So, with a few spare hours on my weekend between gigs, I grinded it out in an area in MA7 that is known to attract Orcas. Certainly won't discuss smalls, by-catch, or hot action as there wasn't any....But after hours in the water over the course of 2 days, I finally got one to bring home. From the time my fish whomped down on my offering, I knew I had a good one. He stayed deep and pulled hard. The Islander was singing her favorite tune and my rod was bent over with a curve I haven't seen in a while. Now I like to set up my troll away from the guides and the other boats that follow them around, this results in a little more open water but then eventually, I will tack through a large group of boats for a little while and then continue to troll into more open water. Well, as the fish gods would have it, I hooked up about 100 yds from the pack. Since I was solo, I really had my work cut out for me. Trying to keep my boat going in a straight line while fighting a fish is challenge enough. The deep Vee seems to encourage my boat to do crazy Ivans with any kind of weight shift in the stern. So here I am, good fish on, avoiding collisions, reel singing....then 20 ft off the stern I hear first and smell next Poooooph...yep...whale breath. OH SNAP....I look up to see Mom headed right for my fish....then, 10 feet off the stern.....poooooph...a youngster with a bead on my fish. I start to swear....seems to help.... then I start to hog in the fish like a first timer, not the bass-master classic first timer but more like the pulling the fish out of the water into the boat style...Anyway, with one quick move for the net and one more I-hope-my-leader-can-handle-this-yank on the rod, I net my hard earned 15lber.....legs shaking, swearing still, with the lingering scent of Orca breath in the air I am so amped on adrenaline and just barely beginning to process what had transpired in the last 5 minutes. I finally look up to see the crowd that was around me. I got a few thumbs up and hollas from the boys and one guy who videoed the whole thing. (btw, If that is you, please try to contact me) Never have I been so pleased to catch a teener and finish my day....except for trying for my bonus sockeye of course....which I did not catch....sorry no pics.