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    There Friday morning through Monday morning. Pretty much rained the entire time except for Monday. Mainly shrimped and stayed in close, with some fishing (Irish lords, tiny flounder, few rock fish). Seemed like very few boats out there, especially for a holiday weekend. Maybe the forecast 4-6 foot seas in PWS, small craft advisory for Friday night kept some people away? That night in the cove I was in there was hardly a breeze. Any others care to report?

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    Went out Sat morning to Latouche, came back Sunday night to catch the last tunnel. 11 halibut (biggest was 70lbs), a dozen rockfish, large skate, hardly any shrimp. Only saw 2 seasports in the cove while overnighting. Kids caught a bunch of small cod, flounders, and irish lords at anchor in the cove. Marginal weather on Sat, much better on Sunday. Saw whales south of Knight, porpoises, black bear, bald eagles. Good weekend overall

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    It was drop dead gorgeous out there Sunday afternoon through Monday. Got back to the dock about 12:30 and the parking lot was half empty already.

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    We went out mid day on Friday. It was a little sporty on the way out, but it was a mill pond on Monday for the return trip.
    Spending my kids' inheritance with them, one adventure at a time.

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    We went out Sunday night. Anchored up near applegate for the night. Fished near Crafton island all day monday and didn't catch a thing. Beautiful weather until today. What a difference. Bad wind and big seas. Stayed in close but caught lots of yelloweye and shrimp.
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    It was crappy crossing Port Wells Friday evening. Rained all day Saturday in Port Nellie Juan. Sunday and Monday were awesome in PNJ and Knight Passage, the water was glassy at times. Hauled a bucket full of shrimp, a limit of yelloweyes, and had a black bear visit our anchorage. Pretty good times.

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    Left Friday afternoon, pulled the pots and could not have been happier with the size of our catch, huge shrimp and lots of them. Overnighted at Surprise Cove, then left for Lone Island to do some fishing, it sure was not catching cuz hardly a bite. Pulled the pots and then overnighted at Perry for two nights, spent part of the day exploring several of the bays down south way. Wind and rain stopped each night and Monday was super fine. Fished and shrimped our way back to Whittier arriving Monday at noon, nobody at the dock, just the way we like it. SeaULater

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    Left Saturday mid day, like others have said sunday and monday were nice this morning sure was dicy! 6 breakers at the mouth of Cochrane bay when we answered a mayday for a man overboard. We were only a half mile away luckily they had already got him into their dingy and were transporting him back to their own boat by the time we got there. Cold but Ok.
    All together we caught 17 gallons of shrimp and 2 bears but that all pales in comparison to the one that didn't get away!
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    We headed out on Saturday. Rain, but the seas out to Eshamy were flat calm. Tried to get the kids to water ski but they wanted to watch a movie instead. We stayed tied up at the Eshamy Bay Lodge docks both Sat and Sunday night. Sunday started out rainy but got nicer as the day went on. Almost got a suntan kayaking with my oldest. Got several gallons of shrimp and one nice octopus. Kids played with him a while then we let him loose and watched him for a long time under the dock. Cooked up shrimp Sunday evening under sunny skies. Woke up Monday to a perfect day. Friends staying at the Lodge got several bears. Saw Dahl porpoise on the way back. Stopped in Goose Bay to check on the cabin. We have reservations there for a week mid-June but doubt anyone will be staying there for a while as the cabin got tweaked quite a bit with this winters massive snow load. Trip back to Whittier was uneventful as was the ramp. Great weekend, already planning for this weekend!

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    AK Bird Brain, I was in the Blue 26' Hewes that got there right after you. We escorted her back into the cove. We ran from the west side of Cochrane to them in those breakers at 35 MPH. I don't think I'll do that again. I think I was airborn a few times. I thought it was weird how they called the mayday then stopped talking to the CG all together. Glad everything worked out. Thanks for responding so fast too.

