A day on the ocean…in a wind tunnel

Small Craft Advisory
Winds up to 24 knots
Seas 8-feet

Not the text you want to receive from the guy who is taking you out on the ocean the next day. My buddies asked me about Dramamine, I told them they didn’t need it.
Turned out I was right, but the wind did it’s best to make them chum the water with eggs and bacon.
Raf is the owner and professional guide that runs Tranquil Charters out of Craig, Alaska. We met him on the dock at six and in 45-minutes were making our first drift through coho-filled waters that were protected from the ocean swell, but not the slop churned up by the wind.

Had it been raining, the day would have been nothing short of horrific.

We got some cohos then made a run back through the swells to a spot for halibut. We’d been getting paddle-sized flat fish all morning and releasing them since guided fishermen are allowed only one halibut her day. It must also must be less than or equal to 45 inches, or larger than 68 inches. On my second drop this thing nailed my herring plug.

Insert “nice ‘but” joke here.

It measured 45 inches thankfully. Watching it swim away would have been tough to take.
We finished the day with limits of halibut, coho and black bass despite the terrible wind.
While I might not be the most objective source on this one, my buddy Raf was a top-notch guide. His youthful enthusiasm is not in place of seasoned knowledge. He has both. The guy has put clients on fish all summer including kings, cohos, monster yellow-eye plus both a 200 and 300-pound halibut. That says more than I can.

The Hero Shot after a day with Rafael from Tranquil Charters.

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