Well, another trip to Pt. Breeze has come and gone. We arrived on Wednesday, 8/22 and settled in. Afterwards, we hunted down PapaScott's cabin and planned on a few cocktails (4 to be exact) with him but he got delayed and hadn't made it up yet...maybe next time Scott!!! I (with my friends) have had many trips to that area to fish and have entered the LOC Derby every year but we have never caught a big enough fish to place in the top 20...been close but never a cigar! Is this the year we get the monkey off our back?...Read on to find out...Happy to report nobody fell in and the boat didn't fail...good thing since we had to run out to the 30-32 line to find the water we wanted to fish (shore is at the 22.5 line), through nasty fog, cold weather and periodic rain...but it was worth it...once we dodged the other boaters and a few freighters we set-up the first day and ran five lines...(3) riggers with green flavored spoons and two dipsies with dodger/fly combos, also in green...we caught our fair share of nice cohos, steelies and a few nice matures, but no money fish...But we had a blast as those fish went crazy in that cold water 49-52 degrees and were nutso crossing lines and jumping all over the place...check out the photos below from day one. My average size this trip My friend Jack with a nice King A Decent Coho Another Nice King 20+ lbs We caught over 30 fish on day one, keeping 9 and releasing the rest...What a great day!! When we got back to shore, we partied hard, celebrating our success and wishing for another good day to come...still wanted to get a derby fish, so our focus was big fish only...all C & R from now on! Since we partied so hard, we agreed on a later start the next morning and it was lights out, with visions of the big one yet to come! Got out at 6:30am the next morning and right back into the fog we went, however, the sun was peeking through so a few photos were taken...unfortunately, they just don't capture the real image we had as the fog created a hazy, eerie filter of the sun's power...use your imagination! Was the sun a good omen for things to come?...I think so...we ran to the same area and set up the same program...we caught four decent fish, then three skippies before the big one hit...I wish I could embellish on the first four, but I couldn't get close to the crazy fight that the biggy put on. When the rod went off, the fish went across the stern and into the dipsie wire and out the the starboard side of the boat...we cleared the dipsy line just as the fish decided to head towards the bow...then the fish decided to go under the boat to the port bow...thought we lost him, but up the side of the boat with rod in hand, around the pulpit and down the port side to the back...meanwhile the fish decided he wanted to head to Rochester...peeled out 700' of line...we pulled all of the lines and went after him so we didn't get spooled...finally after a ten minute fire drill, we evened the battle and patiently worked the fish to the transom...netted and on the scales for a quick read...scales dropped beyond thirty so we boxed it, filled the box with water and headed in...stoked that we finally had a worthy sized fish to weigh in. That was at 10:30...Pictures of the hog are below...I just wish I was on the rod, but it was nice to see my friend John bag this one...this was his first trip back after a 3 year break...I think he'll be back next year. Official weigh-in at Narby's Here is John with his fish on the scales And another view. This trip would have been better if we were able to visit with PapaScott and his friends, but we did have a chance to exchange a few radio updates. We did stay and fish about a half day on Saturday with eight fish on, all steelies, and four landed before we were blown off. As for the Derby standings, we were in first place (not Grand Prize position, so essentially second place) when we weighed the fish only to drop down a spot by day's end...still a lot of fishing to be had so we are hoping it holds up for at least a small pay-off... I keep saying we as we fish as a team and split any winnings equally...However, even if we don't win any money, we are winners because of the fun and good times we share as friends! Can't wait until next year!!!