OP Report: Old friends and new friends! ~ June 23, 2015
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Last week we had another Outpost yearly reunion. Once again it was time to welcome back our old friends from CALUMET (formerly Montana Refining) Believe it or not, this is over 15 years that the company has been visiting The OP and we look forward every summer to seeing some old friends, and meeting a few new ones.
The trip started out great, with with an early 32lb Tyee on the second morning by first timer Scott Reiber.
Unfortunately we didn’t get any photos of Scott’s Tyee, but here is Scott and Roger Walls with a couple of nice 20lbers.
As soon as the second chopper landed, one of our favourite guests of all time stepped off. Affectionately referred to as Camo Brad, he has been coming to The Outpost as long as I’ve been around and we are always super pumped when he’s here. One of the nicest men you could ever hope to meet.
And here he is with another long time OP star John McNamara, playing a nice double header out a 3 rocks. It was on fire out there for this trip and the group took full advantage, bring multiple high 20’s and low and behold.
First time OP’er Brent Fergeson with the catch of the trip, and beauty 34lb Tyee at three rocks. Along with trip organizer Karin and there unusually tall guide Carl Archibald, they were slaying out at our local honey hole.
Brent back at the dock with his prize.
Big Fish Ben working hard for the catch.
And here is Paul Moran giving an impromptu Salmon tartar lesson. I got to eat this afterword, delightful stuff.
Fly in guide Andrew showing off and fairly large what looks to be a dragon. Jeez.
It was great to welcome back the group from CALUMET, we always have a great time when they are here. I’m sad to see them go, but we all hope to welcome them again next year.
And with there departure we welcomed a new group to The OP, and low and behold, first off the chopper is Mike Dusterhoff and Stephen Swenson.
Mike was head of the table with Montana Refining and then CALUMET before he decided to hang up the blades and start coming to The OP for pure fishing. We were happy to welcome him back and to meet some new faces.
Jamie and Arla Holliday, what can we say. Matched with guide Robbie, probably the most energetic and jovial trio we have ever seen at The OP.
Heidi Pence showing off her 131cm beauty. There was a morning where I think at least 9, 50lb + Hali’s hit the dock. Halibut fishing at The OP is off the charts this season.
Paul and Steph’s famous kelp wrapped salt baked Chinook Salmon. I ate this the other night and IT WAS CRAZY GOOD!
Aart with his guide Francis, who after everybody else went south in search of big fish, squeaked this trip topping 31lber in the bay. I’m telling you Brock Island is gonna drop a bomb on us this season.
Well once again we say farewell from The OP. We were fortunate this week to welcome back some very good friends, and just as importantly make some new ones. We hope you come to experience our hospitality one day because as we say at the OP, the fishing is always good, but the friends are why we come back. Until next time. Keep the tip up.
General Manager, The Outpost