Thought I'd toss together a thread for Mid Winter entertainment,
from pics I put together of, One Man Sablefish Longlining, Out West.
Every Summer, I head out from Kodiak, last year got tied up for weather on the end of Kodiak for a few days before venturing further west.
I run a SMALL as in 38 ft former Gillnetter, converted into a Longliner,
and Go Solo after many years of the full five to seven man crews and Large Vessel Responsibility.
Loving the Lack of Complications, by myself, no need to motivate someone who doesn't want to be there, if I feel like taking a nap, or waiting for weather, no more wondering if everyone else is Happy or Sad...... Whewww
It's a Lot of Hard Work, have to do everything from change the oil, to Bait all the hooks, clean and Ice all the fish, cook all the meals, etc. but pretty uncomplicated otherwise,
Just hard work,
So here's waiting for weather in Halibut Bay on West end of Kodiak, spent days there, took a nice Blacktail Buck, was a good wait, working patience is always good
In August, blowing SW 35-40 but good protection there
I even let her go dry for a tide, eliminating some vibration I felt down there from a bit of Gillnet web(yes my own) I had picked up in the prop. Laying over like that, yeah, too crazy, won't be doing that again.... but nice pic and gives you a feel for the boat I am using
Then it was on down the Peninsula, a nice cruise, as the weather came down to 15kt winds for the duration of the run,
44hours of running at eight knots from Kodiak to Sand Point
Here's a sight to behold, "Castle Cape," just south of Chignik