Despite some bad weather and outboard troubles this season, I managed to get on the water and enjoy a lot of what an Alaskan summer can offer. We had lots of family and friends visit us this year. We had many new and repeat visitors at the house. My wife and I love living in Alaska, and we like to show it off.
Seward was a favorite fishing location this year. I found some new halibut spots this year, and we managed to catch a couple over 100 pounds. Here are a couple of fishing buddies with a tag-team 100-pound butt.
We also found a lot of ling cod out of Seward this year. I usually find them hanging out under schools of black rockfish. A 16-ounce dinner invitation usually does the trick. These toothy beasts are a hoot to catch and taste good too!
Ling cod must be 35" or longer to be legal in many Alaskan waters. Here's my brother-in-law with a fine example of a legal Alaskan ling.
Here's a dandy yellow-eye rockfish. I really try to avoid catching these guys, since you can't release them after bringing them up from 200 feet. They are tasty and pretty to look at, but I would rather catch the smaller, faster growing black rockfish.
I finally broke my boat's "One-King-Curse" this year. Before this year, I've never landing more than one king on a single fishing trip. My buddy Mike put and end to that awful tradition with a simple metal jig.
A loyal band of fish assassins helps make a successful fishing trip.
My dad comes up every summer. We all used to fish a lot as kids, but now he only fishes when he's up here with me. I tell ya, there's nothing worse than a spoiled fisherman.
We hit the red run pretty hard this year. Here's a limit of sockeyes from Bing's Landing, near Sterling.
Whittier can also have some nice silver salmon fishing from shore. Here's a view of the small boat harbor in September.
As much as I like catching fish, I always get a kick out of the kids reelin' 'em up. They have a sense of appreciation and excitement few adults can match. Here are my niece and nephew with a couple of nice Seward Silvers.
And finally, the scenery in Alaska is second to none. Even when the fish aren't cooperating, a day on the water is a joy! Here's Redoubt, gracing the evening skyline overlooking Cook Inlet.