Well another year has gone by and we took the boat back to Washington early this year. Captain Buddy has a daughter getting married so he has family affairs to attend to.
It was a real quiet year in the Southeast this summer. Crowds were down and the wildlife viewing and fishing were better than ever. This years highlight was a 43 lb King salmon caught by Bernie of Lafayette Ca. We also enjoyed some new adventures such as airboat tours of the Hubbard glacier and helicopter stops on the Juneau ice field.
Elfin Cove was a great stop this year despite a fire that burned to the ground a house and scorched part of Coho’s Bar. No Ambers this year.
The Coho bite and Kings were in good supply and halibut fishing was a little off.
Pelican had its water supply and electricity back on this year. Sure glad we were on the boat when we visited Rose’s last summer.
The Susan Dawn ran great this summer and many new guests were added to our log book. Most guests this year came from the United States. Our last trips were from Juneau to Sitka and back again to Juneau. We had real blue bird weather in Sitka with not one cloud and temps in the 70″s for a couple of days. A real rare event in Sitka.
Our return to Juneau took us back through Peril Straights. Upon entering the passage into the main Chatham we pulled our shrimp pots from this new secret location. Gathered about 2 1/2 gallons on spotted prawns for dinner. A fine treat.
Now that we are back in Washington, we will prepare the boat for the winter and get working on the “honey do” list. We look to return the boat to beautiful Alaska in early May 2011. We have space available for the trip up. First leg will be Washington State to Ketchikan Ak. Second leg will be a out bound leg from Ketchikan to Craig for some early King fishing. We will also stop at Port Alexander as we work our way up to Juneau. All told the Spring trip will be over 1000 miles.
Check the website for new lower rates for 2011. Happy and safe voyages.