With my wife and daughter out of town, and two weeks home from the Slope, I figured I better fish hard and fill both freezers. Here's the skinny on the previous five days for me:
July 23 - Morning salmon trip out of Seward. Battled some serious weather to make it to Cheval narrows. Limits around on silvers, wide variety of size from 4-11 pounds, with only one pink in there. Nobody made it offshore.
July 24 - Rushed to the Kenai for a king trip. Chocolate milk and floating trees spelled d-o-l-d-r-u-m-s on the river for us and every other boat we saw. Great fishing, no catching.
July 25 - Back to Seward to meet up with five other pals for the final white meat trip: lings and halibut. A timely break in the weather allowed a run to Montague. Halibut cooperated in the shallows with about six fish between 40 and 60 lbs, and chickens to finish the limits. Tried a drift for lings, but with 20knt+ winds, couldn't keep 24 ouncers on the bottom, so opted to switch to silvers. Captain Woody took us to their hot spot and got 18 nice fish all 8-10 pounds in about 20 minutes....ok, maybe 25 minutes, but it was FAST and FURIOUS and FUN.
July 26 - Back to the Kenai where a friend had offered to take us out on his boat to dipnet. Two nets, 47 reds, 1 pink, a dozen or so starry flounder, and one small dolly in about 7 hours.
July 27 - Still on the Kenai, dipping from shore, southside. Nice run of fish on the outgoing around 10-noon. Two nets got 27 fish, mostly all 7-10 pounders, no pinks. Called it a day at noon to fillet and get back to Anchorage at a reasonable hour.
July 28 - Processing fish, creatively making room in the freezer, prepping to smoke sockeye tomorrow, refusing to look at my credit card balance, recovering, and about to fix a smoked salmon omelet for breakfast.