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Halibut - gorgeous -
WOW - Chinook Salmon King Salmon, beautiful

Bob called me up, I had room on the two days he wanted to fish & BANG!

Wednesday 7/17
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 8 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: NW 12 to 16 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 14 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: WNW 10 to 13 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 13 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
4 King Salmon
41 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
2 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
12 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
0 Other
L to R

Raymond Schneider &

Parker White - deckhand
E.E. Mischler (Mitch)


restores old fighter planes - very cool
Ray Schneider

'ACTION SHOT'
Mitch Mischler

Fishing the morning salmon bite

Tuesday 7/16
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 10 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning YELLOW
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas
Small long period swell
Winds: NW 15 to 20 knots
Seas: SSE 6 feet at 14 seconds

Afternoon YELLOW
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas
Small short period wind waves
Winds: NW 15 to 20 knots
Seas: NW 5 feet at 6 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
3 King Salmon
57 Coho
0 Chum
3 Pink Salmon
2 Halibut
1 Yellow Eye
33 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
0 Other
E.E. Mischler aka Mitch

how did they do?

fine - just fine ...

;-)
Ray Schneider

Ray has a hunting lodge - we have fished him and his friends before - so Ray has a history with us

What a compliment when a guide, like Ray, thinks enough of his fishing trip with us that he returned and brought yet another friend -

quite the compliment -

Thank you Ray -

Wednesday 7/17
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 8 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: NW 12 to 16 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 14 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: WNW 10 to 13 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 13 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
4 King Salmon
41 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
2 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
12 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
0 Other
"Heads Up" !!!

or

"Catch of the Day"

or

"Getting ahead"

or ....

Dang ...
practice - practice - practice
Mrs. Diane Wilcox
Mr. Duane Wilcox

2 days of fishing - 100 lbs ... not bad I'd say ~
Duane Wilcox

yup; 2 days 100 lbs of Seafood in the box ...
Diane Wilcox

Happy birthday - both of you!
Duane Wilcox
From Wood and Kienle (1990): "The Edgecumbe volcanic field on southern Kruzof Island is on the North American plate 10-15 km inboard of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather transform fault.

The Edgecumbe volcanic field is dominated by the symmetric stratovolcano of Mount Edgecumbe and the domes and crater of adjacent Crater Ridge. Mount Edgecumbe was named by Captain James Cook in 1778.

Despite the fresh constructional morphology of the cone, there is no evidence for historic eruptions in Russian documents or in native oral traditions.



well, okay then ....
Photo Provided by Deb Weiss & Frank Sligh
Mr. Tony Seibert

The others in this party of 4 are:

Ron Seibert
Marlys Seibert
Alex Seibert

aka 'good people to fish' ;-)


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Sunday July 14
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small long period swell
Winds: S 3 to 5 knots
Seas: SSE 4 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small long period swell
Winds: SSE 3 to 4 knots
Seas: SSE 4 feet at 17 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
1 King Salmon
72 Coho
2 Chum
3 Pink Salmon
5 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
33 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
0 Other
Front to Back

Ron Seibert
Marlys Seibert
Alex Seibert
L to R

Ron Seibert
Alex Seibert
Mitchell Boord (with the net) Deckhand


Monday 7/15
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small long period swell
Winds: NW 8 to 10 knots
Seas: SSE 4 feet at 15 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas
Small long period swell
Winds: NW 11 to 15 knots
Seas: SSE 4 feet at 15 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
3 King Salmon
52 Coho
1 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
5 Halibut
2 Yellow Eye
27 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other

*
the Morning Bite

L to R

Ron Seibert (hoodie person)
Mitchell Boord - deckhand
Mr. Tony Seibert

note to self; NOT Anthony - just Tony

L to R

Mitchell Boord - deckhand
&
Just Tony Seibert
Back Row:

Marlys Seibert



Front Row:

Ling Cod & Pacific Cod (yum)

Tony & Marlys Seibert

Putting the "Vacation" into Fishing Vacation
A bait ball, or baitball, occurs when small fish swarm in a tightly packed spherical formation about a common centre. It is a last-ditch defensive measure adopted by small schooling fish when they are threatened by predators. Small schooling fish are eaten by many types of predators, and for this reason they are called bait fish or forage fish.

For example, sardines group together when they are threatened. This instinctual behaviour is a defense mechanism, as lone individuals are more likely to be eaten than large groups. Sardine bait balls can be 1020 metres in diameter and extend to a depth of 10 metres. The bait balls are short lived and seldom last longer than 10 minutes.

However, bait balls are also conspicuous, and when schooling fish form a bait ball they can draw the attention of many other predators. As a response to the defensive capabilities of schooling fish, some predators have developed sophisticated countermeasures.

These countermeasures can be spectacularly successful, and can seriously undermine the defensive value of forming bait balls.

The process that leads to the formation of a bait ball typically starts when predators locate a fish school deep below the surface.

The predators make rushes and use various scare tactics to force the fish school to the surface, herding it at the same time into a compact volume.

The alarmed fish, trapped against the surface above and surrounded all about, abandon their coordinated schooling movements and become chaotic. Their graceful and disciplined schooling strategies of uniform spacing and polarity degrade into frenetic attempts by each fish to save itself. In this way, a dense bait ball forms as each fish scrambles to get away from the surface of the ball and hide in the interior.

The symmetry of this centripetal action forms a sphere, the shape with the minimum surface area for a given volume.

This exposes the fewest number of fish on the surface to the predators.

The movement, sound and smell can attract more predators, including different predator species, until there is a carousel of them, each species using their own characteristic predatory strategies.

Fish that break loose are singled out and eaten. A frenzy can develop as predators compete, the water reddening with blood as shredded flesh and scales drift to the depths.

As the bait ball reduces in size and number, it becomes progressively easier for the predators to target the remaining survivors,

Dang ~
Since 1998 -

L to R

Joel Swartz
Max Dorflinger Jr.
Max Dorflinger Sr.

14 years they Mr. Joel Swartz & Max Dorflinger Sr. have fished with us -

they hail from all areas of the country & meet yearly in Sitka to maintain friendships that have lasted for years - I love it ~
Jack Carpenter
L to R

Mr. Joel Swartz
Daniel Peters - Deckhand

Ling Cod -
L to R

Father & Son
Max Dorflinger Jr.
Max Dorflinger Sr.
L to R

Max Dorflinger Jr.
Joel Swartz

Silver Salmon (Coho) Limits on Silvers are 6 daily per person - every day that you fish!
Mr. Jack Carpenter
Mr. Max Dorflinger Sr.

Coho

why do they call 'em Silver Salmon?!?!
Photo Provided by Deb Weiss & Frank Sligh

L to R

Cory Dearden &
Kimberly Peterson

Casey Barney &
Angie Barney

Parker White - deckhand
Roman Sorokin - captain

Some pretty creative minds here ~

;-)
Angie Barney

The water - the weather - the fishing - it all came together perfectly -

Angie Barney

Pacific Cod (aka P.Cod)

Cory Dearden

'ACTION SHOT'
Cory Dearden

To Much Fun - they had my face hurting - ( you guys know what i'm talking about - right? )

I learned the "rest of the story" ...


PRICELESS!!!

huge Yellow Eye by the way
Kimberly Peterson

These folks - a Party of 4 - two couples
filled the freezers once they got back home -

King Salmon -
Halibut
Yellow Eye
Rock Fish
Ling Cod too I think
and Silver Salmon -



Friday 7/12
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 13 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: WNW 5 to 7 knots
Seas: SSE 4 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small long period swell
Winds: W 6 to 8 knots
Seas: SSE 4 feet at 17 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
11 King Salmon
64 Coho
1 Chum
4 Pink Salmon
7 Halibut
1 Yellow Eye
2 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
1 Other

*
100 lbs - She's a beauty -

L to R
deckhand Parker white
Cory Dearden
Capt'n Roman Sorokin

Casey Barney

Ling Cod.



a big ling cod

Casey Barney
L to R

Kim Peterson

Angie Barney
L to R

Casey Barney

Cory Dearden

Thank you folks - very much - you're a lot of fun! - we're still talking about IT ...
L to R

Casey & Angie Barney

Sunday July 14
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small long period swell
Winds: S 3 to 5 knots
Seas: SSE 4 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small long period swell
Winds: SSE 3 to 4 knots
Seas: SSE 4 feet at 17 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
1 King Salmon
72 Coho
2 Chum
3 Pink Salmon
5 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
33 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
0 Other
Kimberly Peterson & Cory Dearden


You will fly into Sitka aboard Alaska Airlines on a Boeing 737. There are 5 flights in Sitka Daily.

Try to avoid the late flight, its arrival is at 10:59 pm and I am going to pick you up to go fishing at 5:30 AM the next morning.

Given the time change, that doesn't give you much 'down time' especially if the flight is late.

How too ease that is to plan on taking on additional 'ALY DAY' following your late night arrival to Sitka - Makes for a much nicer transition for you on your first day of fishing ~

We want you to enjoy yourself - and not be dragging because of the late arrival & early wake up.

Allow me to book that additional day right into you fishing package -


(that is us taking a picture of us!)
6 hours Dock to Dock - Salmon

Traveling Alaska - but residing in New Zealand -

Clark Smith & Andrew Hunter

Thanks Folks - Pleasure ~
Photo Compliments of Deb Weiss & Frank Sligh

gorgeous - you know your 'stuff' - thank you
Thursday 7/11
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 10 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small short period wind waves
Winds: W 7 to 10 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 8 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small short period wind waves
Winds: W 6 to 9 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 7 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
5 King Salmon
46 Coho
0 Chum
5 Pink Salmon
4 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
6 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
4 Other
Joe Lynsky Jr. (aka Dr. Joe)

BEFORE


So - just prior to their arrival - I'm sitting at the harbor, waiting for a boats return and talking with Joe on the phone - one of several conversations I've had with him.

I'm TOTALLY wishing he was there right then - but I'm not that lucky ~

I was waiting on one deckhand, who took a hook. Let's just call it a 'face hook' as opposed to 'face book'

It's one of those moments - Is there a doctor in the house? - NOPE - but I had one on the phone!



Joe Lynsky - AFTER

Dad
Grandpa
Fisherman of King Salmon!
Liam Lynsky


gorgeous Fish! SCORE!
All this and Fish too...

it's more than just fishing - it's catching. We love to sharing our 'spot' with you.
Rocky (Joe IV) Lynsky


Que: Rainbow! I mean HONESTLY ?!?!



Wednesday 7/10
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 9 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat(s) 6 Hours Dock to Dock SALMON

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small short period wind waves
Winds: NNE 8 to 11 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 8 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas
Small short period wind waves
Winds: NW 13 to 17 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 8 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
5 King Salmon
28 Coho
1 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
2 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
14 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other
Mark Lynsky - BEFORE

A very 'good sport' took some ribbing from me - what a pleasure these gentlemen were to fish

A grandpa - Dr. Joe
2 sons, Mark & Rocky
1 grandson, Liam (the resident halibut slayer person)
Mark Lynsky - AFTER


listen closely ~ shhhhhhhh


Zzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz


Mark is emphasizing the 'Vacation' part of ALASKA FISHING VACATION
Mr. Liam Lynsky a.k.a. HALIBUT SLAYER


This is exactly WHY we have children, isn't it?
Rocky Lynsky

Highly likely this will be another one that will make the 'Wall of Shame' at our 2014 sportsman shows.

Amazing! - this has not been edited in the slightest - (other than size)
and as fate would have it,

'face hook' deck hand - Mitchell was the deckhand to Dr. Joe & his family -

(yes Mitchell now wears safety goggles on board!) Eye sight is a good thing, & Mitchell is a very nice young man. We like him ~

Dr. Joe ~ thanks for fishing with us, you too have a really good family of young men there!

Joe called me once they returned home - there were really, no simple connections to their home airport - but all the fish & the Lynskey family arrived in excellent shape.

The fish frozen -
They Lynsky's Tired & Happy

again - thank you

Ms. Deb Weiss

whoa ~ gorgeous ~

Limits on Salmon? Done and back to shore every day by right about noon-ish.

(not just King Salmon - Silvers also)

Tuesday 7/9
TOTAL: 2 boat(s) 6 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

12:00 pm - 1 boat in early - home - happy & had their Salmon Limits

Morning Yellow
Light winds with a slight chop
Small short period wind waves
Winds: SW 10 to 13 knots
Seas: WSW 6 feet at 8 seconds

Afternoon Yellow
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas
Small short period wind waves
Winds: SSW 11 to 15 knots
Seas: WSW 6 feet at 8 seconds

not halibut water! excellent Salmon though!

