Author Archives: Fred Cooper

About Fred Cooper

Alaska resident at the time of statehood and returns annually; professional civil engineer and for 35 years owner of an engineering company; skipper of the Nordic Quest; author, avid fisherman and world traveler. Lives with his wife and their water-loving standard schnauzer in Portland, Oregon.

2018 Halibut Fishing Regulations Issued for SE Alaska

Well, the halibut regulations for SE Alaska waters are finally available and after some rather historic deliberations are pretty much the same as 2017. That is, if you are a non-guided sport fisherman. You are not so lucky if you … Continue reading

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Managing Your Halibut Catch Under the New Rules

Any recreational or non-guided fisherman who has fished for Pacific halibut in Southeast Alaska this last several years knows that there has been increased enforcement of the IPHA rules for processing your catch. I have had to alter my whole approach … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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On the dry, wrapped and heated, the Nordic Quest is ready for anything that the winter months in Juneau can send her way. In med-September we hauled out the Nordic Quest at the new Auke Bay facility. We performed end … Continue reading

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Are Southeast Alaska Dungeness Crab Threatened?

We posted today a photograph of one early June day’s catch of Dungeness crab on the Nordic Quest. We caught our limit but this is getting harder and harder to do. Non-residents are now limited to three crabs per day … Continue reading

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Spring Halibut Fishing

Over the last several weeks I had friends on board for some king salmon and halibut fishing. Both were fairly successful. We set a new record for the boat upon landing a 220 pound halibut caught along Chatham Strait.

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Kalinin Bay Entrance Uncharted Rock

I plan to anchor in Kalinin Bay on the extreme north end of Kruzof Island several times this summer and felt it was time to remind summer cruisers about the uncharted rock in the area of the big rocky shoal in the narrow … Continue reading

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Entering and Leaving Swanson Harbor

Swanson Harbor, where Icy Strait, Lynn Canal, and Chatham Strait all meet up, is a popular anchorage. But a word of caution for boaters who are not local: stay clear of the reef, known as Sharp Ledge, on the southwest … Continue reading

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Sealion Beach Trail, Kruzof Island

For the adventurous hikers, there is a very interesting trail on Kruzof Island north of Sitka. It starts on the west of side of the meadow at the south end of Kalinin Bay and ends at a pristine sand beach … Continue reading

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