Fish Blog for mid-August 2019

There comes a time in everyone’s life, usually when we get long in the tooth, or short on the hair, when we start questioning our faculties and abilities. You know, things like, why did I came to Costco for anyway? (Did I really say that out loud?) OH CRAP. The past week, this blogger had to question; is my blog losing its Mojo? We have, in the blog industry, this thing we call, “negative blog reverse hot bite mojo”. (I didn’t make that up, but I’m not sure). When I would post a blog about some less than stellar fishing, like magic (although I’m sure somewhere there’s a scientific report substantiating it) the following week has a smoking hot bite. Well, after last week’s blog, which told of a week of just average Salmon fishing, it did indeed start off with a really smoking hot Coho chew but after 2 days it died out leaving me to wonder, am I losing my touch, or is the strength of my blog, running the same course as my hair, fading away. As we get older, they have cures for age deficiencies, like hair transplants, Grecian formula, depends, and of course Viagra. I’m hoping there’s something that could maybe build the potency of my blog back up, thus giving us back our continuous smoking hot bite. We could call it “Blogagra”. Of course it would come with a warning, “Take 2 tablets 1 hour before intense fishing activity. If intense fishing activity continues for more than 4 hours, you need to see a doctor immediately or you could sustain permanent brain damage”, or about the same damage you get from reading my blog. I don’t know, Peggy says I have an over active imagination, but that’s all I have that’s over active. And for other news, how about that weather? No, really. The weather is been a big factor in Alaska this year. In the 27 years I’ve been in Sitka, this year’s weather has been the hottest and driest on record. The ocean temp right now is 62 degrees. About 80% of the days this summer have been dry and sunny. The meager snowpack we had has been long gone, and our streams are the lowest I’ve ever seen. With the waters so low and warm, the salmon are in no hurry to migrate into their home waters, which I’m sure is one of the reasons that our Coho return has been slow to progress. But things might be changing. The upside of this weather has been a very continuous calm ocean and light winds. Last night, however, saw our first full blown gale of the year, and not just a passing fancy. Forecasted, 35knt winds for last night, 35knt winds for Sunday, 35knt winds for Tuesday, and 30knt winds, 16’ seas for Wednesday. When she finally decided to cut lose with the weather, it did it with a vengeance. I would predict that this will have a bad effect on our catch rates, and it doesn’t take 42 years of guiding experience or rocket science to figure that out. Well, that’s about all I have for now, or as Peggy puts it, I better quit while I’m ahead. Until next week, Good health, safe journey, and smoking hot fishing. Bruce

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Horizon West 

Sitka, Alaska

(907) 747-7976

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