Harvest for the Day:
6 King Salmon
30 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
0 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
10 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other
Frank Sligh

Some folks have blood in their veins - Frank has fish ~

I know I'm going out on a limb with that thought - but it would take a whole lot of convincing to change my mind an prove my hypothesis wrong ...
Mr. Frank Sligh

I know I'm posting behind schedule - today is actually the 21st of July, Deb (Frank's main squeeze) and I have been emailing lately - what is he doing in his neck of the woods today?


FISHING ....
Ms. Deb Weiss
yup - looks like a 'sportsman show picture' to me - they will probably both make the dreaded "WALL OF SHAME"
Frank Sligh

so this is how it works for Frank

I (Sitka) can have the most incredible sunny days, RIGHT?

Then Frank & Deb come to Sitka to Fish ... & BANG-O! Clouds & even more typically, something in line with "the perfect storm kind of thing"

This year was kind to them... But every morning - Every afternoon - Smiles, Laughs, Happy, no matter what happens - just put them on fish & they are in hog heaven -

Yup ~ this is a 'wall - O - Shame shot too ... the smile - the color of that King ~

The pure expression of a man in his 'happy place'
Deb Weiss

"the FISH WHISPERER"
Chris Palyka

A woman in her 'HAPPY PLACE"


;-)
DAY 1 - STORM .
L to R
Dave German
Chris Palyka


did they like it? yes
did they have fun? yup
am I talking about the storm? nope

150lbs to take home - not too bad. Excellent!


Day 2 - Dave German

storm passing!

Chris Palyka & Deckhand Parker

Sitting on the Hook -

NO! not literally: the Halibut 'hook'


Dave German

"Action Shot"

the morning bite ~

Saturday 7/6
TOTAL: 2 boat(s)6 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: S 1 to 2 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 8 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSW 3 to 4 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 8 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
3 King Salmon
32 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
6 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
20 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other
Day 1 - revisited

wow

Thank you Dave & Chris ! what a pleasure
Storm


Thursday 7/4
TOTAL: 2 boat(s)6 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: WNW 9 to 12 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: W 11 to 14 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 7 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
2 King Salmon
10 Coho
1 Chum
3 Pink Salmon
0 Halibut
4 Yellow Eye
31 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
1 Other
Nelson Nishida
Nelson Nishida
Nelson Nishida


Alaskan King Salmon
Gerhardt (hart) & Steve Alsum

Pictured on the Right is Hart Alsum
Gerhardt Alsum

Mr. Steve Alsum

L to R
Mitchell Boord
Steve Alsum

Mr. Steve Alsum

Saturday 7/6
TOTAL: 2 boat(s)6 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: S 1 to 2 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 8 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSW 3 to 4 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 8 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
3 King Salmon
32 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
6 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
20 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other
;-)
Another casualty of my not filling out their ADFG paperwork. They bought them on line ...

and again - I cannot match names with faces -

Charlie & Sarah Tucker
Bill & Ruth Jaeger
Dinner on the hoof ~
Lean Mean Fishing Machine!
Mr. Henry Helmholz


Pictures are a bit out of order - sorry about that -

Occasionally the camera is hi-jacked - and the picture posting person (me) must wait.

Rich, Henry & Brian Helmholz
Dad, Gran-dad, Son (grandson)

They spent one week in Sitka and fished 2 days with us - It's what I call a power vacation - 2 days o' fishin'.

A pretty easy journey to Sitka, they all reside in Washington State; Just down the road a piece, so to speak.

Remember Henry, when you're tired of that jacket ...
Mr. Rich Helmholz

let's see - where do I start?

okay ... got it ...

Dear Mrs. Helmholz
you have a very nice husband - he answers questions in a very nice user friendly fashion - says that's why he's been married so long -

(note: he was smiling when he said that - so I am positive you are a really nice lady - you should hang out with me ...)

That sentence just probably struck fear in his heart!

They told me about you - you sound great!



Mr. Brian Helmholz

Nice Looking King Brian!

2 days of fishing & you guys scored!

Henry Helmholz
Rich Helmholz

Sunday 6/30
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 10 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat(s) @ Halibut Only

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: E 5 to 7 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 4 to 5 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 20 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
6 King
8 Coho
1 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
7 Halibut
4 Yellow Eye
40 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
6 Other - grey cod & pacific cod
Brian Helmholz

"ACTION SHOT"
General Description

Pacific halibut are the largest flatfish in Family Pleuronectidae. Halibut and other flatfish are flattened laterally, and swim sideways, with one side facing down and the other facing up. The upper side is typically gray to brown, or nearly black, with mottling and numerous spots to blend in with a sandy or muddy bottom. The underside is typically white.

Virtually all halibut are right-eyed, meaning both eyes are found on the upper, dark side of the body. Left-eyed halibut are rare; one report suggested a ratio of about 1 in 20,000. In these fish, the eyes and dark pigment are on the left side of the body, and the fish swims with the right (white) side facing down.

The dorsal fin is continuous from near the eyes to the base of the tail, and the anal fin extends from just behind the anus to the same point on the other side.

The mouth extends to the middle of the lower eye or beyond, and is nearly symmetrical.

The scales are quite small and buried in the skin, making the skin appear smooth. The tail is broad, symmetrical, and lacks a distinct fork. The lateral line is strongly arched over the pectoral fin.

The maximum reported size is over 8 feet in length and over 500 pounds.
DID YOU KNOW?Chinook salmon may spend between 1 to 8 years in the ocean before returning to their natal streams to spawn, though the average is 3 to 4 years.

SCIENTIFIC NAME:Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, from the Greek words onkos (hook), rynchos (nose) Male and tshawytscha (the common name for the species in Siberia and Alaska).

COMMON NAMES: King salmon, tyee salmon, Columbia River salmon, black salmon, chub salmon, hook bill salmon, winter salmon and blackmouth.

DESCRIPTION: The chinook salmon is blue-green on the back and top of the head with silvery sides and white bellies; black spots on the upper half of its body with gray/black mouth coloration. Up to 58 inches in length and weigh up to 129 pounds; although chinook salmon is generally up to 36 inches in length and weigh up to 30 pounds.

LIFE CYCLE: Spawning in streams that are larger and deeper than other salmon utilize, chinook salmon spawn from late summer to late fall, depending on the run. Fry and smolts usually stay in freshwater from 1 to 18 months before travelling downstream to estuaries, where they remain up to 189 days. Chinook salmon spend 1 to 8 years at sea before returning to natal streams to spawn.

RANGE: Chinook salmon range from Kotzebue Sound, Alaska, to Santa Barbara, California. Spawning and rearing chinook are found in most of the rivers in this region, with significant runs in the Columbia River, Rogue River, and Puget Sound.

ECONOMIC VALUE: Chinook salmon is highly valued by commercial fishermen, despite their scarcity relative to other Pacific salmon along most of the Pacific coast. Chinook salmon is also an important subsistence fish and a valuable recreational resource.
And of course there is the 'friendly competition' that seem to carry on throughout our season.

John Gettinger: inimitable group leader
John Gettinger
Mark Eggen

... and one will bow to the fish god who harvested either the 1st fish on the boat or biggest fish on the boat.

I'm thinking it's a very smart idea to bow to your father in law anyhow -

you know - since your married to HIS daughter ... just a darn good idea anyhow.

L to R

Mark, on bended knee
Captain Tim Twaddle
John Gettinger

Anybody seeing a pattern here?

John Gettinger: Standing holding the BIG Ling Cod

& Mark : Showing his respect (again)

On the way to the boat on June 1st, the bowing person sat in the navigator seat of the van, otherwise, from the pictures, NO ONE would have a clue as to what this highly respectful person even looks like!
OOOO!

the tide turns;

Paying homage: John Gettinger
The man with the King Salmon is the former bowing person; Mark Eggen
thank goodness - back to normal

John Gettinger; Standing
Mark Eggen : Bended knee

& really: it's his father in law anyhow - how can that be a bad idea?

Monday 7/1 - amazing waters continue!

TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 9 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat(s) @ 6 hours dock to dock HALIBUT


Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SSW 5 to 6 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 15 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SSW 9 to 12 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 14 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
7 King Salmon
12 Coho
2 Chum
4 Pink Salmon
6 Halibut
2 Yellow Eye
20 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
5 Other

thank you Gentlemen -
This is on Approach via Alaska Airlines

"please turn off all electronics & stow them safely under your seat"


oops
Pictured is Group Leader, Dad & Grandpa
Mr. Gil Labrie

So long story short - I post my folks as they depart - so these folk - though it seems the pictures are out of order - they are not. Remember I post as folks depart.

Family of 9

Gil Labrie - Dad & Grandpa

Marc Labrie
Cynthia Labrie

Brett Labrie
Kelley Flabel

Andrew Vermes
Andy Vermes

Vicki Lindgrin
Walt Lindgrin

( yes, I know all their names by heart
:-)

Typically they arrive in Sitka & take a day off & then they fish 3 days - fishing every other day.

Not this year. This year they fished 3 days consecutively. They then had two 'LAY DAYS / NON FISHING days' and an added Halibut only day on the 30th.

Did they hit the weather? Holy Schmolly did they!

EVERY DAY WAS LIKE THIS -

Sunday 6/30
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 10 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat(s) @ Halibut Only

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: E 5 to 7 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 4 to 5 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 20 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
6 King
8 Coho
1 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
7 Halibut - tossed some big'uns
4 Yellow Eye
40 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
6 Other - grey cod & pacific cod
From His Dad via Email Sent:
Friday, June 28, 2013 8:07 PM

Subject: Another great memory of andy and tim

To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters reel.affair@att.net
Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 4:11 PM

Subject: Thank you

Octobre, Tim,

Thank you so much for another wonderful experience with you and your team.

Andy and I arrived safely and with all the little frozen fishies in great frozen shape. Filled the new freezer to the brim.

You two are really such lovely people, the fishing, weather all were great, but how you both manage the process is what makes it so fantastic.

Also want to thank you're whole team, Capt'n Dan, Mitch, Andrew, Colton and of course Daniel, a tremendous young man.

Take good care
Andrew and Andy
________________

From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters reel.affair@att.net

To: Robert Andrews
Sent: Friday, July 5, 2013 9:12 AM

Subject: Re: Thank you

Awwww - thank you - we enjoy fishing you all - a great family - a BIG family!

So, took a new freezer hmmm? your the second person to tell me that this year - three other parties were able to find the room just barely -

well, get to eating! the way I see it - roughly that's fish 3 times a week - just what the doctor ordered for all the heart healthy stuff - right?

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
P.O.Box 1825
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~ reel.affair@att.net

Photo compliments of Andrew (DAD) Vermes

Thank you Andrew - (my Fish House guys say HI!
Dad of 'King Salmon Heart Eater Boy'

Dad Andrew Vermes - Pennsylvania

Yes - all that way - and his and Andy's fish were still frozen solid -

I love when a plan comes together -

Your fish matters!

Brett Labrie

Cynthia Labrie

Go ahead; Click on the picture & make it bigger. Yes, BIGGER.

LOOK - That's a salmon heart she's holding in her right hand, yummy right?

YEA RIGHT~

That's Capt'n Dan's idea! What a great idea Dan!

all together now ... YUMMY!
Walt Lindgrin

Ah, now I get it - that makes perfect sense - Everything tastes better on a Triscuit Cracker!

Walt Lindgrin
Back to Cynthia Labrie -

Note the form - it's all about the form.

1. Catching the King,

2. that has the heart,

3. that Cynthia will eat!



Cynthia Labrie

this is the fish

that took the bait

that had the heart

that Cynthia ate.
L to R

Back Row
Vicki Lindgrin
Walt Lindgrin

Andrew Vermes - Dad
Andy Vermes - Kid

Front Row
Halibut
Halibut
Halibut
Halibut
L to R

Vick Lindgrin
Walt Lindgrin

Tuesday 6/25
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: S 8 to 10 knots
Seas: WSW 6 feet at 13 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: WSW 8 to 10 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 12 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
12 King Salmon
16 Coho
0 Chum
4 Pink Salmon
7 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
28 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other

Kelly Flabel

Every day these folks got in the van - and they were stoked.

the water -
the weather -
the fishing -

some of the best they have ever had -

One family in this party of 9 invested in a new freezer. Well, not just a new freezer, an additional freezer.


L to R

Vicki Lindgrin
Andy Vermes
Walt Lindgrin
Andrew (Robert) Vermes

Thank you folks - SO much - We enjoyed your family -


(good folks make for a great work day)
Man Halibut Day - 6/30/2013

L to R
Brett Labrie
Gil Labrie
Marc Labrie
Walt Lindgrin
designated Man Halibut Day : June 30 2013

L to R
Gil Labrie
Marc Labrie

Some gorgeous Halibut retained &
some Yellow Eye -

Full day o' bottom fishing -

the weather gods performed to their highest levels - and the sea gnome's worked their magic. (Naturally)

Sunday 6/30
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 10 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat(s) @ Halibut Only

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: E 5 to 7 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 4 to 5 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 20 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
6 King
8 Coho
1 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
7 Halibut - tossed some big'uns
4 Yellow Eye
40 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
6 Other - grey cod & pacific cod



Checking .... Checking ...

