The chase continues!Fishing in Egegik continued to slow and the stragglers of the run started to show up, indicating the near end of the Egegik run. When you start to see fish with lesions, missing fins and crooked spines you know two things- that salmon are one determined species to make such a large journey back to their spawning grounds to procreate (!!), and that it's about the end of the run. Sensibly, the males also return towards the end of a run, giving the females time to get up river, make their redds and lay their eggs before the males spread their milt. Kyle and crew made one more transfer to Nakenek with hopes of "a last ditch effort to save the season." The F/V Northland can fish again tomorrow at 7am and is hoping to connect with some good fishing. The usual peak in Bristol Bay is July 4th, so everyone is assuming that not too many weeks of fishing are left. Rumors abound of a 'huge mass' of fish moving north and jumpers all the way south to Ugashik. Do the rumors have fish behind them or just there to help a bunch of tired fishermen get out of their bunks? Time will tell- is there just enough of it to get a great return and a strong season for 2015 or not? Will it be a year of rice and beans or caviar in the Lints' household? Uh oh. Too much time on their hands means old boots on their heads!
Good luck boys!
Kyle's been in Bristol Bay for a week and a half and is ready to go:
Boat in the water (gosh we're older and smaller than most of the fleet!)- CHECK Two crew members named Jake on board- CHECK Jake 1 and Jake 2 New anchor roller installed- CHECK Bow thruster operational- CHECK Refrigerated Sea Water pumps updated- CHECK First test sets of the season made (two)- CHECK First fish caught (one Sculpin)- CHECK
All we need now is salmon heading into Bristol Bay!The next fishing period is Monday and the boat will probably head south to Egegik. So far there aren't any 'fishy reports.' After Monday every fishing period is declared based on abundance and announced as Emergency Orders. Thanks for all of your orders! We'll try to put up some extra salmon that isn't sold yet, so keep the orders coming in. If there's something you'd like to know more about, just ask.
- We are planning a September 15th ship date. (The more orders that can ship on this day, the better.)
- We are able to accommodate later, specific ship dates as needed for the handful of you that require this.
- We are also able to have customers pickup orders from our cold storage facility in Sumner, WA. This reduces your cost per pound.
- We can give WA state customers a discount on shipping.
A few pieces of good news:
- Your fish is moving one step closer to your home as it makes its journey by freezer barge from Bristol Bay, Alaska to Seattle, WA.
Fillets are already in transit and beginning to arrive in Seattle. Portions will begin the journey south soon. Prices are being set as we speak. Shipping options are being researched for our new business model this year. Now that we have an idea of when fish will begin to be available in Seattle we can tell you that shipments will happen in September. We will contact you in the beginning part of August with all pricing and shipping details. Thanks for your patience as we do our best to learn a new game plan in Bristol Bay and do our best to get you top notch fish.
- Kyle, JP and Brock are all home safe and sound!
- We have some Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon Shares left in portions and a lot of availability left in fillets.
Kyle and crew left Homer three weeks ago and have been in Bristol Bay for almost 2.5 weeks. Last minute preparations were made and early season fishing has been underway. Last season the fish came early and many boats missed out on a large percentage of their season's catch. So of course everyone showed up early just in case this year. Turns out the fish didn't get the 'early fish' memo, so lots of boats have been lined up scratch fishing, only catching a little bit of fish in each opener. In the last few days the numbers of fish has slowly increased, so things should be starting to happen soon. In Bristol Bay the first weeks of fishing are declared 'Free Week' and a boat can fish any district. However pretty soon every boat has to drop their permit card in a specified district (Naknek, Egegik, Nushagak, Ugashik, etc.). In order to switch districts you forfeit 48 hours of fishing, which can be critical in the peak days of the fishery. It's a big decision to be made, especially for a first time Bristol Bay fisherman like Kyle. A lot of research and 100 times more speculation is put into what will happen in a fishery, and yet you never really know how it will all shake down until the season is over!
(PS- Keep those orders coming!)
- We are not as limited in our ability to put up Salmon, so will be able to offer more Salmon Shares! (Tell your friends and family and put together a group order!)
- There will not be any bones in the Salmon!
- We will offer Salmon Shares in either portions (5-7oz) or whole fillets this year! (Fillets will be slightly cheaper.)
- Each cut of Salmon will be beautifully trimmed, leaving less pieces of meat exposed to freezer burn on the edges!
- All Salmon Shares will be barged in a freezer van to Seattle and will then ship out of Seattle instead of Alaska. (This should simplify and shorten your fish's overnight journey to you. If you live in Seattle we are looking into the easiest way to get fish to you.)
- Shares are again offered in 25 pound increments.
- Choose between 25 pounds of portions (5-7 oz.) or 25 pounds of fillets (half of a salmon).
- (We are not offering mixed portion/fillet shares, unless you order 50 pounds and want one box of each.)
- Please get your order in as soon as possible, we will still serve customers on a first come first serve basis.
- Email us your information:
- Pounds Ordered of Fillets or Portions
- Shipping Address
- Email us your information:
- All orders will be shipped overnight to your doorstep, but we will only have a set day or two that fish ships out of Seattle.
- (This will happen once the fish arrives to the cold storage facility in Seattle and we get it all packaged and ready for you. We except this to happen mid-August to mid-September but will give a good heads up.)
- Payment will still be by check at the end of the season once prices are set.
- (The Salmon market is changing a lot lately, so we can't speculate about prices yet. Last year prices were $15.20/lb for a 25 pound Salmon Share and $13.90/lb for a 50 pound share. Fillets will be slightly cheaper.)
- New this year, we will offer group discounts to orders of 100 pounds or more! Combine with friends, family and neighbors for a group order. Contact us if you'd like to know more.
Kyle has flown north to Homer, AK to start boat work for the 2014 season. With summer right around the corner we wanted to give everyone some updates:
- This winter we sold our Upper Cook Inlet Drift permit and bought a Bristol Bay Drift permit! (We've long considered switching to the Bay and decided to make the plunge with permit values approaching each other and the political scene in Cook Inlet getting more and more volatile . . .)
- We will still be offering some great Small Scales Scrumptious Sockeye Shares, but our distribution and exact product will be a little different this year. (More details to follow shortly.)
- On the personal, non-fishy note, our little girl Maggie is almost 1.5 years old and we're expecting another munchkin due end of September. Rita is happily living with a new non-kid family, Dakota passed away last summer and Sassy is going strong.