Captain Glenn and your blogger had a terrific day fishing the middle of the Kenai River for trout.... all catch and release, 1/2 day total-- 12 fish, eight of them over 22 inches. 1 reaching the scale at 24 inches and the rest medium to small-sized. Captain Brian and Captain Dane guided their fishing fishing guests to Alaska trout fishing at its finest catching and releasing similar sizes.
Pops, Captain Jordy and Captain Austin run drift boats on the Kasilof River also had skillfully managed to guide their aggregate of guests to catch large King Salmon that the guests kept so they could return to their homes with processed fillets provided by Russell Fishing Company as part of their complete lodging and fishing package.
This week we spotted a moose mother with her infant calf that looked like it had been born within the last few hours.
This happened on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof and the traffic luckily was mild because they were trying to cross the road and the cow being very protective of her newborn. The traffic had stopped, we could take pictures and look in wonderment but the mother was super cautious.
Great fishing with Captain Zack in Cook Inlet on the Miss Patience Russell fishing companies premier ocean vessel. The charters were filling their daily limits on the combos with halibut and King Salmon. Another lunker halibut tipping the scales at hundred pounds on one voyage Captain Zacks charters manage catching rockfish and ling Cod an Alaskan cornucopia of fish.
As I am writing this I am sitting at the grounds where construction of the new Russell fishing campgrounds are being built This endeavor will be ready by 2021
Ahoy Readers "Uncle Paulie's Kenai“ is back. A fond welcome from owner operators Jessica and Dustin Russell of Russell fishing company and all the crew. If you are ready for some awesome fishing, welcome to the Kenai Peninsula. Fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers has been spectacular. Captain Zak has been ultra productive on the ocean vessel Miss Patience out of Homer, reeling in some big halibut and several kings in Cook inlet. The last 2 weeks in May on the Kenai fulfilled clients wishes with keeper kings, while the Kasilof produced an abundance of Chinook landed by Capt.s' Dane, Jordy , Austin , and Bill “Pops “ Russell. Early sockeye were also hooked on the Kasilof.
Capt. Brian piloted one of the 7 powerboats Russell Fishing provides on the Kenai River with very successful hauls of Kings. When trout season opened, in June the middle of the Kenai was clear and a beautiful turquoise color. The river also was willing to offer rainbow trout to fly fishermen as well as draggers and spinning rods. Cap't. Glenn, Brian, Dane all guided their charters to big numbers and even bigger fish. In splendid weather, to a bounty of bows. Yours truly had great time fishing on fun trips with some of the crew and all caught some rainbow trout over 24 inches. A few dollys were caught and released too.
Projections are for a great season of fishing and Russell Fishing Company is ready and happy to provide all with every requirement ... lodging, gear, bait, raingear, waders and guided fishing charters. Fishing processing is also included. Look soon for Russells newest venture AlaskaCampingAndFishing.com ... the all new camper and tenting grounds which will be open in 2021!
Kilig !! A Philippine word denoting the breathtaking feeling of butterflies in the stomach. Have you ever felt this? Two experiences in my life have profoundly affected me like this . when on my 68th birthday I jumped out of an airplane from 13000 feet over Las Vegas on a cool dawn the same day the Stardust casino was imploded. Whenever my mind revisits that moment Boom instant Kilig and joy.
The other event equal to and as butterflies provoking is my first King Salmon the Kenai River, 1998.The bending of the rod the scream of the line spooling out,the roar of Fish ON my knees buckling ,heart pounding in my ears listening to the guides instructions. At the same time trying to forget everything I had learned about fishing from age 5 when I started on the Hudson And Mohawk Rivers passed down to me from my mom ,dad Gamma Tippy and Grandpa Louie. Forget what I had learned angling in the lakes and streams in the northeast ,disregard lessons trolling off Hawaii,deep sea fishing on the Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida
This was a Chinook. A king Baby !!! Today, 82 degrees, my toes in the water my rump in the sand, daydreaming, BAM! A wave crashed on the shore jarring me. I was mentally propelled to the Kenai River in Alaska year. Kilig... it returns instantly when I roam to those, precious recollections. The roar of the outboards on the Willie Boats, friendly faces of seasoned, knowledgeable guides, boats clean and sparkling with the sun reflecting of the azure green water, fishing lines strung with tipsy divers, quick fish, spin’n glows, each guide with his own King catcher choice. The smiles of excitement and looks of expectation on the fishermen as they came down the ramps to the docks looking for their assigned captain and seat; excitement fills the chilly air warming it with introductions and encouragement from the amiable guides. Observation of the ascending fishermen defy categorizing... new categories spring up at any time. A basic pattern does emerge though. Though I chasten to label, over 22 years of enjoying meeting new people has portrayed basic charming traits. The family mom, dad, kids and even grand parents. honeymooners, fellow workers, loners, ad infinitum. some common fishing knowledge; seasoned, patient, experienced, eager to learn, fledgling, novice, one time Charlie, Attitudes also run the gamut. This is not special to Alaska, it is a phenomenon to tourism. Simply put most people are happy some are very happy but most are happy especially when a new adventure is upon them. Sad to say but very few and very very far between is the Krank [maybe you saw the movie]. Even this variety of fisherman can have a change of spirit [I have witnessed it.], if they allow the “Russell Experience to accommodate them", "The Russell Alaska Experience “ is the topic of future blogs. I will be retelling Fish-tales , Lodge podge, Guide goodies, Local lore and much more ….. see you soon Uncle Paulie