Measuring .... Measuring .....

Making sure ...

L to R
Marc Labrie
Capt'n Roman Sorokin
Father and Son traveled from New your to "hook" up with the rest of the Labrie Clan

Andy Vermes IV

Nice Job Andy!

This kid caught the largest Rock Fish I've ever seen!
NO ANDY NO!!!

STOP!!!


NO!!!


(not one but two fish hearts down ye 'ole hatch)


Apparently a new (?) ARAC fishing tradition - one only a select few have the bragging rights too. Andy? he had two - he's the fish heart KING!

King heart eater
King hearts ... oh! hey!!

Andy Vermes 1V

Biggest ones I've ever seen !

Jeepers!
Vicki & Walt Lindgrin
Cynthia & Brett Labrie
Andrew (Robert) Vermes

Andrew & Son Andy arrived in Sitka ahead of the rest of the clan & got in a day of fishing on the 24th

The like the others in their party went home with between 140 & 144 per household.



Mr. Brett Labrie

Deckhand Daniel Peters

and one BIG Ling Cod


thanks you all - very much
Tim & the crew
yes - that's a little baby halibut in there ...


ewwwwwwww

Okay, well, I like Halibut too, but I prefer to actually DO something with the meat. I prefer to add some seasoning and stuff like that - but to each his own, right?



Would this be sashimi?

Sashimi (Japanese: , pronounced [saɕimiꜜ]; /səˈʃimi/) is a Japanese delicacy consisting of very fresh raw fish sliced into thin pieces.

The word sashimi means "pierced body", i.e. " = sashimi, where = sashi (pierced, stuck) and = mi (body, meat). This word dates from the Muromachi period, and was possibly coined when the word "﷪ = kiru (cut), the culinary step, was considered too inauspicious to be used by anyone other than Samurai.

(I love copy & paste)
A little soy sauce on the boat - Maybe some Wasabi

The original type of sushi, known today as nare-zushi (i, ni,) was first made in Southeast Asia, possibly along what is now known as the Mekong River. The sushi cuisine then spread to Southern China before it was introduced in Japan.[citation needed] The term sushi comes from an archaic grammatical form no longer used in other contexts; literally, sushi means "sour-tasting", a reflection of its historic fermented roots. The oldest form of sushi in Japan (narezushi) still very closely resembles this process, wherein fish is fermented by being wrapped in soured fermenting rice. The fish proteins break down via fermentation into its constituent amino acids. The fermenting rice and fish results in a sour taste and also one of the five basic tastes, called umami in Japanese.

Now we know.
Do we fish groups? yes -
Do we fish 'SINGLE' anglers?

Absolutely - Robert Mazalewski - INCLUSIVE

Robert fished with us about 6 years ago - he came to us in a party of 12 -

some of these shots will be seen when you view the party of:

"Gray . Christopher and Michelle . Day Charter . June 28 29 30"

Robert chose ALL-INCLUSIVE

the Gray's Chose FREELANCE/DAY CHARTER

when you are on board - there is no difference whether you are fishing a day charter or fishing an All Inclusive Package.

Whoa~
L to R
Robert Mazalewski
Halibut
Daniel Peters - Deckhand






Robert Mazalewski

"Mazo"

Alaskan King Salmon
L to R

Robert 'MAZO' Mazalewski: Inclusive
Chris & Michelle Gray: Day Charter
Lee Crowder : Day Charter
Robert Mazalewski



Saturday 6/29
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 9 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas
Small long period swell
Winds: N 12 to 17 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 17 seconds -

it simply does not get better than this.

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas
Small long period swell
Winds: N 11 to 15 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 18 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
9 King Salmon
15 Coho
0 Chum
15 Pink Salmon
9 Halibut
5 Yellow Eye
45 Rock Fish
2 Ling Cod
3 Other
'Mazo'

See you next year Robert - thank you for everything ~
Mount Edgecumbe

Elevation
3,201 ft (976 m)

Prominence
3,201 ft (976 m)

Location
Kruzof Island, Sitka City and Borough, Alaska, U.S.

Coordinates
570305N
1354531W


Topo map
USGS Sitka A-6

Geology Type
Dacite stratovolcano

Age of rock
< 600,000 yr

Last eruption
2220 BC }100 years

Climbing
First ascent
1803 by Urey Lisianski


Easiest route
Hike

Mount Edgecumbe can be ascended in a day hike. The trail and original cabin were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. (Nice Cabins too!)
On a boat, behind a Rod & Reel
okay - here goes!

NICE 'BUTT' MICHELE!

L to R
Michele Gray & Chris (main squeeze)
L to R

Robert Mazalewski
Michele Gray
Christopher Gray
Ms. Michele Gray

gorgeous fish Michele ~
Mr. Christopher Gray

Sunday 6/30
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 10 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat(s) @ Halibut Only

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop
Small long period swell
Winds: E 5 to 7 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 4 to 5 knots
Seas: S 5 feet at 20 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
6 King
8 Coho
1 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
7 Halibut - tossed some big'uns
4 Yellow Eye
40 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
6 Other - grey cod & pacific cod
their Deckhand

Daniel Peters

WAIT! DANIEL !!! WAIT !!!

it's supposed to get tossed INTO the boat ...

(THE LUXURY OF CHOICE)
;-o
Year number 4 & they have 'saved the date' for 2014.

Michelle Gray

Great Idea - because? They get the dates and their captain of choice, & simply put, they get what they want & not what i have left.

Pleasure Michelle!
L to R

Robert Mazalewski

Christopher Gray
Michelle Gray

Lee Crowder

and some beautiful Halibut -

Friday 6/28
TOTAL: 3 boat(s)10 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 8 to 10 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 18 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Winds: SE 4 to 5 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 18 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
10 King Salmon
16 Coho
1 Chum
12 Pink Salmon
10 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
41 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
1 Other

They hit it all:

WATER - WEATHER - EXCELLENT FISHING
Mr. Christopher Gray


Chinook Salmon

aka : Wild Alaskan King Salmon
Beautiful Fish ~
Arriving in Sitka via the M/V Fairweather. They have been fishing their way throughout the state.

Three couples: the women fished on one boat, the men on another. They opted to 'BUY the BOAT' fhing only 3 anglers per boat. They loved it!


I may be going out on a limb here - but i'll bet you that there was NOWHERE else they fished that they caught & retained more fish than with us here in Sitka.

Each Household, 1 couple per home will received about 110lbs shipped right to each families home.

They will call me on their return home & I will ship via FEDERAL EXPRESS PRIORITY OVERNIGHT. We ship omly on MON, TUES, or WED. It will arrive FROZEN in a little less than 24 hours later.

Yes, still frozen. My insulation for shipping via FED EX absolutley rocks. We have the seafood for these 3 families split per their instructions, fully insulated, and back in the freezer at -29 degrees. Having them all boxed and insulated and 'just waiting' will ensure the entire contents will be down to -29 when i ship. They will have a good 38 hours before any thawing begins.

Lets see, roughly 330 lbs collectively, average price per lb. between 4.99 up to 15.99. (depends on the species, right?) works out to be a at least 3500 in value for the harvested fish.

The Positive:
That actually more than paid for their charter didn't it?
The Negative: they will never buy fish from a grocery store ever again.
So here's the thing;

they had purchased fishing license and king salmon stamps online from ADFG. Is that a problem? not at all - EXCEPT

it is how i learn my folks & it's how i learn my folk's names ...

Dang. They knew i was struggling with their names and why - but now it's picture posting time and ...
The women as i mentioned earlier fished on one boat - the men on another - on day two the theory was that the men & the women would then change boats, changing captains.

At the end of the first day, in the van, at the harbor, the men doubled checked on the boat 'changing captain thing' for day 2.

The women's answer was fast and concise.

NO. Just NO.


priceless ~
Limits Daily -

King Salmon &
Halibut
Yellow eye
some Ling Cod & loads o' Rock fish.
'ON the HOOK'

Friday 6/28
TOTAL: 3 boat(s)10 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 8 to 10 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 18 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Winds: SE 4 to 5 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 18 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
10 King Salmon
16 Coho
1 Chum
12 Pink Salmon
10 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
41 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
1 Other

happy campers make happy van driver. funny how that works.

Yes, these folk's are the happy campers i was refering to on the fish report.
Steaks - they opted for the majority of their KING Salmon to be steaked - beautiful!
Pacific halibut are the largest flatfish in Family Pleuronectidae. Halibut and other flatfish are flattened laterally, and swim sideways, with one side facing down and the other facing up. The upper side is typically gray to brown, or nearly black, with mottling and numerous spots to blend in with a sandy or muddy bottom. The underside is typically white. Virtually all halibut are right-eyed, meaning both eyes are found on the upper, dark side of the body. Left-eyed halibut are rare; one report suggested a ratio of about 1 in 20,000. In these fish, the eyes and dark pigment are on the left side of the body, and the fish swims with the right (white) side facing down.

Halibut larvae start life in an upright position like other fish, with an eye on each side of the head. The left eye moves to the right side of the head when the larvae are about one inch long. At the same time, the coloration on the left side of the body fades. The fish end up with both eyes on the pigmented (olive to dark brown), or right, or upper side of the body, while their underside is white. By the age of 6 months, young halibut settle to the bottom in shallow nearshore areas.

Halibut feed on plankton during their first year of life. Young halibut (1 to 3 years old) feed on euphausiids (small shrimp-like crustaceans) and small fish. As halibut grow, fish make up a larger part of their diet. Larger halibut eat other fish, such as herring, sand lance, capelin, smelt, pollock, sablefish, cod, and rockfish. They also consume octopus, crabs, and clams.
Let your eyes adjust -

Thats a LING COD who loves a little HALIBUT ocassionally too!
Mr. Lee Crowder ~

Lee is my Salmon person - He always fishes two days, & hands down prefers his Salmon above Halibut.

Lee arrives as a single angler, with a preference for Salmon. He's sharing the boat with not more that 2 to 3 other anglers.

To make it fair for everyone the boat will fish a combination day, meaning Salmon for part of the day & ground fish part of the same day.

It has not taken long for our folks to meet their Salmon limits recently, having their fish in the boat within an hour to an hour and a half. That said the boat then heads out to the Halibut grounds ~

I'll post this picture fist ~ just for the pure irony of it all ~

Lee Crowder on the 'HOOK' for Halibut.
Mr. Lee Crowder


Thursday 6/27
TOTAL: 3 boat(s)12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: ESE 8 to 10 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 20 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: E 8 to 10 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 19 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
10 King Salmon
9 Coho
0 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
9 Halibut
1 Yellow Eye
15 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
4 Other (pacific cod .. tasty)
The FH (Fish House) 'guys' and i boxed Lee for departure. His departing weight was 80+ lbs. Not bad for two days of fishing -

80+ pounds on his OUTGOING weight. The weight in fillets Lee took home.

They were perfect, if i do say so myself.

Over the years that Lee has fished with us, there are times he has headed back home with as little as 18 pounds for 2 days of fishing. Each & every year is diffrent, but this year undoubtedly was a banner year.

In May & June guest averages run (on the outgoing/departure weight) between 25 to 33 lbs in finished weight per angler, per day. Why the spread in weight? The weight is based an the size of the halibut retained. The majority of the salmon harvested are all similar. It's the halibut that will vary greatly in it's size & bump up your outgoing weights.
Lee Crowder

Day 2 ~ June 28th

Perfect ~
We fish not more than 4 anglers to a boat. The charters are fully guided with a captain & deckhand.

L to R

Robert Mazalewski - Single Angler

Chris Gray
Michele Gray - Party of 2

Lee Crowder - Single Angler

All these folks have a history with us, they all have a prefered captain(s). It all came together for each of them.


Hippoglossus stenolepis

Boy, that rolls right off your tongue ...



General Description;

fun Fact: Female halibut grow faster and reach larger sizes than male halibut. Male halibut rarely reach a length of three feet.

Pacific halibut are the largest flatfish in Family Pleuronectidae. Halibut and other flatfish are flattened laterally, and swim sideways, with one side facing down and the other facing up. The upper side is typically gray to brown, or nearly black, with mottling and numerous spots to blend in with a sandy or muddy bottom. The underside is typically white. Virtually all halibut are right-eyed, meaning both eyes are found on the upper, dark side of the body. Left-eyed halibut are rare; one report suggested a ratio of about 1 in 20,000. In these fish, the eyes and dark pigment are on the left side of the body, and the fish swims with the right (white) side facing down. The dorsal fin is continuous from near the eyes to the base of the tail, and the anal fin extends from just behind the anus to the same point on the other side. The mouth extends to the middle of the lower eye or beyond, and is nearly symmetrical. The scales are quite small and buried in the skin, making the skin appear smooth. The tail is broad, symmetrical, and lacks a distinct fork. The lateral line is strongly arched over the pectoral fin. The maximum reported size is over 8 feet in length and over 500 pounds.

