Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bad Luck?

Renewing the annual debate on whether or not bananas are bad luck in the boat, I would have to answer with a resounding "NO". If you're new to the banana in the boat issue, click on this link , and this link and you can read all about it.

photo compliments of Francis Estalilla

I've always felt that saying bananas are bad luck in a boat was just an excuse to blame poor fishing conditions on something else. I also find that certain people will use a banana on board as a reason to mask their own inability to be on fish. It's way easier to say it was a banana rather than admitting fault.

All I can say, if you're in the boat with me this summer and you bring a banana, make sure to bring me one too. I could always use the extra potassium (and I've got plenty of other excuses why we aren't catching fish).

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Rear View Mirror

With 2016 in the rear view mirror, I want to say thanks to all the anonymous and not so anonymous readers of this blog. It's apparent with thousands of views this past year I have a lot of loyal readers. I am truly humbled by your curiosity and interest in my rambling, some times less than coherent thoughts and observations.

So, what can you expect from the blog in 2017? One topic that I will focus a lot of attention on will be the upcoming Board of Fishery meeting in February. Every three years the seven member panel meets for two weeks to discuss and adopt rules and regulations for our fishery. It can be a contentious battle between commercial fisherman, fishing guides, and the average "Joe 6 Pack" fisherman. Some times, what gets lost in the allocation battle are the fish. Let's hope there are enough board members looking out for them this year.

Photos. Lot's of photos. That's something else you can expect in the year to come. My calendar is filling in nicely and I anticipate many photos of smiling guests spending their day on the Kenai River.

Tips, tricks and techniques for salmon fishing in Alaska. I hope to pass along even more proven methods this year to help the DIY angler be more successful in their pursuit of all things slimey.

Humor. Hey, if you're not having fun, what's the point?

Well, that's about it. If you can think of other topics I should be covering, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016


By most measures, the 2016 Kenai king salmon season was a good one. What was encouraging to me was the increase in the average size of the fish. After years and years of smaller and smaller king salmon, 2016 saw the trend reversed. Let's hope 2017 will be more of the same and then some.

This past July, the photo above made the rounds on social media. This mega Kenai king was netted (and released) by ADF&G researchers at river mile 9. It measured  55", but was never officially weighed. Based on guesstimates by the internet geniuses, the low end weight is 77lbs, and the high end weight is 88lbs. No matter how you slice it, that's one heck of a fish.

Long live the king!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fishing Licenses and Stamps to Increase in 2017

It's been ten years since the State of Alaska last changed the costs of fishing license and king stamp fees. However, if you know your 2017 dates, you have until the end of the month to purchase your licenses and stamps and still get the 2016 rates.

My advice is to buy, buy, buy your licenses and stamps now. You could save up to $50 if you act before January 1st.  Click on this link and it will take you to ADFG's website.

Saving money, "that's a heck of a deal" as my dad would always say.....

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Monday, November 28, 2016

2017 Upper Cook Inlet Late Run Sockeye Salmon Forecast

ADF&G has released its 2017 Upper Cook Inlet late run (July) sockeye salmon forecast and if you're a commercial fisherman you hope the same people who came up with these numbers are the same people who forecasted the 2016 presidential election. The total run forecast calls for 4 million sockeye salmon with a commercial harvest of 1.7 million. The commercial harvest is 1.2 million less than the 20 year average harvest. Ouch, definitely a subpar forecast.
That being said, the Kenai River sockeye salmon optimum escapement goal (OEG) has not changed. ADF&G manages the late run in river goal to fall within 700,000-1,400,000 fish. My forecast is that fishing will be similar to last year. Timing and location will deterermine your success rate. In other words, some fisherman will do fine, others will struggle. That kinda sounds like the text book definition of fishing, doesn't it?

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