Archives for posts with tag: FIshing Alaska

Time to tell me the truth son?

I am not sure why…..but many of the eagle shots cause me to want to put fun captions under them. They are so varied in their expressions and behaviors. I have a 7 shot sequence of this very bird, and every shot he looks different. Hope I can learn to post multiple shots at once!….:-)

Busting Ice

Every winter the Bering Sea Fishermen have to break ice off the boat. The ice builds up in the high winds, and the sea spray will stick to the cold surface of the boat. Sea water starts freezing at 28 degrees F.
You can see in this photo, how the small pipe railing has grown to very large (and heavy) proportions. If out do not take the time to remove the ice, the buildup can get dangerously heavy, and has been know to cause boats to roll over from being so top heavy.
This particular day, we got a break in the wind, and the sun came out. A combination that helps the guys with the task of ice removal.

Wildlife!

Never sure just what you might see in Alaska. This resident Stellar Sea Lion Bull is very sure of himself, and can pretty much do anything he wants. I have seen these behemoths harassed by Eagles and Ravens both.

Arctic Storm, 290' 110 people onboard.

This made the cover of Pacific Fishing Magazine. It was blowing about 40 kts. and 15 degrees out. The shipo has ice all over it. Fishing was slow and the weather was so lousy, I was cruising by, and got pretty close. The Arctic Storm was trawling at the time. The Capt. whom I know called me on the radio and said “Hey Jack, what are you doing?” I said, “Hey Brian, I am going to make you famous”…and by golly, we did! As I was hanging out the small window, freezing my ears and hands off, trying to get the shot!

Courts in session

Lined up like the honorable judges. These mature Bald Eagles seem to be waiting for something to happen….:-)

F/V Arcturus

200 miles north of the Aleutian Island Chain, 3AM…. deep in the dark and cold heart of the Bering Sea. Bring aboard 150 tons of pure Alaska Pollock. Capt. and crew are all seasoned and professional. Quietly going about about their business….. “Harvesting protein from a hostile environment”

The Gathering

There are so many Bald Eagles, at times too many to count, that will come on the boat….. As I get better organized, I will be able to post plenty of photos of this unique phenomena.