Rainy Docks

Rainy Docks

The docks at Tenakee in the rain

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Noyes Island King Salmon

Over the next four weeks the Nordic Quest will be stalking trophy kings in the Noyes, Lulu and Baker Island area on the west side of Prince of Wales. We have wanted to do this for a long time and will have numerous reports on our website over the next two months about how we did, where we fished (mooching, trolling, depths, tides, etc.), and places we used for anchorages.

It’s a long run from our home port in Juneau so we partnered with a friend who took the Nordic Quest from Juneau to Craig and I’ll make the reverse run. Hopefully both of us will fully punch our king salmon tags and along the way enjoy some halibut fishing and setting pots for Dungeness crabs. We’ll have stories, photos and a fresh video to post to the site.


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Bent Pole

A pole rigged for salmon trolling in Icy Strait, photo by Andrew Cooper

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A seiner under way in Icy Strait, photo by Andrew Cooper

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Rounding Point Retreat

Point Retreat Lighthouse on a clear day

Leaving Juneau or Auke Bay for anywhere west and you have to pass Point Retreat at the north end of Admiralty Island. On a clear day the point with the Point Retreat Lighthouse is spectacular, Mountains and glaciers tower on the horizon in every direction. Click on the image for an immersive panorama.

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Salmon Reel

A salmon reel waiting for a fish, photo by Darcy Lynn

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Fishing Gallery

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Gary’s King

Gary's King

Gary with a very nice king salmon caught in Salisbury Sound

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Sea Lions

Sea Lions

A group of Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus) check out our catch

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Latest Thriller Novel by Fredrick Cooper

Taking an Alaskan cruise just begs having a great novel to read. My latest thriller novel set in Southeast Alaska is perfect for those days at sea. Here is a blurb that is sure to grab your attention. All my novels can be purchased from Amazon Books and available later this summer in bookstores in Ketchikan and Juneau.


An Earl Armstrong Thriller Novel

by Fredrick Cooper

The theme park was five years in development and touted worldwide as a golden destination for foreign tourists. It would offer everything a tourist desired to experience in Alaska—snow-capped mountain ranges, a gold rush town, whale watching, salmon fishing, an aquarium with dolphin and orca acts, an eagle sanctuary, and glacier viewing. Cruise ships would dock adjacent to a recreated gold mining town where tourists could enjoy all of the wonders of Alaska at one location. But the most compelling experiences for tourists would be the predators of Alaska—Glacier World’s massive, wildlife enclosures with five-star wildlife attractions, like the Alaskan brown bear, cougar, wolves, wolverines, caribou and musk ox—all in their natural habitats.

But Glacier World had a darker side. Local residents were miffed that over $500 million was being spent to develop an old cannery as a destination resort without hardly any local hires. In the fall of 2019, just before Glacier World was scheduled to open, people died under peculiar circumstances and government authorities were apprehensive about reports of missing cargo in the Gulf of Alaska.

A thousand miles to the south on the coast of Washington state, Earl Armstrong, the forester for an Indian tribe, was missing something too—one hundred thousand board feet of premium lumber, which his freight forwarder informed him—had vanished. It could cost him his job and destroy his career. When attempting to trace his lost shipment in an era of computerized, global transactions and ultimately in the ice and snowbound mountains surrounding Glacier World in SE Alaska, Earl and his friends are exposed to danger from more than one kind of predator, some desperate and some just hungry.

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