Alright you guys – when I moved to Alaska with the Biologist, I didn’t really have a clue about fishing. I grew up in the desert (Malheur County) with cowboys, Basques, sagebrush and lots of open space.
My only real experience “fishing” consisted of pushing the button on the fishing pole and throwing it out into muddy water.
A few weeks after we arrived, I got to go fishing for the first time. My friend’s father took us out on his boat and let me tell you – I was so excited to be out on THE OCEAN. He put some fishing poles out, we cruised by some whales and I was taking as many pictures as I could. After a bit, he handed a pole to me and was like…YOU CAUGHT A FISH…REEL IT IN!! I had no idea what he was talking about, because I hadn’t really done anything, so I just started reeling. There was a lot of resistance and I started complaining, but everyone was cheering – so I kept going. After a while, I was sweating profusely, thinking how my arm was going to fall off, and this thing sort of appeared at the top of the water and I thought shit – I caught a tennis racket. This shiny, florescent thing started flopping around, and my friend’s Dad sort of freaked out and grabbed the rod from me. We all got excited even though I didn’t really understand what was happening. And then he reeled this up, threw it into a net, and was like MEGAN! You caught a F@%$#^& FISH!!!At that point I freaked out, because I was expecting to catch a fish…not some weird prehistoric monster. He asked me if I wanted to hold it and take a photo…but I was so terrified of that flopping monster – I just couldn’t do it.
But anyway – the point is – with my limited knowledge – I want to let you know about a few fish that live here. That way if you ever come visit me and we catch a Lingcod, YellowEye or Halibut, you won’t be surprised. The disclaimer here is that an Alaskan Kindergartner could probably explain this better. Oh well. Here we go….
Halibut also live in the ocean. They get big…like this one (Thanks Chris for the photo!)
There are five main types of salmon here. They are: Chinook (King), Sockeye, Silver, Pink and Chum. Salmon originate in rivers, travel to the ocean, then migrate back again to spawn. They change color in their transition from ocean to stream (I didn’t know this until I moved here).