June 25, 2005

I learned today what many old timers have told me – when you get a fish on, don’t always rush to get it off, as it may attract other fish to the gear. I was losing fish near the boat that would throw the hook because they were pulling so hard. So, I started leaving fish on awhile to let them tire out some before I pulled them in. This lead to multiple fish on the wires and more fish landed. I even had one at the surface and saw another one try to get the hook from its mouth. Another day of good catches.

I took a nap in the late afternoon and came out for the evening bite. Dozens and dozens of eagles were diving on the tons of herring feeding on the plankton blooming thick all around.

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

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