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.

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Dock at El Capitan Cave, Prince of Wales Island

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Entering El Capitan Passage, Prince of Wales Island

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Frederick Sound Fog Bank

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A Day of Remembrance

This Memorial Day I have someone special to remember–the grandfather I never met. In fact, I had never known much of anything about Fred Harmon Cooper, the person after whom I am named. He was presumably divorced from my grandmother … Continue reading

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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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