I just finished "The Deadly Triangle", the newest book by Francis Caldwell. I always admire his style, and his research here is meticulous. I actually don't agree with his assertion that northern B.C. and southeast Alaska are more dangerous than the rest of the coastline, (care to visit Shelikof Straits, anyone?) but as a collection of stories from this area it's unparalleled, going back to the age of the early explorers and working forward. I also loved his "Pacific Troller" and "Land of the Ocean Mists". Other fishing books that I have found enjoyable are "As the Sailor loves the Sea" by Ballard Hadman. It's a fascinating first person account of trolling in southeast during the thirties to the fifties. "Through Spanish Eyes" by William M. Olsen is a translation of the dairies of the Spanish explorers who came to Alaska in the 18th century. It is enjoyable to read the mundane details of trading with the natives, gathering supplies, and the sheer wonder that these men had at the experience of exploring someplace completely foreign and new. You get to look from their perspective as they try to piece together all of the information they can about the natural history and geography of this area, and how much they actually got right just from skilled guesswork. "The Perfect Storm" may not be about this coast, but its a great read and truly captures a good view of the history and methods to the offshore fishery over there. For what it's worth, I actually think that the movie, despite it's obvious inaccuracies such as jumping overboard after somebody, captures fishing with more truthfulness than anything else that I have seen come out of Hollywood. "Moby Dick" Is another great read, with a good main plot and a meandering structure that covers everything from debates over whether whales are fish to the oddity of the Great Lakes. There are so many others yet to read, many of them already listed on here, a guy needs to get into winter trolling just to have the free time to read them all.
Garrett Hagen, F/V Abundance