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
“GET OFF THE SOFA and VOTE FOR STOPHA!”
for Juneau Assembly, Oct. 2006
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