Just before 9AM, we pulled anchor and headed for Double Cove. The first hour was in the open ocean of the Gulf of Alaska. The seas weren't big, but plenty uncomfortable. After 30 minutes we rounded behind Klokachef Island which sheltered us from the swell, but 20 minutes later emerged back into the bouncy seas. Finally at 10:30 we turned from the ocean into the southerly entrance of Piehle Passage. The Douglass Alaska Cruising Guide says “Piehle Passage requires careful piloting in good visibility and fair weather only. It is not recommended for larger vessels or those with limited maneuverability.”
As soon as we entered the Passage, the ocean swell abated and flat sea prevailed. It was a bit un-nervy with rocks and reefs close aboard, so we took it slow with lookouts posted on the bow for a “rock hunt”. With Digital GPS and the Douglass Guide diagram we crept along until we reached the open waters of Slocum Arm. It was then a calm run up to Double Cove.
Wow was it warm: 85 degrees and those Los Osians were immediately in the 54 degree water. Here Bob and Tina take a dive off the boat deck into Double Cove's frigid waters.
The fishing was good just outside Double Cove. We hooked more Black rock fish, some other rock fish varieties, and a small King. When we landed a small rock fish, the hook was removed and the fish returned to the sea. Sometimes it takes a little water through the gills to revive the stunned fish, while others just immediately swim away. So after we returned a small Copper rock fish, he lay on the surface. While he was contemplating his fate, an eagle began circling close by, and quickly dove to the recovering fish. Luckily he must have revived himself just as the eagle attempted the snatch, as the eagle missed!