Alaska Stories

The Rainbow

Anchored in Slocum Inlet.  Nasty weather today- rain, heavy wind.  We are spinning in fairly rapid circles around the anchor.  The gillnetters in their tiny boats are being thrown all about in the chop - makes me nervous for fall fishing in Puget Sound.  Peaceful day - we left Gastineau at 3:30 a.m. and went… Continue reading The Rainbow

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Snettisham

Last week, everyone was all aflutter that Fish and Game was going to open up the back end of Port Snettisham.  A hatchery sits back there and the biologists believed half a million pounds of salmon were there in the water, waiting to go up the rivers to spawn.  ADFG announced Friday that they would open the… Continue reading Snettisham

Alaska Stories

The First Two Weeks

From the bow of the boat, I can see the lights of Petersburg sparkling red and yellow in the distance. We slide by Sukoi Island, a black silouette in the middle of Frederick Sound. My cell phone lights up- reception. Contact. I stand at the bow and check text messages as the cold wind slides… Continue reading The First Two Weeks

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Adventures on the Carole B

I'm writing this from the wheelhouse of the F/V Carole B. We're running north up Chatham Straight - Baranof Island is 2 miles off the port side and Kuiu Island maybe 8 miles off starboard. On both islands the mountains are dark silhouettes, mist-wreathed and disappearing into low clouds. I see an occasional ship but… Continue reading Adventures on the Carole B

Alaska Stories

So Go Ahead, Wait On the Scent of Salt, Call This Our Life

The season is over. The boats are up on blocks, the dock is empty, the cannery is silent. My bedroom borders on the boatyard, and through the open window I hear the sound of rain outside, dripping and plinking on the back decks of boats scrubbed clean of fish slime and saltwater. They are silent… Continue reading So Go Ahead, Wait On the Scent of Salt, Call This Our Life