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Fishing (Sport/Commercial)

May 26, 2013: 

A day fishing the Spring King Salmon Derby
with my husband Max
aboard our skiff
in Juneau, Alaska...

Departing Auke Bay early morning
heading to the fishing grounds...
Uh oh, not even close to what we were
wanting to catch ~ Ha!
Awe, no luck catching
the elusive king salmon yet ~
(Don't even ask me what's in this Sculpin's mouth - Yikes!)...
Well, no luck catching king salmon, 
although a great day out on the water with incredible weather ~ 
Blessed once again!


May 11-12, 2013:

Launched the skiff at the break of dawn, 
baited up and ready to go...



It was a blast catching this king salmon,
he's only about 20 pounds but was quite the fighter...

Bright and beautiful...

Heading in at 9:30 a.m....
Hungry bald eagles...





We firing up the grill the following day, 
while hubby Max was busy creating a new recipe...

Red boneless, skin-on
king salmon fillets marinated and ready to grill...

Max's Alder-Charcoal-Grilled King Salmon Fillets 
recipe was nothing short of incredible...

May 9, 2013:

North Douglas in Juneau, Alaska; 
mega overcast although stunning views today...


Fishermen at 
False Outer Point...






April 2013: 

Commercial King Salmon Power Trolling 
in Southeast Alaska 
with Captain Max
and deckhand brother Kevin...

[Photographs courtesy of Max and Kevin]


Herring bait salted up
and ready to go...



Fairly rough seas...


Brother Kevin
landing a nice King Salmon...


































































March 2, 2013: 

A Superb Day Out Fishing Last Saturday 
in Juneau, Alaska...

Exiting Harris Harbor
at the break of dawn..
.




On step...

Sun breaking through...

Captain Max...

Landed a nice king salmon,
this is what it's all about...
Max cleaning our 
nice king salmon...
Nothing short of beautiful...
Friend stopped by to chat....
Fish on...



Awe, just a cod we threw back...



Waiting for a bite...

Another friend 
stopped by as well...

Time to head to the harbor...



We can't go out soon enough, 
as every trip is a new adventure...

























February 22, 2013: 

Sport winter king salmon fishing was a success 
in Juneau, Alaska
when one red and one white king salmon 
were caught by my husband and his friend
aboard our 43' F/V Chelsey...

We'll be making this incredible
Charcoal Grilled Red and White Salmon Fillets-Jamaican Style
for dinner tonight for my brother in law (shown below)...



February 3-4-5, 2013:

My husband Max and brothers Dan and Larry 
king salmon fishing in Yakutat, Alaska...

Pod of sea lions offshore barking like crazy!
We were told by a local (Skip) 

that these are not the typical species
found in Yakutat (as those do not bark),
but these instead migrated from California...


They were actually quite aggressive...




Brother Dan
waiting for the BIG king salmon to bite...





And, it did!!

Husband Max and brother Larry
were also lucky the next day and a half fishing...nice king!!

The largest
weighed in at a whoppin' 36 lbs...


Mount Saint Elias
Mountain Range...


Nice king salmon,
looks like a white one...

Cruzin' through 
Canoe Pass...

Max and Larry's
catch of the day...


Lil' Miss Chelsey licked one of the king salmon
so Max said she was worthy
of posing in a photograph as well ~ LOL!

December 29, 2012: 


My husband and I spent a mostly snowy 
although wonderful winter day 
sport fishing and sightseeing 
aboard our 43' F/V Chelsey 
in Juneau, Alaska...

Captain Max shoveling several inches of snow
that had fallen during the night
before getting underway at about 7:00 a.m
Alaska Standard Time (AST)...
Me in the warm wheelhouse
preparing hot coffee to enjoy during our journey
to the fishing grounds...
Heading out of Harris Harbor
and under the Juneau-Douglas Bridge
in Gastineau Channel...
South Douglas...
A series of photographs of Downtown Juneau
during the wee morning hours...




A series of photographs of
South Douglas...


Additional photographs along
the Downtown Juneau
waterfront...

Juneau-Douglas Bridge...

Additional photographs 
of South Douglas...

Mayflower Island
aside Douglas Harbor...

Douglas Harbor...
A series of photographs along
Sandy Beach...



