August 24th-27th

Another great trip for the books! This week we had the Spiegel family come to stay with us from Toronto and Florida, and also Erich joined us for the second time this season along with his father-in-law Paul! We had a great trip that started out a little slow on the fishing side, but these guys enjoyed some beautiful weather after the fog cleared each morning! Benn was fishing on Keith’s boat on the first afternoon and got into a beauty 22lber which earned him the kings chair and following close behind was Sam’s 15lber! The burger boat brought a bite to Jacob’s boat, and Peter hooked into a 21lb screamer that took a few runs before they were able to net it and bring it in. Erich got a 20 on Jason’s boat, and Paul got a 14. Gary got a huge hali weighing in at 37lbs! We had a lovely beach bistro in the fog, and Jeff got a beauty 16lb chum on Jacob’s boat! Keith’s boat loaded up with a few nookies in the high teeners/low 20’s, and Sam got a beauty halibut just minutes after putting his lines in the water which weigh in at 40lbs! His uncle Robert claims he caught a bigger halibut years ago at Sund’s Lodge but no one from his family or the lodge seems to remember. Did it really happen?? I don’t think they’ve come to an agreement yet πŸ˜‰ Pete was on fire throughout the whole trip, and had the kings chair two nights at dinner, but we wasn’t finished yet! The last morning he fished out of Jason’s boat, and hooked into another good screamer! This one weighed in at 26lbs. Mr. S had patience throughout the whole trip, which payed off on the last morning on Jake’s boat when he got an 18lb chinook! We had an awesome trip with you guys, thank you so much for coming! Tight lines πŸ™‚

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August 20th-23rd

Hello Sunshine! We’re finally getting some summer weather around here! Its been mostly hot and sunny here for the past week, with only a little bit of wind. This weekend we have Martin and Birgit staying with us all the way from Germany, as well as Bruce and his dad, his brother-in-law’s and a cousin. We also have Steve and Adrian Hobbs joining us from the interior of BC, and a family from Vancouver! The beautiful weather has finally rolled in, and now we are waiting on the fish! Our guides have been trying their very best to get them to bite, but the fishing has been pretty spotty the last couple of days! We’ve been trying new spots that haven’t been fished in years, and trying every different type of gear! On the first afternoon, Ronan picked up a beauty 15lber, which won him the big fish chair for the evening! We enjoyed a lovely burger lunch on shore the next day due to the high seas in the straight. However, the wind blew in a few nice ‘nookies including Martin’s 15lber, and Steve was crowned king after he reeled up a beauty 16 pounder! The next day we woke up to beautiful sunny skies and a slight breeze, which slowly picked up throughout the day. However, there are lots of little bays and coves we can fish in while staying out of the wind. Bruce was fighting a nice chinook on Jacob’s boat when suddenly the fight got a little harder. A seal had gotten ahold of the fish and ran with it, leaving Bruce with nothing but a fish head! We weighed it back at the dock and it was a wopping 0.4lbs! Lance pulled up a 13 and a 10 pounder, and Cliff got a beauty 14! Ronan picked up a 12lb chinook as well as a 11lb chum! Gary got the biggest fish of the day on Adam’s boat, weighing in at 20lbs! The last morning of the trip was a success once again, as each boat brought home some dandy chinook including a beauty 28lber caught by Bruce!

