Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Woke up this morning at my usual 3:30 am and made breakfast and lunch for everyone going out King fishing. Had a couple of checkouts I was working on when Jimmie called and said there would be an empty seat on Adams' boat at 9:30 if I wanted to fill it. About 8 I started getting sleepy because I've gotten into the habit of taking naps in the morning after I'm done cleaning the lodge. I thought I would lay down for an hour and woke up at 10:30. I called Adam and he said he was right out front of Riverbend and to call when I got there and he'd come ashore and pick me up. So, I took my time getting ready. Took a shower and made me a lunch.
I finally arrived at Riverbend about 12:30pm. Shortly after I boarded the boat it started raining pretty good after drizzling all day. Nothing that rain gear can't handle and being from Valdez I'm used to fishing in the rain.
After an hour or so of fishing with not even a bite for the four of us anglers I pulled out a small snack bag of Swedish Fish I make up for the fishermen's lunches. I offered some to my fishing mates who politely declined. I popped one in my mouth and one in the river to the fish gods. Next thing you know my pole is bending and I've hooked an infamous Kenai King. The work had just begun. I stand up and start reeling while listening intently to what the guide is telling me to do. Keep your pole up! Let the fish go when he's taking line! Don't give him any slack! Twice I got him to the boat and as soon as he saw the net coming at him he took off again. The third time Adam was able to scoop him up. At that point he spit out the hook but luckily he was caught.
We took pics, put him in the box, punched my king stamp and everybody (but me) went back to fishing. Your only allowed one king per day/2 per year sportfishing on the Kenai. My fishing mates then asked me for some Swedish Fish. One for their mouth and one for the river. Too bad it didn't work for them like it did for me.
Now I can say I've sport caught all 3 Alaskan King Species. The Copper King, the White King and the Red King. After almost 30 years in Alaska!
My Red Kenai King weighed 40 pounds and was 45 inches long. Gutted and headed he (it was a male) dressed out at 30 pounds of meat. I gave the head to a native friend for her to make Fish Head soup. I dropped my fish off at Ed's Kasilof Seafoods (http://www.kasilofseafoods.com/) for processing.
All I had to do was show up and fish.
Thanks Jimmie Jack and Adam! Your the best of the best!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
A 1000 kings came through the sonar day heading up the Kenai River. We will see more of these big fish landed this week.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Paul DeAngelo of www.DeAngeloFishArt.com stopped by the lodge today to check out Jimmie's mounts.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I drove out the North Road all the way to Captain Cook Discovery Park the other day. Here are a few of the pictures I took on the way.
The Tesoro Refinery. I worked on the expansion in 1986 when I was an apprentice pipefitter. This is where I learned not to run in a refinery. People see you run and they wonder why and follow you and you could start a stampede.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A friend spotted this place in Anchorage and took a picture. Too tired to upload all the pictures I took on the Kenai River today. Instead of a nap on this beautiful summer day I tried my luck king fishing... for fun. They were catching reds off the bank so I'm going to try that tomorrow.
I'll have to check out Kathy's Pizza joint some day. See what her wraps are like.
Edited to correct that Kathy's Pizza is on Knik-Goose Bay Road in Wasilla, NOT Anchorage. Thanks Jen. :)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
70 forest fires burning in Alaska; Minto Flats is largest
Soldotna was clouded by smoke from the nearby Tustemena wildfire today causing closure of the Skyview pool.
The sun burned orange and gave off an eerie Mars like glow to earth.