Moos, Leaf, Rypien et. al. want you!

EIGHT MONTHS LATER and Washington State alum Steve Antush is still talking about the nine kings and cohos he landed last summer in between conversations with Bill Moos, Jack Thompson, Jason Gesser, Matt Kegel and Ryan Leaf. It was all part of the first annual Cougar Legends Fishing Adventure in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands. Version 2.0 is set for this June and spots are available.

The second annual Cougar Legends Fishing Adventure is set for June 25-29 and every Cougar is invited.

"Talk about a memorable weekend," says Antush, a 1984 graduate of WSU. "The fishing was amazing, the scenery was stunning, the accommodations were top flight, and the food was fabulous. But for all of us Cougar sports fans, the highlight was the chance to talk with the guys whose work on the field has made all of us so proud over the years."

The same cast of legends that attended last year's excursion will be back this time, with 1992 Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien joining in this time around. The event is put together by Leaf, the 1997 All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist. He works for West Coast Resorts, which operates a series of high-end fishing lodges throughout B.C.

In all, last year's 30 participants in the four-day event reeled home some 100 kings, 60 coho, 29 halibut and a heap of ling cod. The cost is in the ballpark of $4,000 per person.

To reserve a spot, call Justin Felker of the WSU Athletic Foundation at 509/368-6729, or for more information click HERE .

STEVE ANTUSH aka Sir Tushalot

"Worthy every penny," said Doug Thomas, another WSU graduate from the 1980s who went last summer. "We got a chance to visit with some of the Cougar legends. Jack, Matt, Jason, Ryan -- they're all just genuine guys. It's always that star-struck feeling at first, 'Gosh should I go say hello to Jack Thompson?' But you learn very quickly... we're all Cougs. The camaraderie was fantastic."

Another great aspect to the trip was the networking. "I didn't know probably 75 percent of the people there. But I could call any of them today and be able to talk with them about anything. You don't get that at other events, that much quality time with each other, to establish relationships on such a high level," said Glenn Osterhout, a devoted Cougar loyalist.

He said another big highlight of the trip was the nightly awards ceremony, which included the presentation of the coveted crimson jacket. "It was just like the Master's. Whoever caught the biggest fish of the day got to wear the crimson jacket -- and also earned a $250 prize that was donated to WSU in his name. Each day's winner was presented the coat by the previous day's champion. It was quite a hoot."


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