I just posted the BIGGEST catch of the day - Carrie and Liv arrived in Kenai and got the most awaited picture of the year taken! LOL What fun to think of all that has happened since the first time Carrie and Liv joined us at Fish Camp - when CyRi had just begun dating.
OK...We left for the beach at 0630. Our household fished for four hours, four nets and got 11 salmon (total group). Stacia caught five of those! She caught some chunky ones too! Our household count for the first tide was 8...yeah...Stacia got 5, Michael got 3.
New to us this year - parking permits at a local business to which Josiah has connections. This insures us a place to park, even if the city parking is full - which has happened to us numerous times. Its next to what used to be the campgrounds we stayed at our first dipnetting year. We collected our gear and headed DOWN the long hill to the main road to the beach.
|Cory - leading the charge|
|Stacia, Me andAllie|
Fairly soon after arriving Nicole and her kids came down to the beach. Nicole is the eldest daughter of our friends Ed and Jennifer. The rest of their family didn't come out this year, but we got to spend the day visiting with Nicole and Ben and their kids.
Their little boys were troopers. Josiah (right) caught THREE salmon with his little net! He's 8 years old.
I wouldn't say Arielle had a more leisurely morning back at camp. However, she did not attempt to get the boys on the beach at 6:30 a.m. They drove down with our 2nd permit a bit later. This Charles' first dip netting year. Having two two year olds on the beach adds a new level of intense activity and FUN.
|Danny, Charles and Benny heading to the beach|
|Danny & Charles - cookies on the beach|
|Bachan's crew - and Allie |
|Reporting for action|
|Running up and down the beach - the new workout|
|Snack time @ the coolers|
|Charle's first dip netting|
|An Alaskan mom|
|Untangling and bonking Stacia's Fish - Allie |
on shore crew
Coming back UP the incline with full coolers after a long shift of fishing is MUCH harder than going down.
|Stacia is amazing|
|Fun @ home or while camping |
|Getting ready for dinner|
|Danny and Krista|
|Friends from the beach found Benny|
|Such flattering fashions. 📷by Carrie|
The guys got home after midnight - got into bed around 1 a.m. They were tired. Michael was in quite a bit of pain. Everyone decided to skip tomorrow morning's tide. The rumor is the fisherman will have restricted hours and the fish count will be up tomorrow.
I hope so. We've fished 2 tides and our household has caught 14 fish...with 3 nets in the water. That's way less than we usually get...but slow and steady. That's why we schedule 5 days...if we need the days, we'll use them...if not, we'll explore Kenai.