Sea Jay Goes North 2011

Sea Jay Goes North  2011
Dawes Glacier Endicott Arm Alaska

Thursday, June 09, 2011

BABY BEAR COVE to SITKA 6/4-6/9 2011

We left Appleton Cove and headed for Baby Bear Cove about 30 miles away. The weather was great and on the way a Large Alaska Cat Ferry passed us at over 40 MPH. It is a monster Cat with lots of power. As we travel at 10 knots and Spirit travels at 8.7 we arrived first at Baby Bear and the entrance was all but hidden and we had to really trust our charts weaving through Sharks Teeth rocks to a wonderful well protected anchorage. After Spirit arrived they rafted to Sea Jay and we went to Long Bay about 5 miles away in the shore boat to set the crab pots. Later that evening we pulled the pots with moderate success and moved them to Baby Bear. Next morning Patrick pulled the pots early and we left at 07:00 to reach nearby Surges Narrows at slack tide and arrived at Sitka by noon. That evening we had another wonderful dinner and the Channel Club where I had Smoked Black Cod and it was to die for. The Sitka Marina is very large and it seems like we are a mile from the ramp. On Monday June 6, our Everett Marina next door neighbors Brian and Nancy flew up to Sitka to visit until today June 9. We took them to De Groffe Bay about 13 miles from Sitka. It is a very beautiful Bay with good holding and maximum protection from the weather. That evening Brian and I set the crab pots and in the day and a half there we got only one nice keeper. On Tuesday we went on a safari in the AKSANO and got the full meal deal including a great Hump Back Whale demo with full tail viewing, a momma grizzly and two cubs on the beach, seals on the rocks, eagles every where and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Our weather and location was wonderful for their visit as is was blowing 35 kits on the outside and in Sitka. We headed back to Sitka and had the whole afternoon touring downtown to get neat stuff including a wonderful metal Hump back Whale art piece done by a local craftsman and had another great dinner at Ludvigs Bistro with our guests and the Gills.

Today is a quiet day of R&R and we plan to go fishing later this weekend or the first part of next week.

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