From The Captain's Helm.....
It is that time of year to send out a multitude of “Thank You’s” to all of our friends who have ventured “North to Alaska” in the past years and visited us here at Rod N Real Alaskan Fishing Charters on the Kenai Peninsula.
Whether you came here for world-class fishing, bird watching, bear-viewing, clam-digging, wildlife viewing, photography, experiencing the thrill of a floatplane fly-out fishing adventure, just sitting around the evening campfire telling stories, or enjoying the many local restaurants on the Kenai Peninsula, most all of our guests comment on the friendly Alaskan Hospitality you can find most anywhere you visit during your travels here in Alaska.
One thing for certain, most everyone who visits us in Alaska talks about returning next year or in the very near future with family or friends to share their Alaskan experience. Seems like you leave Alaska just knowing you will return very soon.
So, we want to thank all of you for making Rod N Real Alaskan Fishing Charters your Alaska Destination, where you can “return home” each summer or in the very near future. We look forward to seeing you soon and hope the “Summer of 2013” will be the year we will have the opportunity to share Alaska with all of you once again.
Huge Run of Sockeye Salmon Slams Kenai River!
As we predicted in our newsletter last year, the 2012 Sockeye Salmon Run in July/August was another successful fishery as the Kenai River Late-Run Sockeye Salmon started entering the Kenai River July 1st at a pace of approximately 4,000 to 9,000 fish per day, jumped to over 12,000 fish per day on July 11, and then slammed the Kenai River with over 119,000 Sockeye swimming past the sonar counter on July 15th, followed by over 196,000 sockeye on July 16th.
It was easy limits of Sockeye Salmon everyday with so many fish in the River. On July 20th, Alaska Department of Fish and Game set sportfish limits at 6 per person per day to try and slow down the numbers of fish making it past the sonar counter just two miles upriver of our Kenai Riverfront Cabins. And Rod N Real guests definitely did their fair share of slowing down the fish count, as everyone who fished Sockeyes caught their daily limits and kept our fish processors busy round-the-clock filleting and vacuum packing one of the tastiest Salmon species on earth.
It is an awesome sight as a fishing guide to witness all of our guests successfully catching Sockeye Salmon day after day, and watching everyone savoring some of the finest eating that Alaska has to offer. The kettle barbeques could be seen smoking in front of all the Cabins throughout the afternoon and evenings, grilling up the freshest wild Salmon you can ever get, caught just minutes before in the cold glacial-fed waters of the mighty Kenai River.
We are looking forward to more of the same in 2013, and all predictions so far point to a very successful Sockeye run next summer. Plan on the Sockeye hitting the Kenai between July 10-14, and lasting through August 10, if you want to get in on some of the best fishing Alaska has to offer.
If your plans are for earlier in the summer, the early-run Sockeye Salmon start entering the Kenai River the first week of June, where you have the opportunity of catching them from shore at our Kenai Riverfront Cabins. As the run continues through the end of June and first week of July, you will be able to catch your fair share of these dime-bright Sockeye at the confluence of the Russian River where it flows into the Kenai River.
Whatever the timing of your Alaska vacation, be sure to inquire about availability of a professionally guided Sockeye Salmon trip.
Halibut – 2013. Limits….2 per person per day!
The outlook for Halibut Fishing in Southcentral Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula looks excellent once again for Summer of 2013.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) has recommended a “status quo” approach to managing our Halibut resources in Area 3A, which includes both areas out of Seward and the Cook Inlet where Rod N Real Alaskan Fishing Charters fish for these tasty flatfish.
Although the overall average size of the Pacific Halibut is not as big as they were in the past 35 years we have run charter boats in the Cook Inlet and Gulf of Alaska, Rod N Real anglers continue to catch more than their fair share of prime size Halibut in the 20 – 100 lb range, arguably the best eating size of the most sought after Alaska seafood on the market. With the price of Halibut fillets at the local grocery store going on sale last week at a whopping $15.99 lb, and everyday price tags of $20 - $24 per lb, it doesn’t take a very big Halibut to cover the cost of a Halibut Adventure aboard the F/V Capture out of Ninilchik in the Cook Inlet, or the F/V Four Aces running out of Seward in the Gulf of Alaska.
With just about every angler having the opportunity of catching their limit of 2 Halibut a day, it doesn’t take too long to fill up a couple of Alaska size fish boxes full of succulent Halibut fillets to share with the folks back home.
There is nothing quite like the anticipation of riding out to the Halibut fishing grounds and the excitement of hooking-up one Halibut after another on each drop of a fresh bait or specially selected jig. And it’s hard to beat a fresh fillet of Halibut grilling on the barbeque back at your Cabin within just a couple hours of landing one of these tasty flatfish.
Anglers of all ages and sizes are able to successfully catch Halibut aboard Rod N Real Halibut Boats with the help of the 2-speed Avet and Accurate Halibut Reels we have aboard both of our 30’ Offshore Cruisers. Whether you consider yourself a topnotch trophy fisherman, you are a first-time rookie angler, or you are looking for a great family outing, a day or two aboard a Rod N Real Charters Halibut Boat will be a very rewarding adventure. We have world-class gear and the fishing knowledge and know-how to turn your day into a very successful and memorable event.
