Fish by Fish

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We are fishing the day away, catching fish by fish. The last two fishing periods the fish hitting the net have come in single hits, and not big schools of fish. With about five hours of fishing left we have about 1,000 fish iced in our holds. Here are a few terms for the different ways salmon hit our gillnet.

Size categories: Singles, Bunches, Groups, Mega hits

Adjectives for a type of hit: Splashers, Bobbers, Jiggers, Tuggers, Deep V, Lead line stealth hit, Tail dancer

For example, Erick Anderson in our radio group recently announced, "Yep, it looks like I had one tugger bunch on layout."

If you can think of terms we are missing comment below to build our list!


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Big Day Yesterday!

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Hi Folks, We had a fabulous day of fishing yesterday.  The fish were everywhere and we managed to catch 1,700 sockeye salmon (plus a few of other species).  It was a big day- we even picked fish in our sleep last night! We'll do a more exciting blog post soon, but just found out that there's an Emergency Opener for fishing tomorrow.  We're headed out of the harbor in a few hours. We have reached our order goal of 100.  All new orders will go on a waitlist.  We can now confirm that our prices will be the same as last season: $9/lb for Methow, Anchorage and shipped orders (+ shipping) and $8.50/lb picked up in Homer.

The fish are beautiful!

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A Day In Our Life as Fishermen

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We've had a lot of customers ask about how many nights we spend on the boat and what a day of fishing is like.  Here's a rundown of our last day on the water.
  • 7:00pm- Arrive at the boat to complete last minute chores and haul ice down to the boat.
  • 9:00pm- Put in ear plugs and hope to get some sleep.
  • 2:30am- Wake up and leave the Homer Harbor.
  • 3:00-5:00am- Emily drives the boat out of Kachemak Bay and up North into Cook Inlet.
  • 5:00-6:59am- Kyle takes over and continues North making his best decision of where to begin fishing.
  • 7:00am- The net goes out!
  • 7:00am-7:00pm- Fishing, fishing, fishing!  This involves looking for 'jumpers' (salmon literally jumping out of the water), listening to the radio to hear if anyone in our radio group has found fish elsewhere, running our boat up and down the length of the net to encourage fish to hit the net, whooping and hollering when fish do hit the net, pulling the net off and on the boat as needed, picking fish out of the net, bleeding, icing and taking good care of the day's catch.
  • 7:00pm- Make sure to have your buoy out of the water to avoid large fines from Fish and Game.
  • 7:00pm-12am- Motor our way back home, sometimes bucking the tide and hopefully moving slower because of a nice load of fish on board.
  • 12:00-2:00am- Deliver our fish, which involves sorting out the different species and loading them into fish totes.  Clean out the fish holds and the back deck.
  • 3:00am- Back at the yurt and ready for bed!
If there are things you want to know about our fishy business just ask!  We plan on heading out Sunday evening for another fish-filled adventure.

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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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The Northland Comes to Homer

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The Northland has left the boat shop!  
After 4.5 months of crazy hard work the boat finally left the darkness of the Ninilchik boat shop and make its way to the sunny boat yard of Homer.  There's still tons to do before June 20th, including most of the systems, but the exterior is finished enough to be out in the weather.
We're that much closer to being ready to catch your salmon!

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Methow Orders Full

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*UPDATE:  Due to your excitement and our limited freezer capacity when we drive to the Methow, Methow orders are full!  New Methow orders will be added to our wait list.  If we can arrange for more freezer capacity we'll take people off of the wait list.

 Alaska and shipped orders are still available, so keep them coming!

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Construction Continues

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The Northland is getting closer and closer to coming out of the shop.  

With the exterior top coated it's almost ready to be out in the weather.  The fish holds are greatly improved since last season and a new power roller is installed.  Even the cabin interior is in progress- we'll have a bed to sleep in this season.  There are a million things to still finish, but we're hoping to be in the water towards the beginning of June!

For our dads, fellow boat builders and others interested in the details of the project, visit this Facebook album to see lots of photos of the process.

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A New Look

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Thanks for following us or finding us at our new website with our new name Small Scales Seafoods!  If you weren't following us before go to: to learn about past adventures and last season.  If you were following us before, please subscribe to this new site to keep abreast of things.  We look forward to sharing our fish with you this year and also our fishing tales on this blog, our Facebook site and Twitter! We're now accepting orders for the 2011 season!  Read through the pages of this site to learn more.

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