.
Ken and Rich with guide Jonah showing off a little bounty from the lighthouse.
The Chinook are starting role in again and the tubs are looking good.
Carl enjoying a little time at lunch spot looking to hook into that lunker we are sure is lurking there.
And at the lodge, the girls are sneaking around practicing the game. Unwittingly being recorded by yours truly. No wonder they say this game is fixed.
The team even decide to fire up the lamps and try their hands at squiding again.
Last trip we welcomed Henrik Slipsager and son Thomas. Here they are at the Fish Hook getting into some action.
Meanwhile Gerry and Dave Anderson out with guide Carl for another trip on the water. It’s a long way from Omaha for the boys.
Dave took an afternoon off and low and behold Gerry hooked into nice 30lber in Danger bay. Come on Dave, you can sleep on the plane, haha.
As always Steph and Greg living it up in the kitchen producing stellar meals to always please the crowd. The Seared Lingcod with butternut squash ravioli and brown butter is always a crowd favourite.
I’m sure even the Puffin’s agree.
As we head into August, we look forward to the back half of the season. This usually includes sunny days, glassy seas and more and more hogs.
I would like to put a big shout out to Doug Ashley for coming in last week to help keep this place on the straight and narrow while I was on the water. Including that one really fun job. Thanks buddy
Yesterday we welcomed back Bob Stan and team for another visit. After day 1 Kathy Bootle wears the tea cozy again, but it’s anyone’s game for the week. I will update you to who will take the Bacardi special reserve prize and don the orange fish next.
Until next report, stay classy