July 2, 2006

Much calmer seas and catching and cleaning systems soothed out and I’m in a much better state after seeing my makeshift cleaning tray works just fine. Caught 10 kings right of the first pull of gear, then scratch fishing the rest of the morning.
Like an idiot, I hung my stinky socks in the foc’sle like I used to on my boat. Only, I’m not fishing alone anymore, and come to find out, my foc’sle mates were gagging on the stench, so no more sock drying there.
Seems like the fish have less feed than they do today.

I was having a hard time figuring out how to pressure bleed the small cohos, and even on some big fish you just can’t find the artery. I found a solution to that this morning, so yet another tiny step forward in improving fish quality.

Late in the day we heard 2 of the skippers coding partners giving their catch numbers. Trollers never want anyone to know when they’re doing well, and want to know where the fish are when they’re not. Coding partners make up a code for how many they’ve caught. One partner said he had a basketball court, and the other guy said he had 4 shy of a soccer field. We didn’t have that code sheet so we don’t know how many they had. Our code is in colors.

Day 2: 50 king, 70 coho, 1 ling.
Mark Stopha
F/V Dutch Master
Alaska Wild Salmon Co
4455 N Douglas Hwy
Juneau, Alaska 99801

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