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August 13th-16th

Today we had to say goodbye to an awesome group of mixed friends! Paul Larson brought up his buddies Jim P, Bud, John and Jim B from Yakima to do a little fishin’. Paul brought in his own 40 foot coastal craft to fish out of, the “Rascal” which is a beautiful boat that we were glad to have at our dock! Gary and Cindy Nakazawa brought their parents Adolph and Evelline from Kamloops to celebrate Evelline’s 80th birthday and Gary and Cindy’s 40th anniversary! Jeff Ostrove and David Regen also came up to fish with us, and Terry Keane brought up a group of his family and friends. Randy and Julie Mowrer also joined us here at the lodge for some quality fishing time. The planes were a little delayed due to some fog, so some of the group got to do a little sightseeing via air on the way in! We had a great start to the trip, and these guys were all eager to get out on the water! Captain Keith got Ken into an 18lb chinook right off the bat, and Randy got into a nice 16lber on Jacob’s boat! We woke up to fog on the burger boat day, but by the time the burger boat made the rounds up the the bush and down to the garden, the fog had lifted to reveal beautiful sunny skies. The weather was so nice and warm, and we definitely had some red cheeks by dock time! The fishing soon picked up, and team Kamloops had a great day with captain Keith! Evelline got a 16lb chinook, Adolph pulled up a beauty 34 lb halibut, his first one EVER! He also picked up a nice 14lber, as did Cindy! John pulled up a beautiful 20 pounder on Ben’s boat, and Dave got a 10lber with Adam. Coach got Julie into a 10lber, and David reeled up 16 and a 7 pounder, and Jeff caught a 15lber and an 8, making them tied for poundage! Paul’s boat brought in a nice 20lb lingcod caught by Bud, and Jim P caught a 22lb chinook! Queen Heather made it in the big fish chair after catching a 23lb chinook, and her dad got into a beauty 14lber with Capt. Jay. It was an amazing day on the water for this crew! The next day we enjoyed a beautiful beach bistro out at Lizard with a wonderful menu cooked up by Chef Dan, the chowder was a big hit! Jason and Dan really got some nice fish with Adam with the biggest one weighing in at 20lbs caught by Jason! Evelline and Gary were on fire with captain Jason as they were reeling in 17, 16, 14, and 11lbers! David and Jeff had a good afternoon bite when they brought in a 16 and a 15, and David pulled into the lead by 1 pound! Julie and Randy had a great day with Keith, they limited out on chinookies in the mid-high teener size. Β Amy caught her limit on Ben’s boat, and Terry got a 12lb chum and Heather picked up a 16.5lber. Right before lunch of Jake’s boat, the boys hooked into what felt like a piece of plywood! They all took turns reeling it up, and it turned out to be a 35lb halibut for Ken! The last morning was a successful one, and 6 chinook were brought back to the dock plus a nice hatchery coho! It was an absolutely wonderful trip, and we hope you all had as much fun as we did! We hope to see you next year! Thank you for coming πŸ™‚

 

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August 10th-13th

Another great fishing trip for the books here at Sund’s! Richard and Ann Reardon joined us all the way from West Virginia! They booked the trip to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this fall. Once again uncle Brent Peterson brought up a great group of friends and family, including his son Jake and his father-in-law Mathew, as well as Cory, Nate, Josh, Jerry, Mac and Tony. Munka Rick also joined us with his son Travis and cousin Bryson. Darren Case joined us for the second time this year, except this time he was kidless and brought all his college buddies! The 5 of them turned the conference centre into their frat house, and re-decorated with fantasy football posters and the WSU Cougars flag on the front deck! It was a great week, and the fishing wasn’t so bad either! Rick started the trip out with a bang after he hauled in a 26lber with his son-in-law Scott as his guide. Travis also pulled in a nice one on the first day weighing in at 17lbs. Smitty guided Jerry into a 14lber, and Bop got a beauty 24lber on Jason’s boat. The next morning, the hangover seemed to bring luck for the Cougars fans on Keith’s boat, as they all caught chinook in the high teens-low 20’s. Except Darren- he hauled in what we call a tink (tyee pink). Richard got into a nice 22lber on Captain Coach’s boat, and Brent and Josh got a couple in the low 20’s on Jay’s boat! Bryson got a beauty 17lber with Ben, and Rick brought in a nice chicken! We had a beautiful picnic out at Lizard as the fog was lifting and revealing the blue sunny skies πŸ™‚ Josh and Jake reeled up twin 20lbers on Jason’s boat, and Darren, Paul and Matt got into some low teeners with Capt. Benjamin. These guys got out early on the last morning and hit the water. Richard soon was into a nice fish on Jake’s boat which weighed in at 23lbs. Happy Anniversary to Ann and Richard! Smitty came home with a nice fish tote as his guys Nate and Tony got into some nice chinook in the mid-teen’s. We enjoyed dancing on the deck before dinner, learning about how fantasy football works, and watching these Americans try ketchup chips for the very first time! Thank you all for taking the time to come and hangout with us, see you next year! πŸ™‚

 

