Oops

While fishing for Sockeye salmon in Soldotna, Alaska last night I snagged up on a rock and broke off all my fishing tackle, so I had to rerig. This is a regular occurrence when fishing in a river using lead in order to fish the bottom of the river where the fish are.  When I had finished rerigging I noticed I had forgotten to put the fishing line through the little hole in my level wind reel, so I cut it off and rerigged again. This time I noticed I had not put the line through several of the Ferrell’s on my rod, so I cut it off and rerigged once more. Those kinds of mistakes happen in life, where we say or do something in the business of life that is dumb, bad, hurtful, and sometimes costly. We didn’t premeditate the act, word, or decision, it just sort of happened. It would be so nice to eliminate those blunders of life from our life, and one of my strategies for doing so is to memorize and meditate on and pray the words of Psalms 19:12-14, “Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”

Fishing in Alaska

I am sorry about no blogs of late. I have been fishing most of my waking hours. We fished all night last night from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm and then from midnight until 8:00 am this morning. The fish have finally come in and I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. I will fish tonight from 7:00 pm until the morning at 7:00 am, and should catch 2 limits, one before midnight and one after. Saturday I am going out in the ocean with my boat Halibut fishing. I am getting in an hour each day for Bible reading, scripture memory, and prayer, but not much more. We are planning on attending a local church on Sunday.

Made it to Alaska

It took us 63 hours to drive straight through to Soldotna, 2,846 miles, from our house in Jefferson. The car ran great, no flats on the boat trailer, the trailer pulled great, and the passengers got along great. We got pretty tired sleeping in the car, but kept rotating drivers and managed. The biggest problem was the last 200 miles was very bad road because of thermal frost heaving, which made it very hard to sleep when you bounced out out of your seat every few minutes. But we are now at “Tim’s Place” now waiting for the fish to come in. I am working on the boat getting it ready to take out in the ocean. I am hoping to take it out tomorrow and catch a bunch of halibut. We drove to Ninilchik where they back your boat in the surf with a big skidder and checked it out. It looks like it will be an adventure for sure. We went into local “Sportsman’s” store in Soldotna to buy gear to fish Halibut with. I decided to ask one of the salespeople how to fish for Halibut in Cook Inlet. I walked in and started looking at the gear for Halibut fishing and a young man walked up behind me and asked me if I was going Halibut fishing. I responded “yes”, and I am from Oregon and don’t have a clue what I am doing. He said, ” wow, I am moving to Oregon to go to Western Oregon University, and I have been a Halibut guide for the last 4 years. He proceeded to show me exactly what I needed to buy and what to do. He said he really wanted to go bass fishing when he got to Oregon so I told him I would take him when he got to Oregon and to come to Jefferson to Jefferson Baptist Church and ask for me. He then told me what church he went to and that he was a Christian. It was a great divine appointment.

Alaska- getting closer

We have been driving about 5 1/2 hours, and it is just about midnight. Only 45 more hours to go or thereabouts. So far everything is going good, car running good, boat towing good, and passengers being good. I drove the first 3 hours and have been sleeping very sound for the last 2 hours and intend to go back to sleep as soon as I finish this blog. The most beautiful drive in the world is the Alaskan Highway, and we will get into some of the really pretty scenery about the time it gets light. I intend to memorize a bunch of Bible verses and watch you tube video’s on how to catch halibut in Alaska with the time I will have while riding. Well, I am going back to sleep!

Alaska, here we come!

I worked all day, daylight to dark on my boat. I sanded some of the spots that had epoxy runs on them, did some bondo work on low spots, sanded some more, and painted the whole boat again. Just wanted it to look pretty. We are leaving for Alaska tomorrow evening at 6 pm. We are leaving then to be able to get through Seattle without the traffic. We are going to drive straight through without stopping to sleep, just trading off and sleeping in the car. It is going to take approximately 50 hours to reach Soldotna. I am planning on bringing back 500 lbs of sockeye salmon and halibut fillets. That will be nice!

In the gospel of John in chapter 21 Jesus asks John, ” do you love Me more than these?” “These” that Jesus is referring to is the fishing boats and nets that the disciples had just been in when Jesus came to fix them breakfast. I need to replay that conversation regularly, “Do I love Jesus more than fishing?” The answer will be demonstrated by my life.