The wife and I fulfilled a lifelong dream to travel and fish in Alaska. The week of July 15, 2007 we traversed the Kenai Peninsula intent on fishing and site seeing. One of our days was spent fishing on the famous lower Kenai with guide Jason Duncan. We found Jason to be an honest, competent, experienced, and hard working guide.
I must offer full disclosure: My wife of 25 years is also my best friend and fishing buddy, ergo she should know better. We began the day with our guide discovering my wife had packed bananas in our lunch. This act may have something to do with the following events if you’re superstitious. (Wink) Upon discovery of said taboo fruit they were quickly dispatched overboard. Long story short, she had a nice 20-30lb hen come unbuttoned at the net and one of the other clients netted and released a 20-30lb hen. My line never had so much as a bump.
We were told there were in excess of 450 boats on the water, most guided, which means four rods per boat. We launched at Swift Water Park in Soldotna and fished from there down to the sonar counting buoys. I got to know honey moon cove well. Our day started w/rods in the water @ 6:00 and out @ 4:15. During the day we witnessed no more than 8 fish being fought out throughout the myriad of boats.
I found the Kenai to be a surreal and beautiful river. Most stunning was the overwhelming amount of boats screaming up and down the river on their 35hp motors. Every inch of accessible bank space was crowded with fisherman doing the Kenai twitch. (More on that in another post)
All in all will I do it again? Probably not. Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t take for the opportunity we were blessed with to witness Kenai fishing first hand. However, there are other places almost as beautiful and with far better odds of catching salmon in much less crowded conditions. Not to mention, it doesn’t take a 24 hour trip to get to the destination and cost a small fortune for the privilege.
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