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Published: July 30th 2011
My first sockeye
This was the small one! (Yeh, I know, fish stories....)
It rained and rained and rained - Sat, Sun and Mon, so we looked around Kenai and Soldotna and got things done around the motorhome and watched a lot of TV. When the rain stopped, we decided to try our luck at "combat" fishing for reds along the river. (Combat fishing is shoulder-to-shoulder fishing with others casting right beside you). It was obvious that we didn't know what we were doing when we didn't catch any fish, even though those around us were catching plenty. Tommy, a friend from Georgia, arrived late Tuesday night and invited us to float the Lower Kenai on Wed. We put on our waders, hopped in the boat and started on another Alaska adventure. It was a gorgeous day and floating was peaceful and serene, passing by fisherman in the river, watching the seagulls dive-bomb into the water, and getting very close to a bald eagle sitting on a rock in the water. Soon, we got to the "hole," where we were stopping to fish. There were 8 of us (in two boats); 5 of us got to fish, there were 2 net men and a cutter. (all a new experience.) Reds don't bite a fly
or lure. You hope that the line you toss out "flosses" into the open mouth of the salmon as it swims upstream. A "fair" hooking hooks the fish in the mouth. If the fish is "snagged" anywhere else, it has to be let go. Once any of us hooked a fish, we hollered "fish on," so the others wouldn't cast out over the fighting salmon on the line. Then, the net man rushed up to net the fish. Sometimes, the net man was busy drinking or talking, so he didn't rush to you at all. Those salmon really do fight to get upstream to the spawning grounds (they must not know their fate once they get there). The net man brings the fish over to the cutter who starts filleting the fish immediately, throwing the carcasses back into the current (this is a requirement, as fish carcasses thrown anywhere else (the bank or dumpsters) attract bears.)
Once we had enough (it started pouring rain while we were fishing), we hopped back into the boat and drifted on back to camp. Thankfully, the sun came out to dry our clothes and warm us up. We floated about 18 miles and,
Fishing really close
Imagine..... every one is casting into the river!
including the fishing, it lasted 8 hours. We were very tired!! Both boats got their limit of 6 reds per person per day.
Tot: 0.103s; Tpl: 0.015s; cc: 11; qc: 49; dbt: 0.0111s; 1; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb