Absolutely un'reel' day today in the K/D, with a 34+ that moved into first early, then a 36.55 with no ticket and finally, a 36.70 caught late afternoon (and definitely not the same fish — look at the photos posted earlier; not only the shape and color, check out the dorsal fin).
Twenty-pounders are very common this year, and it's starting to look like it'll take well into the low to mid-20s to get in on the money. We'll see!
Get this question daily: can I still purchase a ticket now that the tournament is underway? The answer is YES, just be sure you do so before you fish, and make certain everyone 10 and older aboard the boat has a valid K/D ticket (including the captain and mate if on a charter).
We're hearing boatloads of "the big one got away" stories. Don't overtighten the drags, or try to "muscle" a big king when it's not ready. For those of you new to this salmon fever, be sure your reel has at least 300 yards of quality line, and be prepared to turn the boat if needed so you don't get spooled.
Tight lines, smooth drags and a whole lot of patience gets it done.
Good luck to all!
K/D leaders — Day 5
1. Josh Kramer, 36.70, 7/23 @ BH
2. Gary Welch, 34.27, 7/23 @ WI
3. Keith “Buck” Felhofer, 33.59, 7/19 @ BH
4. William Kidd, 32.88, 7/19 @ WI
5. Jeren Ostrowski, 32.06, 7/22 @ BH
6. David Zazeski, 32.00, 7/22 @ BH
7. Wesley Hansen, 31.98, 7/21 @ BH
8. Austin Novak, 31.51, 7/21 @ WI
9. Austin Alberts, 31.11, 7/20 @ A
10. Mike Cornell, 30.61, 7/20 @ WI
11. Zach Mendtke, 30.33, 7/22 @ SB
12. Alex Nemetz, 30.08, 7/21 @ BH
13. Ron Dain, 29.89, 7/22 @ A
14. Cody Krueger, 29.83, 7/23 @ BH
15. Andy Kress, 29.40, 7/21 @ BH
16. Kenneth Schultz, 29.22, 7/23 @ K
Day 5 Port prize winners
Josh Kramer, Gary Welch, Brandon Waterland, Eric Schferi, Kenneth Schultz