Headed down to PWS to do some hunting and fishing. Jason and I headed out to the cabin with blue skies and calm seas. Which was nice because I was loaded for a GENTLEMANS style hunt. I timed our arrival so we got to the cabin on the high tide. We quickly unloaded and got the cabin in order. We headed out to set our shrimp gear and get it fishing. It seemed that there was a lot more folks shrimp fishing. After I found a spot we headed back to the cabin. We gathered up our hunting gear and headed out to do some scouting. We had just arrived at our hunting area when I spotted a Toad of a bear, he was eating in a slide about 400 yards up from sea level.
I ask Jason if he wanted to make a try for him and he quickly said that he did. I made my way to shore, as we approached we discussed how he could best get to the bear. We had a great plan, however within minutes Jason had already taken water over his boots and was fighting his way up through the Devils Club and Alders.
Mean while I was back watching the show. Had my spotting scope out was watching the bear and trying to see Jason in the brush that was much thicker than it looked from shore. Jason was getting close and the bear must have heard him because he started looking straight down to where he was. I knew the jig was up. He would turn his head and look one way then the other. After a few minutes he bolted up the side of the mountain with what seemed like no effort at all. It took Jason a while to fight his way back down.
We continue scouting and exploring the river in my Jet Ranger. We were able to get way back into the valley and see some beautiful scenery.
We worked our way back to the boat and found a spot to catch some rockfish for dinner
After we caught a couple we ran out and pulled the shrimp pots and headed back to camp with the seafood for dinner. Jason cleans the shrimp and I fillet the Rockies. I added both to an olive oil and fresh garlic marinade. Added some, lemon zest, hot sauce and a little butter. We made a roaring fire and told lies and what ifs about the one that got away. We enjoyed an adult beverage while the seafood marinated. I flash cooked the shrimp and fish and served it with a salad and fresh asparagus. After dinner we sat around the fire took in the amazing views and watched the eagles feed on the remains of our rock fish. We retired for the night, eager for what the next day would bring.