Sarah Cannard (traveljuneau.com) with a proud display of her hefty halibut.
SOUTHEAST ELFIN MAGIC
Where Salmon Funnel and Halibut Overload Plus a Bottomfish Bonus and Shark Surprise
Article and Photos By Terry W. Sheely
The river otters are on dock patrol, poking into moored boats, tipping bait buckets, sniffing fish cleaning trays, moving in quick short bursts, hunting for tidbits left over from our fish day on Cross Sound. They move like liquid serpentines flowing from boat to boat, five of them, furred, whiskered and squeaking out finds.
Behind the otters, past the edge of Elfin Cove, the flat water of Icy Strait glows in shades of evening orange and gold. The distance disappears into darkening shadows under the sharp teeth of glaciered mountains. Jim lights his pipe, ice clinks, we lean on the railing above the small harbor and watch the otter patrol until it disappears into night. It’s been a good day in a great spot in Southeast Alaska.
Tomorrow TRN publisher/editor Jim Goerg and I will climb into an Alaska Seaplanes deHavilland Beaver bound for Juneau and the next leg of a whirlwind fish-in. But before making the turn to the east we’ll swing wide, bank over Cross Sound and look down on the water that treated us so well today, and I’ll envy the boats just pulling away from the Elfin Cove Resort dock.
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