Small Scales Life
Unprecedented Late Run!
Just when it seemed like the fish would never come, they came!Kyle, Jake and Jake found some darn good fishing catching thousands of pounds of sockeye salmon a day. The fishing has been good for a number of days and the fleet has been allowed to fish two periods every 24 hours. Last night our cannery asked all their boats to not fish because they were too plugged with fish! Hard work and good fish have added up to make the season a good one. You never know until it's over, but Chum (or Dog) Salmon are starting to show up along with the aforementioned straggler fish, signaling that the end is in sight. Exhausted, the boys are ready to come home soon. They plan to fish two more periods, put up the boat and race home to a real bed and loved ones. Meanwhile, Maggie, Ben, Emily and Grandma Kathy journeyed to Alaska and are moving into the 'round house' as Maggie calls it (aka Yurt). We are settling in for a few months of Homer, AK living. The 60 degree weather and daily rain is a nice break from near 100 degree and smoky conditions in the Methow Valley, WA. On the order front, we still have room for more orders! Send your friends our way and we'll add them to our list. Pricing information should be out soon.
Egegik to Naknek
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!
Egegik to Nushagak to Egegik
Slow to Come
Good luck boys!
Ready to Go!
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're all getting ready for the upcoming season:-Emily is tallying up everyone's orders, making her lists and checking them twice. (Get your orders in asap to guarantee your Share of Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon!) -The munchkins are practicing their slip and slide skills on our new salmon slide. (Once installed on the boat this slide will help every salmon gently slide from the net to the fish holds filled with chilling 34 degree water.) -Kyle recently returned from 5 furious days of pre-season boat work in Naknek, AK. He cut a 9" hole through the bow of the Northland to install a bow thruster. This will help maneuver the boat through swarms of boats and nets.
Ready for 2015 orders!
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 =).