What Kind of Salmon You Can Catch in Alaska

 

Do you still recall our trip to Alaska in search for salmon? We decided to offer you even some more information on the types of salmon you can find here, since we had the great opportunity to see these magnificent specimens with our own eyes.

 

King (Chinook) Salmonhonky King salmon

Every species of fish has one kind that seems more difficult to catch than others. In Alaska, the least abundant type of salmon you can catch, which is, we don’t know if by accident or not, also the largest. Any angler caring about their pride would not leave Alaska until getting at least one specimen of Chinook Salmon, especially since it is so tasty and it can even weigh 40 pounds!

This one comes in two colors: red and white (no wonder it pretends to be royalty). You can find plenty in commercial fisheries, so you will not leave empty handed, if you have no luck trying to catch one in the wild. As a sport, catching King Salmon is one many people’s list, and you will find plenty of Alaskans who say it is a real challenge to catch one. The good news is that you can catch King Salmon all year round, although the best season is at the beginning of summer.

 

Coho (Silver) Salmonhonky coho salmon

In case you have no luck with the King Salmon, you can opt for the second best, which is the Coho Salmon. In Europe, people are only eating this kind of fish as a delicacy, so be really really glad if you manage to get your hands on one of these. The beautiful orange red color of fillets makes for some really appetizing steaks in any Alaskan restaurant. In both streams and marine waters, this fish can be found and catching it is a much appreciated sport in Alaska. In case you want to go for this kind of salmon, we suggest going somewhere between July and November, as this is its peak season.

 

Sockeye (Red) Salmon

hony sockey salmon

We wanted to pick some salmon with really good taste, and we did not go wrong when we decided Sockeye Salmon should be on our trophy list. One specimen can weigh up to 6 pounds and it can grow up to 3 feet long, so you will not be able to miss it, once you have your eyes set on it. Fly fishing is the best method for catching Red Salmon, because this is quite a jumpy fish!

We hope to see you on more fishing adventures!

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HOWDY FOLKS…Y’ALL COME ON IN!

 

This page tries to provide
today’s line dancer
with all the information needed
to plan a fun trip to New Orleans

 

Welcome to the home page of what was once the largest modern line dance club in the State of Louisiana. The club was formed for the purpose of bringing together individuals interested in all aspects of modern line dancing in order to foster camaraderie between its members and to participate in activities related to modern line dancing. The club has been disbanded and all assets are being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Although there is the possibility of the club restarting in the future, at this time that possibility appears very remote.

Our permanent President and Director is Dean Hamington.

 

Old members get together

An awesome time was enjoyed by all during the get together event for the old members of Honky Tonk Stampers. Everybody got into their best inline dancing shoes and cowboy get up to stomp the night away with modern inline dancing. Billy Ray Cyrus and his Achy Breaky Heart was still the all-time favorite, with everybody grooving and stomping in line to the catchy tune to show that age was and will never be a hindrance to having a genuinely incredible time on the dance floor with everybody else. Yes, Miley Cyrus sure still has a lot to learn from her papa when it comes to getting everybody dancing on the floor!

Just in case you don’t remember Billy Ray’s hit, hit that large play button!


It seemed like the whole of Louisiana was there, what with the venue jam packed to the rafters and nobody minding how balmy the night got because of all the energetic dancing. Line dancing is truly far from being a thing of the past, as the old timers proved that fine evening. Folks from all over the state of Louisiana lined up and stomped along to the tune of well loved classics as well as new releases.hokytonk1

The sound system blared out Shania Twain’s Any Man of Mine, which showcased plenty of stomping and clapping. Then there was Mel McDaniel’s Louisiana Saturday Night, during which all seats were vacated and moved back to give way to plenty of long weaves, claps and kicks. Or how about the 1994 hit Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd , which invited everyone to wiggle and jiggle? The Tractors’ hit Baby Likes to Rock It had everyone twisting energetically to the beat.

