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    Default First trip, lessons learned

    Had a great first trip. I ended up fishing less than 2 hours each rising tide during the middle of the swing. I averaged a fish every 10-12 minutes.

    Lessons learned:
    Cleaning table helps! I purchased a cheap card table on the way down, brought two stainless bowls, two roughneck plastic thingies and a 5 gallon bucket, plus 15 gallons of fresh water. It made cleaning fish a cinch. Had many compliments and shared table space with a few folks.

    Have a string in the water!- During the first tide, I walked each fish out and threw them in a roughneck container. I watched the guys with the most fish. They didn't leave the water until they had 5 or more. I tied a piece of narrow diameter rope into a sling and put a brass suicide clip on the end. Worked quite well.

    Reserve your parking spot at camp! It seems that fish fever drives some folks batty. There was one parking spot beside my camper. Some guy tried to park his 26' boat beside my camper and leave it for a while.


    If the fish are hitting you in the legs and nobody is catching fish, move closer to the beach!


    I'll be back down tomorrow to finish up our limit. The folks on the north side were super-nice. I had a blast meeting all the new people. Dipping was more fun than I expected. Bringing home skinless filets is super convenient.

    If you head to the north shore of the Kasilof, feel free to stop by and say, "Hi!". I'll be in the first camper on the left. I'll be dipping the incoming tide, silver Nissan Titan with Green Topper.

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    One other thing I would like to mention is the use of the dumpsters and porta-potties. I spent about an hour walking around with a contractor bag. Most of the garbage I picked up was out of old fire pits. There seems to be a concentrated effort to keep the place clean. Good on whoever is paying for the dumpsters and porta-potties. Anyone know who is financing the dumpsters and potties? They need a charitable contribution.

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    Apparently you didn't learn to take and post pictures!

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    Good point. I'll work on that tomorrow. The pineapple/ginger salmon is coming out quite tasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phish finder View Post
    good point. I'll work on that tomorrow. The pineapple/ginger salmon is coming out quite tasty.
    prove it!!

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    It may get a bit sandy on the trip over to the dustbin.

    When are coming back to visit the wife and kids?
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    We should be rolling into the north beach around noon or one tomorrow. Old fire dept. suburban with an even older camp trailer in tow.

    We have one of those saw horse/workbench things that my wife likes to use as a cleaning table. We usually head and gut on the beach and save the fillet work for home to avoid any sandy bits from finding their way into the meat.

    My kids are pumped. This will be the first year all three of us are in the water together. If the fish are in we should limit out in a tide or two.
    Just a bitter Alaskan clinging to his guns and religion.....

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    Have fun bilder. My kids are 1 and 3. They had fun playing in the sand away from the dippers.
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    What a difference two days makes! I left the Kasilof on Tuesday and it was peaceful. I got back Thursday and it was a zoo. Dipped the morning tide on Friday (4:30-7), then the crowds arrived.

    We dipped from a boat on the Kenai Friday evening and filled the limit.

    It sounds like both spots were zoos yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phish Finder View Post
    What a difference two days makes! I left the Kasilof on Tuesday and it was peaceful. I got back Thursday and it was a zoo. Dipped the morning tide on Friday (4:30-7), then the crowds arrived.

    We dipped from a boat on the Kenai Friday evening and filled the limit.

    It sounds like both spots were zoos yesterday.
    Were you fishing from a boat on the Kasilof? We were fishing during the same time, I think. We were out in the jon boat with the white 15hp on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phish Finder View Post
    It may get a bit sandy on the trip over to the dustbin.

    When are coming back to visit the wife and kids?
    Who knows! I do plan on being home in time to do some fishing next year though...

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