Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sunday, August 21st

This morning Greg and I had to get up at 5:20 to go fishing in Prince William Sound with SBFs Mindy and Paul. We got to their home about 6:15 and made our way toward Whittier to go through the one-way tunnel at 7:30. The traffic only goes toward Whittier on the half hours and out of Whittier at the top of the hour. Auto traffic shares this tunnel with train traffic. After putting the boat in, we were quickly heading out across the beautiful waterway. The early morning fog lifted to reveal beautiful glaciers, picturesque islands, and snow-covered mountaintops. That alone was worth the effort of the trip. Soon enough, all of our lines were in the water and Paul quickly caught a halibut of about 50 pounds. Greg followed by catching the second halibut weighing about 20 pounds. I obviously need practice setting the hook but was able to finally get a halibut in the boat. It wasn't the 400 lb. one I had hoped for, but it was fun. In just a few hours time the four of us had limited out with 8 halibut. We decided to change locations and fish for silver salmon in a spot they had luck in a couple of weeks ago. Surprisingly enough, the silvers were still there and Mindy quickly hooked a nice one. Soon, Greg caught his very first silver salmon and was impressed with the fight in these fish. His weighed about 15 lbs. and was really a fun time getting this fish to the boat. In all we caught 8 halibut and 4 silver salmon, enough to top off Mindy's freezer and stock ours as well. We are very thankful to Mindy and Paul for letting us tag along on this unbelievably gorgeous August day.
Paul's favorite hat- R.I.P.

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