Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Monday, August 26, 2013

Valdez trip, Day 3

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After eating a good breakfast at the Totem Inn, we loaded up our fishing gear and headed out to catch some salmon. It had been raining, but it had completely stopped by the time we reached Dayville Road. As we neared Allison Point, we found a good place to park and scouted out a promising location.
We knew it was going to be one of those days when Greg caught a fish on the first cast!
Here is a photo of him catching one and in the pic you can see his bear spray canister is handy. There are many bear warning signs along this road. When the fish are in, the bears are looking to feed.

Greg had caught a good handful before I mastered my casting technique.  After that point, Greg spent a great deal of his time helping me get my fish off the hook. I was wearing them out!
  It only got better as the tide made its way in further and further.
We were catching silver and pink salmon that were all very good-sized fish. We had no idea that we were going to do this well so we had nothing to put these fish in. Instead, we practiced the catch and release method. We actually caught fish until we were tired of catching them. 
This pink, or humpy as it is also called, is a perfect example of how they get their name. By the time males enter the streams to spawn, they have formed this large back hump and hooked jaws.

After fishing for nearly four hours and catching over 50 salmon, we decided to call it a day.

We decided before going back to town that we would ride around and see if we could spot some wildlife. More about that in the next blog post.

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