Frank Casey, the boat owner and captain, allowed us to park on his property the night before the fishing trip. He spends 6 months of the year in Alaska working as a fishing guide, and the other 6 months (winter) he spends in Washington where he works as an engineer in Research and Development for Freightliner.
The aforementioned and world renowned Moose Cabin. This is pretty appropriately named since there are many moose in the area. This is calving time and the mothers are very protective of their young. The newspaper warned readers not to get close or be prepared to suffer the consequences.
These charts provided by Richard and Barbara Hill of Del Rio helped to determine the day of the charter since the tide chart shows the most favorable tide movements to be in the middle of the day for the month of June.
Captain Casey at the helm headed out to the fishing grounds. Note I took a GPS location of where we fished in case you have a canoe and pass this way or you could look at Google Earth if you are not in the area. I am not sure how far we were from the launch site but the run time was about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the “honey hole”.
IIt’s a group effort to get the fish into the boat. We fished at a depth of 265 ft. and used 4 lb. weights to get our baits to the bottom. This type of fishing can make a small man out of a big man by the end of the day.
Another nice halibut. Once in the boat, the fish slaps his tail wildly until the capt gives the fish a rather hard knock to the head with his baseball bat. They are then slid into the hold of the ship and the deck rinsed of the slime, and we return to our routine to catch more fish. The capt cuts identifying marks into every fish so that we know who caught which fish when we return to the dock. My identifying mark was an “X” on the gill cover.
This is the group Jerry fished with. The captain is on the far left. Now the fish hooks are more than full! There are even fish that have had to be placed on the ground for lack of hooks. Jerry caught a 42 lb. and a 47 lb. halibut that he kept, but released 5 smaller halibut, 4 cod, and a salmon shark.
After a long day of fishing, there is still a lot of work to be done. The boat must be rinsed to get the salt water off. And of course, the fish have to be cleaned and filleted. The captain is wearing a mosquito net over his head because there are millions of the darn things.
The boat got back to the house around 7:30 pm and by the time the fish were cleaned we were one tired group of fishermen. We spent the night and this morning returned here to Soldotna and took the fillets to be vacuumed packed and frozen. Tonight we will go to see friends for Panko fried Halibut and Apple Crisp – will report on the table fare tomorrow!!!!
And finally, congratulations to our niece Jacque for correctly translating “un poquito boracho” It means “a little drunk” which describes our friend on Cohoe beach the other day.