Friday, July 30, 2010

Fishing in Seward, Alaska

All 19 of us went fishing in Seward, about two hours from Anchorage. We had to be there at 6 am, so we got up super early. Our boat was named "Perseverance"and the captain did a great job of getting us to where the fish were. We played cards during the boatride and at some point the older kids used startburst as poker chips.

It was supposed to rain all day and we were prepared for the worst, armed with raingear, boots, gloves, but it turned out to be a perfect day. A little chilly, but so much better than wet or too hot. The wildlife was beautiful and even though it was overcast, the glaciers really stood out. We saw puffins and whales on the way to our fishing spot.

After a 3 hour ride, we dropped our lines and within the first hour we had 18 silver salmon! The limit was 3 silvers per person, so as a boat we were allowed to get 57 and we caught our limit. All of the kids caught several salmon and I loved seeing everyone have success fishing...I have been on many a trip where that wasn't the case.

The captian let a few people put halibut gear on their lines and Aaron and Dave Fletcher each caught halibut! By the time the rest of us asked if we could try, we had reached our limit of salmon and it was time to start the 3 hour ride back to the harbor. What a fun, long day!

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