Aug 7, 2005

Started fishing at the mouth of Dundas Bay. Caught nothing, and with yet another sealion around, I pulled my gear and headed to Pt. Adolphus…which was where most of the fleet was. I’d guess 25 to 35 boats at Pleasant Is., and about 6 on the Adolphus side. Good fishing, and 90% big fish, too. 76 coho and just 6 pinks in about 2/3 of a day fishing. Wanted to keep going to a 100, but felt myself getting punchy so I anchored up in the bight west of Pinta Cove.

News of the good fishing must have got out, as I saw a steady stream of big smoker boats heading in to get on the merrygoround at Pleasant Is. The fishing may have been better there, but this side is easier to fish alone.

This water has it all. Feed, birds, whales, sealions, and today, lots of coho. I sure miss having Sara onboard, as a good deckhand allows me to catch more fish, and Sara’s a great cook, too.

I had a whole pod of large humpbacks cruise right across my bow as I was fishing and they were fishing. The one nearest the boat came up to the surface, did a little side roll so that his jaw and eye came out of the water to take a look at me, and then he dove a bit sideways so as to miss my boat. It was as if he was saying “Duuuude..we’re fishin’ heeeerrre”.

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

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