No matter the time of summer that brings you to Alaska the months of May, June, July, or August, you owe it to yourself to find out why so many anglers come to the Kenai Peninsula to enjoy an action-packed day fishing for these fabled Halibut. And don’t forget your cameras! Many days you will be surrounded by Puffins and other colorful seabirds, Orca Whales, Porpoise, Humpbacks and other rarely seen whales, harbor seals, huge Sea Lions, and towering volcanic mountains. Each day you can count on viewing different natural wonders and the wildlife you come to expect to see in Wild Alaska.
Seward Silver Salmon – 2013.
$50,000 Silver Salmon caught in Seward Derby!
Silver Salmon fishing on the Kenai Peninsula typically begins around July 1st each year just outside of Seward in Resurrection Bay and the surrounding coastal waters in the Gulf of Alaska. The numbers of Silvers moving into Resurrection Bay increases throughout July and usually peaks during the Seward Silver Salmon Derby, one of the oldest and largest fishing derbies in the state.
Mark your calendars for August 10 – 18, 2013, if you want to participate in the derby and try and win one of the numerous prizes awarded during this fun filled week.
Last season the $10,000 prize for the largest Silver Salmon caught in the derby went to Seward angler Earl Cagle. But, the biggest award was won by Mike Rogers of Seward, who landed a tagged fish worth a whopping $50,000 prize. Not bad pay for a couple hours of fun!
Silver Salmon. Kenai & Kasilof Rivers.
Silvers were once again a big highlight for our fishing season on the Kenai & Kasilof Rivers. Once we were opened for using bait on August 9th, our guests were rewarded with limit catches of Silvers throughout the Lower Kenai River, from our Kenai Riverfront Cabins and all the way down to the bluffs below Beaver Creek.
We experienced extremely clear water in August, 2012, which naturally makes the Salmon somewhat spooky and more difficult to catch. But with the Sockeye Salmon continuing to come into the Rivers until late August, and the large run of Pink Salmon entering the Kenai every day, our guests experienced excellent Salmon fishing throughout the month of August.
Silver Salmon are the most aggressive, active, and feisty of the five Pacific Salmon species, making the month of August one of the most popular timeframes to visit the Kenai River. Spend a few days on the Kenai & Kasilof Rivers, a day Halibut fishing, one day on a Seward Combo for Ling Cod, Rock Fish, and Silvers, and maybe a day on an exciting floatplane fly-out fishing charter, and you have the makings of a very well-rounded vacation here in Alaska.
We recommend early reservations for August 2013, as this is fast becoming one of the most popular months to visit the Kenai Peninsula.
Floatplanes……….Fly Out Fishing Adventure!
Beginning June 10th every year and extending throughout our summer fishing season, we offer daily fly-out fishing to remote destinations on the Kenai Peninsula and across the Cook Inlet to pristine waters accessible only by Floatplane.
Depending on which week you are here this summer, you will have the opportunity to experience a unique day of combination flight-seeing, fishing, and bear-viewing!
There is something about being able to catch wild Sockeye and Silver Salmon in the Clearwater streams and lakes of remote Alaska, while at the same time watching wild Brown Bears catch their dinner as they have done for thousands of years. This is an adventure that not many people are fortunate enough to experience in their lifetime.
Because so many of our guests enjoy a fly-out day during their visit to Rod N Real Charters, we encourage everyone to request a fly-out adventure day when making reservations for 2013. In fact, the last several years we have been offering a “Special Flyout Package” for select dates, and will again offer this package for 2013 because of its popularity with our guests. This is one fishing experience you won’t want to miss!
Salmon Louie Recipe:
With the massive amount of Sockeye and Silver Salmon our guests took home with them Summer of 2012, we have had requests of good Salmon Recipes for a little variety in using Salmon saved from last summers vacation.
Here is a decent recipe, compliments of Les Palmer, an outdoor writer for the Kenai Peninsula Clarion, published 6 days a week on the Kenai Peninsula.
Les prefers the main ingredient to be King Salmon, but any of the wild Alaska Salmon you caught last summer will work perfectly well.
Salmon Louie Dressing:1 ½ cups mayonnaise
1/3 cup Heinz chili sauce
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1 t. fresh lemon juice
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
6 pimento-stuffed olives, chopped
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
Whisk dressing ingredients in a bowl. Allow flavors to meld in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Salt & pepper to taste.
Salmon Louie Salad:1 pound salmon, cooked, de-boned, and broken into bite-sized pieces.
8 large romaine lettuce leaves, chopped into bite-sized pieces.
16 fresh asparagus spears, cooked until tender and chilled.
1 red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise into 12 long, thin pieces.
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced lengthwise into 12 long, thin pieces.
5 eggs, hard-boiled, quartered lengthwise.
2 large carrots, sliced into 4-inch long spears.
4 Roma tomatoes, sliced into bite-size wedges.
2 stalks celery, chopped.
4 green onions chopped.
Now comes the fun part: making this dish a work of art. On large plates, arrange the salad ingredients on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce. Make a clock face with some of the vegetables. For example, place a slice of red pepper at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock, and a piece of yellow pepper at 12 o’clock, 4 o’clock, and 8 o’clock. Place slices of egg, carrot and celery between the pepper slices. Pile a mound of salmon in the center. Add the celery and tomato. Drizzle dressing over the whole shebang, and embellish it with chopped onions. Serves 4.
A one-dish meal, a Salmon Louie can be made hours ahead of time. Great with bread and white wine, say, a Sauvignon Blanc or similar white wine.
A beautiful, tasty dish perfect for any celebration or get-together.
For “in-season” phone calls you can contact our Kenai Riverfront Cabins Office at 907-262-2533.