Thursday, February 8, 2018

Exploring the Sitka Area with Friends

May 7, 2017

Our good friends Mick (aka “Fin-man”) and Angie joined us for a week of cruising around the greater Sitka area, and learning how to fish.  And just to be clear, that was Mick teaching us how to fish, not the other way around.  We departed Sitka in the early afternoon, out through the straits, to hit the late afternoon slack at Sergius Narrows.  Our timing was good, and just past the narrows we pulled into Deep Bay to anchor for the night.

The next morning we departed at a leisurely hour continuing out towards Peril Strait and Hoonah Sound.  Turning into Hoonah Sound, we went all the way to the end of the South Arm and anchored by a spit of land that separates the North and South Arms of the sound.

Enroute, we stopped by a sea  mound and quickly caught a couple of rock fish for dinner.    Now Mick is a multi-talented guy.  Not only does he make a good fin-man when help is needed installing stabilizers on a boat, but as demonstrated by our effortless catch, he can fish and teach how to fish.  But that’s not all.  He is also a master chef, so those rock fish provided double pleasure; once when caught, and again when eaten.

And just to top things off, we spotted a brown bear crossing the land spit.

The next day we just hung out in the anchorage, fished, kayaked, and generally enjoyed to location.  That evening, we got another treat after a brief rain shower.  Not a bad view.

From Hoonah Sound, we went a little way back out Peril Strait to Appleton Cove and anchored up in a nice corner, and enjoyed the location, caught and ate some halibut, and enjoyed the company.

After a night in Appleton Cove, we started to work our way back towards Sitka, anchoring once again in Deep Bay so we could catch the early AM passage through Sergius Narrows.   We made our early pass at about 06:30, and were back in Sitka by 10:00 with plenty of time to go explore the town a bit, and of course get dinner at Ludwigs.

An excellent time was had by all.

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