Friday, September 28, 2007

That's All Folks!

My last Kenai River fishing trip of the year was yesterday. The temperature at 7:00am was 28 and it wasn't until 10:30am before all the frost was out of the boat. I fished John and Mike a second day and wish we could have done as well as the day before ( should've been here yesterday????). Nonetheless, we ended the season with a beautiful 14lb buck. Out of all the fish John caught this one by far gave us the best fight. I'm glad we stayed out a little bit longer because his fish came during the second to last troll of the season. It's good to have a couple of "half full" or "always full" guys in the boat. Thanks for ending my season the way that you did.

Tomorrow Jane and I should be finished winterizing the boats and cabins. I can't believe how fast it comes to an end. My friend Jeff referred to the end of season as a high school graduation. Anyway, we both feel very blessed and fortunate to be doing what we're doing and we'd like to thank everyone of you that made 2007 a great success.

This will not be our final blog/report of the year so make sure you check back once in awhile. I can't guarantee that we'll be writing a lot but we'll do our best to let you know what we're up to.

One last thing. To date we are scheduled to be at two Sportmen's Boat, Camping and Vacation Shows. The first one will be at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota from January 9th-13th.
The second one will be at the Civic Centre in St. Cloud, Minnesota from February 28th-March 2nd. If you get a chance stop by and say hello.

Talk to you later.....

Keith & Jane

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Winding Down

Our 2007 season is coming to a close. While I am anxious to have free time to see family and friends, it is always kind of sad to close things up too.
The photo is of Canyon Creek. I had to pick up Keith at the airport in Anchorage last weekend so I took my time, stopped for photos along the way and just enjoyed the ride. It has been a pretty fall so far with more good weather than bad.
Keith is on his last trip of the season today...I'm sure you will get a final update from him today or tomorrow. We will then take the dock out this evening after he gets in. I have a sneaky feeling we will still launch the boat for another day or two of personal fishing.
I've put a good dent into my fall close up tasks....3 of the 4 cabins are cleaned. All of the bedding and pillows have been laundered, 3 of the 4 ovens have been cleaned (yuck!) and 3 of the 4 refrigerators are cleaned and defrosted. I cleaned out one of the grills yesterday...what a mess...and need to thank whoever cleaned the charcoal grill on the Steelhead. I'm guessing Dan. Thank you! One of the gas grills will be replaced next spring, so that leaves just one more grill to clean. Thank goodness....not a job I do often enough I'm afraid....if I did it more frequently the grills probably wouldn't get so bad, right?
Well, I'm off to my next closing project....organize the paperwork. It shouldn't take long and at least it doesn't require latex gloves.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

XXL Silvers

The season is starting to wind down for me. I've got a couple of more trips this week and then it's time to winterize the boat and cabins. I hate to see it end so soon.
This morning it wasn't raining out, so Jane and I went out fishing for a couple of hours. Fishing was great and the average size was phenonemenal. I'm holding a 17lbs silver that provided the most entertainment of all the fish hooked this fall. We were fishing near the Crossover when the silver hit. He decided the river wasn't big enough so it beached itself on a gravel bar. It eventually found it's way back to the water and peeled out a 100yds of line. For all of you keeping score, chalk up another one on the "Fancy Pants."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Silver Update 9/13

It's been awhile since my last report. We've been enjoying typical September silver fishing. Lot's of rain, cool days, and a consistent bite.
For those who wanted to fish most of the day limits were caught. The average size of the silver's has been impressive of late. Most of the fish have been in the 12-15lb range. The largest topped the scale at 18lbs.
I know the photo is not a recent one but I like it for two reasons: an action photo on the Kenai, and kids enjoying the fight of a salmon.