Yes, that is the Pacific Pursuit! The name just changed this spring to the F/V Erin Carroll. This vessel is one of the nicer super seiners in the California fleet. The tophouse is completely surrounded in glass, offering some of the best wrap around visibility of any vessel. The rest of the boat is just as flawless and the drum seine smoothes out the entire operation. Local commercial fishermen are preparing their boats for the 2015 squid season which opened on April 1st. No squid deliveries have been made as of yet. However, last year's delivery was around the end of May. So, let's hope that squid is just around the corner.
Bristol Bay was undoubtably one of the most successful salmon fisheries in 2014. You probably know a lot about Bristol Bay because of the huge fight against Pebble Mine, which has strong opposition from fishermen and naturalist around the world. Here is a great insight into the boats that fish these precious waters. Austin Breckenridge filmed numerous boats throughout the 2014 aboard the Pacific Drifter. Keep your eyes open, you might spot your own boat!
Wow! Rollin’, Rollin! These guys are killin it with the big bags of salmon. I’m guessing that some of these shots are from Amalga Harbor or Kingsmill. Man, it was some big fishin last year! How are we ever going to go back to “the grind” after a summer like that?
It’s hard to imagine that its been one full year since my good friend, Arthur “Jay” Fisher, passed away. Jay was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis, and has body just couldn’t fight the infection fast enough. Last summer, The Kona Rose, which was one of Jay’s favorite boats to work on, escorted his ashes along the inside passage for one final trip to Baranof Island. On a lucky fishing closure, we were all able to come together and remember a fellow fishermen’s passing. The video is truly inspirational and a real labor of love from a long time friend. Enjoy!
This shot was taken on the decks of the Rose Lee during the summer of 2008. I can't wait for the summer salmon season. The first day of fishing this year is July 7th, for me. I'll be doing a king opener in Sitka on the F/V Quandary. Come on, salmon!
This is a fun app for the kiddos. I mentionted it because its the free App Of The Day from AppAdvice. Click on the link to download for free. It’s a limited time offer.
The weather forced us into Wrangell for a few hours this spring. Wrangell is the new hot spot for boat work in Southeast Alaska. The preseason madness will hear up as boats prepare for the upcoming salmon seasons throughout Alaska.
The summer of 2007 was one of the most successful Hidden Falls hatchery returns in years. Four boats; including the F/V Harvestor, the F/V Rose Lee, the F/V Island Girl, and the F/V Island Pride hauled in just under 4 millions pounds of chum salmon in less the 21 days. It was incredible to see massive sets of chum salmon flow over the rails again and again. In recent years, the hatchery has fallen short in chum production. Many fishermen speculate that the humpback whales have taken up residence and consume the newly released salmon fry to their bellies content.