Thane Road and Sheep Creek
waterfront view...










Captain Max looking for a
a good fishing spot 

while enjoy hot cup of coffee...





Captain Max says,
"Time to get the gear out!"...





A south-facing view from the fly bridge
aboard the F/V Chelsey
of Gastineau Channel...
No fish biting yet,
might as well 

wash down the deck...


DuPont Dock...


A sea duck swimming alongside 
as they tend to like to do...

Deer hunters...
Well, all we were lucky enough
to catch today were four cod, 

here's a rather large one
we threw back...
A series of photographs of a regal bald eagle 
that spotted the cod
and circled around it a couple of times
trying to grasp it in its talons,
but to no avail as it turns out the cod was too large
for the eagle to carry away... 



















The seagulls tend wait 
until the very last minute
defying this big boat approaching 

before taking flight...



Captain Max
watching the fishing rods
while wishing that a nice 

winter king salmon would bite...


No luck catching any winter king salmon today,
time to pull up the gear...

Commercial fishing boat and crew
leaving Juneau...



The F/V Patriot
heading to Juneau...

Historical AJ Mine...

Federal Building in the background
and the Alaska Club in the foreground...
The heart of
Downtown Juneau...
State of Alaska Building in the background
with the United States Coast Guard facility 

along the waterfront...
Notice the Governor's Mansion
decorated post Christmas...
The infamous
Prospector Hotel...
Baranof hotel to the left
with Sealaska 

and Merchants' Wharf to the right...
State of Alaska 
Department of Labor...
The Marine View Building to the left
with the Downtown Parking Garage and Library on top to the right, 

including businesses in between...
One last photograph 
along the Downtown Juneau waterfront
before we called it a day 

and headed to the harbor ~
we're hoping for better luck fishing during out next outing
although we definitely 

had a terrific time this go around...







Late-October 2012:

Yakutat, Alaska...

Headed out fishing
and landed this nice white king salmon...



My brother Kevin
skippering brother Larry's boat...


Beautiful capture of the mountain range
with the stately Mt. St. Elias to the left...









Close-up of
Mt. St. Elias...











September 9, 2012:

Since the commercial fishing season has come to an end, 
we decided to try our luck sport fishing for the much-prized 
mighty King Salmon at a couple of areas along our journey 
from Auke Bay to Harris Harbor in Downtown Juneau, Alaska...

First and foremost
with the rain pouring down outside on this chilly morning
was for piping hot, 

freshly perked mugs of coffee...
Slowed down, now Max is
getting sport fishing gear out...

Miss Chelsey
overseeing most everything...

No King Salmon yet,
although still fishing...

We were definitely ecstatic to
finally land this nice, fat white King Salmon...











Captain Max slowed down the F/V Chelsey
and switched to auto-pilot to get the sport fishing gear
in the water once again...

It's super foggy and
crazy-rainy out there...

Time to prepare 
breakfast...

Captain Max
working on the fly bridge...

We so appreciate having the comforts of a nice, 
warm and dry cabin
while fishing on a wet and blustery fall day...


No luck catching additional King Salmon,
so time to pull in the sport fishing gear and head to town...


Approaching
Juneau-Douglas Bridge...

Entering Harris Harbor
to moor the F/V Chelsey 

during the upcoming winter...

Nearly at our stall,
and then heading home with our nice, white King Salmon -
another spectacular day aboard the F/V Chelsey...



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...


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




Hoonah Cold Storage workers
sorting troll caught salmon...
 




On-step after unloading in Hoonah overnight,
then heading back out to the ocean...
 

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...
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...



Mid-August 2012:

An unexpected break in power trolling,
so Captain Max was home for a day and a half
and shared the following awe-inspiring photographs...

Yep, another
shark in action who fed on the $$ King Salmon...

A 25- and 30-pound King Salmon
and 8-pound Coho, respectively (gives perspective)...

King Salmon pressure bled,
and iced in the hold...

I'm in awe and speechless
with this capture of his deckhand hauling in a King Salmon...

And, again ~
another King Salmon by his second deckhand...


King Salmon and Cohos ~
Captain Max ensures his fish are
properly taken care of without fail...

Morning fog bank
burning off...

Captain Max says,
"This picture doesn't do it justice with the lights, music, and entertainment
as this Carnival Cruise ship passed by, it was phenomenal"...













