It is a busy time of year, so I apologize for slacking on the blog. The aanux^ (red salmon) are starting to hit, and I have been busy bickering with my husband. Things are starting to smooth out in the equipment department (trailer, boat, engine, net) and although my body is beat all to h***, I am enjoying myself immensely.
It is darn hard to get the net straight! Our engine isn’t strong enought to pull in reverse, so Caleb has had to devise a bridle (not quite refined yet) to pull with it attached to the stern.
It is so nice to be able to fish, practically from our front porch. Plus the whole family gets involved…all four generations! The reds are HUGE this year.
Our first concern has been getting enough fish for the smoke house. Dad said, ” I am not wasting my cottonwood for less than 15 fish!” Well, it took us two days, but on the morning of the third day, mom was stripping 20 fillets to brine and hang. SP was so excited to be able to fish. Any kind of fish made him happy. Sadgunix^ (Trout), araamusax^ (bull heads), flounder. And, oh yeah, the aanux^, red salmon.
Our second day was frought with wind. The north wind blows in the fish, but it hits us smack dead center and plays havok with the skiff. I almost had a heart attack when mom waved Caleb and I off when we tried to land the skiff again to pull the net, and I saw my 82 year old father down on the beach pulling away with mom and Laresa!
The third day, Caleb had to work so we set the net early, and Laresa and I planned to fish it all day. Easy……except I couldn’t get the engine to start! We spent the day pulling ourselves (in the skiff, of course) out the net and back. Man that is tiring. The good thing was that Laresa is almost as good as Caleb at picking the fish out of the net. The bad thing was that I just wasn’t pushing hard enough on the engine starter button and when Caleb got home, he started it right up. Aaarrgghh!
Neighbors are a blessing in Unalaska. Zoya and Bobby Johnson helped Laresa, Caleb, and I pull the net in on Saturday evening. Then Bobby expertly repaired the net where a hole had mysteriously appeared. Two nights of mom’s lovely cooking – fish stew with alaadix^ and boiled salmon with potatos, petrushky, fiddleheads, and seal oil! Yum. That’s the life!
Two days of rest and we are hoping for good weather tomorrow. At any rate, something will get done because we have another project going – the mini greenhouse!