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Offline Skillet

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #375 on: September 27, 2018, 02:10:07 PM »
Had a slow Sept for coho, but really enjoyed the area for the first time.

Stopped at Baranoff Warm Springs and met a few friends from Washington there for a "Fisherman's Thanksgiving" on the dock.  We all contributed some dishes that were generally themed on wild harvest, and the bounty was great.  Fresh venison, pickled beach asparagus, smoked king tips, mashed potatoes with an amazing wild mushroom gravy, the list goes on.  The Diamond Lil brought some seared albacore medallions from loins that were caught just a few weeks earlier by @3boys (thank you!), muled up to Sitka and then cooked to perfection in my skillet for my extended troller family.  Afterward we all enjoyed a soak in the beautiful Baranoff Warm Springs, which is a natural series of pools overlooking a waterfall.  It was a pretty great experience, and over of the reasons I continue to choose this lifestyle over the rat race.

First pic boats - Diamond Lil, Nerka, Arminta, Grace
Second pic - part of the benefits of living up in SE Alaska
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #376 on: September 27, 2018, 02:27:22 PM »
Are the warm springs speedo friendly? I'm asking for a friend of a friend......of a friend.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #377 on: September 27, 2018, 03:08:57 PM »
Baranof Hot Springs has rules against speedos. Technically, clothing of any kind is frowned upon. Just ask the lovely lady I mistook for a grizzly bear last time I was there.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #378 on: September 27, 2018, 04:35:56 PM »
Ya, can't be squeamish about people going au naturale around there.  Especially those that shouldn't. :chuckle:

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #379 on: September 27, 2018, 04:53:44 PM »
Ya, can't be squeamish about people going au naturale around there.  Especially those that shouldn't. :chuckle:
So you're telling me that h2o in a speedo would be overdressed?  :o
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #380 on: September 27, 2018, 04:54:28 PM »
Spent the last week fixing the boat, upgrading the boat, and rigging the boat to do the Spot Prawn pot fishery here in SE.  Basically, just hemorrhaging cash...  :chuckle:
Got a friend with a permit and no freezer boat, so we're going to team up and give it a whirl.  It should be a fun, easy fishery.  We're only allowed to run gear from 8am to 4pm.  The rest of the time we'll be popping heads off of live shrimp (keeping them alive throughout the day in an insulated tote I've converted to a huge livewell on deck), quick freezing them, glazing them, and then packing into cases.  Pots go on the water at 8am on Oct 1st, and we keep fishing until the quota in each area is caught.  Looking at a 12-15 day trip here.

 A big part of the game is strategizing where to start and where to go next after your starting area's quota is caught.  We're holding the strategy summit tonight over a few barley pops...

A couple of pics to follow-
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #381 on: September 27, 2018, 04:56:36 PM »
Ya, can't be squeamish about people going au naturale around there.  Especially those that shouldn't. :chuckle:
So you're telling me that h2o in a speedo would be overdressed?  :o

If you've ever seen that giant hairy person known as H20, you'd know I'll be forcing him to wear a Mustang survival suit if we go to the hot springs...
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #382 on: September 27, 2018, 04:59:31 PM »
Ya, can't be squeamish about people going au naturale around there.  Especially those that shouldn't. :chuckle:
So you're telling me that h2o in a speedo would be overdressed?  :o

If you've ever seen that giant hairy person known as H20, you'd know I'll be forcing him to wear a Mustang survival suit if we go to the hot springs...
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #383 on: September 27, 2018, 05:08:22 PM »
Here's our deckload of gear.  140 ladners, 1400 fathoms of groundline, 1200 fathoms of buoy line.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #384 on: September 27, 2018, 05:12:01 PM »
And in the hold right now is best hanging bait you can get - black cod heads.  3500-# worth.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #385 on: September 27, 2018, 05:14:39 PM »
On our way down to -38F. 
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #386 on: September 27, 2018, 05:41:10 PM »
Very cool. Looking forward to shrimp pics.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #387 on: September 27, 2018, 06:23:26 PM »
cool thread.  thanks for sharing  :tup:

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #388 on: September 28, 2018, 05:00:29 AM »
Looks like you're enjoying yourself Skillet.

I'm in Tok for the night, heading home. Season is done for me. Couple buddies flew up to drive home with me and we are bound for Dawson City later today to explore the Klondike and see if they left any gold nuggets laying around. Then, southbound again. Should be to Liard Hot Springs in two or three days for a relaxing visit.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #389 on: September 28, 2018, 07:32:03 PM »
Sounds like a great way to end a long season, safe travels Sitka BT. 

Loaded with enough  gear, food, fuel, and bait for 15-ish days of prawn feezing mayem.  Heading out in the am, have a long run to the grounds we're starting on.

I'll be back with (hopefully) a couple thousand pounds of tails.  Very likely I'll be able to do a HuntWa group buy on those, among other frozen fish goodies, in early November.  Frozen product in November should be a much easier thing to deal with than fresh fish in 100 degree heat. Watch for a post on the Sponsor's Classifieds - :tup:
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