Monday, May 31, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Home at last at the Lodge with plenty to do. Had really hoped to get a line wet today, but work got in the way. Finally got my laptop fixed and back up and running yesterday, so all is well. Axman arrived the other day and we spent yesterday getting his boat set up, tackle room cleaned and organized and ready for guides. Got another boat ready and figured early this morning would be a good time to wet a line and catch some fish....however, Pappa Hack decided it would be more fun to paint the fish house and trim the trees in the front of the Lodge, so a day of hard labor was his choice for us....

Hopefully we can get some fishing done in the next day or that my computer is fixed, will get some pics posted tomorrow or later tonight.

Stay tuned for fishing soon!!

Capt Jim

Friday, May 28, 2010

Home at Last!!!

Great travel day on Wednesday - Ohio to Denver - 30 minutes early. Denver to Seattle - 30 minutes early. Left Seattle on time - arrived Ketchikan on time. Luggage arrived intact, quick ferry ride and cab ride - checked in hotel - After a long travel day it was good to rest and try and get my body clock adjusted to the 4 hour time difference.

Quick run to the liquor store - my stock was there per my email to the store!! All is well! Morning trip to Tongass Trading for some secret spoons and tackle!! In to Yes Bay office, met up with Art, Dewey and Johnson - out to Knudson cove marina, Dewey loaded a boat with 20 cases of bait and headed out, my boat was next in the water, loaded luggage and some of Johnsons things and made a bumpy ride out to the Lodge in about 1.5 hours, not too bad!!

Today - squaring away the tackle room, cleaning boats and getting mine ready to fish!! I am anxious to get started. Have 6 boats out here, will spend the weekend getting all the boats set up and ready for more guides and staff arriving next week!!

Make your plans NOW to visit Yes Bay this summer for some fantastic fishing!!

Capt Jim

I will start updating the Yes Bay blog and this blog pretty much daily from now through the end of the season, so stay tuned for our summer adventures!!! Pictures as soon as I get my computer up and running!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Alaska Bound!!

Well I am finally on my way to Alaska tomorrow morning bright and early!! I have been in Ohio for the past week visiting family and it has been fantastic. EXCEPT - My laptop died, lost the boot record so the machine won't boot up. I will need to reload windows when I get to Alaska and hopefully that will solve the problem, maybe have to reload all my software. If not I will order a new laptop!! UGH

I am anxious to get back to the Lodge and home where I belong. The fishing is already starting with several early Kings it promises to be a great season.

I hope you have made plans to visit the Lodge this summer, I always look forward to returning guests and new ones alike!!

Come Fish!!

Capt Jim

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Long Overdue!

Well I finally got up the balls to do something I should have done a long time ago! It is amazing what a dumb ass I can be sometimes!! I know most of you will agree with that statement, but anyway, it is rectified now.

I started on Facebook this past fall when my High School class started planning a reunion, I was badgered into it and have found it quite interesting catching up with some old friends.

Most of you know that I have been married a time or two and the last little foray into matrimony ended in what can only be described as the "War of the Roses"! Sadly the end result was the loss of contact with my stepson, a kid who I helped raise from the time he was about 2 1/2 until he was 18. He was the primary reason I stuck around! Well we both were pretty beat up and hurt by all the legal goings on and we drifted apart, both wondering if the other one still hated the other...

This past Sunday I did a search on facebook to see if he was on there. I knew where he was living and some things about what he was up to, but really decided that it was time to either re-establish contact or get my head handed to me...but worthy of the effort for sure.

Luckily he has grown into a fine successful young man and I guess we both have matured a bunch and have decided to let the water that has already passed under the bridge remain that way. So a few emails with some explaining back and forth and a little update and we are back in contact and it is great!

Will lives in the palm beach area, has a good job and travels a bunch as a management consultant. But more importantly he has a real nice 31 foot Jupiter fishing boat and spends his leisure time diving, spearfishing and hook and line fishing. He just made his first crossing in the boat a few weeks ago to the Bahamas. So I guess all the fishing he did with his Grandfather and I stuck! Check out some of his catches!

Now it looks like he could teach me a thing or two!

So needless to say, I am happy we have hooked back up and hopefully we will continue to stay in touch...looks like a short trip to S Florida will be on my agenda in the fall!

As I said, I should have done this a long time ago, I can be very stubborn sometimes, to a fault!! And who knows, maybe I can convince him a trip to Alaska would be a good thing!

Speaking of which, I will be leaving Florida a week from today to head to Ohio to visit Family and then towards the end of the month on my way to the Lodge. There are still a few spots available for those who have not made their reservations yet, get in touch with Kris at the office and get your dates confirmed! It promises to be a great season!!

Captain Jim