Our week with Wild Alaska Cruises was spent along the southern edge of islands known as the ABC Islands of Alaska. There are many other groups of islands in the world’s oceans with the same name.
The three islands that make up the AK-ABC group are Admiralty Island, Baranof Island and Chicagof Island. Our fishing took place south of Admiralty and west of Baranof Island to the east of Petersburg where our flight landed.
Our trip on the Perseverance was slow and steady. It traveled at about seven knots. Most of the time, the two guide boats either led or followed the mother ship to our destination, as they could travel at greater speed. That gave us time to fish along the way. Stratham Straight is a large body of water with heavy ocean influence. There we found halibut, salmon, lingcod and rock fish.
Our host was Larry Larson, Captain and owner of the Perseverance. Our fishing guides were Robert Elliot and Chase Martenson. They knew how to find and catch fish. It is a very large area with plenty of voids and also nooks holding numbers of fish.
Got home at midnight last night. No time for details. Here’s a representative photo from each day of our trip.
We flew out of San Jose on Saturday and landed in Petersburg about 3 PM. Spent the night in town and were underway on Sunday morning, September 9.
My plan is to expand on this post as I find more time. Lots of photos and lots of fish.
Halibut and rock fish were landed on Sunday afternoon.
On day two, we landed limits of coho salmon and saw our first brown bear.
Day three produced salmon limits again and perfect weather in the cove where Perseverance was anchored.
We had a lot of fishing action on day four.
Day five produced more fishing success and some variety.
Day six was our last chance to catch salmon.
On day seven, I found this dog sleeping on an island in the bay, a prelude to some fishing excitement.
More to come.
Will Robin land the halibut?