Looks like a nice run! I've heard the Copper river run was a little early this year as well. Any signs that the big Kenai run will be early?
Anyone else notice how wormy the kasilof sockeye have been this year? I wonder why as none of the kenai reds I cleaned had them but almost every single one out of the kasilof has had them. Some bad, some not so bad but still present.
How long did you let your fish sit before you gutted them? The longer the fish is dead before the guts come out, the more worms move into the meat. Just a thought.
the faster you can clean and get salmon cold the better you're going to be meat wise! Its harder to pull off when you're spending hours on the river or you're hiking a ways. Gut and gill them, and get'm cooled down is the best you can do! We have coolers with ice ready at the rig and pack them head to tail alternating belly's up, packed with ice.
Makin fur fins and feathers fly.