Boats + Family + Alaska = FUN!

Boats + Family + Alaska = FUN!

Emily Lints
It's a dream come true to have our new boat finished and to actually have time to enjoy her!

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

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Our winter in Homer,  AK has been both fun and productive.  The systems on our new boat, the F/V Maggie B. are taking shape and we should be on schedule for a mid-April boat launch.

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Boat Miracle!!!

Boat Miracle!!!

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Kyle has transformed a big burned up mess into a promising boat project!  Check out these great progress photos.

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Our "New" Boat

Our "New" Boat

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Nothing But Opportunities . . . This new year an opportunity arose for Small Scales Seafood to make a vessel up grade.  We've been tucking away a little money every year to someday get a more comfortable boat.

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Homer Halibut

Homer Halibut

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Kyle and our deckhand, Jake, just filled up our skiff with a lovely load of Pacific Halibut.  They laid gear on Sunday night and picked the line Monday to find these beautiful fish.

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The Glamour

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Luckily the non-glamorous moments of last week materialized into some glamorous moments and Scrumptious Halibut!  Kyle caught these beauties just the other day and  it's some of the best halibut out there; hauled in by hand out of the beautiful waters of Kachemak Bay, AK, well iced and dressed at sea, flash frozen and vacuum packed.
We have these tasty Halibut Shares available for another two weeks. 
Kyle hauls in halibut long line gear by hand.  (This skiff was our first salmon drift boat years ago!) Kyle hauls in halibut long line gear by hand. (This skiff was our first salmon drift boat years ago!)Rough seas make for hard work and lovely fish. Rough seas make for hard work and lovely fish.This year's halibut ready to offload.  This year's halibut ready to offload.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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Non-Glamour

Emily Lints

Fishing has its glamorous moments- glorious sunsets, large schools of salmon hitting your net at once, months of post-fishing down time in a good year, large halibut coming over the rail, doing something you love . . .

 

It also has the non-glamorous moments:

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Kyle's been preparing to fish our small quota of halibut and is putting in the required non-glamorous time: loading herring chunks and salmon carcasses onto the many circle hooks.  (He gave Maggie the chance to help, but she was more interested in throwing gravel around.) 
Tonight Kyle is out laying gear with his mom (thanks Eileen!).  Kachemak Bay weather isn't perfect tonight, but they decided to go out in a little swell and a moderate breeze.  Hopes are to start picking the long-line gear tomorrow morning and re-set it with fresh bait as many times as necessary to catch our 1,000 pounds of halibut quota. 
Skiff fishing on our small scale offers plenty of adventure! We promise more glamorous pictures too, but heck you might as well know about the real, down and dirty parts of fishing too . . .
Thanks for reading.
Salmon and Halibut Shares still available!

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The Season is Underway

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We've been out for two days of fishing.  The fish are starting to show up, the boat is running great with some new improvements and our new crew is great.  This year JP (John Paul) returns and Jake Beaudoin joins us.  (Yep, it took two strong young men to replace Emily's deckhand skills ;). Two of our favorite salmon spawning ground research tools: packrafts. On the shore of Skilak Lake, headwaters to the Kenai River.

Check out our Facebook page or click on this link to see some fun pictures from the trip we took before the season began.  It was a bit of a 'research' trip because we explored two of the main glaciers that drain into the rivers where our fish spawn, the Tustumena and Skilak glaciers.  Now you REALLY know where your fish come from!

We have just a handful of orders left.  

Thanks to everyone for already placing your order!

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Goodbye Ernie & Order Update

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Emily's father, Ernie Chenel, passed away this last Sunday while enjoying a game of tennis in the Methow.  He was going to come visit this coming Saturday for two weeks to help us fish and enjoy Alaska.  We miss him so, so much and really wish he could be with us this season and with us to share the little and big adventures of the years ahead.  He was a truly kind hearted man who shared his love so freely.  (He was also a natural commercial fisherman ;).  We love you and miss you Ernie and will think of you every day, every season and always!
Order Update:
We wanted to let everyone know that we have 19 orders left of scrumptious Sockeye. (Approximately the number of Sockeye spawning in the photo below-but don't worry, we sell you Ocean Caught/Bright Sockeye, not spawned out.)
If you'd like to place an order and you're in Anchorage, Homer or want a shipped order, we're happy to reserve your spot on our list.   We will also put people on our wait list as needed, with the hopes of being able to fulfill all placed orders as volume allows.
(Sorry Methow folks, we are full on freezer capacity and can not take more orders or put you on our waitlist.)

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She's In the Water!

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At long last we launched the Northland yesterday . . .
The Northland has gone through a lot since the end of the fishing season last summer.  She was stripped down to nearly nothing (even the stringers were replaced) and then painstakingly rebuilt into a fresh, new and improved version of her former self.  Emily is glad that the hull was not painted and still shows her age of 40+, but Kyle partly wants to make her completely new and shiny. The launch went well- the engine runs well and we barely took on any water.  Now that all of the rotten wood is out and thanks to Kyle's crafty plywood and foam core construction, she now sits three inches higher in the water! Thanks to these improvements combined with the increase in horse power, the Northland's maximum speed has increased from about 7 knots to about 13 knots.  This is great considering we're a semi-displacement hull (non-planing).  We're hoping we won't be the last boat back to the river this season. We did have a little excitement when smoke started coming out of the mid-ship fish hold.  An overly tightened stuffing box (where the shaft exits the boat) was the culprit.  We had to make our return to the harbor with Emily constantly pouring water on it to keep it cool. Overall we're super excited to be in the water and working out the bugs of a 'new' boat.  We still hope to fish on Monday!

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