I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about fishing in early June when ONLY the Kings were running around, however I am certainly pleased about my experiment – it was simply super! And as far as Captain Chuck goes – he is great – what an enjoyable experience. His deckhand Ryan was awesome as well – super team! Not taking anything away from any of the captains I have had before, because each had their own merits and styles – Chuck is very open and “loosens-up” as he finds out more about the specific fishermen/fisherwomen he has aboard, etc. and that is a solid way to do it! I didn’t realize until the eve of my departure when sitting at a table (was invited to join the staff for a staff BBQ in the tent) with Ken & Sue, that the very first Captain I had with my son in 1998 was now ANOTHER of the sons in law – Dave!! Then having fished with Ryan and Phil – geez, I have had the cream of the crop.
The quote of the trip came on a still, quiet, cold, rainy morning – my last fishing day (Sun) when it was only a little after 7 a.m. with Chuck using the trolling motor in the Shark Hole with 3 very nice Kings already aboard and when the 4th one was hooked-up, Chuck shouted from the stern “do you believe in miracles” – a humorous moment for all! I had the pleasure to fish with Ken on the bow that day and it was fun talking with him. The most unique experience was actually hooking up with a humpback whale as it passed under our boat and started peeling-off my line – well I couldn’t turn this 70,000 lb. creature with my rod and 25lb test line, so the line gave way – smile! Even though I didn’t get that “50 pounder” I did boat a 34 lb. king and that was the best of our our trip, so that was awesome!
P.S. I also especially enjoy seeing the nicest young men and women working in all of the various jobs at AU – you seem to have a a pool of really super individuals, who further one’s experiences and joy. Lindsey was my assigned rep this time and she is super – I’m afraid that she was spoiled though by this ex Navy Senior Chief, who left his room nearly totally cleaned and made-up each morning – she even said she was shocked – just old habits – smile!
Jim McLendon, Tennessee