June 30, 2005

Ran to outer coast today with Sara. Biggest king salmon opening of the year begins tomorrow. Almost made a foolish mistake today. We came into the anchorage with our poles out, and passed the Santa Rosa, who was at anchor with their trolling poles out. It was a narrow gap between them and the rocks, but I thought we could make it. My poles actually went over his by just a few feet. Had we hit poles, it could have spelled disaster, as I would have made him miss the first opening if Id damaged his pole, and he would miss what is usually the largest king harvest day of the year – all on account of my mistake. It seems like you get a mulligan with these types of close calls, but not a second one, so Ive learned my lesson.

This is Saras first trip with me, and its been great already with her driving for awhile while I catch a nap, and a real dinner when we got the anchor down.

Weather forecast is for sloppy seas tomorrow, which will wear me out after fishing the calmer inside waters the past 2 months.

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

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