When Tim McGraw’s Indian Outlaw came on, the stomping was accompanied by plenty of jumping, kicking, arm movements, and clapping. Then Good Time by Alan Jackson was accompanied chachaing and shimmying to the fantastic tune. Even the guys themselves didn’t hold back on the shimmying. The Steve Earle classic Copperhead Road had the dancers kicking up their boots and crossing them over, turning and stomping to the catchy beat.

honky3 The event also meant there was plenty of barbecuing to feed the ravenous appetites of the perpetually rejuvenated participants. The day was spent fishing to ensure that there was a lot of fish to barbecue during the evening of inline dancing. One of our oldest members named Tom proudly showed off his new fishing reels that he had just gotten for use during the fishing event. Tom was extremely proud, telling everyone how his grandsons helped him find some great deals online and he couldn’t stop bragging about it. In the end he did give us some tips on how to look for fishing gear…fantastic!

We’ll make sure to check out the site he enthusiastically talked about so there’ll be even more fish and larger ones to barbecue the next time we plan to have a get together, which I assure you, will be quite often based on the turnout and the persistent requests from the participants of that highly successful event.honk3

Even the younger generation who came along with the old timers wanted a repeat, so watch out for info on that here. After all, there’s nothing quite like inline dancing to give you health and fitness, help you gain self-confidence, let you make fast friends that can last a lifetime, and help you lose extra weight through a fun exercise activity even when you don’t come with a partner. Inline dancing also lets your brain get a fantastic workout too, since as you progress from the most basic steps to the most complex ones, you have to work that memory to remember the next steps. Awesomely exciting and definitely never a dull moment!

Bass fishing – Good places in New Orleans

 

As you know from our previous post regarding our Texas Adventure, we really enjoy fishing.

 

After several difficult weeks of fishing on Lake Wateree we have finally gotten break. The first cold front
in quite some time finally pushed through the Carolinas and the cooler temperatures have sparked a nice bass bite. The bass have taken this opportunity to slide up and feed along the grass lines making catching bass much easier over the past coupleof days. Get out and enjoy the action and the much nicer weather.

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FISHING CREEK: Fishing at the Creek may have been inconsistent last week but the bite was back on again this week. However, instead of the deep bite picking back up it was the shallow bite that proved to be the best. Started out working those deeper rock piles and brush but the active fish just weren’t giving us what we expected.
So, we moved back to the shallow water in creeks and coves off of the main lake and BINGO! Just like last week the bass were scattered just sitting on any available shallow cover. Jigs and small crankbaits pitched around laydowns, stumps, docks, etc. produced bites and decent sized bass.

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RobLAKE MURRAY:We are currently under a blanket of hot weather. The water temps are in the upper 80’s to
low 90’s and the bass are not easy to catch. However, you can still locate schools of bass chasing herring for top water action on primary points in the main lake and major creeks. Deep brush piles are also producing bites and when you can locate one of those A+ brush piles you may catch several bass from that one spot.

Fishing in Texas, an opportunity you should look into

Last month some of the club members had an amazing fishing adventure in the state of Texas and they shared some of their stories with us. They were particularly impressed with the welcome they got from the locals and they confirmed southern hospitality is still the best kind. Here are some of the best advice they could provide for planning a fishing trip to Texas.

Texas waterwaysThey say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes fishing. With 15 major rivers and 3,700 named streams meandering through 191,000 miles of the Texas landscape, you can enjoy the huge aquatic ecosystems that play a huge role in preventing erosion, protecting the water quality and supplying the habitat and nutrients that both fish and wildlife need for survival. The water that finds its way to 7 different major estuaries supports numerous wetland, riparian habitats, more than 212 reservoirs along with countless terrestrial areas. Millions of native Texans and visitors from around the globe converge in Texas for its excellent recreational opportunities provided by Texas rivers and streams.

Enjoy awesome fishing trips for men and women, both young and old alike. Have a blast of a day in the open waters off the coast of Texas and be prepared to surprise even yourself with trophy catches of flounder, black drum, snapper, redfish, trout and many more. Keep in mind that no matter which Texas river you go to with your group, it is important that the skill level of the one with the least experience should determine the degree of difficulty of the fishing activities that everyone should participate in.

