The Result of Alaskan Dip Netting

We have A LOT of Salmon.

14 salmon is a lot. Each fish has so much meat on it!

And, we “only” (relatively speaking, of course) have 14. I can’t imagine what it would be like if my husband brought home 55, which is the most you can get a year.

{Dip netting — the rules for fishing with a pole are different. The “head of the household” is allowed to catch (with a big net – harder than it sounds) 25 fish, and then each additional family member gets 10. So we are a family of 4 which means ultimately we could catch, keep and eat 55 salmon. a. lot.}

This is a lot of work! It may be free in the sense that you don’t have to pay for it at the store, but it’s not free free!  I took my husband and I about 4 hours to cut and freeze all the fish. My husband did the cutting, then I cut the bones out of some of them (with plyers, say whaaa?) then I cut them into pieces and used our awesome Food Saver to put them in freezer bags.

Yum. Get into my belly. I almost took a bite out of that.

I am quite the Alaskan women, right? Once I actually go dip net fishing then I will be a real nature Alaskan women and I can write my own book on fishing and running with moose, and I might even start my own cooking show on how to cut and store salmon.

Nah, just kidding. We don’t really know what we’re doing – that’s why it took us so long, I think, to filet them all!

I guess I better learn how to cook salmon!!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

One thought on “The Result of Alaskan Dip Netting

  1. Woohoo salmon! We got 15 reds from a friend, and are going snagging (legal in the ocean, not the rivers) this week for more. You'll find that it's really easy to go through that much fish! We have the salmon and 75 or so pounds of halibut, which would last us through… November?? Yea, we eat a lot of fish. Think about how much better it is for you than factory farmed meat! Our favorite thing to do with salmon is grill it. Try melting some butter, squeezing the juice from one lemon into it, and like 3 tablespoons of dill. It's amazing on super fresh salmon! Other ideas… a spicy brown sugar rub, or grilling it with nothing at all on it. 🙂 Oh, and you get quicker with time at filleting/cleaning fish. I didn't want to learn how, but now love that I can do it decently if need be! Uh, hi, my name is Ashley, and I just wrote you a book of a comment. Good thing there's no word count on blogger, or I would be embarrassed!

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