Seventeen sockeye swam into my net,
Seventeen sockeye as big as they get.
They escaped the com boats,
But I cut their little throats.
Seventeen sockeye their maker have met.
Ok, so I didn't really get 17 and the commercial boats weren't even out, and the one (yeah, that's right, what about it?) I did get wasn't all that big.
However, I do now realize the need to buy a real dipnet, not my homemade hand-me-down that came with the house we bought, and now I know that those nice big hoop nets my buddy was going to bring are only 3' in diameter. Hard to compete when a 5' hoop plops down a few feet right in front of my little fella (I have hoop envy).
Alright, here's the report: fish were said to be a little slow on the incoming this morning, however the outgoing produced pretty well. I'd say folks who were there through the whole tide probably got 5-10+ fish apiece if they had the right gear. The incoming this afternoon also began to produce for most folks, pretty much everyone but us. So, I figure if the com guys are off the water, and you have the proper gear, and you put in a couple of tide swings, you'd pick up a pretty fair number of fish.
I'm going to invest in a 5' hoop with a cross handle (and I might sneak off to Chitina in the meanwhile before the summer's out).