S: Alaska 2011
BC: Thank you for this unforgettable trip. Made with love by Jaison and Teresa.
FC: Alaska July 29--August 9, 2011
1: Finally in Alaska after being delayed leaving Pittsburgh, missing a connector in Denver, and being rerouted through Seattle. We are tired, but glad to be here.
3: It is even beautiful from the airplane
5: We decided to head to the Kenai River to fish for Sockeye. Dad landed the first of the trip. Austin caught a nice Dolly Varden. We also enjoyed the wildlife; getting to see an eagle fly in and the gulls scatter.
7: Town of Ninilehik Cook Inlet Our first halibut fishing trip was Monday. It was an hour drive to Ninilehik and then an hour on the boat in Cook Inlet to get where the captain wanted to start. We were with two other people (pictured to the left). We started out using hearing and 4lbs of lead to hold bottom in 220 feet of water. We caught many halibut in the 15 to 20 lb. class with mom catching the largest of the trip. Reeling in a 10 or 15 lb halibut feels like 50 lbs at least. We were all tired when the trip ended.
8: We woke up early for our silver salmon trip. Our guide, Bill, helped us get a few, but the rain didn't stop. We came in early and got to see a moose on the way. Dad and Jaison went out to fish again while Mom and Austin dried up.
9: We got to Quartz Creek and found Sockeye and Kings in their full red spawning colors. Dad stayed on one long swallow gravel spawning area and Jaison decided to walk up stream. Around the bend, he started to catch Dolly Vardens. Out of no where he hears a growl from a bear in the bushes. He quickly got out of there and met back up with his dad where they fished for some more Dolly's and a few rainbows.
10: Razor clams They are harder than we thought to dig up, but they tasted delicious.
11: Quartz Creek
12: Out with Captain Rob and his first mate, Tara, in the Gulf of Alaska for this trip. It took 3 hours to get out to the Barren Islands, but it was worth it. Many fish were caught with Jaison catching the largest: a 133 pound halibut. A view of the wildlife made this outing unforgettable.
14: Homer, Alaska Halibut capital of the world....it didn't disappoint
16: Silver Salmon on the Kenai
17: Dolly Varden and Rainbows on the Kenai
27: Pappy John and Grandma Cathy, Thank you for taking me to Alaska! I love you, Austin