We had a final, 1 day opening at Taku Inlet. We tried
a different spot for future reference – where another
boat reportedly scored well last week – and only
managed about 14 kings and half a dozen chum salmon.
Still, not bad for a day of fishing. We quit early at
7 am due to water haul after water haul. My skipper’s
youngest son enjoyed being “the man” with his older
brother off to basketball camp in town, being the deck
hand, grabbing the bouy, driving the boat, with no
in-between-set nuuggies from his brother. Beautiful
weather – in the 70’s and breezy. Not as much
wildlife on this less protected fishing area – had a
few humpback whales to watch out for, but not as many
eagles, seals/sea lions, etc.
Ran to town in my skiff while my skipper took his boat
out to the harbor on the northern end of town. I met
up with one of my earliest buyers from the Shrimp Dock
in Knoxville, TN, who was on a cruise with his son.
He and I jawed about the seafood business from when he
got in the truck till he got out and back on his ship
enroute to Skagway. He’s starting a ship-out business
for retail customers in the US, so I actually was able
to give him a few pointers, instead of the usual,
I’ll wait now until July 1 for the big king and coho
salmon troll opener on the outer coast.
Mark Stopha and Sara Hannan
Alaska Wild Salmon Company
Wild Salmon and Salmon Pet Treats
4455 N. Douglas Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801