Aug 6, 2005

Woke up to fog at 5 am this morning, which I saw as a clear sign from above to get back in bed. Got fishing right at the start of the flood tide about 8:20 am.

The sealions finally got the better of me and I pulled my gear, took my ball, and went home. I tried fishing the north side of North Inian Pass after tide change, after fishing North Is. on the flood tide. A lone sealion got every fish but one, so I called it a day at quarter to 5pm. Only 28 coho and 14 pinks today,and we decided to increase our prices a bit due to low catches and high fuel cost. I did see two bull orcas on the trip across, riding the ebb tide out the pass.

Weather changed this afteroon. The sun came out, and I’m heading to one of my favorite anchorages at Fern Harbor, which is right in front of the Brady Glacier – the glacier shown on our fish box.

As I entered the harbor, two sea otters took note of me. Pink salmon were jumping everywhere. After I droppped the hook, I began repairing the retrieval line to my stabilizer. The glacier water was so clear at the surface with the sun shining overhead that I could sea a harbor porpoise just below the surface as it surveyed the boat. LOTS of bugs here, though.

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

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