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Late-August 2012: Commercial Fishing (Power Trolling) in Southeast Alaska...

Late-August 2012: 

Commercial power trolling for King Salmon and Coho in 
the outside waters of Southeast Alaska...

[Photographs courtesy 
via my husband Captain Max of the F/V Chelsey
and his deckhand Scott]

Captain Max's nighttime view
at the helm of the F/V Chelsey...

Marine navigational charts
are a must-have...
 











Blue Shark are not a fishermen's friend by any means,
as Captain Max has lost many half-eaten-salmon
when they've shown up in instances such as this reigning havoc...





Captain Max jumped  in the pit and brought up the lines
just in time, so no King Salmon or Coho were
lost to that particular Blue Shark this time around...
The thick, dense fog rolled in quite fast
and so did the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter...
Captain Max said the USCG helicopter
hovered over the F/V Chelsey for some time
before continuing on...
The thick, dense fog bank
finally started to break...
 


Heavy storm conditions minutes away
so the fleet quickly headed to safe harbor to ride out it out
for the night...




Headed to Hoonah to offload the catch,
chow down on a nice steak dinner,
and down a few Alaskan Amber...
 
Thank you Scott for providing these photographs
while you took in your first sightings of Hoonah...
 

Hoonah
Cold Storage...
 
Cold Storage workers
sorting troll caught salmon...
 





Scott was determined to take part in the
infamous Icy Strait Point ZipRider (world's largest zipline) 
as they promise 
a great tour: 5,300' long, 1,300' vertical drop, 
60 mph maximum speed, and 300' at the highest point from the ground 
for a 1.5 minute ride time, with 6 side-by-side cables - 
although it was to no avail 
because they were not operating on that particular day...


Impossible to pass up this important
establishment in Hoonah during a short stay
while in port...
 
On-step after unloading in Hoonah overnight,
then heading back out to the ocean...
 










Military pilots conducting
extensive aerial maneuvers...
 

Whales feeding along
the sunny shoreline...
More whales
feeding offshore...
Blue Moon rising,
with a running light to the right on the commercial boat
in the horizon -
after a long day of fishing what a welcome sight...
Whales feeding in 
dense fog...





Captain Max of the F/V Chelsey
entering Statter Harbor in Auke Bay
just before the storm hit on outside waters... 
 
Time to get a good night's rest, unload fish,
and take an additional couple of days R&R
waiting for weather to improve
before, hopefully, heading back to outside waters
for a final trip in 2012...

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