Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Giants v Mets

That's me on TV standing with my beer in the stands at AT&T Park.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Glacier Flyover

Glacier near Soldotna, AK. Flyover in a sea plane. People in the background are responding to G-force as the pilot rides up and then down the Glacier.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

42lbs of Fish

Between 7 of us pitching in, we are each coming home with 42lbs of fish. 24lbs of it is Halibut and the rest is pretty much evenly split between sockeye, king, silver, rock, yelloweye, and cod. I hope my friends and family like fish, Halibut especially, because I've got a lot to give away.

Pictured: the inside of the processing plant in Soldotna, AK that will smoke, freeze, ship and otherwise process the fish for us.

The One King Salmon

Thought I'd throw in a picture of the one King that was caught by our group (Ed Mcallister) on the Kenai River.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

King Salmon

Spent a cold and rainy day on the Kenai River near Soldotna, AK fishing for King Salmon. Between 7 guys in 2 boats, only 1 was caught. It was about 40lbs and 4' long.

There are strict rules on fishing King. You need a special endorsement on your fishing license for starters ($30 extra). You are only allowed to catch 1 fish on rod & reel, and after that you cannot fish for anymore - not even catch & release. It's time consuming & requires a lot of luck.

Friday, July 1, 2011


We went out of Homer, AK today fishing for Halibut. We also caught a few Yelloweye and Lingcod. Halibut put up quite a fight! My arms are sore, but the fight is all the fun. Lingcod and Yelloweye are more heavy than they are fighters.

Due to Alaskan state law, we could only keep 2 Halibut per person (per day). They are very strict in that you need a license to fish. The seasons for fishing are also short and for some species they impose rules like "no bait" to make it harder. These rules are adhered to and strictly enforced, all part of an effort to fish in a sustainable manner.

I understand now more than before why most fish in our markets is farmed (especially salmon). Commercially fishing some of these delicate areas would be devastating to these ecosystems.

Tomorrow we are going on the Kenai River for King Salmon, as the season just opened on 7/1 for that species. I'm excited for the adventure, and the opportunity to bring home some wild caught Kings (superior to farmed).