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From the Rainforest to the Ocean


 Journey to Fishing

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From the Rainforest to the Ocean


 Journey to Fishing

 

 

    It's a long story of how I ended up fishing in SE Alaska.  In a nutshell, I quit a cushy government job to experience the freedom of the ocean.  I had lived in Ketchikan for 4 years working as a forester before I transferred down to Wyoming.  As chance would have it, a co-worker's roommate also moved down to the same town.  We had never met it Alaska, but the name was familiar.  We met and shared a house in Wyoming.   I lived with Maria and a couple months later her husband Lynn came back from a summer of fishing out of Petersburg.  I spent another year working in Wyoming before I decided to retire from the world of trees and head back to Alaska in search of a boat job on the water.  

  I was working construction while searching for boatwork when out of the blue (ocean pun) a friend called me saying her ex-husband had his deckhand quit on his fishing boat.  So the next day I went down to the harbor to meet him and immediately starting working on the boat.  The next day we left for a King salmon trip, that's how fast it happened.  

  The next season, Lynn's deckhand moved on to different things and I moved up to Petersburg to fish with him aboard his boat, The Honeywilya.  

 

Photo courtesy of Lynn Steyaart, Captain F/V Honeywilya.