I planned this hunt during our brutal winters that are so easily forgotten this time of year. I like to sleep on the “HIGH and DRY “ which is my tricked out 21ft Wooldrigde Alakan II. But this year I wanted to hunt with the wife and try to get her first Blackie. So, I booked the cabin, for her comfort and because I knew she wasn’t going to sleep on that boat smelling like halibut bait.
We got to Valdez and got ready to go. Dropped our shrimp pots on the way out and set up operations in the Cabin. The weather was clear blue skies and light winds. We hunted a few bays that first even night and saw one bear, but it give us the slip, so back to the cabin for the night. I made us both dinner and she made me take a bath and off to sleep while the oil heater glowed and we were nice and toasty. Got up the next morning and went to check our shrimp traps and discovered that one set with 2 pots was missing. This was a bummer. We had shrimp as a main effort so I wanted to go into town to buy a new set. We packed up and headed into town for a few things we wanted and to replace our shrimp gear.