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.
It's that time of year again . . .Spring Corn in the Methow, Toddler Style
- time to place your 2015 order if you LOVE our salmon!
- time to finish eating your 2014 salmon if you have any left (we just finished ours- darn!)
- time to tell friends about Small Scales Seafoods and save $10 for every 25 pound referral!
- time to find the last of the snow and the first of the flowers.
Thanks for reading =).
We are so grateful!!!We are spending the fall-spring back in the Methow Valley of WA. We joke that the Methow is our calving ground and Alaska is our feeding ground. Last week we bought boxes of winter storage onions and squash from a local farmer in Twisp. The beauty and succulent taste of the onions is so incredible and so much better than what we buy at the grocery store. Granted, we had to coordinate back and forth to arrange a pickup time and may have paid more than the non-organic, non-local store counterpart. It reminds us that buying directly from the producer is so much more rewarding in knowing who we are supporting and in the quality of the food. We hope you feel the same about buying fish from us! We are doing our best to get back to customers but may be on a newborn sporadic schedule for a little while. It's amazing how a little one can shake things up! We have about 500 pounds of sockeye to sell before the end of the year and 300 pounds of halibut and will be in touch soon. Thank you to all of you have already bought your Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon Shares this year. We hope you are enjoying the scrumptiousness!
- 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.