A lot of the Ketchikan Charter Boats work together. Today I towed one of Captain Larry Wiseman's boats. He owns Avid Angler Charters and runs both the Avid and Tenacious Angler. The Tenacious Angler weighs 10,800 pounds. Downtown Ketchikan looks a lot different without tourists. Typical beautiful spring day.
Thank you to the 3 groups who booked charters today, for the 2015 summer season. Ketchikan has been having very nice weather lately. The entire town is acting like it is summertime already. When the days in Ketchikan get longer, like they have lately, it lift's everyone's spirits. While moving a friends boat and working on Cessna 172 wings, my phone and email was pinging. January and February are the perfect time to book fishing trips in Ketchikan. In Ketchikan you typically cannot walk off the cruise ship and book a charter. Many of us are booked months in advance. Picture of the friends boat that I moved, and a couple of other Ketchikan Charter Boats sitting on the dry land for wintertime. Avid Angler Charters, and Black Flag Charters store their boats at Aurora Sportfishing's upland storage area in Saxman.
Here are a couple favorite fishing pictures of Paris Aurora Knuteson. I was thinking about her all day while finishing the green house build. I started building a greenhouse for her last spring then summer got in the way. As many of you know Paris is our main deckhand through the summer months. She is Captain Tony's 11 year old daughter. There were many fishing trips where she was just laying in the bunk watching tv or playing with toys. However the last couple years she has actually helped some. She has made sandwiches, baited hooks, cleaned like a mad woman etc. Whether catching ling cod or wining about how hard that halibut is to reel up, Captain Tony was there turning her into a fishing girl. Someday Ketchikan Alaska tourist will be fishing with Captain Paris Knuteson. Oh will she have a story to tell.
Captain Tony is officially legal to fish for 2015! Legal to hunt and trap also. All tourist know about buying State of Alaska fishing license's, even locals need them. I almost went trolling in my skiff yesterday. While putting a couple things together, the realization of not buying my fishing license for 2015 set in. Glad I realized that prior to fishing because with my luck Alaska State Troopers would have found me for sure. While working on the Never Enough today, I saw Captain Clay pass my house on his way to find big King Salmon. With the State troopers right behind him "probably trying to find his secret fishing hole"
Here are a couple pictures of the my new "very used" float plane ramp float. The poor old float has seen better days but will serve a purpose for a little while. Towed it home yesterday from downtown Ketchikan. Carlin Air/Family Air used this float for about 10 years now I will use it for my 172. While towing it from downtown Ketchikan to my home in Saxman, I was marking those hungry King Salmon the whole time. Have been itching to fish lately however getting life ready for summer, when the fish are actually here, is the wisest move. Also surprised a fat little otter down on the beach yesterday. Waited for him to get about half way up the beach then took off after him. When he hit the water he stayed about 20 ft. off shore looking at me like "what the heck, that has never happened!"
Today I got back on the Never Enough to pull the engine and reduction gear. I am purchasing a new reduction gear to match the 430 hp cummins diesel that I recently installed. We use the boomtruck for reaching into the boat and pulling the engine. It is good to be doing these things now rather than June 1. I have ran the Valhalla the last few years while working on the Never Enough. In 2015 the Never Enough will be the fish catching machine while the Valhalla either gets sold or really gone through also. The view from my house on these beautiful sunny calm days brings the thought of catching that big hungry King Salmon. That King Salmon that we know is swimming around right off the beach, is incentive enough to get these boats ready. In the picture of the boomtruck you can barely see the Coast Guard's new fast boat out there playing on such an awesome day!
While thinking about the King Salmon that are swimming around in front of my house, I received a call for the use of my boomtruck. Here is the view from my beach. The tanks getting moved with the boomtruck are for Oceans Alaska, which is a non-profit aquaculture company who is basically a hatchery for geoduck clams and oysters. Though we aren't catching the big King salmon I know are there we were still working on fisheries one way or another. Fishing all summer long is awesome, but taking it easy and working on little projects on a beautiful sunny Ketchikan day is good too.
That is my cessa 172 stripped down and getting ready for paint. Many smaller pieces have been painted already and we are moving forward on this project. Anyone who has fished with Captain Tony at Aurora Sportfishing has heard me talk about everyone of those planes that fly overhead. Meanwhile we are trying to convince a king salmon that our bait is the best bait. Or I hooked you up with one of my friends who is a pilot so you can check out the misty fjords. Well 2015 this little bird will fly. Fly-out halibut fishing will be the new thing!
The days are getting longer and the season will be here soon. Though Captain Tony is working on his plane every day, the idea of catching king salmon, and red snapper is definitely on his mind. If you are thinking of fishing in Ketchikan this summer now is the time to prepare for your trip. The busy summer season has every charter boat fishing booked solid and same goes for vacancies in our local hotels and B&B's. Don't wait until June to book!! Here are a few fun days of 2014 fishing with Aurora Sportfishing.
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