Aug 5 2005

Fished the same spot as yesterday for more coho (42) and fewer pinks (32), which is a much better ratio. I even started shaking some of the female pinks as their bellies are getting thin as their eggs mature. Next year we’ll try to find a bait market for the roe.

Did not sleep well last night and felt like crap in the morning, so didn’t get to fishing until 8 am. Since I started late, I thought I’d make up for it by quitting early, which I did at 4:45 pm, so only about 9 hours of fishing today.

Would have caught more fish if not for a big male sealion that shadowed me most of the day. The critter was so bold it came right up behind the boat so close I could almost touch him. Almost like he escaped from Seaworld, he seemed so tame. He got who knows how many salmon from my gear.

Anchored in a cove I’d never been to before. Looks bulletproof to all winds, and beaches that deer might come down to for 180 degrees. Kind of a long row to shore in the punt, but I’m sure I’d try if I can see horns.

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

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