We got out on the water today on the Pursuit to tow some boom for our annual SERVS oil spill response training.
Construction is just beginning for our brand new vessel ProFish which will be in service for the 2015 season! This boat will replace the ProFish-n-Sea which has been the namesake of our company since it was built in 2000. The new boat will be very similar to the old – just a couple feet longer and 15 years newer! It is being constructed by Bay Welding in Homer. I just returned from taking my first look at construction today. The hull is shaping up nicely, the stringers are all welded in, and the fuel tank is being built as I post this. You can see from the photos that the transom has yet to be added (so they can get in and out easily while working on it) but that will be next followed by the deck. Then they will turn the hull over and “stitch up” the bottom. Check back for updates as construction progresses!
We would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who fished with us this past season. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone who fishes with us each year and having the opportunity to meet many new clients as well. Fishing this season was very good with a record silver run and halibut fishing which was solid all season.
We saw some big halibut – the biggest being a 271 pounder caught Aug. 31st. – and a lot of solid mid-size (30 – 60 lb.) halibut as well. This being the first season under a new regulation allowing retention of 1 halibut any size and one 29” or under we focused our efforts on trying to catch the best “any size” fish we could, mopping up the little ones later if need be. This worked well most days with solid average on the boats.
After a beautiful spring we endured a long stretch of rough, rainy weather in August that prevented us from leaving the bay for days at a time. Fortunately, that bad weather period was met with a run of silvers into the bay that was one of the biggest I can remember. Day after day we limited out on feisty silvers in the outer reaches of Resurrection Bay and even found a few smaller halibut on the bottom just below them.
We are already making plans for the 2015 season including the replacement of our namesake vessel ProFish-n-Sea with a newer version of the same well proven design from Bay Welding in Homer! We will keep you posted with updates as construction continues. The calendars for July and August are already filling up so book now to grab the few remaining days….
We have had several days on the water in May and early June. The halibut fishing has been as good as I can remember in the last few years. New limits have forced us to keep one small fish – 29″ or less but we have been focusing most of our time looking for large fish for the “any size” fish each fisherman is allowed. We have had good luck targeting these bigger fish finding quite a few fish in the 40 – 100 pound range.