Tom Tate has witnessed many great days and great catches over the many years that he has fished with his family in Sitka with Angling Unlimited. Tom’s father-in-law Roy Tuschhoff landed a 50# king about 10 years ago. Tom’s son Hunter Tate landed a 40# King near Sinitsin about 6 years ago. Brother-in-law Mark Tuschhoff landed a halibut weighing in at 205# 4 years ago, and a 20 pound Silver just last August! This year it was Tom’s turn to bring home the bragging rights. After a busy morning landing several King salmon, the bite was shut off rather suddenly as a pod of five or six Orcas cruised near the boat. I was confident that if we hung in there long enough, the bite would turn back on. After nearly 80 minutes of absolutely nothing happening, I was begining to wonder why I hadn’t pulled achor and moved on 80 minutes earlier! Then Tom quietly gets a bite while reeling up, hooks the fish, and the fight is on. It became obvious from the start that we were in for a heavy weight battle. Tom fought the King perfectly, deckhand Matt did a great job with the net, and when the fish hit the deck, all doubts about leaving earlier went out the window. It was a beautiful 40# King Salmon. Great job Tom! As always, another great trip.