Tuesday, August 30, 2005

North to Alaska!

Even though I live in Alaska, I'm in the South Central region, on the north Gulf Coast. To some people this is not Alaska. The real Alaskans live in the Interior region up north. The FishTaxi loves going into the Interior of Alaska for visits and thats it. Every time I travel up to Fairbanks I think of Johnny Hortons "North to Alaska" that every jukebox in the US should have on it by now.

Going to Fairbanks for my nephew Charlies wedding. Not exactly sure how the FishTaxi is going to get there or back. Flying by the seat of my pants at this point. I wish my imaginary boat had wings.

Packing for moosehunting/camping the first 3 days. Also packing for a week in Fairbanks with the wedding and 5-7 days, more or less, after. I'll miss the rehearsal dinner so one dress will suffice. My favorite dress is my wedding/furneral/go anywhere dressiest dress and it looks good wrinkled.

The wedding will be fun and I'm looking forward to it. My mom & stepdad are flying up from Las Vegas. My brother, his wife and son will be there all the way from Idaho. Hopefully my sister in Anchorage will drive up. That way maybe the FishTaxi can catch a ride with her to Cranberry Road.

Cats in Sinks

One of the many blogs I follow is J-Walks at http://j-walkblog.com/index.php?/P15/ Imagine my surprise when he linked to a website that was pictures of nothing but Cats in Sinks! http://catsinsinks.com/

What is up with that?!?

Lil Sistor might be on there soon!

Monday, August 29, 2005

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Our Sushi Lovers

Little Sistor and Halfrack.

They love sushi. I always give them raw salmon, halibut, shrimp you name it, they'll eat it raw.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Spawn until you die

As the life cycle of the salmon goes this humpy has about had it.

Tanks for small places

This fishtank really works! I saw the guy who makes them on TV. He lives in NewYork City and designed this tank with small apartments in mind. He sells them for a grand a piece and has sold about 500 of them.

Neat way to clean your tank, like everytime you flush your toilet!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Valdez Halibut Derby Leader

In 1st Place overall is David Bruno of Glennallen with his 325.4 pound barn door caught on 7/7 aboard the No Excuses. Pictured on the left is Dave Bruss the charter boats humble captain. I've met him and even though he has lots of bragging rights he's one of those quiet guys in the corner. His boat the No Excuses also has the 2nd place Halibut on the board with a 283.6 pounder. Way to go Daves!

Silver Salmon Derby update 1

Pictured is Doug Otto of Fairbanks with his 17.68 pound Silver Salmon caught on 8/14. As of 8/25 he is now in 2nd place. At the top now is Brad Grose of Colorado with a 18.90 POUND SILVER SALMON!!!! Way to go, Brad. I'll post a pic as soon as I get one.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


One lazy, rainy afternoon, when my Mil was visiting, we were sitting around yawning. We'd been to the museums and had come home to eat venison burritos. Feeling nappy I got up to go outside to take the trash to the street for the next day pickup. When out of the alder bushes at the end of my driveway came a big black bear! Followed minutes later by her 2 cubs! We watched from my doorstep as the bushes moved and out of them appeared the sow. She was looking right at us and Mil took 6-7? pictures and this was the only one that she got a good partial image of the bear! Cracked me up!

Still doing the wild thing!

I managed, with help, to put up a few cases of freshpack Copper River Red salmon this year. It had been too many years and my home packed red supply was dwindling down to a few cans of hickory smoked. No freshpack at all and that is what I like best and use most. Freshpacked Copper River Red salmon makes for quick dips, pasta salad, patties, quiche or heated up in the microwave with fresh squeezed lemon. Where the hickory smoked is good just with crackers and beer. Great snack but we rarely make a meal out of it.

Rain, Rain, Rain

Good thing fish don't care if it is raining. The silver fishing has been "hot" during this past week of rain, rain, rain.

The Derby goes til Labor Day and nothing over 18 pounds has been entered yet. In fact on the board now in first place is a 17.68 pound silver salmon. Caught on Aug. 14th. Rumor on the dock has a 20+ pounder caught with no derby ticket.