August 12, 2012:

Day 3 of the 3-day 
Golden North Salmon Derby
in Juneau, Alaska...

Backing out of the slip
at Tee Harbor...

On step,
heading for the derby grounds...

No luck catching an elusive fish today,
although we had wildlife viewing opportunities ~
here is the first whale we encountered...



We later were lucky to view this mother whale
and her young one ~
schools of herring were everywhere...














Mergansers (seaducks) are often known as "sawbills"
because of their serrated bills to grip slippery prey,
such as the young herring they are feeding on
along this shoreline of Tee Harbor
when we were docking our boat...


This 2012 derby has come to an end,
and we now are looking forward to participating
again next year...



August 11, 2012:

Day 2 of the 3-day 
Golden North Salmon Derby 
in Juneau, Alaska...

The fishing gear is in the water,
now it's time to sit back and have a cup of coffee
and hopefully the fish will bite...

No fish biting here
so we're off and running...

Brother law Alan and his wife Nadine
fishing next to us for a time...

A kayaker dropped his partner off
to sport fish from the point of Aaron Island...

It's a derby
out there...


Yay!  I just reeled in
my whoppin' unofficial 14.24 pound King Salmon
(according to our digital scale) ~
Time to run it in to see if it's a placer in the derby...
Cruising around the point of Shelter Island
we came upon this sport fisherman...

While entering Amalga Harbor to drop off my King Salmon,
we came upon these people sport fishing for trout
at the mouth of Peterson Creek...

A couple of kayakers
were also entering Amalga Harbor...

We're idling the boat while
waiting in line to tie up to
deliver my fish to derby officials...

Well, my very nice King Salmon
officially weighed 14.2 lbs.,
so my father in law's digital scale is right on ;)

We're exiting Amalga Harbor
and heading to Tee Harbor to call it a day...


The boat is tied up, and on the walk
back to the vehicle we spotted many baby herring
in shallow water along the shoreline
of Tee Harbor (that's a good sign)...

The elderly Tee Harbor collie mascot
resting on the shoreline ~

What a great day it has been...





August 10, 2012: 

Day 1 fishing the 3-Day Golden North Salmon Derby
with my father in law from his boat 
(no fish today, although we had great fun)...

Nearing the fishing grounds
so slowing down to get ready to switch from the big motor
to the kicker, and then bait the hooks to start fishing...
My 87-year-young father in law Ralph was pondering
where all those elusive King Salmon
and Coho were hiding out...













August 5, 2012: 

A day sport fishing and sightseeing 
with family in Juneau, Alaska...

My husband and I heading out of Tee Harbor
with my 87-year-young father in law in his boat...

We decided to jig for fresh herring and got lucky,
here are the first four...

A bright and shiny live herring...

Live herring swimming in a bucket
of fresh saltwater (we ended up with about 20)...

The sun was definitely trying to burst
through the cloud layer,
although no such luck...

My first-ever halibut
I reeled in, it was a whoppin' 20 pounder...

A striking
Quillback Rockfish...
A great day out on the water with family,
time to head back to town...


We stopped by to view how many
Chum were heading up Lemon Creek to spawn
and they were in abundance...


Another great day in our lovely town of
Juneau, Alaska







July 29, 2012: 

Fun Day Trout Fishing 
in the northern area 
of Juneau, Alaska...

Lil' Miss Chelsey
(our 4-year-old, 10-lb. maltepoo)
experiencing her first skiff ride heading out
trout fishing with us...
A view from shoreline where we anchored our skiff ~ 
you can see the Chilkat Mountain Range in the distance...



Lil' Miss Chelsey
seeking out shoreline critters...
What a serene and beautiful sight to behold
after our 1/4-mile hike up the mountain...

Max in his glory trout fishing
with Chelsey keeping a close eye
on the bobber...

Yay!  A small trout,
although beautiful nonetheless...


Lil' Miss Chelsey
watching Max come back
from trying his luck fishing from the point...
Yay again!  He was lucky,
you can see him very gently carrying his small trout
in his left hand with his fishing pole in his right...

The trout were rather scarce,
but what a fun outing we have had...