(she's a breeding sow)
Michael Jeddis

Allow me to put this Halibut into perspective for you. Michael is only 6 Foot 5 Inches tall.

Funny guys! Good sence of humor, nice for my 3 minute ride from the harbor in the afternoons ~ Pam picks them up in the morning. I bet they're sleepy then...
Beautiful King Willie !

Ive been in the fish house - they have opted to do some WHOLESIDE FILLETS - for the Bar-B-Q - or maybe to smoke when they get home - but i have the bags to do it, and when the whole side of that KING is vaccum sealed - it's gorgeous ~ An Impressive Sight. Makes me think of corn on the cob.
Mike Jeddis

An Alaskan Fishing VACATION.

Michael ~ this is a SERIOUS fishing trip. There will be no laughing, no giggling, no having of fun!
That's better!

L to R
Deckhand Parker White
Mike Jeddis
wow.

nice.

L to R
Captain Roman Sorokin
Willie Moore

Front & Center is 110 lbs of fun.



wow.
Lesson in how to reel in Halibut

1.) patience
2.) good lunch
3.) tummy muscles

;-0

Pull up the line to drive the hook into the halibut's jaw. Reel the line in while keeping pressure on the halibut until you land it.

uh-huh...
L to R

Willie Moore
Mike Jeddis
Sevag Yaralian

i'm going out on a limb here - but when folks crawl in my van in the afternoon at Sealing Cove, they say they're tired...

I'm now seeing JUST how much work that halibut fishing thing is ~ It looks exhausting!


My DAY CHARTER folks are afforded everything on board as though they are INCLUSIVE - no diffrence in any respect what so ever -

Congrats!

You guys have done well! Everything has come into play -

water conditions, weather & bait biting fish.

Perfect.

thank you both, very much.

Shhhhhhhhhhhh





Thanks gentlemen you have been great! we've enjoyed you ~

L to R

Willie Moore

Sevag Yaralian
Mr. Mike Jeddis

Thank you again gentlemen -
is a custom built Seeker Rod,
Roller Stripper
Roller Tip

the Reel is a TLD-30 2 speed reel

The line is an 80 lb test with a 1000lb leader~

(they have teeth, ya know?)
Well, not sitka actually; it's the 'Reel Affair' fish report. Hard to speak for anyone else.


Thursday 6/27
TOTAL: 3 boat(s)12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: ESE 8 to 10 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 20 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: E 8 to 10 knots
Seas: S 4 feet at 19 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
10 King Salmon
9 Coho
0 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
9 Halibut
1 Yellow Eye
15 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
4 Other (pacific cod tasty)
L to R

Willie Moore
Mike Jeddis
Sevag Yaralian

i'm going out on a limb here - but when folks crawl in my van in the afternoon at Sealing Cove, they say they're tired...

I'm now seeing JUST how much work that halibut fishing thing is ~ It looks exhausting!

Wednesday 6/26
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SE 13 to 17 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 11 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SE 8 to 11 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 10 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
12 King Salmon
7 Coho
0 Chum
3 Pink Salmon
11 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
35 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
3 Other
Mr. Yaralain calls me the night before -i had a spot, he had the time, and BINGO!

Sevag Yaralian

Silver Salmon have been showing up since May -

I'm thinking once they hit they'll hit hard. the numbers have been on the rise slowly & steadily. They historically show in mid-july, so this is a very promising sign.

Wednesday 6/26
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SE 13 to 17 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 11 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SE 8 to 11 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 10 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
12 King Salmon
7 Coho
0 Chum
3 Pink Salmon
11 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
35 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
3 Other


He smiled all the way back to town.

Grinning from Sealing cove to the Westmark ~

I also had a chance to spend a brief amount of time with Sevag on the 28th in the our 'fish house;

Really nice guy! Just a happy person.

Thank you again Sir -
then again, maybe he's just gettin' back...


i dunno...
Insert yourself right here.
Visiting from the lower 48, Greg Miller.

His daughter who's work brings her to SITKA on ocassionally 'hooked up' in town for some family time. She worked ~ Greg fished.

Fishing has rocked & fishing as it is was a bit on the slow side the 25th

BUT? He took a Halibut, a King & 1 Silver

thank you Greg ~

Tuesday 6/25
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: S 8 to 10 knots
Seas: WSW 6 feet at 13 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: WSW 8 to 10 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 12 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
12 King Salmon
16 Coho
0 Chum
4 Pink Salmon
7 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
28 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other
Mr. Greg Miller 'On the Hook' harvesting his Halibut

Record breaking halibut? No, delicious? yup!
L to R

Puth Christenson
Randy Christenson

Lucked out - had the boat to themselves for two days & shared it w another couple on their 3rd & final day -

on the 22nd they were home and back to the dock by noon. Limits!
Ling Cod !

and one in HOT pursuit!

Harvested by Rand & Puth Christenson.
Alaskan Fishing Vacation!

L to R

Rand Christenson & Puth

what did they go home with?

Roughly 80 lbs. Nice!
Puth Christenson

Chinook ~

Wild Alaska King Salmon
Mr. Rand Christenson
L to R

Rand & Puth Christenson ~ pronunciation? Poot.

Thank you folks - very much ~

Photo by Roman Sorokin

Roman Sorokin 6/15/2013


Gorgeous Day - flat out Warm & yes... that is snow.
L to R

Adam Brukwinski &
dad, Walt Brukwinski

Ahhh, yes!

Halibut! what fun! (for Adam)

but wait; That isn't a smile on Walt's face, it's a grimmace~

The joys of Halibut fishing continued ...

front to back

Walt Brukwinski
Adam Brukwinski

110 lbs. of pure muscle right there!

L to R

Walt Brukwinski &
Capt'n Roman Sorokin

wow ...

See? Just like i learned. Cover her 'eye' (the other eye is on the bottom) then, WHATEVER you do, DO NOT touch her tail ... she'll get MAD...


really really MAD ...
Karl Brukwinski

L to R

Adam Brukwinski & Karl Brukwinski

they headed home the morning of the 23rd of June.

The 3 of them went home with a few more pieces of 'CHECK IN BAGGAGE' than they came to Sitka with ...

thank you gentlemen & Walt, i'll be in touch
A Captain of ours Roman Sorokin, had a day off and passed some great pictures to me that he has taken. i'll post them as i can.

This was taken on the Hike up to the summit of Mt. Edgecumbe. This is a muskeg area / wet Lands.'

Mount Edgecumbe is the current name of a dormant volcano located at the southern end of Kruzof Island, Alaska, of which it is the highest point. In the Tlingit language it is called Lux.[1] Mt. Edgecumbe is a local landmark and a tourist attraction.

Mount Edgecumbe can be ascended in a day hike. The trail and original cabin were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps

False eruption (April fools Day)

On April 1, 1974, a local prankster named Oliver (Porky) Bickar flew in and ignited 100 old tires in the crater, convincing nearby residents of Sitka, Alaska that the volcano was erupting.
Photo by Roman Sorokin

the Summit of Mt. Edgecumbe - the view goes literally to the horizon, view which is obscured by nothing, allowing you to see for miles.
Bubble Feeding
John (Jack) Bellephine

in his 'Happy Place'
Mr. Jack Bellephine
'Action shot!'

Jack Bellephine

fishing the morning Salmon bite

Here fishy Fishy Fishy!!!

in the blue hoodie ~
Jack Bellephine.

thank you Jack
The best Questions over the last 18 years.


Q. What is the name of that lake out there?


Q. Where are the Igloo's located?


Q. What is the exchange rate?


Q. How do i call America from here?


& my favorite of all ~


Q. What is the elevation here?
A. (this one is good because the answer is always in flux. i always refrence a tide book so i can be accurate.)


You hafta admit though, it does look like a lake. Sometimes.


Then of course there are the Pink flamingo's at High Water Island, right Bob?

: )


Joining us for a third time & back with their Captain of choice is Cheryl & Orie McKinney

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Deckhand Daniel Peters
Cheryl McKinney

Incredible Water, Weather, and the darn fishing was pretty stinkin' good too i might add!

What did Cheryl want? Cheryl wanted 'her' Yellow Eye -

Bang! The fish gods were in her court & they delivered ~
L to R

deckhand Daniel Peters
Cheryl McKinney
her husband; Orie


Cheryl & Daniel - what are they talking about?!?

You know you are supposed to be SMILING right? like i say ~ pretend your happy!

;-)

OMG They took me seriously! Look at 'em ...

"there will be NO laughing, NO giggling, NO having of fun".

no one EVER takes me seriously ...
L to R

Cheryl & Orie McKinney

Cheryl has, but now Orie helps her - together they make Tim and I this chocolaty - caramel thingie - that is SOOOOO good -

They come see us at a show we do every year since 2005. They bring us food ... food of the gods... CHOCOLATE!

i have another family that feeds us at the same show - It's COLD there so bulking up my 'winter coat' (plumpness)is a good thing.

Thank you both very much!

Orie & cheryl opted to 'buy out' the boat. It was the two of them only to include their captain & deckhand. Very romantic.

Well, if you count FISHING as romantic

this allowed them to come in early if needed, to fish how & for what they wanted without having to worry about anyone else on the boat - was it an excellent choice? Yes it was, they had a great time.

Tired? yup...

Good time? yup!

In the freezer at the fish house? there is 1 (one) box fully insulated & full of some very nice vacuum sealed fillets of King Salmon, Halibut, and a very special YELLOW EYE!

Tomorrow they aim for home, so we'll have a bit more boxing to do in the morning ~

Thank you both again - we'll see you at the show in 2014 ...

(feed me)
1 husband of Cheryl ~ and a wonderful hubby at that -

It was a pleasure to fish you both again. We know this is a special time for you both and thank you so much for sharing this time with us.

Just cuz you fly outta here dosn't mean your gone... Right? stay in touch!
Just about all the wildlife on St. Lazaria is birds. On the island there are:
250,000 breeding pairs of Fork-tailed Storm-petrels and Leach's Storm-petrels.
4-5,000 Common and Thick-billed Murres.
1,500-2,000 breeding pairs of Tufted Puffins.
1,000 breeding pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets.

Other less populous species include: Pigeon Guillemots, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Ancient Murrelets, Cassin's Auklets, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Black Oystercatchers.

In nesting areas on the island, the bird density can reach 7000 birds per acre.[2]

The only trees on the island are Sitka Spruce which are located at the highest points of elevation.

St. Lazaria Island is just one of the 2,500 islands throughout Alaska that comprise the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge. It was originally designated as a "refuge for seabirds" in 1909, but received official wilderness designation from congress in 1970. It was added to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in 1980.


And pretty too!
i make 'em take a king stamp anyways, it's a weather thing - you never know -

How did they do?
2 Kings
2 yellow Eye
1 Hali @ 44 inches
and a bunch o' Rock Fish

They'll call on the return home & we'll ship via FED EX or Air Cargo - that is to be decided later.

Howard? ipad? your on Vacation ...
(besides that? He has reception!
Benjamin Hyman

'ACTION SHOT' before.
Master Benjamin Howard

After ...
Sweet ! 6 hours Dock to Dock

That said ~ You know there is travel time, which is why we ouline the trip with the 'Dock to Dock' words. Okay?

A Father & Son trip before Ben is headed off to college in the fall.


Love that. Very cool!

Wednesday 6/19
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) 8 anglers
1 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat(s) @ 5 hours dock to dock : Salmon
1 boat(s) @ 6 hours dock to dock : Halibut

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: S 2 to 3 knots
Seas: WSW 3 feet at 8 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: NW 4 to 6 knots
Seas: WSW 3 feet at 8 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
8 King Salmon
2 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
1 Halibut
4 Yellow Eye
13 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
2 Other


6.20.2013
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Father & Son
Max Dorflinger Jr.
Max Dorflinger Sr.
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Dave, Alex & Sam Messerli. (tired, happy & sore)

Just like a gimicky T.V. commercial, are you ready?

THESE RESULTS ARE NOT TYPICAL.

7 boxes filled to capacity (48.6 to 49.6 lbs each) & one final smaller box @ 31.4 lbs.

374.6 lbs collectively is departing on Flight 68, non stop to Seattle & then a connecting flight home.

My FH boys stay with you through the entire check in process, leaving you only after you are fully checked into your flight and comfortable. They handle the boxes for you setting them on the belt for the nice folks that work for Alaska Airlines. It is then you may release them to return to the FH and prepare for the next departure.

