2011-07-26 Fishing For Salmon
On our way to get a fishing license, we met Miss Peggy. She is a delightful lady who sells ice cream, coffee, soup, hotdogs and sandwiches from her converted US Mail truck. We had to go all the way into Valdez, to the hardware store, to get license, a few lures and some 20 lb. test braided line.
We rigged up our fishing poles and headed for the water. As long as the salmon are in the salt water they are still feeding. As soon as they start their run up the fresh water streams to spawn they don't feed anymore. We were fishing in the bay of Prince William Sound, so the Pink Salmon were striking at our lures. After a few missed strikes we caught on to how to set the hook and in about an hour Mike & I both had three nice fish each in the bucket. Mike tried to clean one fish and we decided it would be better to take them to a professional fish cutter at the marina than to butcher them ourselves.
The guy at the marina charges a dollar a fish and he makes it look easy. Of course he is working at a waist high fish cleaning station with running water; not squatted down trying to work on a flat rock without water to rinse off with.
After lunch we went back out and easily filled our limit.
We cooked two of them on the grill, wrapped in foil with salt, pepper and lemon slices, they were done in about 15 minutes. They were delicious.