Tree reflection
along the edge of the crystal clear lake...
A huge abundance of wild Blueberry
bushes are everywhere
in this location...
All aboard and heading
to Boy Scout Beach
to roast some brats
over a campfire for dinner...




A great way to end the day 
after eating our roasted brats.

July 28, 2012: 

Views from Thane Road 
and the Sheep Creek area 
of Juneau, Alaska...

Sheep Creek bustling
with Chum Salmon in their
attempt to make it upstream to their

 spawning ground...




What an amazing sight,
I've never seen so many spawning Chum Salmon...








Watch this particular
Chum Salmon (in the next two photographs as well),
it sure has diligence...




July 28, 2012: 

False Outer Point 
in North Douglas, Alaska...

Serene False Outer Point
with three fishermen casting
from its shoreline...




July 28, 2012: 

Chum Spawning in Fish Creek 
in North Douglas, Alaska...

The view facing west from
Fish Creek Bridge...

All we were able to view
were these two lonely Chum Salmon
in Fish Creek from the bridge, which were trying

to swim up the creek in only a couple of inches of water...

The view facing east from
Fish Creek Bridge...




July 28, 2012: 

An amazing amount of Chum 
(aka Dog Salmon; Market Name: Northern Keta) 
swimming up Salmon Creek 
to spawn in Juneau, Alaska ~ We did not, however, 
see many Humpies
(aka Pink Salmon; Market Name: Pacific Royal Pink Salmon)...

These are rather large Chum Salmon
swimming up the creek
in just a couple of inches of water...

A Black-Headed Gull
heading down for its dive
seeking Chum eggs...


No shortage of Seagulls
and Black-Headed Gulls
all seeking to eat their fill...

A Black-Headed Gull
in dive-mode
with its head underwater
pecking up Chum eggs...



The same Black-Headed Gull
resurfacing with a
Chum egg...


These Black-Headed Gulls
are rather beautiful
and fascinating to watch while in flight...



Mid-July 2012:


The F/V Wahoo from Homer, Alaska
getting ready to set their net
while gillnetting in Juneau, Alaska...





A couple of sport fishermen fishing
at the mouth of Peterson Creek...

July 13, 2012:

Having a blast sport fishing in Juneau, Alaska
after the commercial season
(even when we had to throw back a few)...


Amazing feat catching a 60 lb. halibut on a trout rod
and having the diligence to fight it for 1 hour before
successfully  hauling it aboard...
Black Spiny Rockfish...
Yellow Spiny Rockfish...

Early July 2012:

Southeast Alaska in all its glory 
while commercial fishing...

[Photograph credits to my husband]

My husband Captain Max's 
hardworking deckhands, Dick and Chase,
 aboard the F/V Chelsey...
Deckhand Chase
landing his first King Salmon aboard the F/V Chelsey
under Dick's guidance... 

Releasing a 40 lb. Ling Cod...

Salmon Shark just chomped off
the other half of Captain Max's
dandy King Salmon...
 



June 10, 2012:

A day out fishing in Juneau, Alaska...

Leaving the harbor...

A bald eagle in a tree on the point,
it was perched there for hours...




The hubs wishing a fish would hit...
Max's Dad driving his boat while watching the poles through
a mirror he just mounted...


A couple of geese flew overhead...

A Scoter popped up for a visit...
A soaring bald eagle...






Alaska Seaplane...
A couple of beagles ran along the shoreline for quite a distance;
they appeared to be on a mission of some sort
before they headed into the trees above...

Looked as though they had a fish on,
but no go...
No luck catching any King Salmon,
although it was a fun day out on the water with family...


April-March 2012:

A person heading out in his skiff loaded with hemlock boughs
in search of setting them where herring 
will spawn their eggs on the individual branches...




February 11, 2012:

Max and his father Ralph who is 86 years old went fishing 
this morning.  His father was lucky enough 
to reel in two nice winter king salmon
 ~ one white and one red ~ 

They were home by noon...









February 4, 2012:

Max took his good friend and brother pipefitter Charlie Knowles 
sport fishing for winter king salmon 
aboard the F/V Chelsey today...

















December 17, 2011:

Great Morning Winter King Salmon Sport Fishing Trip
Aboard the F/V Chelsey with my husband Captain Max...

Heading out fishing at 7:30 am...

Cruising under the Juneau-Douglas Bridge...

