Monday, Aug 21, 2006

So today the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game announces a closure of the troll fishery for 5 days. I’d thought I’d not got the pink or sockeye salmon I’d wanted this season, but thought surely I could get all the coho I wanted. Lots of coho around here, but apparently not in other parts of the region. So, I’ll have to hope
to still get all we can.

Yesterday broke a 21 straight day of rain (our second such streak this year!) with a little sun. I cut firewood and just appreciated no rain and some time in the woods. I put on a tailgate lift for putting on half totes of fish, and it also works great for wood – just roll the big rounds on the lift, raise it, and roll them in the truck bed. Got one more load of wood today.

I then picked up fish from a troller, Ross. He’s really taken a shine to learning the pressure bleeding techniques I’ve been coaching him with, and now has graduated to being able to do even pink salmon, so he’s pretty much got it. I loaded the fish into a half tote, which was on a cart. I just barely had the strength to push the load up the harbor ramp about 1.5 hours after high tide. So, a satisfying day of physical labor all around. Starting raining this afternoon, and looks like we’re in for several more.

Tomorrow is a big primary day here for statewide elections, particularly the Republican party governor candidates. The sitting governor is polling 3rd behind the two opponents. The Democratic race is a former governor and a Rep. from the state house who I know and worked with a few years ago and really liked. Hope he can pull off an upset. Then, I think I won’t care much who wins the governorship.


Mark Stopha and Sara Hannan
Alaska Wild Salmon Company
Wild Salmon and Salmon Pet Treats
4455 N. Douglas Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
907-463-3115
www.GoodSalmon.com
“GET OFF THE SOFA and VOTE FOR STOPHA!”
for Juneau Assembly, Oct. 2006
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