One of the early concepts for this blog was that it would be a place where we could review our yearly rhythm, and make notes on how it went well, and how to do it better next time. The concept grew beyond that point, but the idea keeps coming back to me. So in honor of that here is our dipnetting report and notes on improvement.
Dipnetting is, I think, a uniquely Alaskan thing. It is just what it sounds like. You stand at the shore, hold your net in the water and hopefully catch whatever fish is coming upstream. There’s simply not enough time in the hectic rush of summer to stand around with a fishing pole day after day, and get one or two salmon. When you need a full freezer, it’s much better to stand chest deep in the ocean with a net, and limit out on 55 fish in a couple days. We came in at a much more modest 20, but that’s still a good haul.
Del caught his first salmon with a standard scoop net, which is a pretty impressive feat, as that’s not really what it’s meant for.
We have been refining our gear list for a while and are pretty close to having it down. This year we had a large tent for sleeping, and a latrine tent, waders for each of the boys and a net and waders between Laura and I. We had ample food and good fish storage.
Things that were noticeably missing were band aids, a sled to more easily move the fish cooler. Also we need another set of waders so Laura and I can each fish, and another full sized net, some net extenders (in the dipnetting game, the longest net gets the most fish) and a better kid sized one.