DIY salmon in Alaska...

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by Zeeriverrat, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Zeeriverrat

    Zeeriverrat Well-Known Member

    Just got back from 6 weeks in Alaska. The salmon took a beating while we were there. We stayed with friends at Palmer and didn't waste any time getting on the water. Second day we were there we took Ken's boat and put in on the Knik river to fish for Kings....

    We saw a moose on the bank not far from where we were fishing...
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    Ken's wife Patti was the first to hook up....it took a while to land the fish!

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    when we got it on the scale it weighed 25lbs.....

    We hooked 5 that afternoon....I managed to land this one.

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    It weighed 18lbs....the three others we hooked broke off and one managed to break a rod in the process...

    Later in the trip we visited Valdez and Ken said he thought the pink salmon would be in the harbor getting ready to head up the river. He was right! We fished off the beach and in about an hour and a half we each caught a 6 fish limit of bright fresh pinks....it was great fun casting pixie spoons in to the harbor with great scenery for a back drop...

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    As you can imagine we had quite a pile of salmon fillets in the cooler by the time we got done cleaning them. I have to say that Ken had that fishing planned perfectly.....

    During our visit, we fished Montana creek...it runs into the Big Susitna river. Patti and my wife Raye went fishing there alone while Ken and I were off hunting...and when we got back we all went fishing there again. The Chum salmon were there and were about done spawning and the pinks were there too, and far enough gone that we didn't bother keeping any of them, but they were all fun to catch.... Lots of people fishing there, so it was what Alaskans call combat fishing, but as ominous as that sounds, everyone was polite and everyone had big fun fishing....lots of fish for everyone!

    When Raye and Patti made their first trip to Montana creek the pinks had just shown up and were silver and fresh so they kept these 3 to eat....

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    By the last trip you can see that the fish are deteriorating...note the big hump on the males back...pinks are known as humpies also....

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    If you ever have the chance to go to Alaska, don't hesitate.....lots of unspoiled fishing and beautiful scenery for everyone....

    Z
     
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  2. JohnnieWalker

    JohnnieWalker Well-Known Member

    Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing
     

  3. bullcreekboy

    bullcreekboy Well-Known Member

    x2!
     
  4. rbnwa

    rbnwa Well-Known Member

    beautiful. looks like a trip of a lifetime. thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

    Man sounds like an awesome trip!
     
  6. Hobbshunter

    Hobbshunter Well-Known Member

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  7. bearpaw

    bearpaw Well-Known Member

    thanks for sharing!!!! that must have been an awsome trip