Wednesday, June 18th:
Alex's college buddies arrived for their annual cruise on the Wild Blue. Willie, Joe and Mike have cruised all over Alaska and British Columbia with Alex, and in recent years enjoyed fishing so much that a Sitka area cruise is preferred.
From 1966 through 1971, the boys attended and graduated from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, CA. After graduation, Willie Benedetti built up the family's Northern California turkey ranching business. You can see the results and order a turkey online at Willie Bird Turkeys. Joe Cebe started his own chicken ranching business and operates six ranches in Southern California. Cebe Farms sells live chickens to the giant Asian and Latino markets. Mike Celentano started and operates his own CPA Auditing and Consulting firm in Northern California. Alex expanded his family's real estate development company renting commercial and residential properties at Benson Properties.
Thursday, June 19th through Friday, June 27th:
The college buddies fished the waters of Sitka Sound including Whale Bay, Biorka Island, The Rock Pile, Lazaria Islands, Peril Strait and and The Shark Hole. Over 260 pounds of frozen fillets and steaks left with them on Alaska Airlines. It was the most fish by weight caught by a Wild Blue crew. The guys are always talking about how they prepare their fish all winter long.
|Mike displays a larger king salmon.|
|Joe attempts to make the same King Salmon look|
larger by holding it closer to the camera!
|Holland Lines' Westedam leaves her anchorage near Sitka headed back|
out to sea. Visiting cruise ships offload and load cruisers with their
lifeboats as Sitka doesn't have a ship terminal near the downtown.