Are you ugly or double ugly?
Trip Start May 20, 2009
13Trip End Jun 02, 2009
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Our fishing guides, Dreamfish Charters, had asked us to try to catch the first tender off the ship and we were able to make it, so we were there by 7:10, Margie was picking us up at 7:30 AM. We were entertained while we waited here by a bald eagle.
Margie picked us up and we were off to the dock. The town of Hoonah is very small and this is the newest port we've been to. Ships have only been coming here for about 5 years, it was definitely the least commercialized of any port and a very neat place. Her husband met us at the public pier with the boat and off we went on our quest for 'the big one'!
After we made it to our first spot, our Captain went over the technique of fishing for halibut. As bottom feeders, you let your line out completely to the bottom until you feel the weight hit and then thump it on the bottom a few times, short thumps, long thumps, followed by my fish call "here fishy, fishy" and you're ready to go. The thumps allow the fish to find the bait as at 300 feet deep, it's pretty dark.
I was the first to get a bite but unfortunately it was a type of flounder that they say is not edible, plus he was pretty ferocious looking with some nasty teeth. They called him an 'ugly' and he went back in the water.
LJ caught one
Back to other food, Margie had made muffins for us for breakfast and delicious ham croissant sandwiches for lunch, with homemade chocolate peanut butter cookies for dessert.
Our entertainment? Humpback whales all around us - they were just phenomenal.
Shannon and I agreed the whale watching was the perfect break for our arms also - we didn't exactly realize how tiring reeling in 300 feet of line with a fish on the end, well most of the time a fish on the end, would be!
We had some light rain off and on but overall, it was a beautiful day to be in the middle of the water, surrounded by gorgeous mountains, wildlife and new friends.
A quick nap and then LJ went to the thermal suite and I was lazy in the room, then dinner. Afterwards we went to the casino, doubled our money and left - a perfect ending to the day!