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August 6th-9th

This week we hosted a group of old friends who haven’t been to the lodge in about 7 years. Brian Larrabure used to bring a group up every summer, and now they have started the tradition again! Brian brought his family and a big group of friends, including the Maus family, the Murphy’s and the Esposito’s. It felt like we had one big happy family here! We also had 2 babies come along with the group! Joey Jr. and Gabriela are both about 6 months old, and our deck time quickly turned into baby snuggle time for the hostesses! Fishing started out a little slow on the first afternoon with a couple of pinks hitting the dock, but it only got better throughout the rest of the trip! On burger boat day, Tyler pulled in 2 big octopus while halibut fishing! Thats’s not something that happens everyday around here. The boys on Jason’s boat had a good day when Sam Sr. pulled up a beauty 17lb chinook and a 22lb halibut! Brian got a nice 19lb chinook and Steven got a 12lb hali. All good eaters! Stepan and Trevor had a great day with Jacob. Stephan got a huge 52lb halibut along with a 11lb chinook, and Trevor got a 18 and a 15! Nick got a few beers through the kelp bong πŸ˜‰ Β The next day was one of the best fishing days of the summer so far- almost everyone loaded up with fish! Cari and Tyler got a 24lb and a 30lb halibut, along with their limits of chinook out on Keith’s boat! Cari got the big fish of the day with her 24! Ron and Shauna came in with twin 14lbers on Smitty’s boat. Nick and Trevor came in with twin 11’s from Coach’s boat! Mike and Maria got their limit’s of chinook on Jacob’s boat all in the low 20’s. Sam Jr, Sam Sr, and Joey got their limits of chinook along with a nice 43b hali on Jason’s boat! It was a great day on the water πŸ™‚ With the trip coming close to wrapping up, we heard some talk around the dinner table on the last night about sleeping in and Β “Pfftt we never catch anything on the last day.” Little did they know, there was a monster chinook swimming in the waters just minutes from our dock waiting to bite! Mike got his 3 year old son Samuel and his mother in law Maria up casually late on the last morning and headed down to Ben’s boat. These guys pulled up to the big rock, and were soon hooked up. The fight took about 15 minutes, and Mike was even bending down getting Samuel to reel in the fish. Eventually they got this sucker in the boat, and Ben calls it in on the radio, “DEFINITELY TROPHY CLASS” he says, “In the 40’s!” Β Mike’s fish weighed in at 43lbs back at the dock, where we took pictures and measurements for it to get mounted. This fish beats last years big fish by 1 pound, and is the biggest of the season so far! It was the best ending we could have hoped for Β for this group of old friends. Thank you all for taking the time out of your busy lives to come fish with us! See you upstream πŸ™‚

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August 3rd-6th

How is it August already?? This summer is flying by! It must be because we are having so much fun here at the lodge πŸ™‚ This week we had Bruce Barlean and his CEO John Puckett come for their 3rd trip of the summer! We also hosted Bob Underhill and Rob Grill who came up last year with our Cabelas group. This time around they decided to bring Bob’s daughter, Lisa, and Rob’s wife Starla! Lou Johnson also joined us for his 5th trip all the way from Spokane! Robin and Bob Kraft also came up after they discovered Sund’s Lodge while watching a trip be awarded as a prize on wheel of fortune! Mike and Joe Mills from the Yakima Valley were also here, as well as Charlie and Evan Hicks. Team Herculson also joined us all the way from Cali. This group of new and old friends had blast out on the water, and enjoyed some beautiful weather. The wind only picked up one of the days, but not until the afternoon so we still got a full day of fishing in! Lisa started the trip out by reeling in a 18lber on the first afternoon with captain Keith! The next day, a few chinook were caught in the mid teener class before the wind blew up. The highlight of the day was when Jason set the hook on what he thought was a monster chinook on the backside, but as Bob was reeling it up, they discovered it was more of a heavy weight fish than a head shaker. When Bob got this sucker up to the boat on his salmon rod, they discovered it was a massive 48lb halibut! The third day of this trip was one of the best days we’ve had out on the water all summer. Every boat came in with chinook in their fish boxes! Smitty got Bruce and John into some beauties, weighing in at 20 and 12 pounds. Marc got a beauty 22lber on Jacobs boat, and Joe got into a 17lber with captain Keith. On Ben’s boat, it was a husband and wife rivalry as Startla reeled in her fish, hoping it was going to be bigger than Rob’s fish! They came home with a 16 pound chinook caught by Starla, and Rob’s big but not big enough 12.5lber! Good try Rob πŸ˜‰ Evan and Charlie weighed in with a 12 and a 16 caught on Coach’s boat. Jason killed it as usual in the local honey hole, and he brought in 4 chinook and a hatchery coho. Robin and Bob had told us that they would be happy bringing home 10 pounds of fish, but they caught a lot more than that in just one day! Robin reeled up a nice 22lber, along with a 13lber. Bob joined the tyee club with a 32lber, as well as a nice 17lber to top it all off! We hope they have a freezer big enough for all these hogs! We enjoyed a beautiful last night here at the lodge with the sun setting over the flat calm water. This is rare, as there is usually a slight breeze that picks up in the early evening. The last morning of the trip was a foggy one, but these guys snuck off the dock early and Team Herculson killed it on Ben’s boat. Marc pulled in a 20 pounder, and his dad Bob got an 18. Charlie ended the trip right when he pulled in a 15lber! We are glad the weather was good for you all, and we hope you all had a safe trip home! See you upstream. πŸ™‚