Texas bassSince Texas has it all, Texas fishing is always the best. Along the Texas Coast, you can very well catch some redfish and speckled trout while offshore fishing. Or catch some smallmouth and largemouth bass and walleyes in the Texas Panhandle. Depending on the time of year of your fishing trip, you can drift live bait, work bigjigs or fish topwaters to catch some tough fighting striped bass at large deep waters with a big forage base, frequently shad. There’s always much more in the way of freshwater and saltwater fishing here

Have freshwater fishing trips in rivers, community fishing lakes and major lakes. You can do some serious saltwater angling from access points and boat ramps, and artificial reefs. The state of Texas requires you to have a valid fishing license with a freshwater or saltwater endorsement to be able to take fish, clams, mussels, crayfish and other aquatic species in its public waters. The annual Free Fishing Day is set for the first Saturday of June each year, which allows any person to fish even without a license. You won’t need a fishing license when angling in waters completely enclosed by a state park, as well as from the bank in such a location. However, the bag and length limits still apply.

texas fishingA Texas fishing license is required of recreational fishers, along with a saltwater endorsement to take any fish caught ashore in federal waters. You must also have those when bringing fish on a vessel in the state’s tidal waters.

It is good advice to learn the annual calendar along with making fishing trips. The best means of getting vital fishing information is to talk to other anglers and the people serving at bait shops. For the most modern fishing equipment, a fantastic source of genuinely valuable information would be this particular site, while for some inside tips from the locals, you could check out the wonderful forum from the people at Texas Fishing Forum.

texas fishing forum

Get some useful information from fishing message boards that cover a given location. Check out reports from posts to see what is often caught at specific months. Although you may not get all the activity, you are sure to catch some data you could use. The best spots for angling have not all been discovered by native residents, so it sometimes pays to go with your instincts when you’re curious about a geographic spot.

Also, if you don’t have all you need, we recommend checking Fisher Pants, a very well-written website created by fishermen for fishermen. There you can find reviews on the best fishing rods, reels, combos and even clothes.

2 Delicious Texas Fish Recipes

Among the amazing fishing adventures the club members were involved in recently, the one in Texas was, hands down, the one worth writing home about. With so many places ideal for fishing, everyone was happy to try their hand at catching something and they were not disappointed. Besides the fish they got in their hooks, club members also came home with some delicious fish recipes that are very popular in Texas. Here are two that proved to be everyone’s absolute favorites and you can also try making next time you go fishing in Texas, or anywhere else, where you can catch this type of fish.

 

Pecan crusted red snapper

Pecan-Crusted-Red-Snapper

Red snapper is one of the many fish you can catch in Texas, and the best part about it is its light mild taste that makes it a hit even with people who do not normally indulge in eating fish because they simply do not like it. Here is a way of making it even more delicious.

You will need 6 fillets of red snapper, boned and cut to be about half an inch thick. For the coating, you will need 2 eggs, one cup of milk, one of flour and canola oil. Separately, you will have to cook the pecan crust.

For the pecan crust, use one cup of breadcrumbs, two cups of pecan pieces and various spices like thyme, basil, oregano and granulated onion and garlic. Mix them on pulse in a blender and place the result on a flat dish.

When you are cooking the fish, dust it first in flour, then in the beaten eggs, and then in the pecan crust. Sauté the fillets until they turn brown and serve with a lemon herb sauce.

 

Redfish fried 3 way

Fried redfish

If you want to fry your fish like a real Texan, try the following recipe. It is called this way, because you use different types of batter for fish fillets.

The first choice is beer batter. Mix one cup of beer with two cups of flour to make the batter and dip your fillets in it, before frying them in oil.

The second choice is mustard batter. Besides the beer and the flour from the previous recipe, use mustard (any kind you like), and one egg. This batter should be refrigerated before usage. After dipping the fillets in it, drag them through some breadcrumbs and fry them. The taste is heavenly.

The last combination is the classic mix of ground cornmeal with egg and milk. Dip your fillets into the cornmeal, then in the beaten eggs mixed with the milk, and then back in cornmeal. The crusty fish will melt in your mouth.

The story of my pink Salmon

 

when pink salmon were relative newcomers to the Great Lakes, my
friends and I went on a charter out of Frankfort, Michigan on the
Sea Joy.We left Betsie Harbor at about 6:30 on a very sunny, comfortable morning.
This being our first trip of the year, we were all looking forward
to six hours of what we hoped would be some real salmon action.
As we cruised to our first destination, we drew cards to determine
the order in which we would take strikes.

