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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Alaska Pictures

Well we (Anthony and I) made it back for Alaska today. Nic and Kate are staying for another week. What an amazing trip we had. God blessed us with great fishing but I found out one week is not enough time to fish and visit friends like I had hoped. Maybe next year.

Anyway we fished for halibut and caught our limit of 10 fish, then we fished for Sockeye Salmon (Reds) on the Russian River. It is my favorite place to be in Alaska. God gave us great weather, sunny and 68 and He blessed us with a river full of fish. We fished the Sunday night for 2 hours and caught 3. Monday afternoon we fished for about 4 hours and caught 8, then Tuesday we fished for 1 1/2 hours and caught our limit of 12 and caught and released another 15 at least. Tuesday was a gift from God. We arrived at the river around 2:30...okay we slept in a little. Which is no small feat as the sun comes up at 2am. When we arrived there we a few people at our favorite spot and with in 45 minutes the river was all ours and the fish were 10-15 fish wide just pouring up the river. I had only seen it that good one other time with that few people on the river in my 6 years of fishing the Russian. After we had all caught out limit we did a little catch and release just because there was so many fish. After about 30 minutes of not catching any fish with literally hundreds of fish within 3 feet of him, Nic stormed out of the river while biting his line and letting us all know that it was impossible to catch anything with a pink and purple fly. Then as were were about to leave Kate looked down in the water and pulled out this pink and purple fly and said, "Hey look what I found, one of our hooks in the river." and she pulled out a pink and purple fly with Nic's green fishing line still attached. Kate then noticed that the hook had broken off and all that remained was the straight shank. It turned out Nic had found the only way to not catch a fish that day...fish without a hook!

When we quit fishing there was no one else in sight and we all walked out into the river and just watched the fish swim at our feet. It is an amazing sight to see. Not that anyone was counting who caught the most salmon but...

Jim 8
Nic 7
Kate 4
Anthony 4

Then came the work. cleaning, vacuum sealing, smoking freezing and packing all that fish for the trip home. We ended up with 4 coolers full of fish which was about 175lbs of fish! We had to stop fishing because we could not check any more bags on the flight home. Not only that I had to call Ginger on Thursday and tell her to go by a freezer for all this fish. I had forgotten the small detail that we had no place to put 175lbs of fish.

More importantly we were able to visit, albeit far to short, with some of our good friends. We got to see Monica and LB Bowers, who opened their home to us the night we arrived and the night we left. We saw Steve and Cynthia Hatter and their kids who Nic and Anthony went to school with and lived down the street from us on base. We then stopped by and visited with Shelby and her family. Shelby was our next door neighbor for about 7 months in Anchorage. She is 11 now and her and Andrea were best friends. Shelby is a special girl who had a very special relationship with Andrea. It was so good to she her and her family again. We also got to spend some time with Lori and Corky Lucia and their kids Rachel and Justin. Corky took us halibut fishing and let us stay in their cabin on the Kenai peninsula where we did all our fishing.

You all are a blessing in my life and I can't thank you enough for all you did for us. It was great to see you all again. Next time we will stay a little longer.

As Promised here are some pictures from the trip and a few pictures from the past.

Every where we lived Andrea would pick a spot to take our pictures. When we lived in Eagle River Ak it was on this rock. We went back and Kate took our picture on the same rock.

This is Andrea on the some rock in July 2003, one month before she found the lump in her breast

A picture of the beautiful scenery in Alaska

Andrea and Shelby in Aug 2007

Andrea and Rachel Lucia around 2007

Nic and Corky at the cabin running the packing assembly line for the halibut and Reds

Anthony's new love

Kate Fighting the big one
Fish On...actually you can see the fish out of the water

Our first day's catch
Our limit...12 Reds
The bounty

Living the dream

Nic netting Kate's fish. Nic is by far the best netter in the group, a critical job as it does not count until the fish is in the net.

Showing his skill once again

Andrea and Anthony at the same spot on the Russian. It was Andrea's last time on the Russian and taken exactly 4 yrs earlier to the day we were fishing

Andrea and I on our last trip to the Russian in 2004

Andrea's first and last Red she caught. Like I said she just liked being their with us but on our last trip the river was full of fish just like it was this time and I talked her into fishing. She was a natural! Directly behind where Andrea is standing is where we were fishing this trip.

All smiles after the perfect day

Just to let you know we did leave a few fish for others to catch


  1. That is so awesome!! What a wonderful trip! I'm glad you had such a great time. Although it makes me hungry to think about all that fresh fish!!!

  2. I am so jealous! Joel loved fishing when we were stationed up there. I loved watching! I have some recipes for chowders if you are interested!