My buddy and I went out Friday and Saturday out of Whittier on his C-dory. Purpose was to fish and just get out on the water.
Not a bite. Mostly jigged for rock fish. But I've never really found a good place for rock fish out of Whittier. The water for the most part was like glass and not a drop of rain or flake of snow. Three firsts for me, though. The first time I've been out this early, the first time I woke up at 2:30 am to find that the cove we'd anchored in had iced over, and the first time I'd seen phosphorescent algae.
Went on the deck at 0230 to take care of business. Looked up at the stars, then looked down at the water. Thought maybe I was seeing the reflection of the stars in the water, but then looked more closely and saw lots of flashing "things". Realized that I was seeing what I'd only read about. Pretty amazing. Went back to bed and my buddy, sleeping in the V-berth, said it was raining. I said no it's not, I was just outside and it's clear. Told him to go look at the phosphorescent algae. We both went outside to take a look. About then, I noticed that the two rods we'd set out were bent pretty good and jerking. Both had a fish on. Nice. We started to reel them in. Got to where we could see the lures, and the lines were still jerking. What the hell? I feel a fish on, but there's no fish. Realized then that the lines were jerking because the cove was freezing over and the tide was going out. So the ice was moving and the lines were jerking as the lines would keep breaking the ice. The rain that he'd heard earlier was the ice crunching into the bow. Oh well, didn't make much sense to pull anchor in the middle of the night just to go anchor in another cove that was probably also going to ice over.
My buddy thought he'd take the net and catch some of the flashing critters. I told him it was useless, because you're not going to net algae. So he dipped the net into the water and the entire net literally glowed. As he was sweeping the net through the water, the algae hitting the frame and net lit up. You could see every strand of the net lighting up, and as he swept the net through the water, he'd also leave a trail of lit-up algae behind it. Way too cool. Then I dropped the jig on my line down deep and shook the line back and forth. You could see a column of light going down several feet (yards?) along where my line went.
In the morning, most of the cove was iced up. We waited for a while for it to thaw, but decided to just take it slow and work our way out. Ended up getting out fine, and the bottom paint was none the worse for the wear.
So fishing sucked, but everything else was great. Glad summer is finally here.