Southeast Alaska 2006

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Sally and I made another trip to southeast Alaska in May of 2006. Our other trips had been in July and September and we wanted to catch some nice king salmon this trip and scheduled our trip for the last week of May. The end of May and first part of June are traditionally the best weeks for kings in this area. But as luck would have it we were a little too early this time. We caught a few kings and some halibut and crabs but it wasn’t like other trips we’d been on.

Here we are with a halibut of about 60 pounds caught earlier in the day of May of 2006.
Here we are with a halibut of about 60 pounds caught earlier in the day of May of 2006.

 

Here's Dan with another halibut in the 70 pound range. These are great eaters.
Here’s Dan with another halibut in the 70 pound range. These are great eaters.

 

This is what we were really after; king salmon in the 30 pound range. They really put up a great fight and are aptly named.
This is what we were really after; king salmon in the 30 pound range. They really put up a great fight and are aptly named.

 

We saw a lot of brown bears on this trip. Sally spots one going into the brush as we troll for kings. According to the folks at the lodge they had really come out in force the week we were there. Sally and I went for a walk behind the cabins after dinner one evening and came within 100 yards of a brownie.
We saw a lot of brown bears on this trip. Sally spots one going into the brush as we troll for kings. According to the folks at the lodge they had really come out in force the week we were there. Sally and I went for a walk behind the cabins after dinner one evening and came within 100 yards of a brownie.

 

On our flight back to Juneau in the Alaska Seaplanes Beaver. As a pilot Dan enjoyed the flight to and from the island in the right seat of the Beaver. The float pond at Juneau parallels the main runway. Though not quite visible from this vantage, the Mendenhall Glacier is behind the airport. On the flight back to Juneau we flew along the spine of Admiralty Island and saw several big bears, in the 9' - 10' class up on the high snow-covered ridges. They were just coming out of hibernation.
On our flight back to Juneau in the Alaska Seaplanes Beaver. As a pilot Dan enjoyed the flight to and from the island in the right seat of the Beaver. The float pond at Juneau parallels the main runway. Though not quite visible from this vantage, the Mendenhall Glacier is behind the airport. On the flight back to Juneau we flew along the spine of Admiralty Island and saw several big bears, in the 9′ – 10′ class up on the high snow-covered ridges. They were just coming out of hibernation.

 

Here's another brown bear on the beach. Again we saw him while trolling for king salmon. They were usually more interested in filling their belly than our quiet boat trolling along the shore.
Here’s another brown bear on the beach. Again we saw him while trolling for king salmon. They were usually more interested in filling their belly than our quiet boat trolling along the shore.