Boats showed up in force during the last Hidden Falls Hatchery opening yesterday! Luckily, a bit of fish showed up in the morning, but the rest of the day produced very little Chum salmon. About 50 seiners will pack into Hidden Falls again this Sunday. #eatmoresalmon
It’s been a slow start to the 2014 salmon season this year. Primarily boats are fishing on hatchery chum in three areas right now. Hidden Falls has been fairly slow but it also has the highest concentration of boats. Deep Inlet has produced a bit of fish and Kendrick Bay is off to a slow start. A huge number of boats are just now leaving Seattle, so the season is just getting underway. It will be nice to see some pink salmon coming in. So here’s to a great season! Good luck to all the captains and crew out there on the water this season.
Oh yeah! Look what some idiot did to the natural hot tubs at Baranof Warm Springs. It ruins most of the scenery and affects water flow to the lower tubs. I would love to know who is responsible for this eyesore. I would like to send out a sincere “@%&# you” to the yahoo who did this.
After a rapid fire preseason and a full net overhaul, the F/V Quandary is ready for a new season of salmon slaying. The season is still early, but a dozen seiners showed up for the Hidden Falls early hatchery returns. Most boats were hoping for early Hatchery kings that might be coming in.
The day started with a more than typical cloudy southeast rainy haze, and developed into a gorgeous sunny bluebird day. I couldn’t think of a better way to start the season. Oh yeah, I know. Salmon! The day was for from fruitful, but the experience gained will give our crew a jump start on all of the crews that haven’t even started the season. So, here’s to a great day of salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska. I would also like to give a big Happy Fathers Day shout out to all the dads that are busy catching salmon.
Wooden Mirror Pictures just released this video, which highlights the journey of the first fish of the Copper River Salmon season as it heads into Seattle among great fanfare.
This past week, AMSEA offered a commercial fishing safety drill instructor course in Sitka. The 10 hour course detailed numerous dangerous situations aboard commercial fishing vessels and the best plans and techniques for safety and survival. I highly recommend the course to all commercial fishermen and I encourage you to become a member of AMSEA.
Wow! Longlining weather never looked better than this clip from New Zealand in the Coromandel Hauraki Gulf Region. This kind of longlining would surely make any Alaskan Longliner envious of the beautiful scenery and climate. Great edit!