Quick report from the F/V Northland:
-Dropped the permit card in Egegik, AK. Fishing whenever possible, one to two times a day. Catching a few hundred to few thousand fish a period. The Port Moller test boat further south has recently tripled its numbers of catches - so hopefully a bunch of salmon will arrive in the river in 5 days or so! Over 150K salmon have already made it up river in Egegik, working towards the 1.4 million escapement goal. Working hard, having fun!
It's that time of year again- when we are so excited for the upcoming season.
Excited to put the 'ol F/V Northland back in the water. Excited to catch the first beautiful, fresh, sockeye salmon for 2016. Excited to see so many returning customers placing their orders and licking their lips in anticipation for the upcoming harvest.
THANK YOU to all of our customers that put their orders in by the end of May- it really helps us plan for our season. GOOD NEWS, if you haven't yet we are still taking orders- so keep them coming!
Kyle and our 2016 (rockstar of course!) crew of Jamie and Jake are putting the final touches on the boat hoping to launch into the river in the next couple days. Fresh paint on the decks, repairs to the fiberglass that was smashed around too hard last year, new buoys for the upcoming smashing around, hanging new nets . . . the list goes on.
So far the 2016 sockeye salmon return to Bristol Bay, AK is just starting. There is a test boat that fishes the southern line of the fishing district and so far they are reporting an index of about 20. (When the fish are REALLY coming in strong later in the season this number rises as high as 200!!). New in Bristol Bay this year is that you have to drop your permit card on your first fishing day. In the past there was a 'Free Week' before you had to commit to a fishing district. What's important about this is there is a 48 hour closure if you decide you want to change from one are to another. 48 hours doesn't sound like a big deal, but in the commercial fishing world missing out on a HOT 48 hour fishing period can really decrease your season's catch.
On the home front, Emily reports that staying at home with a 3.5 and 1.5 year old is probably an equal challenge to commercial fishing! Last year was probably a greater challenge than fishing and it's expected that next year will be easier than fishing. Kyle is still eager for Small Scales Seafood salmon season to be a family fishing venture so he can pass on his fishing bug to his kiddos and not have to be away for so long. We hope to get some good, calm skiff fishing for Alaskan Rockfish and Pacific Cod with Maggie and Ben aboard later in the summer!
Thanks for reading.