Halibut Fishing on Auke Bay - No Fishes for You!
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The original plans had been to go halibut fishing on Sunday the 6th but between the weather and some other incidential issues, it was not possible to get out and we missed low tide which is the best time to catch halibut. I ended up vegging all day and it was exactly what I needed. Watched TV, played online (worked on my blog....lol) and just enjoyed the company of a good friend. There was almost 1 1/2 inches of rain on Sunday which is really rare - believe it or not Southeast Alaska is a rainforest and has one of the highest rainfall totals but usually not at one time like Sunday.
The weather channel indicated it should be clearing some Monday so we decided to take a chance...I was ready! If I missed my flight at 3pm, who cared....that is the beauty of changing a reservation and getting a hotel room! LOL.
We got up and were on the water by 7:30am but the weather was still somewhat uncooperative and we couldn't travel out to the usual places he fishes. As we were leaving the bay, we heard some super interesting chatter on the radio from the US Coast Guard. Apparently one of the Cruises West ships ran aground in Glacier Bay! It had left Juneau the night before headed for a short Alaska luxury cruise and ran aground on a glacial moraine.
So, now we are out of Auke Bay and headed to a couple closer spots in the search for halibut! Don't let people fool you into thinking halibut fishing is a breeze. He's been doing it for quite sometime and it's an actual science. There is a small window of prime opportunity to catch them at "slack tide" and it's basically a waiting game. No trolling like for salmon or what I am used to with deep sea fishing.
We spent the entire morning out and after no bites during the peak time, he decided it was time to head back, get the boat out, and get me on my way to the airport, so I didn't have to stay an extra day. I was honestly pretty sad at this point. The last hour or so on the boat was one of the most clear moments in my entire life. It was so incredibly peaceful and the water was so calm...no noise except for a few salmon jumping and the water sloshing against the side of the boat.