Catch of the day

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Above: Expect more of a “fishing perch” than a “fishing hole” when dip-netting the Copper River in southeast Alaska. Spirit Mountain pokes above the big and fast glacial-fed river that’s full of silt and very cold. Copper River Reds, the salmon in the net, are some of the most sought after in the world. 

The river is also an excellent of the Weekly Photo Challenge of boundaries. Rivers are some of Earth’s most common boundaries. For the fish in my net it is a boundary of left and death, or for a person if they fall in. 

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Sometimes sweeping is necessary — a time- and labor-intensive technique during which the fisher sweeps the net with the current, resets and repeats.

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Even when fishing is done much work is left to be done. Here a king salmon is butchered. 

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One Comment on “Catch of the day

  1. Amazing photos. We love dipnetting the Kenai but it is so crowded. We hope to try the Copper River sometime, but I’m not sure I’m keen on finding a precarious perch… maybe we’ll try sweeping from shore like we saw someone doing last time we were there!

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