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Our Family Photo

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The mouth of the famous Kenai river, Ben and Susan participated in the annual Alaska Resident Rite of Personal Use Dipnet Fishing. What this means is you don chest waders, walk into the river almost up to your armpits holding a long pole with a hoop net that is up to five feet in diameter. There you stand ever hopeful that a stupid fish will swim unsuspecting into your net. Yeehaw! The fun begins. The pole begins to jerk in your hands as the frantic fish tries to take you up river to spawn. You not desiring that outcome roll the net to hold the fish against the bottom of the river and walk as quickly, as one can in chest deep water, back to the shore, up the beach until the net with the flopping fish is above the surf line. You drop the pole, grab the bonker, and run towards your net. Holding the fish with one hand you smack it on the head and get covered with fish goo and wet sand. Untangle the fish from the net, put it above the high tide mark with your gear, grab your net and head back into the water, hoping to do it again. Doesn't this sound like fun? For a family our size the limit is 35 fish. Thirty five fish takes approximately 2 full days to process into cans. How many? Well over three hundred. Don't you wish you lived here too? This year we were lucky we hit the river at the peak of the run and managed to get our full limit in just three and a half hours.







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