Alaska . . . The Final Spearfishing Frontier
Trip Organized by: Greg & Vanessa Fonts (Freedive Shop / Triton X) Divers: Greg Fonts, Vanessa Fonts, Alex Reynaud, Mike Chavez, Chris MacDonald & Bret Pemberton Guide: Colin Sutton
This trip started while Greg and I were in Peru preparing for Worlds. We are sitting at the dining room table in our modest little Peruvian home following up on work emails. It had just been an 8 hour day on the water and I can still recall Greg looking up and saying "you want to go and spearfish Alaska?"
8 months later we are geared up, trained up, sporting new 7mm & 7.5mm wetsuits with the dream of landing Ling Cod, Halibut, Salmon and Rock Fish. Little did we know just how challenging this dream was going to be!
We landed in Sitka, Alaska on July 28th, to amazing conditions. No wind, sunny and the locals in great spirits because the official Salmon derby was about to start and the fishing had been amazing. Honestly, what more could you ask for while we relaxed on land for 2 days with the goal of getting acclimated and recovered before 7 straight days at sea. The town of Sitka is a very special place, with an astonishing history, great local pubs, tasty food and a very laid back atmosphere. It is honestly an old Russian/American ghost town and then all of a sudden a cruise ship comes into port and the place goes crazy. While in town for a couple days, we had a chance to poke around the commercial fishing fleet, the processing plants and of course Murry Pacific, which is "crack" for anyone that loves fishing. (I think almost all of us dropped about $4