Alaska Fishing

The daily count for Sockeye Salmon on the Kenai River jumped up to over 70,000 fish yesterday which made the fishing very hot. We started last night at 9:00 pm and fished until 3:30 am and most everyone limited out with 3 salmon, and then 2 of us went again at 4:00 am this morning and limited out again. The rest went again from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm and limited as well. We vacuum pack the fillets and put them in the freezer, and the goal is that everyone takes a 50 lb fish box home with them on the airplane. The reason we fish from 9:00 pm through 3:00 am because there are very few other people who fish then so we don’t have to put up with the craziness of people. When a whole bunch of people show up because of the big fish numbers the term “combat fishing” takes on a whole new meaning. Many of the people are from Mississippi, Oklahoma, Germany, Sweden, Japan to experience the famous Kenai River. Very few of them know how to fish so they fish for hours and catch no fish even though there are thousands in the river. One of my favorite sports is people watching while fishing amongst them, and talking with them and watching as they attempt to catch a fish. It prompts lots of prayer from me for those I see that God will work in their life. I sing quite a bit while fishing, loudly, mostly “Jesus loves me” and I get a lot of “looks”. I had a great conversation with a guy while cleaning fish today about the church and Jesus. It didn’t go anywhere but it was fun talking about my faith to a person who didn’t have any.

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