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Old 05-01-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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Default Moving to Alaska !

...Only for the summer.
Going to be in the Copper river area for the summer, busboys are in big demand there in bear country.
Anyone else/ going/ to be in alaska/ this summer?
My return week is he week the broncos play the seahawks in seattle, sept. 21, so depending/ on what kind of/ coin I make/this summer,/ I may try to catch that game !
I have always admired that beautiful stadium, its on my bucket list, so maybe this is the year it all comes together.Thankfully, I will/still be able to keep in touch with all you * chef lovers* thanks to this whole interweb thing.
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That's awesome....I'm a little jealous.

Make sure you get out and enjoy the wilderness.

I've been to Alaska three times.

If I were younger and not tied down, I'd be heading out there to work in the summers like you are.

Never been to the Copper River area....spent some time in Anchorage, Denali, the Kenai Peninsula, and Katmai National Park.
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Speaking of bucket lists, Alaska is on mine. Can't decide if I want to fish (I know some people who have a boat and have tons of connections) or if I want to take a cruise. Make money or spend money.

Congrats at ya.
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Speaking of bucket lists, Alaska is on mine. Can't decide if I want to fish (I know some people who have a boat and have tons of connections) or if I want to take a cruise. Make money or spend money.

Congrats at ya.


Do both. Trust me.


Chef- sounds like you are working for one of the cruise lines resort restaurants. Princess?
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"Busboys" is that what they're calling them these days?

Have fun with teh Palinz!
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Good for you. Summer in Alaska how awesome
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...Only for the summer.
Going to be in the Copper river area for the summer, busboys are in big demand there in bear country.
Anyone else/ going/ to be in alaska/ this summer?
My return week is he week the broncos play the seahawks in seattle, sept. 21, so depending/ on what kind of/ coin I make/this summer,/ I may try to catch that game !
I have always admired that beautiful stadium, its on my bucket list, so maybe this is the year it all comes together.Thankfully, I will/still be able to keep in touch with all you * chef lovers* thanks to this whole interweb thing.
My Step-son lived in Alaska for two years. He loved the summer. He is in Utah now. He fell off a fishing boat and ****ed up his foot. Good thing for Obamacare as he was still on our insurance policy. He also messed up his shoulder in Hawaii this past summer. Oh what it is to be 23 and invincible.
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Have a great summer. I would absolutely love to do some hunting and fishing up there. You have to share some pictures with us when you get back.
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Have a great summer. I would absolutely love to do some hunting and fishing up there. You have to share some pictures with us when you get back.
My stepson mailed back 4 Salmon in ice. I was fearful that they were contaminated with radiation but I ate them anyway!!!!
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My stepson mailed back 4 Salmon in ice. I was fearful that they were contaminated with radiation but I ate them anyway!!!!
I don't know how the algae blooms are up in Alaska but right now in Nor Cal the ocean is filled with toxic acid.

http://www.ksbw.com/news/toxic-algae...umans/25729808
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I don't know how the algae blooms are up in Alaska but right now in Nor Cal the ocean is filled with toxic acid.

http://www.ksbw.com/news/toxic-algae...umans/25729808
I heard the salmon were bad in Alaska, but I am not sure it was a reputable source and to tell you the truth I am kinda old and tired anyway. If it happens it happens.
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I heard the salmon were bad in Alaska, but I am not sure it was a reputable source and to tell you the truth I am kinda old and tired anyway. If it happens it happens.
Not true for areas I have fished the last 10 years(Homer, Seward, Russian River). The halibut and salmon are the best I've ever eaten.
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Awesome!

I will be in Seward and Homer for the first week of Aug.
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Awesome!

I will be in Seward and Homer for the first week of Aug.
So will I, for the 10th year in a row! I will be in Homer 6th-8th fishing for Halibut, maybe Kings, and Seward 12-14th fishing for bottom fish and Silvers. Have you been there before? There is a reason we go back every year.
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So will I, for the 10th year in a row! I will be in Homer 6th-8th fishing for Halibut, maybe Kings, and Seward 12-14th fishing for bottom fish and Silvers. Have you been there before? There is a reason we go back every year.
Nice! Have a drink at the Salty Dawg for me, my brothers....


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Nice! Have a drink at the Salty Dawg Saloon for me, my brothers....


You bet! As you know, you can't go to Homer and not have a beer or two at the Salty Dog.
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I've been there....it's right on the Homer Spit, if I recall correctly.
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It is, indeed -- and bonus points for using the term "spit" correctly.