Downtown Juneau...

West Juneau...

Downtown Juneau marina area...

Just starting to get light out...

Slowed down to bait the hooks...

Hooks are in the water,
just in time to watch the beautiful sunrise...





It decided to snow on us for a while,
and now the sun is back out again...


First King Salmon -
Too bad it was undersized so we released it...

Second King Salmon -
It too was undersized and was released as well,
so we pulled in the gear and decided to head home...

Seagulls taking refuge
near the shoreline of the breakwater...

Entering the harbor...

Just docked the boat at 12:00 pm,
and we're packing up to head home ~
Another awesome trip with my husband 

who is my best friend in the world...

August 17, 2011

My husband Captain Max had another successful commercial fishing trip 
aboard the F/V Chelsey in Southeast Alaska, with his two deckhands...

Nephew Brian working in the fish hold...

Jason, the other deckhand...

Cleaning the catch...

Now this is one large squid he got out of the belly of a salmon!

Yep ~ Jason is pretty amazed with it!

Unloading their catch, while Captain Max takes photos from the dock...

July 29, 2011:


My husband and his father went on a sport fishing outing for the day...

Ralph is 86 years old and still captains his own boat ...

Their proud catch of the day...

He saves the salmon eggs for his nephew's sport fishing outings...

July 2011:

Commercial fishing when Captain Max 
had to deal with a 7' to 8' Salmon Shark...






June 15, 2011:

My husband Max and his brother Bruce
took friends from Seattle out on a sport fishing trip in Southeast Alaska...


Max is aboard brother Captain Bruce's boat
with Jim (shown in photograph), 

and Mikey (shown later) heading out sports fishing... 



Mikey waiting for 'Fish On'...





The infamous dormant Mount Edgecumbe Volcano...







♥ Captain Bruce...
Fish on!!
Uh Oh, not the right species...



Sea otters...
Yes...'Fish on', finally...
The right species this time...



We're looking into the name of this 
(it's not called a jellyfish)...



What tha...

Yay!...Reel it in and net it guys!
You can see it under the water ~ 
reel it in, and net it...



Fantastic day fishin'...

Yo, Jim ~
and thanks to Captain Bruce!

A fun and successful trip was had by all,
even though it was in the down-pouring rain...

May 30, 2011:

My husband Max and I on our final king salmon derby day 
fishing north in Juneau, Alaska...

We departed Statter Harbor in Auke Bay at the break of dawn...



Kickin' back ~ Enjoying a cup of coffee...

A friend shoing us how large a fish he's going to catch...

Fish on...


Netting their King Salmon...


My first 20 lb. King Salmon of the day...



My second 20 lb. King Salmon of the day...


Nope...no fish on ~ He snagged bottom...


We're done fishing for the day...my husband is cleaning the fish 
on the dock at Statter Harbor in Auke Bay...





Holding up my catch of the day ~ 
40 pounds worth of King Salmon ;)


The hubs holding my catch of the day ~
he's a bit stronger than I am....


May 29, 2011:

Still derby fishing...

Max checking the bait ~ something bit it...

After fishing the derby two days in the southern waters in Juneau, Alaska...
we were only able to attract these small cod this trip...
May 25, 2011:

Fishing at Tee Harbor...

Derby fishermen fighting a King salmon inside Tee Harbor...
May 23, 2011:

Our fifth day fishing the Spring king Salmon Derby the month of May 
in Juneau, Alaska from our skiff on May 23, 2011 
(Great fishing and viewing wildlife on a beautiful day)...
I was first to land this nice King Salmon early in the morning...

Our luck continued and Max landed another shortly thereafter...

Max posing with his early morning catch...
  
I was lucky to capture such a close-up of a herring 
jumping out of the water inside Tee Harbor (you can see its eye)...
May 21 and 22, 2011

My husbands third and fourth days fishing the Spring King Salmon Derby 
the month of May in Juneau, Alaska from our skiff 
(Blustery days; no fish - although wildlife sightings ;)...

Whale sighting while fishing from his skiff...
 
This is how close the whales swim at times to the shoreline, 
including near boats (it was feeding on herring)...

Friends crusin' by to chat...

