Fishing After Fishing

My buddy Jeff, the other deckhand on our commercial fishing boat, asked me if I wanted to go fishing with him and his father shortly after we got done with the season and back to Anchorage.  The timing was perfect for it and we were able to make a solid plan, so I went for it.  Jeff’s parents were some of the most nice and accommodating people I’ve ever met and it made the entire trip to Alaska worth every penny and minute of my time.  They picked me up in Anchorage and drove us down to their summer home in Seward, Alaska.  It was a gorgeous drive and we had a wonderful non-stop conversation the entire ride–which also included Jeff’s mom offering me salted caramel chocolate covered macadamia nut clusters during the entire ride.

The next day we got a nice start to the day and Jeff’s mom made use each 2 sandwiches to take on the boat with us.  We got the boat hitched up to the truck and drove down to the boat ramp in Seward.  The drive out to the fishing spot was amazingly beautiful and we spotted a sleeping humpback whale.  We started fishing around 11:30 and by 5:00 we had caught our limit of 18 fish.  Jeff and his dad were gracious enough to give me virtually all the fish we caught to take home with me–just when I thought I was going home empty handed.  Now, I have 23 lbs. of fresh Salmon to take home with me.

The sleeping humpback whale we saw on our way out to the fishing spot.

The sleeping humpback whale we saw on our way out to the fishing spot.

The rods out and down riggers set - what a sight here in Alaska.

The rods out and down riggers set – what a sight here in Alaska.

Here I am with one of the Salmon I caught - what an amazing fish.

Here I am with one of the Salmon I caught – what an amazing fish.

On our way in we spotted a school of killer whales and got some real neat photos of them porpoising.  When we got back to the dock, I removed all the scales from the fish and Jeff and his dad did all the fine fillet work.  We then took the fillet’s to a place in town to have them vacuum packed and frozen for transportation back to Evergreen with me on the plane.  What an awesome day!

Our cooler full of the days catch!

Our cooler full of the days catch!

Here is one of the killer whales we saw on the way in flapping its tail up into the air.

Here is one of the killer whales we saw on the way in flapping its tail up into the air.