OP Report: Where to Begin – June 19, 2018
June 19, 2018 | 833 Views
Ken being a newly minted father, relished the chance to sleep in until 6…
The season definitely started a little slow as we got out and started looking for the fish. We had to work for them first while, but our crew was up to the task.
This trip we also welcomed back John and Louise Graham, owners of Nanuk. For those of you who know it’s some of the best, smoked salmon on the market. Their eye for detail is second to none, and the consistency is remarkable.
Fishing locally was scratchy. We definitely had to work for the Chinook. With the weather up for good portions of the first week, we ended up working a lot of structure around danger and lunch spot. We saw action on the tides and a few more fish off Selvesson Point.
As we waved goodbye to Kenny and the gang, we welcomed back a few long time customers. Tony Adrian was back with his brother in law Richard.
Back again for a 3rd season was Jeff Clarke and his band from and with Inflector Enviromental services in Ottawa. Jeff always brings in lively group, and this trip was no disappointment. The whales sure did approve.
Fishing seemed to turn on at the head this last week, with boats reporting 15-20 fish/day with averages of 15-18lbs. Meanwhile, the halibut has shifted and while chickens are in fairly abundant supply, turkeys have been little harder to come by in the perfect 30-40lb range. We have expanded the search and Stephen Fletcher brought in a perfect 41 lb halibut from Louis Rocks yesterday.
This last trip we welcomed Lovett Lewis and the crew at Cansel. With a derby prize on the line, we headed back out to the head and fished around 150-200ft. On Day 2, Martin Trudelle took the lead with a 20lb chinook. The guys chased him all week, along with their total poundage goals but alas his fish held through the final hours. David Davidson took the overall weight with a trip saver Lingcod on the last morning bringing his total just north of 100 lbs for the trip.
Back at the lodge we had one of the more interestingly competitive KRUD matches in recent history. With the guests pre-warned, they took advantage of an extra night of practice. Alas, with all the preparation, they could not match the intensity that Guide Bradan brought to the table this night. Doesn’t he look happy!!
I should probably take the time to introduce the youngest member of the OP crew and the official mascot and cuddle buddy, Heidi. Anytime you want to, she’s up for a game of catch.
As I speak, we are welcoming back Dave Akins and a crew of his friends for the week ahead. We will keep you updated on the progress, but at this point it’s looking good. The salmon are out there, we just follow the feed, follow the whales and drop the balls down low. Until next update, keep those spoons bright.