Sunday, August 12, 2007

My Mom Caught a 32-inch Rainbow Trout

That's right. If that statement does not immediately blow your mind, go ahead and google "record rainbow trout" and get back to me. Of course, you don't catch a fish like that without an expert guide and captain, which was This Guy. We caught him trolling off a shelf in the Bay of Islands in Naknek Lake.

My parents visited here for a week and had the time of their lives. We also caught a bunch of Arctic Char in Margot Creek, and of course some sockeye salmon right here at Brooks River. My mom hiked up Mt. Dumpling on a beautiful day and got a bird's eye view of Brooks River. It's too bad we didn't take a good picture of the trout, now no one will believe us. The pictures we have don't have a point of reference so you can't tell how big it really is. But we measured it, 32 inches, and it was fat as hell too. Put it this way; it was way bigger than the biggest sockeye I have caught. It was huge.

Just for fun, here is a picture of me at Halloween dressed up as the guy who got drunk and chased bears through the river (see previous comments). Note that my coworker Greg looks way too much like me.

That's all for now catch y'all later. If anyone can send me a tape of the Jags first game, or the upcoming ones, let me know.


Anonymous said...

Great picture. I didn't think that Mom liked to fish but leave it to her to get the biggest.

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us.


Anonymous said...

You didn't mention my bear encounter the first day there. And how cool I acted (on the outside). Thanks again for a great time.
Love, Dad

Anonymous said...

To catch the biggest fish, you must have the very best guide - and we did. You guided us through an entire week of new and thrilling experiences that we never expected to occur in our lives. There were very many "firsts" for me: fishing in rivers in waders and boots; catching salmon and a record-breaking rainbow trout; staying in a yurt inside an electrofied fence; living amongst wild bears and even knowing their names, traits, and personalities (and of course the "cowboy walk"); seeing first-hand the life cycle of salmon and their scarlet red bodies near the end of that cycle; observing the results of Novarupta, the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, and its effect on the Valley of 10,000 Smokes; going on your cultural tour to learn about the early inhabitants of the area and the 900 home depressions discovered; cruising the Bay of Islands and visiting historical Fure's cabin; hiking a mountain without having to carry you part of the way (you almost had to carry me); and many more. It was an exciting and significant event that I will remember and share forever. Thank you for making this remarkable adventure possible and sharing it with us. Love You,

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