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Our "New" Boat

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Our "New" Boat

  Nothing But Opportunities . . . This new year an opportunity arose for Small Scales Seafood to make a vessel up grade.  We've been tucking away a little money every year to someday get a more comfortable boat.  Currently Kyle and crew fish on a small, rebuilt 1969 Rawson.  While Kyle is able to do a great job catching salmon the creature comforts are much to be desired.  (All three guys share one large bed in the bow and are without a real toilet for almost two months!)   Kyle has been looking at many different boat options for an...

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Homer Halibut

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Homer Halibut

We've caught our halibut for 2016!   Kyle and our deckhand, Jake, just filled up our skiff with a lovely load of Pacific Halibut.  They laid gear on Sunday night and picked the line Monday to find these beautiful fish.   How does long lining work?  Prior to fishing we bait a whole bunch of large circle hooks with herring, salmon and octopus (the halibut's favorite!).    Each circle hook is attached with a ganion to a clip.  When out at sea we throw a buoy and drop an anchor attached to our ground line.  As the line goes out we...

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The Glamour

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Luckily the non-glamorous moments of last week materialized into some glamorous moments and Scrumptious Halibut!  Kyle caught these beauties just the other day and  it's some of the best halibut out there; hauled in by hand out of the beautiful waters of Kachemak Bay, AK, well iced and dressed at sea, flash frozen and vacuum packed. We have these tasty Halibut Shares available for another two weeks.  Kyle hauls in halibut long line gear by hand. (This skiff was our first salmon drift boat years ago!) Rough seas make for hard work and lovely fish. This year's halibut ready to...

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Non-Glamour

halibut Homer AK Kachemak Bay

Fishing has its glamorous moments- glorious sunsets, large schools of salmon hitting your net at once, months of post-fishing down time in a good year, large halibut coming over the rail, doing something you love . . .   It also has the non-glamorous moments: Kyle's been preparing to fish our small quota of halibut and is putting in the required non-glamorous time: loading herring chunks and salmon carcasses onto the many circle hooks.  (He gave Maggie the chance to help, but she was more interested in throwing gravel around.)  Tonight Kyle is out laying gear with his mom (thanks...

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The Season is Underway

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We've been out for two days of fishing.  The fish are starting to show up, the boat is running great with some new improvements and our new crew is great.  This year JP (John Paul) returns and Jake Beaudoin joins us.  (Yep, it took two strong young men to replace Emily's deckhand skills ;). Two of our favorite salmon spawning ground research tools: packrafts. On the shore of Skilak Lake, headwaters to the Kenai River. Check out our Facebook page or click on this link to see some fun pictures from the trip we took before the season began.  It...

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