Join the Captain and decades-seasoned Bering Sea fishing crew for an extraordinary journey of discovery on the Aleutian Ballad, a storied crab boat seen on Season 2 of the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. You will set out in the calm, protected waters of coastal Ketchikan and relax in the Ballad’s heated and sheltered outdoor amphitheater as we explore the incredible scenery of Southeast Alaska. On the deck below you, a skilled fishing crew will haul in crab pots and fishing lines very much as they would while working at sea. Revealing all manner of sea life, which are placed in the on-deck aquarium for you to behold. Provided the creatures are safe to handle, and if you are willing, you may literally hold them in your own hands! A day’s catch will likely include: King crab, snow crab, shark, octopus, prawns, rock fish, skate, or gray cod, just to name a few. Perhaps best of all, and entwined throughout the entire tour, is experiencing the personal stories from the hearts of the men who have spent their entire lives working on the ocean. Men who willingly share their passion for fishing and the sea with you. As all of this unfolds on the deck in front of you, Alaska’s magnificent coastal scenery is just on the other side of the ships rail. Bald eagles, seals, otters, sea lions, whales, and native Alaskan fishermen working the scenic island channels may be a part of your tour. Simply amazing. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend time on an authentic working crab or fishing boat, this is it. You’ll get a feel for the unique fascination those working on the seas experience each time they pull up fishing lines and crab pots. As Captain Dave says, “I want people to experience exactly what we experience, and to become totally engaged in something they’ll never see again.” This is more than just a tour, some sort of magic happens here. Every day on these waters is rich with new and amazing experiences. Come with us and see what today brings.
Notes: Dress in comfortable, warm layers.
Bring foul weather gear if you have it.
Here are the photos for our day on the Aleutian Ballad!
The Rogue Wave from the Discovery Channel:
Deadliest Report: http://deadliestreports.wordpress.com/category/fv-aleutian-ballad/