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 🙂 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 😉 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. 🙂

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Charlie and Evan with a 15lber!

Charlie and Evan with a 15lber!

Bob's 18 and Marc's 20!

Bob’s 18 and Marc’s 20!

What are you pointing at??

What are you pointing at??

Robin and Bob had a great day with Jason!

Robin and Bob had a great day with Jason!

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Evan and Charlie :)

Evan and Charlie 🙂

See how happy Starla is that she beat Rob!

See how happy Starla is that she beat Rob!

Hey Joe! Nice fish :)

Hey Joe! Nice fish 🙂

Bruce with his 20 and John with his 18!

Bruce with his 20 and John with his 18!

Nice fish box!

Nice fish box!

Marc's 22!

Marc’s 22!

Schuyler :)

Schuyler 🙂

Gavin crackin' crab!

Gavin crackin’ crab!

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Who doesn't love chef Dan's soup on the beach??

Who doesn’t love chef Dan’s soup on the beach??