June 11, 2005

Good fishing yesterday and okay today, too. Lots of herring at the surface here, and a few humpback whales showing up, feeding on them along with the eagles, salmon, rockfish and halibut. The herring are very large, with a single fish just about filling the stomach of a 17 lb king salmon.
I noticed my first flock of gulls today near a creek mouth. The herring are too big for the gulls – these herring are eagle food. I was surprised that the gulls didn’t follow behind the boat to grab the fish entrails as I cleaned fish. Out on the outer coast, the gulls only need to see a troller come out on deck to flock behind his boat, whether he is cleaning fish or just checking his gear. Not many boats fish here in comparison to the outside area, so I’m guessing it’s a trained response.

Mark Stopha
F/V Dutch Master
Alaska Wild Salmon Co
4455 N Douglas Hwy
Juneau, Alaska 99801

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