“Left, Left, Left! Take the drake on the left!” barked out veteran sea duck guide Scotty Phelps as Petee and I tag teamed three gorgeous drake Old Squaws. Action packed does not even begin to describe this hunting adventure. From the moment we set foot on the charter boat taking us from Kodiak City to the small fishing village of Port Lions, Alaska, the adventure began. We were immediately greeted by two Orca whales that briefly swam beside the boat and offered some amazing photo shots.
Then the resident sea otters started popping up left and right. Curious little creatures, they just had to see what we were up to. As we got closer to the village of Port Lions big flocks of greater scaup and sea quail started lifting off. Heck we even saw a harbor seal swim by the bow. And talk about a view- the landscape was amazing and the temperature wasn’t bad either, considering it was mid December. The temps were over 40 degrees with sunny skies as we made our way across Kizhuyak Bay. That was one big misconception that outfitter Gerrit Hintz of Kodiak Sports and Tour cleared up for us right away. He stated that the winters on Kodiak Island are typically very moderate averaging 30 degrees all winter long, with the exception of a few cold spells and fronts that quickly pass through from time to time. It was a very exciting start to the trip.
That evening, over a five star meal of halibut steaks and home style potatoes at the Kodiak Paradise Lodge, guide Scotty Phelps sat down with all four members of our group which consisted of Chuck Ellingson, Matt Endrizzi, Kris “Petee” Peterson and myself. He asked us what our specific goals were for the trip. Scotty explained to us that we would have multiple opportunities to take almost every species of sea duck. Sport fishing for halibut was also an option since we were all properly licensed and we could all harvest one of the island’s trophy silver, red and hybrid foxes that commonly roam the shorelines at low tide. With so much to do it was going to be hard to fit it all into a 5 day trip.