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The mate had just set out all the lines when one of the rods popped up. Someone yelled “Fish on!” My friend Mike, having drawn the high card, jumped up and grabbed the rod. After several minutes of furious fighting, he pulled in the first fish.It was a salmon, but it was unlike any salmon we had ever caught. For one thing, it had this huge hump on its back.

 

The color was also  a bit unusual.”That’s a pink salmon,” said the captain. He looked at it a moment,
then looked at his mate, who nodded. Then he looked at Mike.”You know,” he offered, “that’s pretty big for a pink.

 

You boys might want to consider turning around right now and weighing it in. You could have a real catch here.”We all looked at the fish, which didn’t seem all that big to us. It was only about 7:00 in the morning, and everyone wanted to catch fish. Especially Mike, who thought this dainty pink unworthy of a trip back to the marina.

 

“No way,” he decided. “Let’s keep fishing!”So, we threw the salmon into the box and kept fishing. Eventually, we
picked up several kings, a couple of steelhead, some lakers, and one brown that looked to be about 13 or 14 pounds. Each fish we added to the box further dwarfed the pink salmon.Now it was time to return to the marina. We pulled in all the lines and headed back.After docking the boat, we hauled all the fish up to the cleaning station. Word of our pink salmon got around, so we had a small crowd on hand when we put it on the scale.

“Six pounds, two ounces,” said the captain. “The state record is currently six pounds, four ounces. You missed it by just two ounces.”The captain explained that because pink salmon were so new to Lake Michigan,
they hadn’t had time to grow very big. Then came the heartbreaker that we already suspected.

 

“That pink sat in the box all morning, drying out,” the captain lamented. “He probably lost several ounces in water alone. If we’d have brought him in right away, you’d have beat the state record with no problem.”To  describe Mike as being angry would be an understatement. I won’t repeat the rather colorful language that was heard around the marina that afternoon.

Suffice it to say that EVERYONE within a large radius of the cleaning station discovered just how creative a man’s language can become when he has thrown away the chance to become a record-holder.Personally, if it was my fish, I would have at least sent it to the taxidermist.

But, not Mike.That night, we grilled a potential record pink salmon over a bed of charcoal. Served it with potatoes. A lot of people say that pink salmon aren’t very tasty.Don’t believe ’em.

Anyway, here are two nice ways to do it: Cookingsession and this video

The Alaskan fly fishing trip

How many reasons does one need to go on a trip to Alaska? For us, we only needed one: salmon! Of course, there are all kinds of fish you can go after in Alaska, but we surely had a taste for salmon and we were not disappointed. You may hear others disappointed of their salmon fishing experience in Alaska, but maybe they didn’t know where to look.

A group of our club members decided they wanted to get their story straight about what fly fishing for salmon in Alaska is all about. First, let us tell you where we went for such an adventure. After comparing various spots and accommodations, we decided for the EPIC Angling and Adventure. Well, the name should say it all … because we really did some epic fishing while we were there. The fishing resort actually has two locations and you can move from one to another in search of fish.JQ-alaska2008-301-199x300

Everything about the place screams fly fishing enthusiasts, so, basically, we felt right at home. Don’t imagine some fancy place with paintings on the wall and thick carpets on the floor. Nothing of the kind can be found there. But we surely did find the perfect home base for salmon fly fishing and that was all we cared about.

We were gone for an entire week in July, the best season for pink salmon, and we were not disappointed. Throughout that week, we caught all kinds of salmon, from pink salmon to chum salmon and sockeye salmon. Summer is the best season for Alaskan salmon, overall, but it is good to know what kind of fish you can get from your fishing trip.

In case you want to catch some king salmon, I recommend going there at the beginning of summer, because by the end of June, you’ll not be able to catch any. We used small herrings for bait, as pink salmon really loves it! We had an entire week to fish and have fun and we caught a lot of fish.

We didn’t use only small fish to lure it the big ones. We discovered after a few tries and fails that sockeye salmon prefers cretaceous treats, so we switched to shrimp and krill, and we managed to catch a few nice ones right away.

MUST00528AD_productsI suggest packing some Mustad hooks because salt water does nothing on them. These ones are stainless steel and you can successfully use them for catching salmon.

I hope this little story will motivate you enough to plan a salmon fly fishing trip to Alaska this summer!