We always try to do as the airlines request; arrive to the airport 2 hours prior to departure when you have fish.

We do that too.
The expression on Dave's face may be the one he has while calculating the approximate size and cost of a new third freezer.
Photo Compliments of Deb Weiss & Frank Sligh

(wow) Look ! Blue Skys? Seriously?!?
The Messerli Clan:

Dave Messerli (a Dad & a Grandpa)

Sam Messerli (a Dad) PICTURED HERE

Alex Messerli (a Kid of 9 years. So he's getting Good at it!)

4th and final day of fishing: 5:29 AM

This party has all their other limits (except Ling Cod) satisfied, however they still have their daily Rock Fish (15) & daily Halibut limits (1 per person daily with a slot) to go get.

There is NO rest for the weary; You MUST go find fish men! HUNT & GATHER!

Sunday 6/16
TOTAL: 2 boat(s) 5 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Peek over Sammy's shoulder for a moment and see what a Small long period swell with Winds: NW 8 to 11 knots & Seas: SSW 4 feet at 16 seconds apart look like.

With their 'man job' complete they were home & tied up to the dock by 1:45 pm on the 17th of June.

Monday 6/17
TOTAL: 1 boat(s) 3 anglers
1 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NW 8 to 11 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 16 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 9 to 13 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds

Harvest for the Day:

0 King Salmon
0 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
3 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
13 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
1 Other


It's a dirty job, but they rose to the occasion. I'm thinking we won't see Dave, or Sammy, or Alex next year. With out this halibut? they already have 4 full boxes in the freezer, insulated & banded. This 1 fish and a few other trays that still need to be boxed will give them a healthy 6 boxes to check into flight 68 in the morning ~

Spendy you say? NOT REALLY. One (1) person will claim 2 fish boxes, and two (2) people will claim 3 fish boxes. Alaska Airlines will charge $20.00 a box. Not bad, not bad at all.

FEDERAL EXPRESS? 6 + $$$ a pound ...

Alaska Airlines is a very effecient ansd cost effective way to ship.

L to R

Dave Messerli
Alex messerli
Sam Messerli

Dave has a history with us. the 1st time he fished with hs son, Sammy - that was June of 2009

He Fished again in May of 2011 with Deanna his wife

This time, in 2013 we talked at the sportsman show & his captain only had a 5 day slot open, This years dates of 13 14 15 16 literally mirror the same dates he fished with us back in 2009.

This year has been the best for him in my opinion.

the best Weather.
the best Water.
and the best fishing.

Your with your son, your grandson, fish are biting, the sun is out, and it just dosen't get better than that.
Dang - thats just pretty right there

Mr. David Messerli
Everybody ~ this is Alex.

Day 1 on arrival. Alex says 'Are you our taxi driver?' i said YES and off we went! (we brought Grampa & dad with us)

On the gorgeous tree lined road that leaves the airport & prior to getting to the suspension bridge, Alex is looking out the window and announces:

Finally! I can't believe I have finally made it to ALASKA! It's so beautiful! I'm so excited! I LOVE Alaska!
I dunno, does he look happy to you?

Alex likes crunchy peanut butter more than he likes creamy, but creamy is okay too.

He is not a big fan of Bar-B-Que chips.

&

It's okay to leave the crust on the bread.

He likes Grape Jelly.

Alex also likes to fish.
Sam Messerli




Master Alex Messerli . Age 9

NOOOO! WAIT!!!!

oh, never mind - It's Fish Kissing time. That's way better than eating the fish heart -


Gorgeous fish Sam

They even set aside quite a few Salmon for smoking - We picked it up this evening, it was done and it smells SOOO good.

Yellow Eye

L to R

Alex age 9
Dave (grand-pa)
Thank you gentlemen

Wow! it has been sunny for days now, & it just started raining. It sounds so nice.

It can rain buckets tomorrow if it wants & that's okay. It's the wind we don't want, right?

TOMORROW: Tuesday 6/18

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SE 10 to 14 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SE 8 to 11 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds
_ _ _ _ _ _ _

TODAY: Monday 6/17 Was:

Morning GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NW 8 to 11 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 16 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 9 to 13 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds
Dave Messerli
Master Alex Messerli
Sam Messerli
Awwwwww



(Warm Fuzzy Moment)
L to R

Craid (dad)
Teddy (kid)

2 days fishing - father - son - 83 lbs heavier on departure than they were on arrival.

From what i gather (van chat) Mom suggested they take a Father / Son trip & we were fortunate enough they chose us ~

a 2 day 3 night Power Vacation. Up from Seattle area *

Teddy had Exams all last week.

Fly in.
Fish hard.
Fly home.

Craig the dad & Teddy, his son, hit it all perfectly. the Weather, Water. & Biting fish.

It was Catching, not just fishing.

While my gentlemen working the fish house handled the days catch from the boats, i began boxing HARTINGER.

Why? Just cuz & i like it.

No split - all the fish lives in the same freezer. Gorgeous fillets if i do say so myself. (thank you fish house) The Halibut was white & pretty - The salmon had no blood - it was clean & beautiful.

Yield : Day 1 : Limits on
King Salmon
Yellow Eye
Rock fish
Halibut
Some Coho (silver salmon, bonus fish)

even after all these years it still amazes me how it just adds up - I fully insulated, lined & bubble wrapped in preparation - but never expected to actually weight it, band & prepare it for flight & TSA.

43.2lbs. Signed, sealed and back in a freezer that is -29 degrees. .

6/16 note: Why not bring it right up to 49.6? 1st days catch & they hammered it today as well. I chose to button it up. They are leaving with close to probably 80 or so pounds if I am estimating correctly - for the family freezer for two days of fishing, so i might as well divy the weight equally.

Day 2 - another box in at 40.2

Total in finished weight 83.5 lbs Nice work gentlemen! (I heard Craig say it was "the perfect trip" Made me a happy van driver!
Cruising St. Lazaria

Good King Salmon spot

L to R
Craig Hartinger
Teddy Hartinger

(male bonding time)

Hot off EXAM week Teddy Hartinger

study & hard work pay off!

L to R

Teddy Hartinger
Craig Hartinger

TOTAL: 2 boat(s) 5 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 5 to 7 knots
Seas: SSW 3 feet at 18 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 7 to 9 knots
Seas: SSW 3 feet at 18 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
5 King Salmon
10 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
5 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
25 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other

They're checking out the tote of fish - but you should check out the water & weather conditions - look just behind them and see what perfect looks like ~

Craig & Teddy? they are looking at a diffrent kind of perfect ~

i saw what teddy wrote on the fish form in the NOTES box: best guest note i've ever had - he was happy - it was just in a way that i can't exactly quote him word for word - you'll just have to take my word for it -

Well, it was something like
Awsome #@*% day!

Something like that. (remember, it's a family web site)

translation: another Happy camper & a perfect father & Son trip.

They also had the boat to themselves and that is just priceless ~
Action shot!

Craig Hartinger

Thank you Hartinger Family for choosing us.

Sometimes i wonder - if a person does not know us in any respect (like word of mouth etc.) How DO they decide to pick us? What was it that makes a person take that chance on us?

Whatever the reason - we do our best to never disappoint ~
Not a 'shaker.' Dinner on the hoof `

Craig Hartinger.

Craig, roughly 1400 recipes on this web site. Dishes are either by specie or in other categories.

Limits daily - (except for Ling cod)

Remember, it all adds up one fillet at a time. Daily limits for two. Between the Kings, the Coho, the Yellow Eye, & Rock Fish they are going home with aright about 90 lbs in total -

Everyone loves the white meat - and they will use that extra freezer down stairs for a whole lot of it!

The 4 halibut they took? It will be the best ever, & very pleased at the final yield

Fishing now is

Graig Hartinger &
Teddy Hartinger

Dave Messerli
Sammy Messerli
Alex messerli (age 9 & excited!)
Imagine

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Michael Hall
Frank Cravens

2 days of fishing & 3 nights lodging, which I refer to as a POWER vacation - fast & hard.

ie; Work Hard Play Hard

Rupert Hall - Group Leader
Michael J. Hall - Rupert's Dad
Frank Craven - Friend
Michael Hall - Rupert's son
Alex Hall - Rupert's son

Collectively on the flight out was 132 lbs. of some very nice seafood they harvested ~

5 Anglers - Rupert asked that we do a 4 way split - PERFECT!

Alex Hall

and 2 perfectly delicious Yellow Eye

loads of recipes on this web site & i have yet to migrate past a frying pan, some melted butter, little salt, & some pepper.

DONE!
L to R

Michael & Alex Hall

Thursday 6/13
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: W 5 to 7 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 7 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: WSW 3 to 4 knots
Seas: SW 3 feet at 17 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
9 King Salmon
7 Coho
1 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
5 Halibut
6 Yellow Eye
38 Rock Fish
2 Ling Cod
Y'all know George * if you fish with us & even if you don't literally KNOW George - you still know of George ... you hear him on the VHF . He is the "Dakota"

George took this at the Shark Hole

Just cute and fluffy and cuddly looking aren't they?

Thank you George -

Truth in advertising time - It's a mom & her triplets ... I wonder if that island will be big enough for them all after a few years?

OH NO!!!! More happy people!

Once upon a time, (specifically June 12th) after i had all my folks back to the Westmark, & dinner reservations made for them, I came back & picked up my four 'guys' in front of the Westmark & off we go.

To the fish house we chime!

NO!! WAIT!!

(after a brief but productive side trip for some beer) THEN it was; 'Off to the fish house'!

We pulled in a minute or so prior to the day's catch arriving.

Good Times

Hard to imagine isn't it? but yup - the 'fish house' is a happening place. now, if you have a good little van driver, she'll make sure the are forks, plates, an adult beverage or two & the mother load of wasabi...

Ice cold salmon, slivered from the ice cold fillet, Wasabi, beverage of choice & an hour and a half goes by in a heart beat!

The Poor Van Driver, not to mention the suffering of Dick, or Poor Bob, and especially poor Bill & Gary ~ they were so brave. IT was Horrible!!!
i'M AT THE HARBOR - THEIR PLANE IS LATE ON THEIR ARRIVAL -

i point the van facing the runway - watching for boats & an airplane that will all happen at the same time.

i get my folks from the boat (who had a great day if i do say so, then kidnap them taking them with me to pick up my 4 gentlemen who just got their luggage & are curb side ~

The Fairfield party:

Pictured is Dick Fairfield


Bill Fairfield
Dick Fairfield
Bob Town &
Gary Stenshol

could they have hit better weather?

Nope.
Mr. Gary Stenshol

Nice King you got there sir ~
Mr. Robert Town
Mr. Bill Fairfield

You know i've said it before - and i have no doubt i'll say it again - but we're blessed. We fish some of the nicest folks on the planet.

I don't know why or how it happens that way. We just have good people. We really do.

L to R - back row

Dick Fairfield
bob Town
Gary Stenshol

L to R - Front Row
King Salmon
King Salmon
King Salmon

Mr. Bob Town

OKAY, so let me just mention at this point in time, Sitka is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

We have beaches, a volcano, All that Stuff - but the shorts, i see shorts & i see knees. Never do I mention the word tropical.


Ever ...

Gary ?!?

You too? Knees?

my elbows never seem to see the light of day, & you guys are in shorts?!?

Hear!! Hear!! For the knees!

(my elbows are sad now)
Cruising Alaska on Holland America M/V Westerdam

the Clifford Family -

i did receive a text - but the fish is absolutley safe - frozen to -29, all vacuum sealed, boxed & has their name on it - yup ... the same exact fish they caught.

Their fish? they'll call when they get home & we'll ship to their door if that is what they prefer - we can also ship Alaska Airlines, Air Cargo
there you go!


Hello!



Gorgeous
Mmmmmmm

I know folks ask about the TROPHY HALIBUT all the time - honestly? Why we all love Halibut? It's because we're never served the BIG BREEDERS in the nicer restaurants - we're served the smaller - the pristine younger fish - something between 35 & 70 lbs -

Thats why we all love Halibut -

Limits in 2013 in area 2C? (here)
1 daily every day you fish

you may retain 1 @ 45 inches or less
with a live weight of 43.0 lbs

you may retain 1 @ 68 inches or larger
with a live weight of 163.0 lbs
Pictured is Jared Astle -
the inimitable group leader ~ (good word, huh?)

Jared & Michael Astle visiting Sitka from Smoot Wy, Put down some serious fishing time & stayed with a local ~ Jack Riley -

Day one - a little on the slowish side, but they caught fish.

Day two? THEY ROCKED IT!

