Chuck, Jessie and Greg land had a good day fishing in the San Juans.
The Northwest boating and fishing community lost a good one. Rong Meng, founder of Islands Marine Center on Lopez Island, and builder of Ocean Sport boats passed away last week.
Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and all at IMC. Ron was 59. Rest in peace, fish forever in Valhalla, and may all your Chinook be Tyee.
In light of Ron's passing, maybe it's a fitting tribute that Labor Day Weekend was on fire for big Kings.
This holiday can mark the pinnacle of Chinook fishing in the San Juans, as we then slide into fall Coho. Remember the 60-lb mule that was caught in here 2010. There will still be tanker Kings to be had through September, but the seasons turn as the world spins on its axis.
One run moves through to the rivers as another one builds. Waiting for that sniff of natal waters with senses we can't imagine.
This has been a good summer for salmon fishing, and it's flying by all too quick.
This guy and his crew just catch big fish. Ted Measor had the big Halibut of the season on his boat this year. The 226 lb garage door caught by Woody Woods to cap of a nice flattie year. Well, now he's got King of the year so far with this 42 lb beauty. Man, that makes it all worth it.
Not just a one hit wonder, Ted's crew got in on the action too. Here's Travis Baldwin and bro with a legit 32, caught on the same troll. These guys were on fire that day.
Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. Karen Rhinehart landed this 32 lber on Labor Day. Karen is always out there with a smile that lights up the day, and an attitude to match. She just flat catches fish too. Great job on the true Tyee! This one fell to a white pearl hootchie.
Go Cougs! Hopefully the Cougs do as well this year as Mike Sr. did with this big King. Being a WSU football fan on opening day is kinda like starting a day's fishing. Lots of hope at the beginning, and then you're pretty sure you had a good time at the end.
Greg Gorder and Jessie Payne hold up limits of King and Coho. A green glow hootchie behind a gold flasher was the hot offering for these guys.
Right: Dusty Rowland landed a nice one. That's a healthy porker there.
Left: Karen, Lance and Friend caught fish all weekend. Hard to stay off the water with fishing and weather that good.
We got our fish each day, but I sure couldn't get anything big. Oh, well nothing to get insecure about, right? Right? Who am I kidding, I've got big fish envy. This one will smoke up fine though.
Vicki Telford shows off the new Tackle Trapper from Silver Horde. This is one of those ideas that's a "Why didn't I think of that?". You can now store rods fully loaded with flashers and terminal tackle in the rod holders while you run. And you won't look like a newbie with your flashers flying all over and spinning like some kind of wild lawn ornament. How will we be able to spot the newbs now?
Crab and Prawns are still going in the Islands. There's a lot of seafood dinners to be had right now.
This is what it's all about. We watched Chuck, Jessie and Greg land many fish this day. The smiles say it all. Jessie is the type of young person we need to get excited about the sport of fishing. The Salmon will need all the help they can get in the future, and it will be in our children's hands to make sure they are never just a memory.
The seiners are still out in force, targeting the huge numbers of Pinks.