Many of you will remember Pete Hopley, who was our deckhand during the 1998 and 2000 seasons here in Homer. Since then, Pete has come back to fish with us and is now a licensed captain and also fishes on the Venturess with Travis Larson. Pete has been in the Guard for many years and last year was deployed to Iraq. He served there and returned this summer back home. We were so happy that he decided to come to Alaska to visit and have enjoyed having him here. Today he and our friend Luke, and I went fishing for king salmon. We managed to catch two kings and a couple of silvers and we topped it off with a nice tote full of tanner crab. We had a feast here at the house and some of the crab and salmon will go home with Pete for his family. For me, it was a special day spent with a couple of my favorite people.