A Fisherman’s Arcticman

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That pretty much sums up dip netting at Chitna, the ruff and roudy crowd gettin the other half of the freezer full for winter. I remember being there when I was little, sitting on the rocks at the bottom of the cliff we all climbed down for the best fishing hole, life jacket on and rope tied around my waist for that moment when ‘horsing around’ turned into ‘falling in.’

Just another redneck family headed to Chitna
Just another redneck family headed to Chitna

Now, thanks to my wife’s sister who married a dude with a boat we can get our fish a lot faster and safer.  When the whole lot of us pull in and the 2 or 3 boats hit the water they won’t shut down for hours and with the summer sun in full swing getting us over 20 hours of daylight the boats can run day and night.  If the red salmon are making a heavy run we can bring in several hundred fish in only a few long hours, but on the other hand you could go 2 days and only pull up 5 or 6, or maybe none at all.  You just got to time it right I guess.

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When you have this many people together it’s hard not to start competing.  Uncle Bill drives the rival boat with some pirate like fisherman!

Jared and Colleen dumping fish.
Jared and Colleen dumping fish.
And nets right back into the water.
And nets right back into the water.
Offloading a good catch and swapping fishermen and women.
Offloading a good catch and swapping fishermen and women.
My oldest daughter proud to be a part of the process!
My oldest daughter proud to be a part of the process!
Justin with 2 Kings!
Justin with 2 Kings!
Jared and Hannah with a nice Copper River King!
Jared and Hannah with a nice Copper River King!

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Jared and Ross get busy caring for meat. Notice the difference in size from a King salmon to a red, it could fit the red in its mouth!  My wife Stephanie knows how to process fish and the big game meat we bring home it’s just, getting her into it.  Once she’s going though look out, she’s like a salmon samurai!

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