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So will I, for the 10th year in a row! I will be in Homer 6th-8th fishing for Halibut, maybe Kings, and Seward 12-14th fishing for bottom fish and Silvers. Have you been there before? There is a reason we go back every year.
Nope. Never been. Which is shocking as I have traveled extensively around the World and am passionate about fishing.

This will be a quick trip, as we are dropping off the 2 and 3 year old in SEA and have limited time.

Trying to decide how best to spend the fishing time. So many choices. I was leaning towards bringing our packrafts and hitting the Kenai River canyon area or similar. However could hit the Bay in a rental boat. Or do a charter out of Homer.

Any fishing must-do recommendations for first week of Aug?
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Nope. Never been. Which is shocking as I have traveled extensively around the World and am passionate about fishing.

This will be a quick trip, as we are dropping off the 2 and 3 year old in SEA and have limited time.

Trying to decide how best to spend the fishing time. So many choices. I was leaning towards bringing our packrafts and hitting the Kenai River canyon area or similar. However could hit the Bay in a rental boat. Or do a charter out of Homer.

Any fishing must-do recommendations for first week of Aug?
Not sure how the fish will be biting (every season is different), but for just enjoying nature and scenery, the Kenai River option you mention above is vastly better. Fishing in Kachemak Bay / around the Homer area can be pretty windy and cold, even in the middle of summer. Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty fabulous, but if I could only choose one, I would choose to be slow-trolling on a packraft on the Kenai somewhere. It's like being in the middle of a picture postcard. With the possibility of hooking a 50-lb. king salmon at any moment....




... and don't forget to post hero pictures when you come back!

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Nope. Never been. Which is shocking as I have traveled extensively around the World and am passionate about fishing.

This will be a quick trip, as we are dropping off the 2 and 3 year old in SEA and have limited time.

Trying to decide how best to spend the fishing time. So many choices. I was leaning towards bringing our packrafts and hitting the Kenai River canyon area or similar. However could hit the Bay in a rental boat. Or do a charter out of Homer.

Any fishing must-do recommendations for first week of Aug?
the kenia is amazing, even if you never catch a fish !
But first week of august may be a little late in the season for parts of the kenai.
Get some reliable info on that specific week for salmon fishing!
Fighting a 50 pound KING is the best short of a 200 pound marlin.
Halibut fishing is like pulling up luggage, so unless your first priority is filling a freezer, go for the king salmon !
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the kenia is amazing, even if you never catch a fish !
But first week of august may be a little late in the season for parts of the kenai.
Get some reliable info on that specific week for salmon fishing!
Fighting a 50 pound KING is the best short of a 200 pound marlin.
Halibut fishing is like pulling up luggage, so unless your first priority is filling a freezer, go for the king salmon !
This.

It's a good picture when you haul in a 200-pound halibut, but it's not nearly as exciting as catching a 25-pound silver or red salmon.
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the kenia is amazing, even if you never catch a fish !
But first week of august may be a little late in the season for parts of the kenai.
Get some reliable info on that specific week for salmon fishing!
Fighting a 50 pound KING is the best short of a 200 pound marlin.
Halibut fishing is like pulling up luggage, so unless your first priority is filling a freezer, go for the king salmon !
Unfortunately the King Salmon season on the Kenai expires on July 31. You can catch rainbows and possibly silvers at that time although it's a bit early for silvers. The king fishery the last 6-7 years has been awful due to overfishing by commercial trawlers and others but there are other options. You are correct with regard to halibut... too much like work.
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Nope. Never been. Which is shocking as I have traveled extensively around the World and am passionate about fishing.

This will be a quick trip, as we are dropping off the 2 and 3 year old in SEA and have limited time.

Trying to decide how best to spend the fishing time. So many choices. I was leaning towards bringing our packrafts and hitting the Kenai River canyon area or similar. However could hit the Bay in a rental boat. Or do a charter out of Homer.

Any fishing must-do recommendations for first week of Aug?
Well, if you are limited in time, my recommendation would probably to use a guide if you want to fish the river. The reason is that you need to be efficient in your fishing, and a professional can do that for you. Probably a $100-200 a day. Worth it if your not familiar with the area.

At Homer, we always charter and are never disappointed. They know where to go and you will get your limit. Halibut only is usually about $225-250 a day, per person. A salmon/halibut combo is a little more. If you are in Seward, do the same.

If you want specific recommendations for charters, let me know. We usually use the same guys because they are good and don't disappoint.
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