Kings - Halibut - Rock Fish - Ling Cod -& Coho. Jared, His Dad Mike & Jack Riley were all a little bit on the 'grinnie side' when they hopped in my van at the harbor. i LOVE grinning people.

(Jack is the worst - it just dosen't quit) he has smile muscles - RIGHT?

course - then i can see Jared and Mike - okay: scratch that: smiles for days, all around - at 5:30 in the morning, at Lakeside Grocery in the parking lot, in the van, in my rear view mirror - and at the airport for departure ... SMILES EVERYWHERE on these guys - Lordy Love a Duck!

made my face hurt ...
Mr. Michael Astle, Jared's dad

okay, you ready? This is totally where you can tell a girl is writing this 'stuff'.


Ready?

Mike, he's a sweet man.

(sorry Mike) ;-)
L to R

Sitka Smilie (King Salmon)

Sitka Smilie Jack Riley (Sitka person)


Couldn't help that one. it would appear i have NO control what so ever ...

thank you gentlemen, you were a pleasure to fish.

ACTION SHOT

Mike Astle

Mike is on the 'bite' his deck hand poised and at the ready...

Mike is Fishing with a Lamiglas 1310T Medium Action Rod with a Penn 965 Reel -the line is a 25lb test.

Thursday 6/13
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: W 5 to 7 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 7 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: WSW 3 to 4 knots
Seas: SW 3 feet at 17 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
9 King Salmon
7 Coho
1 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
5 Halibut
6 Yellow Eye
38 Rock Fish
2 Ling Cod
5 Other
Jared Astle
From: Todd Guisinger

To: Octobre : Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC

Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 6:19 AM

Subject:
RE: Guisinger Salmon - SHIPPING AIR CARGO

Thank You Octobre!

I received the Salmon. It was packed beautifully and more importantly was absolutely delicious. We enjoyed it on the grill last night for dinner.

Thanks again for everything! Todd


Reply: To Todd Guisinger

Sent: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:48 PM

Subject
WOW!! Guisinger Salmon - SHIPPING AIR CARGO

Todd!

Its been flat out busy here - sorry about the delay getting back to you.

I'm totally happy that you're happy! I love knowing folks are so happy with the FISH processing end of things.

Knowing how your day charter went and how good it was for you guys. That makes me feel good to obviously.

but then -

- but then your wait begins - - the fish processing - you're waiting - the not knowing what to expect from it - hoping it will be okay - hoping for a good job, wondering what if it's a sloppy job? The simple not knowing what to expect when it arrives at your door -

I totally empathize - a very uncomfortable feeling I am sure -

we try hard for you - I know what it costs you - so its very important for us - and to you - so I am thrilled to hear that you were pleased - you made my night -

like I said - busy - busy - busy here - it's late - so your email was a nice cap to a busy day - thank you sir -

you know - there was no camera on the boat - did you guys get any pics you could send me?

Thank you Todd - again - my best to all!
Greg & Michael Dawson

One lives on the east coast - the other the west coast - Brothers - Came to alaska on June 6th, hired a skiff (not from us) then rented a forest service cabin - (which allows one to camp in the lap of luxury) on your choice of islands. They did their share of fishing prior to fishing with us, but did choose to take a 'charter' on June 12th, a full day which is 10 hours dock to dock.

10 hours will afford you 7.5 to 8 hours of wet line time, & based on the conditions fish all species in one day.

They took the fish they harvested with them via skiff back to their island.

they came, they fished, they went ...
photo from Daniel Peters via his iphone this morning ~ June 16th @ 5:49AM

check it out ... you know someone is fishing that rod & it could be you,

RIGHT?

today is:

Sunday 6/16
TOTAL: 2 boat(s) 5 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 5 to 7 knots
Seas: SSW 3 feet at 18 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 7 to 9 knots
Seas: SSW 3 feet at 18 seconds
the American Bald Eagle

Beautiful ~
Zoe Reese - it's all about the 'lucky boots' i'm telling ya!

Don and Zoe arrived in Sitka on June 9th - took a day off then began their two day power fishing vacation - did they do well in only 2 days?

Yes They Did!
Mr. Don Reese

Silver's are coming in early - totally a bonus fish in early June & not what folks are anticipating - Mid July on YES - but not on June 10th ~

makes for happy campers ~
Zoe Reese

she's just too cute - smiling ALL the time - little giggles - lovely woman - Zoe & her Husband Don, 2 folks that were a pleasure to have fish with us.

We're pretty lucky.

Take home? 63 to 66lbs - some of their fish they had smoked. Yes - we turn in their fish & they get their fish back - and they get their fish in their boxes.

We do not 'run the numbers - figure out the ratio based on legnth / weitht of the species the harvested & the swap out the previous days frozen meat for todays fresh. We don't do that at all.

The ADFG transfer forms & the directions as to how they want their catch handled follows their fish all the way through our 'Fish House'. We box everything they harvested - they get their fish.

Can you imagine? actually knowing that when you get home what is in that box(s) was actually ON your hook?

What a great idea! No Muss, No Fuss.

From Daniel Peters - deckhand

Daniel is also carrying a full 100 ton Outside Waters, USCG Captain License

The Kings you fish in Sitka - are bright - shiny - beautiful & firm fleshed - when a photo like this is taken it reflects - and the rainbow colors, the gorgeous iridescents of the scales reflect back to the camera ~

beautiful ~ thanks Daniel!
Doug, Sarah, Daniel & David Massop
dad & 4 kidlets

Wayne & Ezra Kies - dad and 1 kidlet

Jim & Mark Schmidt - Brothers

9 anglers - 2 boats - all of them in Sitka for a wedding - but when in Rome, right? They all went fishing

Monday 6/10
TOTAL: 2 boat(s) - 9 anglers (all 1 family :-)
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NW 8 to 11 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 15 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NW 10 to 14 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 15 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
9 King Salmon
0 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
7 Halibut
4 Yellow Eye
14 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
10 Other


No photo's of them & they rocked it too!
Dang ~


Juneau Alaska -

Sue Bahleda in Juneau, Alaska who writes -

Best excuse ever for being late to work:

'There is a bear on my front porch, eating a neighbor's chicken!'

****** but ******

IF you work for ARAC ~ Alaskan Reel Affair Charters the excuse is valid ONLY if you have no windows to crawl out of & no back door ...

Our Crew? They'd cut a whole in the roof & repell to the ground & still be on time!

for those of you who have departed - i'll be posting your pic's tomorrow - thank you for being so patient with me -
Friday, May 31, 2013

Morning - GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: S 6 to 8 knots
Seas: WSW 3 feet at 8 seconds

Afternoon - GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSE 7 to 9 knots
Seas: SW 3 feet at 8 seconds


Posted daily. Daily Fishing Report


Tells you water & wind conditions for the morning & the afternoon.

Forcast - posts 6 days in advance & updated once daily

Tells you how many boats we have out fishing

Tells your number of anglers

Tells your number of any given specie harvested.

It DOES NOT include the number of fish caught & released.

It's honest. You should expect no less.
Pictured is James Cloonan

Party of 8 ~ 2 Boats - really nice folks ~

The Split - one boat: Driesbach . Wortman . Beach . Cloonan opted to split their catch in this manor

2 : 2 way splits - Driesbach . Wortman & Beach . Cloonan

The other boat : went with the classic 4 way split between Fedrizzi . Fedrizzi . Brown & Renner.

One of the bonuses to being a relatively small 'Outfitter' is that we are able to cater to individual specifics such as unusual splits such as this - not that it is unusual for us to do - we do it a lot - but many Outfitters will not - it is much more regimented & restrictive -

Our Thoughts? It's your trip, RIGHT? your fish, RIGHT? and really? It's so simple ~ It's all about communication & in house organization


Tuesday 6/4
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 10 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning YELLOW
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SSW 12 to 16 knots
Seas: WSW 6 feet at 5 seconds

Afternoon YELLOW
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSW 11 to 14 knots
Seas: WSW 7 feet at 8 seconds

ROUGH WATER OUT THERE!

Harvest for the Day:
4 King Salmon
1 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
4 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
12 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod

See? regardless of the seas - we still go fishing & can fish protected waters with success ~

Mr. Kim Wortman

On the "HOOK" for Halibut

(Kim sort of has the ALASKAN look don't you think?)
Mr. Ron Driesbach

Seeing the beginning of what would appear to be a nice COHO run this summer - This time of year?

BONUS FISH!
Mr. James Cloonan

Lordy Love a Duck!

She's incredible -

Catch & release, cover her eyes, don't touch her tail or all H--- will break loose. (Kinda like an aligator right? turm 'em over & rub their tummy if you dare ~)

L to R

James Cloonan his Captain Roman Sorokin.

James loved releasing 'her' he said it did his heart good -

that there is just a warm fuzzy thing to me ... i like that ...



Mr. Billy Beach

"ACTION SHOT"
Mr. Kim Wortman

on the morning BITE for Salmon - King Salmon

L to R

in yellow bibs - Kim Wortman

Capt'n Roman Sorokin

Ron Driesbach

Mr. Billy Beach
Mr. James Cloonan

in his Happy Place ~

;-)

catch o' the day: drum roll please ~


MR JEFF FEDRIZZI!
She's just cute isn't she?

Lonna Fedrizzi

(Mr. 'Catch o' the Day's' lovely wife)
Mr. Alan Brown

Headed home today on the 'EARLY' flight. I sat here posting pics to the web site, ocassionally looking ouside to see the fog roll in & set down hard.

Flight 73 took off only 20 minutes late. The Minimus set for Alaska Airlines are lower than on the rest of the planet - they'll fly with success when noone else will.
Mr. James Renner

BEFORE ....
Mr. James Renner

AFTER ....

Look closely at the injuries this KING has sustained from preditors in the past - the scarring on his body - amazing - simply amazing ...
Beautiful isn't it?
This could be you
Mr. Robert Stoudt

beautiful ~

Tuesday 6/4
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 10 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning YELLOW
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SSW 12 to 16 knots
Seas: WSW 6 feet at 5 seconds

Afternoon YELLOW
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSW 11 to 14 knots
Seas: WSW 7 feet at 8 seconds
'ACTION SHOT'


;-)

Mr. Larry Anderson
Larry Anderson

Headed home today - on flight 62 out of sitka to Seattle.

Collectively - right about 185 lbs. of beautiful fillets -

Bob Stoudt

Storm is brewing - seas beginning to pick up, but there are ALWAYS places to go ~ See?

Honestly? It may to that we can't go halilbut fishing, but you can still harvest all your other species ~

Bob Stoudt ~


Perfect
Mr. Larry Anderson

Thank you gentlemen - very much ~
We took a picture of us - See the tip of the whale?

2 humpbacks - a mom and a baby.

Awwwwwwwwwwwww - warm & fuzzy moment!


Friday 6/7
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 10 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning RED
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Large long period swell.
Winds: ESE 15 to 20 knots
Seas: WSW 12 feet at 14 seconds

Afternoon YELLOW
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Large long period swell.
Winds: ESE 13 to 18 knots
Seas: SW 12 feet at 14 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
1 King Salmon
6 Coho
0 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
6 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
22 Rock Fish
0 Ling Cod
0 Other
These gentlemen took a few added days in Sitka & did a 'FLY OUT' to Lake Eva

Below is Sitka ~

Photo From Dick Fratrick - thank you Sir -
Kind of like 'Where's Waldo' only better!
Jake Farrel

These gentlemen,
Mike Marriott - Group Leader
Jake Farrel
Tony Anderson


All have a nice history with us.

They 'pick' on me. Well not by themselves, they fish with Tim, so i suspect Tim is the catalyst ~
L to R - Back Row

Jake Farrel
Mike Marriott
Anthony Anderson

L to R - Front Row
Chinook
Chinook
Chinook
aka Wild Alaska King Salmon

Please note how one fish is going a diffrent direction than the others. One guy. It's always one guy who has to be diffrent ~
Mr. Tony Anderson

Daily Fishing Report

Thursday 5/30
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 11 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSE 5 to 7 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 3 to 4 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds
Back to Front

Mr. Michael Marriott
deckhand Daniel Peters

Fishing Kings ~
Mike Marriott - Group leader

Mr. Jake Farrel


"what?!? NOW??? your taking a picture NOW???"




yup ....

"ACTION SHOT"

L to R

Mike Marriott - father-in-law
Jake Farrel - son-in-law

Thursday 5/30
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 11 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSE 5 to 7 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 3 to 4 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds
Mr. Anthony Anderson

Gorgeous Fish Tony!

Thank you gentlemen for everything~
She's a beauty gentlemen -

Mike Marriott
Tony Anderson
Jake Farrel

again - thank you

The Salmon in Sitka be they KING SALMON or Silvers (Coho) are feeders.

They are a younger fish than you'll find in rivers. Salmon heading to the rivers are thinking about spawning. Typically you will snag those. They are not eating & they are at the end of their life cycle.

