Continuing on the thread of, 'Holy shit I live in Alaska!" this weekend Adam and I met up with some fantastic new friends in Seward, AK to head out on an all day halibut and salmon ocean fishing charter via the lovely people at the Fish House.
And it was as amazing. No take that back, it was 12 times more amazing than I thought it would be. Spectacular really. Basically, if you like fish, and you like fishing, or maybe even think you might like fishing you need to do this.
At the end of our day out fishing we came home with four halibut. See Adam proudly showing off his catch below.
Can we talk about how UGLY these fish are? As bottom feeders they are the color of the ocean bottom on one side, and white on the other, and since they always lay with the white side down their eye facing the bottom of the ocean slowly MIGRATES to the top of their head as they age.
But, very very tasty.
We also came home with eight rockfish, which was awesome since we hadn't planned originally on catching rockfish, they just happened to be where we were fishing for halibut and biting like crazy. In an interesting twist we also learned that rockfish are some of the oldest fish you'll catch on a trip like this. I caught the biggest yellow eye (the orange ones) on the boat and they said he was probably over a hundred years old, easy. Adam's holding him below (all the pictures of me with the rockfish and halibut are on our friends cameras).
And if that wasn't enough, we also walked away with six beautiful silver salmon. Many props to Adam for landing a nearly 15 pounder which was the biggest salmon on board! I landed three beasts which I was insanely proud of as well.
The only bummer on the whole trip was that turns out the iPhone can do many things EXCEPT take a quality image on a moving boat. Seeing as I forgot to charge my point and shoot before the trip, all pictures came from my iPhone and ended up a little weird looking. Damn you iPhone! Where's your, "I'm on a mother fucking boat" feature?
All in all it was an amazing day, and even though we had to process fish (take the filets and put them in labeled vacuum sealed bags) until after 2am that night, seeing how full our freezer is makes up for it. Plus we did a calculation, and seeing as halibut and salmon are running (even in AK) for about $18 a pound, I think we got our money's worth.
To prove how much fish we came home with, here is our freezer before we went fising, and after. Come on over for fish tacos, fish and chips, grilled salmon, or basically anything else you can think of that includes fish as a main ingredient. I think we've got enough to go around.
It is also abundantly clear that I need to find myself a seafood exclusive cookbook…