We started the day early. Our charter was leaving the dock at 6:00 am so I set the alarm for 5:00 and turned it off before it went off. We rode our bikes to the docks on the spit an met up with Captain Shane and Jim his deck hand.
Our meeting place was at float 6, dock EE, slip 33. We made it just in time after going to dock GG by mistake. We joined the Captain and Jim and the others that we would fish with. There were two guys from Miles City, MT and a couple from Portland, OR. going with us. After getting the fishing licenses straighten out we were off on a beautiful calm morning.
The sun was just shedding light on our surroundings as we headed out. Sea Otters were working the dock area as we left. We were going to travel 40 miles to the area where the Captain thought we would catch some larger Halibut. We filled our legal limit of one Halibut over 28″ each for each person fishing and put 6 Halibut in the well. Bill caught the largest and mine was a close second.
We were fishing the bottom at over 350′ using 4 lbs. weights. That’s a lot of reeling just to bring in the line. Add a 30 lbs. Halibut and that’s a lot of cranking.
We then moved to a spot where there were smaller Halibut to catch that would meet our need for the fish to be under 28″. You are allowed one fish over 28″ and one under when fishing for Halibut here.
We were fishing at 250′ now, had 5 poles out and were catching fish, the problem was Bill and I were catching fish that were too long and we had to release them. Every one else had caught a short fish but Bill and I. Finally I caught one leaving only Bill to catch his. With 5 poles in use to catch that last Halibut we caught fish on all 5 poles at once. We kept 1, threw 4 back and packed up to go to another spot, this time to troll for Salmon.
We trolled with downriggers at 42′ and we all lost at least one but all ended up with some nice Kings. Bills fish was again the largest. There was talk of using Bill for chum for Killer Whales, I talked the others out of it. We had seen Killer Whales, a good sign, they follow the Salmon.
We left the one Salmon limit area and moved to a two fish limit area to troll for a second Salmon each. We had some on but never got one in the boat. That was the end of catching fish for the day.
On this fishing trip we encountered a number of animals we to this point on our trip had not seen. We saw Sea Otters, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Killer Whales and I believe Blue Whales. Sorry I missed getting pictures. An amazing amount to take in.
On the way back Jim cleaned and fillet the fish and put them in tubs so the fish could be processed, frozen and shipped home. The processor met us at the dock and picked up the fish. They said stop by in an hour and we could finish giving them the shipping information, get the fish weight and pay the bill. Bill and I went to the Salty Dog.
We stoped at the processor and were told we had 55.7 lbs. of fillets. If you figure $20.00 dollars a pound that’s over $1,100.00. We arranged to have the fish packaged and shipped.
We rode to our motel, went and had dinner at AJ’s, headed back to our room across the street and died.
On to Wasilla tomorrow. I think Bill wants to look for Sara.