They begin to slowly change color, the flesh becomes mushy - not suitable for much else other than smoking - the longer they have been in the river the mushier they get...

The salmon you harvest in Sitka are feeders - they are in the prime of their life, they are bright, the meat is firm to the touch. These fish, their meat is the finest you will ever harvest.

This is the fish, when found on a menu in your finer restaurants has no price next to it other than 'Market Value".

The restaurateurs will boast proudly that it is Wild Alaska King Salmon or Wild Alaska Silver Salmon -

If the menu says "Salmon" ask them what kind. They probably won't know.

If they are serving Wild Alaska Salmon? They'll boast of it. You won't have to ask.

Beautiful fish, excellent fishing, perfect seafood in your boxes, and a pretty cool vacation all at the same time!

Our processors respect your 'catch' as do your Crew - your captain & deckhand. R
est assured what you go home with has been handled with care.



Adult males have prominent, broad foreheads and muscular necks. The sound of a Steller sea lion haulout is a chorus of low-pitched roars of older individuals mixed with the lamb-like vocalizations of young pups.

Males may live up to 20 years and females to 30 years

Females start breeding at 3-7 years and spend the next two decades either pregnant or lactating. Weight at birth is 51 pounds

The average weight of an adult male is 1,245 pounds, and the body length averages 10 8. Adult females average 579 pounds

Sea lions do not migrate, but do move their central-place haulout, the center of their foraging activity, to track seasonal concentrations of their many types of prey

When moving on land, they use a rolling walk on all four flippers by pulling their hind flippers under their body. Steller sea lions are capable climbers, often found high above the water on cliff faces.

Predators: Killer whales, sharks.

Sea lions get their name because the males have long, thick hair on their head and neck resembling a mane.
Front to Back

Rep. Tom Berry, MT
deckhand Parker White
Rich Rovang


AH yes ~ Halibut Fishing
L to R

Ryan Berry

Tom Berry

Tom has fished with us before - last time he and his wife Colleen fished ~ they chose to fish in May then also.

My best to Colleen ~ okay?
Tom Berry

Wow ~ gorgeous! congrats!



Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSE 5 to 7 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 3 to 4 knots
Seas: WSW 4 feet at 9 seconds
Ryan Berry

Ling Cod in the slot

Perfect!
Ryan Berry
Rep. Tom Berry, MT

They, tom & his son Ryan, had a really good trip -

Went home with 124 lbs! Excellent water, perfect weather (for the most part) good fishing & good fellow anglers to share a boat with.

Good trip all around ~
Tom Berry


(nice hat Sir!)
Tom Berry;

BEFORE
Tom Berry


AFTER


@ 12 O'Clock, Rich Rovang, fishing
@ 3 O'Clock, Ron Rovang
@ 6 O'clock, Ryan Berry (holding camera)
@ 9 O'clock, Tom Berry

Center; Parker white - Deck hand

The Gazelle on the top of the boat taking this picture is their Captain ~ Roman Sorokin

Roman! Get down!!!

pretty cool picture though - i like that!

Never mind Roman, stay up there, that works really great!
Ryan Berry


Check out the colorsin this fish - beautiful! So bright!

thank you gentlemen - Pleasure was ours
10 hours dock to dock - 1 day

Limits - Nice Job!
1 King
1 Halibut
1 Chum
1 Yellow Eye
5 Rock Fish
Steve Elkins

Limits on Halibut is one per angler per day - every day you fish -

your fish can be 45 inches or less, (apx 43 lbs)

OR

65 inches or larger (apx 150 lbs.)
Far Right;
Steve Elkins

King Salmon a.k.a. Chinook

thank you Steve

We'll be shipping Steve's fish back to virginia once he's finally home. His fish is already boxed, fully & abundantly insulated & back in the freezer at -28 degrees.

We ship priority over night only. When it (the fish) leaves us it has a good 37 hours before it will begin to thaw.

We double up using an excellent insulation and a good tight pack.

We have it down to an art. It's important.

SERIOUSLY ~
Does not play well with others
cute and cuddly isn't he?


she???
Double Header

L to R
Rich & Ron Rovang
L to R

Ryan Berry
Rep Tom Berry, MT
Ron Rovang

This is the ritual of "The Rinsing of the Boot" It keeps your cabin from stinking like old fish yuk. Right?

Nobody likes old fish yuk smells ...

(i love how everyone is watching SO intently ...) makes me smile.

Ron, seems i only have those two pic's of you - well, there are others, but only i can tell it's you ~
Rich Rovang

That is what i'm talking about - gorgeous! Wild Alaska King Salmon on the hoof!



May 28, 2013

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 4 to 5 knots
Seas: SW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSW 1 to 2 knots
Seas: SW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Rich Rovang

"ACTION SHOT"
Rich Rovang


Wednesday 5/29

Morning GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: S 8 to 10 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SE 12 to 16 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 9 seconds
The Morning Bite

Does it get any better than this?

Sure beats rush hour, right?
Group Leader

Mr. Rod Crittendon
a constant - 29 degrees

Unless of course it's in defrost cycle. That happens 3 times daily and that is a good thing ~
Mr. Bruce Thomas

Right at the slot - 45 inches. It's a keeper!

5/28/2013

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 4 to 5 knots
Seas: SW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSW 1 to 2 knots
Seas: SW 5 feet at 10 seconds
Mr. Joe DiMagio

These gentlemen for the most part realized limits of their fish daily, meaning King Salmon & Halibut. They went home with some gorgeous Halibut & King Salmon fillets in their boxes.
Norberto Velez

Yellow Eye - that seems to be the one fish that folks constantly ask what it is ~ They ask when Tim and I are doing the sportsman shows from January - March of eash year ~

the next question? Is It good to eat? ABSOLUTLEY. Me? i like it even better than Halibut.

did you know: the ear bones are made of ivory & are really pretty. Think earings! Guys get a great trip & the wives or girlfriends could have a really unique pair of earings~
Mr. Bruce Thomas

Alaska Bottom Fishing - White Meat
Current Market Value is $10 to $18

That range is based on Fresh or Frozen.

But seriously - it's all about handling - and the satisfaction of knowing it's YOUR FISH that YOU HARVESTED - and it's flavor is compared to none -

I liken it to hand raised beef or store bought - NO COMPARISON. Once you have this seafood you will never buy seafood again - (well you might once, but only once.)
He's lauging isn't he...

Rod Crittendon

I tell folks - there will be no laughing, no giggling, no having of fun ~ this is SERIOUS fishing.

DANG ...

;-)
Joe DiMagio

"ACTION SHOT"
Bruce Thomas

Thank you gentlemen - It's been a pleasure fishing you again ~
All that and fishing too.
Photo provided by Dick Fratrick
Dick Fratrick,
Ron Fratrick,
Scott Olsen,
Bill Bloomquist

These 4 gentlemen fish a 3 day 4 night package ~

Because Alaska Airlines changed-up the flights for them - they chose to arrive on the 25th, relax the 26th.

27th - The horn blows and the announcer bellows: LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

27th they fish,
28th they fish
29th they fish

30th - Charter a Beaver to Lake Eva -
i have to tell you - i was a hair envious!

Scott caught & released some trout, they saw mountain goats, they flew the mountain passes & the weather was to die for. Yup ~ good day all around.

31st: getting the lay of the land.

so again let me just say - we fish some really great people - i don't know how it always works that way - it just does - i am a very luck van driver.

very cool.
Mr. Bill Bloomquist

(photo guy)
Scott Olsen

'Resident funny guy'
Ron Fratrick

'Dad'

Scott flew in on 67 @ 5:30pm
Their arrival time was flight # 70.
The late flight -

The flight where i tell folks that i'll be there, BUT i'll be there in my jammies...

i was ...

They are my socially acceptable 'late flight' jammies - not my yellow bunny footie jammies.

Sorry for the visual~
L to R

Scott Olsen
Yellow Eye
Yellow Eye
Dick Fratrick

Tuesday 5/28
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 4 to 5 knots
Seas: SW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSW 1 to 2 knots
Seas: SW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
6 King Salmon
2 Coho
0 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
6 Halibut
4 Yellow Eye
10 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
0 Other
Bill Bloomquist

Yellow Eye

Fry Pan, Salt, Pepper, Butter, Eat
Dick Fratrick
Dick Fratrick

A man in his happy place ~
Mr. Ron Fratrick

These gentlemen opted to split their collective catch over three days, 4 ways.

When we make the split, it's not a split by weight. it is a true split, equally sharing Salmon filets, Halibut, Ling Cod, yellow Eye, Rock Fish -

They harvested King Limits daily.

One person, Bill Bloomquist chose to Steak his Kings. Ron, Dick & Scott chose to fillet. Because they all achieved their King limits daily, The King Salmon split was literally an equal share.

Steaks are double bagged, 1 per pouch.
All Fillets are single bagged in portions for 2.

L to R

Scott Olsen
Dick Fratrick


5/29/2013
Morning GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: S 8 to 10 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SE 12 to 16 knots
Seas: WSW 5 feet at 9 seconds


Thank you all gentlemen - pleasure fishing you
Ron Fratrick

Pretty hmmm? Quite a beauty!
Bill Bloomquist

Think King Salmon Steak, a hair more than 1 inch thick, on the grill. Ceaser Salad, Corn on the cobb, a good cold drink ~

HELLO!
Mr. Scott Olsen

'Sitka Smilie' a.k.a. Wild Alaskan King Salmon
These gentlemen took a fly ouot to Lake Eva & spent a pretty nice day - they flew on a private carrier - Harris Air In sitka, alaska - Dick Fratrick took this shot of our runway - they put 737's on that thing ~

This is formally the 'APPROACH' to Sitka Rocky Gutierres International Airport -


:-)
Dick Fratrick

phot provided by Dick Fratrick
Scott Olsen

provided by Dick Fratrick
Ron Fratrick

provided by Dick Fratrick
Bill Bloomquist

photo by Dick Fratrick
L to R

Ron Fratrick
Bill Bloomquist
Scott Olsen
Dick Fratrick

Photo provided by Dick Fratrick
;->
Brigitte Tomich

To us from California - They fished 3 days, and took a last & final day to relax & enjoy the sites - they did some damage at Murray Pacific as well - What is Murrays you ask? It's Sitka's NORDSTROM for the fishing industry.

they have STUFF!
Mark Tomich with his crew

L to R
Mark Tomich & Captain Roman Sorokin

so - apparently if you cover the Halibut eyes; (peek-a-boo) secure it's tail ... they are happy, kind of ...
Brigitte Tomich

BORN TO FISH
Left to Right

Brigitte Tomich
deckhand Parker White

Halibut peek-a-boo. Covering the eyes, and NOT touching the tail allows them to calm & be measured to check legnth. the legnth is important in that there is a slot limit on Halibut.
Mark Tomich fishing the morning Salmon bite.

i know you can't tell - but the skies that day turned sunny, blue & simply goregous.

May 27, 2013

TOTAL: 2 boat(s) - 8 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 9 to 12 knots
Seas: SSW 3 feet at 14 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NW 11 to 15 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 14 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
6 King Salmon
0 Coho
1 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
6 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
20 Rock Fish
4 Ling Cod
1 Other
Mr. Mark Tomich
Brigitte Tomich
Brigitte Tomich

CONDITIONS AND CATCH ON 5/27/2013

Monday 5/27
TOTAL: 2 boat(s) - 8 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NNW 9 to 12 knots
Seas: SSW 3 feet at 14 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: NW 11 to 15 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 14 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
6 King Salmon
0 Coho
1 Chum
0 Pink Salmon
6 Halibut
0 Yellow Eye
20 Rock Fish
4 Ling Cod
1 Other


FOR ALL THE DETAILS CHECK OUT THE Daily Fishing Report
Upper Deck

Lower Deck
Far Left

Deckhand Mitchell Boord
Bob Boudreau & Tim Goolsby, both Hailing from Colorado

L to R
Tim Goolsby & Bob Boudreau
Bob Boudreau

Halibut Limits for area 2C (Sitka & other places) is a slot

1 daily - every day you fish
45 inches or less (apx 45 lbs)
65 inches or larger (apx 160 lbs)

ideal for the table is exactly what Bob Harvested - and you get a very nice yield - this is a beautiful fish ~

Congratulations!
Tim Goolsby

ACTION SHOT!