May 8, 2011:

Our second day fishing the Spring King Salmon Derby the month of 
May in Juneau, Alaska from our skiff (An overcast "Mother's Day," 
although still pristine - and no fish were caught by us today ;)...

Brother Steve with his son Brian cruisin' by to chat...

A paddler couple fishing the derby in Tee Harbor...




Max is waiting for King Salmon to bite the hook, 
although we did not have any luck catching them today, 
so we enjoyed all the beauty Tee Harbor has to offer...

People fishing off the can at Tee Harbor...








Ahh...What a day; no fish this outing, 
although I sure enjoyed our time out on the water!

 Post our fishing outing, Max is filleting out his 40 lb and my 17 lb King Salmon 
we caught yesterday in the derby that we had on ice - 
he's preparing to make a nice Mother's Day dinner; 
plus we hung our USA Flag out today...

















May 7, 2011:

My husband Max caught a 40 lb. King Salmon that dressed out to 34.5, 
so he was in 1st Place in the Spring King Salmon Derby that lasts 
the month of May here in Juneau, Alaska, 
until he was beat out 21 days later on 5-30-11 
(Oh, and I caught a 17 lb. King Salmon as well that dressed out to 13.3 ;)...

Max and I are impatiently waiting for elusive
King Salmon to bite the hook...

I was lucky and caught the first King Salmon of the day - Yay!




My husband Max caught this dandy King Salmon 
a few minutes after I caught mine...





Holding it up one last time to capture a 
photograph before he cleans it prior to weigh-in...

Derby regulations require that all King Salmon 
weighed in be properly dressed beforehand...


A Raven enjoying fresh King Salmon eggs...

Max and I weighed in our King Salmon at Jerry's Meats...

That's one heck of a huge King Salmon...


Well, it was nice while it lasted when Max was in 1st Place for 21 days...

Now, here is my petite King Salmon ;)

Hey, my King Salmon made 17th Place 
(out of 30 total) for a day anyway...

The difference between a 17 and 40 lb. King Salmon...

After weighting in our King Salmon, we brought them home to put on ice, 
which we ended up filleting out the following day...

Our catch of the day - (Max's fish barely fits in this large cooler)...

April 2011:

Max hand an excellent spring 
commercial power trolling opening aboard the
F/V Chelsey in Southeast Alaska with his deckhand:


Docked at DIPAC working on trolling poles
before heading out...

Just about ready to head out to the Southeast Alaska
fishing grounds...

They've arrived and
are catching some fairly nice kings...


Deckhand icing fish in the hold...


Max hauling in a king...


And, another one...


Rather late at night and they're both tired ~
time to unload...

Max is on the dock talking to the
workers about unloading their catch...

Back out on the waters
during a spectacular sunrise...

Seagull frenzy...

And there goes an Alaska Marine Highway ferry...

Lodge at Sitkoh Creek on Chichagof Island in Southeast Alaska...


Captain Max's friend Doug Neil owner of the F/V Ocean Cape...



Miss Chelsey and me greeting Captain Max on a rainy day as he
docks the F/V Chelsey at Statter Harbor in Auke Bay...

January 1, 2011:

First Successful King Salmon Sports Fishing Trip of the New Year ~ 
aboard our boat the F/V Chelsey ~ 

My husband Captain Max, along with his friends Randy and Mary Lou 
were lucky and caught two Wild Alaska King Salmon ~ 


One White, and One Red King Salmon...



Looks like we get to have nice King Salmon fillets 
for dinner this New Year's Day!


November 2010:

My husband Max says, "There is always something to do in November - 
a great day sports fishing off of the F/V Kaia 
with my good friend Randy and his girlfriend Mary Lou ~ 

We were lucky and caught 4 king salmon: 
3 white, and 1 red, with the two largest weighing in around 17 to 17.5 lbs. 
in the round...the perfect size for eating!"









2010:

(Thanks to Ryan Beason for sharing with us his, his dad's, 
and their deckhand's adventures out on his dad's boat this past summer - 
they've taken awesome video footage, as you'll soon see...)



My brother Larry Bemis is the Charter Captain aboard 

the boat named the Happy Hooker -- 
here are photographs that were taken during a couple of his many successful 
fishing charters with clients in 2010.

