Furloughed? Why Not Go Fishing?

Sounds crazy? Well a few days off is a sure way to get rid of that stress that Congress is giving everyone. And spending them in SE Alaska is even better. Cell phone service is quite scattered (see my blogsite next week for more on that topic) and nothing is more relaxing than anchored in a small bay, sitting back and talking fishing with your close friends.

My real job depends on government contracts quite a lot. Fortunately most of the current work is funded and unlikely to be reduced. The company has faced reductions in federal funding before and got through them. So it’s time to make plans for leaving everything behind and head north to Alaska. I want to visit some of my favorite halibut and salmon hotspots (Yes; I just might put a few in my blogs so come back regularly) and to watch the little brown bear cubs paraded out by their mamas to see and learn how to survive in the wonderful Alaskan environment. But first I have to get there. Come the first of May, the Nordic Quest goes back into the water, gets checked out, re-provisioned and heads north through British Columbia. When we hit the U.S. boundary south of Ketchikan, the lines go down and we’ll fish our way to Juneau. Once there, she is detailed and ready for charter. Bow to stern, inside and out, Nordic Tug Charters really knows how to take care of the boats the company has available. Anyone who has chartered the Nordic Quest in recent years can tell you it’s like stepping onto a new boat. This year several additional safety features have been added–AIS, a Lifesling and a 6-man inflatable liferaft, the only 42-footer with these features. So click on the Charter page or the link to Nordic Tug Charters. There are a few really good slots still available for the 2013 season.

 

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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