Front to Back

deckhand, Parker White
guest, Tim Goolsby
Mr. Tim Goolsby

Taken on May 28th 2013

Tuesday 5/28
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 12 anglers
3 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: ESE 4 to 5 knots
Seas: SW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small short period wind waves.
Winds: SSW 1 to 2 knots
Seas: SW 5 feet at 10 seconds

Harvest for the Day:
6 King Salmon
2 Coho
0 Chum
1 Pink Salmon
6 Halibut
4 Yellow Eye
10 Rock Fish
1 Ling Cod
0 Other

After you finish admiring the pristine salmon harvest by Tim - check out the seas. Our pictures are taken on the boat, in the area fished. Note your fish report and see how that translates in to the seas you see in the background.
Mr. Bob Boudreau

Thank you both - very much -

Enjoy all that seafood & the KING SALMON you had smoked. Yes Sir, it's the one you actually harvested. we turn in your fish - you get your fish back!

Nice, huh?

again - a pleasure fishing the two of you -
Tim Goolsby

Ling Cod & Yellow Eye

nice haul!
Received via TEXT from Tim Goolsby

Gorgeous Shot - Water - Weather - Fish -& a big smile - Thanks Tim.
a.k.a.

Bottomless Pit
a Bear Butt was spotted on the Rosenthal * Seamons Crab & Shrimping trip.

(that was a tough one to resist)
Pictured:
Scott Rosenthal

Scott fished with wife Sonya, Friends Robert Seamons & his son Calvin
Sonya Rosenthal

3 Days of fishing - a day of Crab & Shrimping and an extra day of walking Sitka & taking in the sites -

They also got to take advantge of meeting some local "personality" on departure morning -

Calvin Seamons

Ask him - he'll tell you - he had a really good time ~

they took to calling him "Calibutt"
As parents we soon learn that we no longer have a real name - we become known as:

"Calvins Dad" aka Robert Seammons

;-)
Scott Rosenthal

These folks, Scott, Sonya, Robert & Calvin spent one day of a 4 day charter Crab & Shrimping ~

There is a moratorium on Alaskan King Crab - Only residents of Alaska & Commercial Fishermen may harvest them. It does not stop King Crab from crawling in our pots though ~ They like their pictures taken too!
There is a reason they call 'em SMILIES!

Pictured is Calvin Seamons
Sonya Rosenthal
Calvin Seamons

Halibut - the bottom side is white - the top is a brownish, blackish, greenish mottled color. matching the ocean floor - CAMOFLAGE


Thursday 5/23
TOTAL: 2 boat(s) - 6 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning YELLOW
Windy conditions with choppy seas.
Small craft advisory.
Moderate long period swell.
Winds: NW 16 to 21 knots
Seas: WSW 7 feet at 13 seconds

Afternoon YELLOW
Windy conditions with choppy seas.
Small craft advisory.
Moderate long period swell.
Winds: NW 15 to 21 knots
Seas: WSW 7 feet at 13 seconds
L to R

1 Ling Cod,
Calvin & Robert Seamons


;-)
Back Row
L to R

Scott Rosenthal
Robert Seamons

Front Row
L to R

King Salmon
King Salmon

Each family left us with right about 63 lbs of seafood - King Salmon, Smoked King Salmon, Shrimp, Dungeness Crab, Halibut, and Rock Fish

Each family left us with right about 62/63 lbs. of King Salmon, Smoked King Salmon, Halibut, Rock fish, Dungeness Crab & Shrimp

thank you all again -

From Scott Rosenthal To Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Octobre,

I hope you noticed the kissing fish photo and that I wore a pastel pink hat for the occasion!

We had a ball, thanks again,

Scott & Sonya



Photo from Deck hand Daniel Peters
L to R

Mike Gleason
Robin Gleason

Mike bought wonderful shiney sharp pointy things ... fillet knives that went in with their frozen fish boxes that flew on ALASKA AIRLINES as check in baggage -

Mike Gleason



Saturday 5/25

TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 12 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat Crab & Shrimping

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SE 5 to 7 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SE 6 to 8 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 16 seconds
Hello Smilie!!!

Gorgeous King! Nice work Rrobin ~

Steaks - they had this beauty Steaked - We double pouch our steaks - it makes all the diffrence in the world ~
Mr. Mike Gleason

Yellow Eye - great picture - hummm?

thinking 'wall of shame' in our booth in 1014 ...
L to R

Roman - Captain

Mike Gleason
Robin Gleason (Bragging rights belong to robin folks ~ )
L to R

Parker White - deck hand
Robin Gleason

You can almost hear her can't you!!
Mike Gleason

ACTION SHOT!

THANK YOU FOLKS - think - a week agai it snowed on Anne, RIGHT?
oooh, I dunno ~ does she look happy?
Suspiciously missing in action -

Jason Sears &
Jim McLernon

A 2 Day 3 Night Power vacation -

Jason Sears &
Jim McLernon
Dennis Kavanagh
Mike Kavanagh

Pictured is Dennis Kavanagh

Saturday 5/25
TOTAL: 3 boat(s) - 12 anglers
2 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock
1 boat Crab & Shrimping

Morning GREEN
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SE 5 to 7 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon GREEN
Light winds with a slight chop.
Small long period swell.
Winds: SE 6 to 8 knots
Seas: SSW 4 feet at 16 seconds
Mike Kavanagh

thank you gentlemen -
Looks litle a 'little' Mount Fuji don't you think?
Patricia (Pat) Deverin ~

Taking a week or so in Sitka - Pat & Tom joined us for a day of Fishing -
they head north on June 3rd - for a bit more time in Alaska - We're holding their 'catch'. They are going to be pretty darn happy - Their catch is insulated - boxed - banded & just waiting on them ...
Mr. Tom Deverin -

Beautiful Fish Tom ~ (if memory serves me they had this one smoked. Holy cow is that a good idea!
Saint Lazaria ~ Bird Santuary

Located twenty miles west of the small city of Sitka, St. Lazaria is a rough area of wilderness thats home to some stunning examples of Alaskan flora and fauna. The island is part of a chain of islands that make up the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge; as such, tour guides and guidebooks often refer to St Lazaria as the Saint Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge. Whatever you decide to call it, St Lazaria certainly makes for a memorable day trip away form the creature comforts of Sitka. This is an impressive and isolated part of the world, and most visitors get a joyous kick out of exploring its landscape.

St Lazaria Island qualified to become part of the National Wildlife Refuge thanks primarily to its astounding bird population. The island is no bigger than 65 acres of land, yet around half a million birds are believed to live on the island, representing a whopping 7,000 different species. It comes as little surprise, then, that Saint Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge is an absolute haven for bird-watchers, who head here by day to get a glimpse of cormorants, guillemots, and murres, to name a few. The island is popular destination for wildlife tours in the area.

Saint Lazaria Island is known for its daily shift of birds: The islands populace switches from day to night, with certain petrels, murrelets, and auklets landing on the island following sundown and then leaving once the sun rises again. Naturally, bird-watching come sundown is a tricky task, and those who do visit tend to limit their activities to the sunlit hours of the day.

The Saint Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge isnt the easiest place in the world to access, and visitors normally confine themselves to Sitka tours that happen to visit here or guided group tours that explore the island more thoroughly.

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/alaska/st-lazaria-island
Tyler Stonebreaker

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Tyler Stonebreaker

Guests Anne & Paul Black
Your Catch: after we get those great pic's of you & your fish, your deck hand will gill, bleed & gut your fish and promptly ice it down.

Your day's catch then heads off to our facility where the young men in our "Fish House" will cut to your specifications & package in portions for 2.

You have optios & choices each & every day : Steaks? Fillets? Butterflies? Whole Side Fillets? Smoked?

We DO NOT swap out the previous days frozen catch for today's fresh. You go home with the fish that you harvested. We take great pride in that.

you will have the satisfaction knowing that when prepared for dinner at your home, this fish is the actual fish that YOU caught - Myself? I love that. That's the only way it shoud be.
Guests Anne & Paul Black

Celebrating a wedding anniversary - and that long awaited honeymoon -

Far Left - Joining them on the water for a day - from our processing plant is Tyler Stonebreaker.

Let me be the first to mention that Ling cod Paul Caught!

On Exit & at the airport Paul and Anne went home w 3 boxes -

1 @ 50
1 @ 50
& 1 @ 12.8

In that mix were King, Halibut, Rock Fish, Chum, & Coho - they chose to Fillet the entire catch -

Boxes were fully insulated with insulated liners and bubble wrap. Ensuring a tight pack and a pack that should last them a healthy 37 hours if the boxes are not opened. It allows them time to drive home without breaking any land ground speed records.

the fillets are frozen to apx -28. The tight pack also keeps the fillets from ratteling in the box, chipping the pouches, and causing them to loose their seal -

The very last bag they finally open will be as fresh and as perfect as the first - No need to toss it out after 6 months, or even 2 to 3 years - it will still be perfect -

I've got your spot saved for 2014 - Thank you for everything folks!
Looking past Paul (who is ingoring us anyhow because he is busy with a King Salmon on his line)

Note the Buoy Report below - and look at the seas he is fishing in - it's a nice way for you to cross refrence - checking out the dates in the photo's - then refrence the 'Fish Report'

It's a good way for you to see that regardless of the water conditions posted - you can actually see the water's that were fished ~

Tuesday 5/21
TOTAL: 1 boat(s) - 2 anglers
1 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning YELLOW
Windy conditions with choppy seas.
Small craft advisory.
Moderate long period swell.
Winds: NNW 19 to 26 knots
Seas: SSW 6 feet at 17 seconds

Afternoon YELLOW
Windy conditions with choppy seas.
Small craft advisory.
Moderate long period swell.
Winds: NW 19 to 26 knots
Seas: SSW 6 feet at 16 seconds

Paul Black & dinner "on the hoof" so to speak ~
Anne Black

Gorgeous -
Anne Black

In the background is her deckhand Daniel Peters

Looking past Anne - checking out the water she has just fished the King out of

Below is the bouy report for May 19th

Sunday 5/19
TOTAL: 1 boat(s) - 2 anglers
1 boat(s) @ 10 hours dock to dock

Morning YELLOW
Small craft advisory
Light winds with a slight chop.
Moderate short period wind waves.
Winds: NW 9 to 12 knots
Seas: WSW 9 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon YELLOW
Small craft advisory
Light and variable winds with smooth seas.
Moderate short period wind waves.
Winds: W 6 to 8 knots
Seas: W 8 feet at 10 seconds

going out on a limb here - does she look a little cold to you?
Anne Black & Paul Black

I've said it before & I'll say it again * my people * they are great * we fish some of the nicest folks on the planet.

To be a business owner & connect with your folks in the manor we are afforded, being able to have them for a nice piece of time - is priceless -

I can't even refer to my "people" as customers anymore - they are so much more than that.

okay - now i'm getting mushy - i'll stop.

;-)
Mr. Paul Black

"Did I tell you about that Ling Cod I caught?

Right at 30" - literally RIGHT at 30".

perfect!
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Anne Black
Deck Hand James Kahler
Paul Black

yup -

Anne looks cold. Their first day out it snowed. She had a King on & it was SNOWING all around her. I mean REALLY? It's May 19th for Pete's sake -

I maybe i'm wrong, how can she be cold? She has on lot's of stuff.

This is probably a good time for me to mention all our cabins on all our boats are heated & enclosed.
"Action Shot"

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Paul Black
Deck Hand James Kahler

once Again - we thank you both, very much

Tim, Octobre & our Crew
They Fish Too ~
Jayne Burnett fished with her husband Don Biddlecome for one day; Today.

Jayne & Don opted for our 8 Hour Dock to Dock Day Charter. The priority for them was King Salmon

They both harvested their personal limits of King Salmon (Chinook) & released one other. Additionally they stopped off for some 'Rock Fish Fishing".

Tomorrow boarding the flight home will be Don, Jayne, 16 King Salmon Fillets & 5 nice packages of Rock fish!

(Yes, Boxed, Fully Insulated, Frozen to -28, Vacuum Sealed, Individually Labeled, & in portions for two)
Mr. Don Biddlecome

King On! A beauty it was & made some of the prettiest fillets ~

Dark skies, rain, a bit on the & windy side & a little bit chilly as well, but check out the water - it's picture perfect
Totes are larger than they appear here in this shot -

These are the Kings Harvested by Jayne & Don.

The King Salmon have been gutted, gilled, bled & well iced. The way their seafood is handled on the boat is key to their meat arriving to our processing facility in perfect condition for the finishing touches.

Jayne & Don chose Fillets for both of the King Salmon they harvested today.

The manor in which their fish is cared for by their crew, and how rapidly it is handled, packaged & frozen once off the boat assures this fish will be some of the most pristine seafood they have ever had -

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Blue Toes - Jayne Burnett
Extra Tuff's - Captain Roman Sorokin
Don Biddlecome

Rock Fish! a.k.a. Fish Taco's

Don & Jayne - thank you for fishing with us
Mr. Don Biddlecome
Jayne Burnett

I LOVE MY FISH - I LOVE MY FISH - I LOVE MY FISH
Sitka by air ~
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