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Friday, June 5, 2009

Sitka, Alaska Fishing Trip

Our trip is just a matter of a few days away. Myself and 5 other friends will be headed to fish for Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish and Ling Cod. Our flight will take us via Seattle to Anchorage to Sitka and will take about 11 hours of flying and airport time to get there. Our first and last evenings will be spent in a hotel in Sitka. Or flight arrival is late in the evening on Saturday and we will spend Sunday shopping for food and fishing license. Our fishing guide and host is picking us up at the airport when we arrive and will transport us to the hotel and then on Sunday to the float house we will spend our week, located in a river outside of Sitka about 18 minutes by boat ride.

The City and Borough of Sitka is located on the west side of Baronof Island in the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle). With an estimated population of 8,986 in 2005, Sitka is the fourth-largest city by population in Alaska and the largest city in the United States by area. Sitka is located Southeast of Juneau, Alaska and can be seen in the lower right of the above picture.

Sitka has been voted the most beautiful Alaskan seaside community. This picture and the below picture came from the Sitka Tourism Bureau.

An actual copy of the Sitka Web cam in the early evening hours on May 27, 2009. It was 6:01pm there and 9:01 pm here in Texas.

A picture of the float house we will be staying in for 5 nights. We will be fishing for 5 days Monday through Friday. Below is another picture of the float house and the boat we will be using for our fishing trips.

Wildlife is Sitka’s hidden treasure with Brown Bear, Sitka Blacktail Deer, Sea Otters, Whales, Sea Lions, Puffins and many more all in large abundance right around each turn. Host to World Class fishing of King Salmon and Halibut plus other goodies like King Crab and Shrimp. Sitka is also a popular feeding ground for the large Humpback Whales in late fall and early spring, but frequent the waters nearly year around. St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge is only a 30 minute boat ride from town and is populated with tufted puffins, sea gulls, bald eagles and other sea birds. Or guide indicated that we had a good shot of seeing a number of the wildlife mentioned above.

The weather forecast projects lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. This is the rainy part of the year in that region and we were told to be sure and bring rain shoes and clothing as well as be able to layer clothing for warmth in the early part of the day and take off layers in the afternoon.

I will be taking pictures and writing notes about our trip while we are gone. I will post an update on the blog when I return.


Amy Jo:) said...

Dad, I cannot believe you leave tomorrow!!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!! I love you lots and hope that you have a GREAT trip!

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