Well, I just got a very interesting call from my father-in-law a month ago. Seems like he's booking a trip back to Alaska and is looking for a fishing buddy I told him I'd have to check with his daughter first before committing to it. He then told me he's already talked to her and I've got the OK to go ;D Yahoooo ;D
Last time I was there was with him and it was a father-in-law & son "welcome to the family" fishing trip when I married his daughter. The photo below is of him and I in the middle, our captain and his first mate on the ends. This time my brother-in-law will be joining us. Man am I pumped ;D We'll be fishing mostly for Kings this time as apposed to Coho on the last trip. It doesn't matter what I'm fishing for! I'm just happy to be heading back to slam some fish
My first trip there, we were just 40 minutes from Ketchikan at Sportsman's Cove Lodge. It on the West side of Prince of Whales and all of our fishing was done in the "inside passage". On that trip I was saw 3 killer whales, two sea lions (I think they were sea lions) and a ton of eagles! I wish I had seen some bears but wasn't lucky enough
I'll be taking a better camera on this trip so I'm sure I'll be bring home some nice photos to share. Only problem with this whole deal is I've got a long wait before we go, It's not until August!
Well I'm back from Craig, Alaska ;D The trip was AWESOME but the trip home is another story! I got into Manchester last night around 11:30pm and had no luggage or my box of salmon We all left the camp with one 50lb box of salmon (Silver and King), halibut, cod and some yellow eye snapper. On the first day I took the biggest fish that was worth $185! a 26.5lb King Salmon ;D I also won the first fish bet for the first day and the last day. The fishing was tough seeing it close to the end of the runs up there. My King was the largest of the three days fishing and my Yellow Eye Snapper was the largest the lodge has seen in years tipping the scale at 18.5lb. Over all I had a great time winning the group bets as well catching some nice fish.
On the trip I saw eagles, humpback whales, killer whales, otters, sea lions and a black bear. They trapped 3 and killed one that was hitting the lodge dumpsters. After they shot the one bear three times and killing it, a bigger bear came out of the woods and dragged the dead one back into the woods. They say, the one they shot was in the 350lb range and the live bear was much larger. Supposedly the one cop took photos of everything and is going to give the lodge extra prints. I asked the owner of the camp to send me the photos if it's all true. We'll see soon.
I'll have my photos up as soon as my luggage gets here. I do have a few scenic photo on my good camera I'll post up a little later today.
Well, I got my fish around 4 this evening and it seems to be all good. A few packs toward the center were still frozen and the one on the top were still pretty cold. They did a good job by packing all my smoked salmon on top, so it didn't matter if they weren't cold or not.
I ended up with 2 large packs of King Salmon, 20 packs of Silver Salmon, 8 packs of Halibut, 2 Link Cod, 1 Yellow Eye Snapper and 12 packs of smoked Salmon ;D I'm sitting pretty good now.
I still have yet to get my luggage Hopefully before noon tomorrow so I can post the photos
Here are a few more I loaded up. Over all the trip was pretty awesome. Next time I go, I'll have my wife and son along with me so they too can enjoy to great state of Alaska and what it has to offer ;D
There's first three photos are taken from my room at the lodge. This is the view I woke up to and fell a sleep to each night
The next three are two eagles that I had to walk right under them to get the photos. They were about 50 yards away and believe me, their are as big or bigger than the turkeys we love to hunt Here's one of the thrid eagle that was hanging around the lodge.
Finally, here's two sunsets, the lodge dock from my room and one from the airport looking at Ketchikan, Alaska. I'll load a photo of how we got into camp in minute. It took six of them to get everyone and luggage to the lodge.