First report of the Convention:
Picked up Patti and Jeff Sat. AM and headed down to the boat, weather was blue skies and sunshine, no clouds and looking hot for the rest of the day.
We gassed up and got underway. First stop: Perry Passage where we set out one shrimp pot. We then went to Tippy Point to fish halibut, Jeff caught a couple of good sized snappers. We then motored to Derrickson bay where Jeff and Zman set another shrimp pot......off to fish again for halibut. This time Patti connected with a 61-inch, 115 lb. halibut! We were all thrilled! Earlier in the day Jeff had netted some glacier ice (small icebergs) floating in the water so we put the 'but in the fish hold packed in glacier ice. Supper that evening was pan-fried halibut that I had caught earlier this summer. Zman picked a nice cove for us to spend the night. During the day we saw several eagles and sea birds. Earlier in the day they gave us presents they had brought......a custom-made reel for Zman and a lightweight high-powered pair of binoculars for the chef. Way cool!
Sunday morning we set out to retrieve the shrimp pots......we harvested about 50 live and kickin prawns. We ate about half for lunch which Patti and Jeff proclaimed "BETTER THAN LOBSTER!!". Jeff and I sucked the heads and found them unbelievable.....we could not convince Patti or Zman to join us. After a little more halibut fishing to no avail we headed back. We still had fish to fillet and portion, the boat to unload and the truck to pack. The 4 Roadfooders returned to Anchorage happy, hot, sunburned and tired.
Tomorrow Patti and Jeff take our truck/camper rig and head out on the open highways to explore more of Alaska. Thursday, RickF and wife Jan arrive and the 6 Roadfooders are going to meet, eat and enjoy libations outside, next to the busiest float plane lake in the world, Lake Hood. More boat plans are in the works for the weekend........
Pictures will be forthcoming at the end of the week's Convention!