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    Wifey and I went out saturday afternoon after coming through the 1230 tunnel, dropped pots a couple places in Blackstone, and did just OK. Set far in the back for an overnight soak and headed back to town for a night in the harbor and dinner in town. Had a decent pull of shrimp on the overnight soak, then wanted to try some new areas. We are quite new to shrimping and I think the only shrimp we get are because of luck only. The other spots we tried in front of Cochrane and Blackstone did not produce hardly a shrimp. Jigged for some bottom fish out near Surprise Cove, nada. The weather wasn't the nicest, but not too bad either. Of course the blue skies started showing up when we were headed back in sunday evening.

    Back at the harbor on Sunday morning, the Coasties towed in (with their brand new Rolls Royce Powered boat) an unlucky fellow and his two young boys that were commercial shrimping that sucked a 4-foot pot up into their screw out at Bainbridge Island. 9 hour tow back to the harbor! He was a helluva a nice guy with some good boys to boot. They were still in surprisingly good spirits considering he said his shrimp count was dismal, plus he left out of Seward, so still had a LLLLOOONNNGGG trip back at 8 knots once he could get the pot removed from the screw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ak Bird Brain View Post
    Left Saturday mid day, like others have said sunday and monday were nice this morning sure was dicy! 6 breakers at the mouth of Cochrane bay when we answered a mayday for a man overboard. We were only a half mile away luckily they had already got him into their dingy and were transporting him back to their own boat by the time we got there. Cold but Ok.
    All together we caught 17 gallons of shrimp and 2 bears but that all pales in comparison to the one that didn't get away!
    What no pics? Come on and share....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBassking View Post
    What no pics? Come on and share....
    Here are a few from Sunday.
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    We had, which I am almost 100% certain correct as to species, a North Pacific Right Whale swim directly underneath our 20 foot boat. Result, I need new underwear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by J in AK View Post
    We had, which I am almost 100% certain correct as to species, a North Pacific Right Whale swim directly underneath our 20 foot boat. Result, I need new underwear...
    It is extremely unlikely that you saw a Right Whale. Along with being a critically endangered species, they are not known to enter PWS.

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    Maybe a Minke?

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    How does your sevlor work for you? How much does it weigh stowed?

    I am looking into some kind of very small lightweight (but needs to hold 500 pounds) inflatable for getting to shore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    How does your sevlor work for you? How much does it weigh stowed?

    I am looking into some kind of very small lightweight (but needs to hold 500 pounds) inflatable for getting to shore.
    I love my sevlor! I never put the skeg on, so it doesn't track well but I'm sure it would have popped off and gotten lost if I had attached it. It only weighs 32 pounds so I can throw it up on the roof of the boat un assisted. Deflated it rolls up about the size of a large duffle bag. Its got a rated capacity of 500 pounds. My only complaint is it holds 2 people, when I'm anchored up and cant take the big boat to the beach for what ever reason I have to make multiple ferry trips to get everyone ashore. I've had mine for almost 5 years now without a single hole. I saw Fred Meyers had some on sale in Soldotna a few weeks ago, I'm kind of kicking myself for not picking up a second!
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    I understand that they are critically endangered, with possibility of less than 50 animals left in the North Pacific population. But, I am almost 100 percent certain as to what we saw. I've spent most of my adult life on the water in PWS, have seen 100 of whales, and this was by far the first time I had ever seen a whale that looked like this. We had a pretty good look, less than 15 yards from the boat as he came out of the water and spouted. I understand your skepticism and appreciate your input, but I still believe it was a Right Whale that we saw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J in AK View Post
    We had, which I am almost 100% certain correct as to species, a North Pacific Right Whale swim directly underneath our 20 foot boat. Result, I need new underwear...
    That is awesome. My wife and I had some Killer whales under our boat. We got some really good video of it where one of them is looking right into the camera. Here is a link in case any of you want to check it out. Thats my wife you hear in the video. She gets excited about animals. I guess thats why she married me. haha

    That would be great to see a right whale. I hope I get so lucky. ~907


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