What a beautiful and serene place our hometown of Yakutat, Alaska is 
in all of this splendor that can only be found in Southeast Alaska...
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To book a charter, feel free to contact Larry via e-mail at
larrybemis@ymail.com ~



My brother Larry Bemis is the  Charter Captain who has garnered a vast, lifetime knowledge while fishing the waters of Yakutat, Alaska for over half of a century...

Snow Geese flying north this last 2010 spring in Yakutat, Alaska...


Captain Larry is getting ready to put the gear in the water,
while the clients check out the beautiful surroundings...

Fish on...

King salmon underwater before it was
netted to bring aboard the Happy Hooker
for a lucky client...

Nice!
Cheers to Charter Captain  Larry Bemis
for a successful fishing trip in Yakutat, Alaska!
 

Happy clients posing with Captain Larry
displaying their successful fishing bounty!

Double nice!

Triple nice!

The king salmon in the middle is
nearly as large as the halibut!

Another satisfied client
with her huge king salmon!

A brown bear swimming in the frigid waters of Yakutat, Alaska
attempting to get the fish aboard the Happy Hooker,
while clients were out on charter!

The halibut in the middle is enormous.
Another successful charter with happy clients!

[These charter fishing photographs were taken in Yakutat, Alaska, and posted with the permission of Larry Bemis and his wife Robin...many thanks for sharing so we can now all enjoy them along with you!]


 Summer of 2010:

During commercial power trolling in Southeast Alaska 
these photographs were taken by my husband Max...
a few of them are of his deckhands while in training...
and they all did an awesome job, 
especially his 14-year-old nephew Brian aboard 
our 43' F/V Chelsey this year...
a good season and grueling times were had by all, 
although they had successful trips 
and all returned home safe...
Bonus!






A small bird took refuge for 24 hrs. aboard
the deck of the F/V Chelsey to get its strength back...








Nephew Brian, one of the deckhands
icing fish in the hold..
.

Bob, the other deckhand...




Captain Max...



A rear side view approaching
Cape Spencer Light House -
What a landmark to behold!



The front view of the
Cape Spencer Light House... 





























  













A shark got the rest it...





Seagulls taking advantage
of some dry-feet-time
aboard a drifting tree...
What a spectacular photograph...

Beautiful Point Retreat landmark.
This means he's nearly home.  Praise be to God!





The commercial fishing season is over until 2011,
and they all made it safely home...

August 13, 2010:

This is possibly my last boat outing while fishing the derby this year 
with my husband aboard the F/V Chelsey (as he has to go back 
out commercial power trolling)...
you will probably notice that we didn't have much luck fishing, 
although it was a serene day on the water, 
so we kicked back and enjoyed all the splendid beauty 
this fine day offered us north of Juneau...



Max's cousin Carl appeared behind us.
He was heading out to the derby grounds as well...









Auke Bay...
Max's cousin Carl slowed down to say hello, and then charged past us,
as we were fishing from our commercial  boat this time around...





Beautiful Auke Rec -
What great memories we've made here over the years...


Serene Indian Cove and its dock...


The new NOAA Facility
recently built here in Juneau...


Another view of the new NOAA Facility...





Auke Bay recreator having a blast...

We caught three salmon
so we weren't skunked anyway...


Another view of Auke Bay...



Nearly approaching Auke Rec.
People are fishing along its point...

Our friends Ole and Karen also fishing
the derby who stopped to chat...



Max's brother Steve heading through the pass to Statter Harbor
after stopping to tell us his derby stories for the day...









A wonderful day out on the water has made for fond memories,
and we'll now be looking forward to
fishing the derby once again in 2011...


Spring of 2010:

A great season commercial power trolling in the spring of 2010 
during heavy Southeast Alaska seas at times, 
while other days were fairly calm...





































































2009 through 2010:

Fishing in Southeast Alaska, mainly Juneau - sport, commercial, 
and derby fishing mostly for salmon, although we tried our luck at trout too...


















April 2009:

Max and his son Matt had an excellent 2009 spring season
aboard the F/V Chelsey commercial fishing
for Wild Alaska Salmon...












Early Spring 2008:

Captain Max, with deckhand Ed, and original boat owner Tom 
commercial power trolling in the waters of Southeast Alaska 
for Wild Alaska King Salmon...

We had just purchased the boat, 
and its original owner offered to tag along...
























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