Born and raised in Michigan – part of the Great Lakes region – I grew up spending lots of weekends fishing on a boat, or offshore. Caught lots of perch, bass, pike – and when the season was around – smelt and salmon, too.
As a teenager, we were not allowed to smelt fish with the adults, as there were huge, heavy nets that had to be lifted in and out of the water.
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Thousands of smelt were dumped into metal trashcans, and it was so exciting!
Thousands of these little fish, and I couldn’t wait to get home and eat them! A little seasoned breadcrumb mix, drop them in hot oil, and so yummy right out of the fryer!
I since have moved to Florida, about 25 years ago, and I quickly learned saltwater fishing.
My father bought me a saltwater fishing pole for Christmas!
One of my favorite places now to go fishing is down to The Keys… especially at night! Dozens of fish jump out of the water, they are so abundant!
I have so many wonderful fishing stories to tell, but OK… on to my salmon fishing experience in Alaska…
First, meeting one of my expert salmon fishing tour guides