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Jul 12, 2019 - Day 8-9: The long road home...
Day 8-9: The road home is long. We have to wait for float planes to come pick us up. Breakfast at 7, then the plane picks us up at 12:30. A lot of down time. The float plane to King Salmon is the Cessna 206. Faster, but it is not nice weather, and it blows around in the wind a bunch. Not ideal. Arrive in King Salmon at 1:00, and our next flight is at 4 pm. We have some down time. King Salmon isn't big. There is an airport, a bunch of float plane companies (they just take off based on sight, no tower telling them where to go), two bars and...Jump to full entry
Jul 11, 2019 - Day 7: Last day fishing.
Day 7: Day 7 starts with the same spot we began day 6 at. We flossed again. This time with a lot less success. We tried to time the run with when the tide would bring in the fish, but that is 50 minutes later each day, and we didn't have fish in our area today. Because of reflection of the sun on the water, we couldn't see the fish at the depth in which they were coming from. We fished for a while at this spot and didn't catch more than 4 fish, for the 7 people fishing. Down river, the people fishing did well. We abandoned ship after a...Jump to full entry
Jul 10, 2019 - Day 6: Sockeye and Chum Flossing
Day 6 starts with a challenge. We can no longer try to catch King Salmon. We start the day by checking in with the Fish and Game to see what is going up the river. Fish and Game have a sonar that tells the number of fish upstream and then they set up nets to see what type of fish are going upstream also. They tell us that they caught NO king salmon in their nets, but the Sockeye and Chum salmon are running at a rate of about 2400 per hour. That is a lot of fish going passed the sonar. We punt and decide to not even try for Kings and go...Jump to full entry
Jul 9, 2019 - Day 5: Last day to fish King Salmon
The Fish and Game Department cancelled the rest of the season for King Salmon. Too few are running up the river because of the heat. Today is our last day to fish for them. This means that I can catch one Salmon today. We go right back to the place that ended so well for us on our previous day. Far down the river. Towards the bay. Colder water. Erik catches his monster 37.5 inch King Salmon right away. 8:15 am. Next run I catch my 33 inch King. Fought like hell for 5 minutes. Dove under the boat and I almost broke the rod and reel. I have...Jump to full entry
Jul 8, 2019 - Day 4: Full Day of Fishing
Day 4: First full day of fishing. Fishing from 8 am to 5 pm. Mark catches the first King Salmon. In a spot called the Meathole. It is maybe 100 yards from camp, downriver. It is 32 inches big. Big fish. You can only keep 2 salmon the entire trip, and you can keep one per day. Any other king salmon that he catches has to be released. We don't catch any more this day. The morning is rather unsuccessful. We fished a lot of spots down the river, near the Fish and Game camp, near other known places for Kings, but to no avail. We also see our...Jump to full entry
Jul 7, 2019 - Day 3: Trip to The Nush
Day 3: We took a float plane from King Salmon to the Nushagak River. There is no road into the camp, there is no way to access it besides the river. For the next 5 days we will be fishing this river. Our guide is Brent. He is a a biology teacher at a small school in Wisconsin. We fished along the river from 2pm to 5 pm. We caught a Jack salmon. Which is a king salmon not mature enough to come up river yet, but for some reason does. They are under 20 inches long. The river still has tides like the other one. The temperature of the river is...Jump to full entry