We all decided to get some boat nets from the Kenai Welding shop. We watched the boaters on Sunday catch next to nothing and waited until Saturday to launch the canoe. We limited out in just a few hours. When I launched, the boat ramp was closed down due to low tide but they still let me launch which was no problem at all. The canoe handled very well and I stood the whole time while operating the motor. There wasn't a single boat wake that made the boat feel unstable. We were the only canoe I saw out there among the boat netters. The copperhead motor worked very well for netting when we manually trimmed the motor until the tip of the prop was touching the surface at idle.
Due to a limited amount of space I was usually the one who managed the salmon for the two dip netters aboard. With two nets in the water it was really fast paced and at times we'd have both nets with doubles which got kind of hectic. A couple turns of the trim knob and we'd rocket back up river for another pass. We burnt 3 gallons of gas to fill our limit. I read an ancient Haida traditional story about how they would always put the remains of the salmon back into the water where they were caught out of respect to the fish's spirit for future good luck and plentiful salmon runs so this year I chose to do that out of respect to the our plentiful salmon.
Dip netting from a canoe was a blast and I can't wait until next season. The atmosphere was filled with exhaustion and excitement as everyone worked hard under the sun to get their salmon. There were so many smiling faces from the hundreds of boats on the water. Later that night was a good time with Familyman (I always drink his beer). We literally drove from Eagle all the way to the Kenai River after having spent about a month out in the bush on the Yukon River and other smaller rivers.