Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bella Bella Vacation Photos

My cousin, Jodi, is a graphic designer with a beautiful artistic eye.  She graciously has provided access to her Shutterfly link.  There are some wonderful pictures of Kynoch and other areas.  Thank you, Jodi!


You may need to cut and paste the link!

Wild Guests

We would like to introduce you to some of wildest guests:

Lone wolf

This beautiful and healthy sea wolf visited the shore close to our boat.  Wolves howl and growl but do not bark.  She seems to be from the same pack as the others.  Colors can vary among packs.
Small wolf pack dining at the low water buffet.
Red Fur Crab?  Box Crab?

We caught two of these ladies in our prawn traps.  We believe them to be either Red Fur Crabs or a Box Crab.  Neither are very common so identification was difficult for us.  What do you think?

Moon Jellyfish
This Moon Jellyfish sits in a cloud reflecting calm sea.  Moon Jellyfish are slightly toxic sea cleaners.  We have seen them in schools of thousands.
Sea Otter

Sea Otters are opportunistic and grow in proportion to the supply of food.  They can grow to 60+ pounds.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Worst Fishing in 30 Years

It is widely reported to be the worst year for Central Coast fishing in the past 30 years and we would agree. It was not a year for catch and release for Chinook salmon.  We fretted a bit about Doug's son, Ron, coming up to poor fishing since he so loves to fish but it turned out to be a very good trip.

Ron and his friend, Lisa, joined us August 25th.  The weather was calm and the seas were bountiful.  Our first task was to prawn which is hard, hard work.  Ron and Lisa learned how to prawn and took home two limits of nice, big prawns.

A beautiful black bear greeted us when we entered a favorite anchorage.  This curtailed talk of berry picking for Ron and Lisa.

Ron and Doug may not have caught Chinook salmon the next day but the coho and ling cod were plentiful!

And the elusive halibut showed up for Ron which was very nice.

And Ron caught the biggest Coho that we know of in the Shearwater area - whopping 18 lb!

It was a wonderful trip and we were reminded that Chinook are not the only fish in the sea!