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July 30th-August 2nd

Its been a crazy fun weekend over here! We hosted a group of 10 kids, 13 adults, as well as Scott and Heather’s family of 4 kids. It been super fun having a bunch of kids adventuring around the property hitting golfballs, looking for crabs on the beach, and reeling in some nice fish! We have the Kreps family here from California, who supply some of our wines! We also have the Case family, the Armbrusters, the Habermans, and the Emerson’s! This crew had an interesting time getting here- as it was too windy for planes to land at our dock, and too windy for our boats to run! All the guests ended up coming over on the ferry to town, where we then had a caravan of vehicles bring everyone out to the lodge! We couldn’t go fishing the first afternoon because of the gale force winds, but we crossed our fingers before we went to bed and hoped the seas would calm by the morning. Sure enough, the wind died down enough overnight that we could hit the water early Sunday morning. Erich Armbruster started the trip out with a beauty 20lb chinook that put him in the big fish chair for the night, and Julia and Grandma Joyce Kreps came in with twin 18lb chinook! Nancy Case reeled up a nice 16lb chinook while her grandson Ty came home with a tink (Tyee Pink!) Ben caught a 13lber and Dennis came home with a 13lb chum! On the 3rd day, we enjoyed a beautiful beach bistro in the Pearse Islands before heading back out on the water for some afternoon fishing! Rachel Haberman showed us all how its done when she caught an 18lber, a 13lber, and a pink. Her arms were shaking when she got home! Her mom April brought home a 14b hali, and Carie Case showed her 2 boys how its done when she reeled up a 15lber! Ty got a pink and Porter got a 9lb chinook! Steve Kreps was fishing with Roland when he caught a 17lb chinookie to bring home! Fishing was hot on the last morning of the trip for the kids. Jessica got a pink, her brother Josh got a 7lb chinook, Grayson got an 11lber and Ava pulled up a beauty 17lber! We were super impressed with Sammy, who had incredible patience throughout the whole trip as he watched his little brother and other family members bring fish into the boat. He was waiting for the big one though, and thats exactly what he got on the last morning! Sam went out with his guide Jacob and got into a huge 29lber! He fought it like a pro πŸ™‚ Sammy’s dad Dennis weighed in right behind him with a 25lber. Not a bad morning for the Kreps fam! The Case family came into the dock with a tote full! Darren and Nancy got nice hatchery coho, and Porter got a nice pink. Ty finished the trip off with a 24lb chinook on captain Keith’s boat! It was a great trip full of lots of laughs and we hope it was a relaxing family vacation for all of you πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming!

 

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July 27th-30th

Hey everyone! This week we had team CalPortland come to join us! These guys use to bring a crew up every summer, but haven’t come in about 6 years. They flew in to Port Hardy and then we picked them up in the morning with our boats, and greeted them with a song or two at the Sund’s dock. After putting money in for a bet on the biggest fish, the guys hit the water and started reeling’ em in! Jon, Kevin C, and Mark got into some big chum and a nice coho on Smitty’s boat. Steve brought in a 14lb chum and Kirk brought in a 13.5lb chinook on Jacob’s boat! It was a good start to the first night party! The burger boat day was a little foggy, but as soon as chef Lyle started grilling everyone could smell where the burger boat was even though they couldn’t see it. A few small halibut were brought back to the dock, as well as a beauty 21lb chinook caught by Kevin W! Roland was starring as our guest guide again- and his guest Happy brought in a nice coho prefect for the BBQ! The next day of the trip the fishing seemed to pick up a bit, but so did the wind! Dale brought in a beauty 20lb chinook with captain Rollie, Chris got a 15lber with Keith, and Kevin and Will got a nice coho and a chum with Jacob. Tom caught a trophy chum on Jay’s boat weighing in at 20lbs, and Ray reeled in a huge 20b chinook. Scott, AKA Top Dog guided a bit this trip, and he got Kyle into a beauty 21lber right before he had to take off early for a wedding in Vegas! At lunch time the boats hit the dock for some lunch, and couldn’t get back out again because it was gusting 45km an hour winds! Instead of fishing, the CalPortland boys took the opportunity to ride into town and explore Sointula (and quickly found the bar) and relax.. not work! This crew slept-in the last morning of the trip and took off early to get to the airport. Although we missed a bit of fishing due to mother nature, we hope you enjoyed your time here at the lodge! It was great to have you here to make some more memories! πŸ™‚ See you upstream.

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