Fishing

Enter the Giveaway: What’s Your Favorite Fishing Story?

As we make our way back to Alaska for the fishing season, we want to know about your favorite fishing memories. Are your favorite stories out in the ocean, on a river or lake, or at a local pond? Wherever it may be, we want to know! Simply submit your favorite stories by clicking here or visiting prideofbristolbay.com.

StoryOnce your story is submitted, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a grouping of hand tied fly’s by Bob Erickson. Bob spends his spare time tying various flies, and it’s a great way for him to spend his winter. Bob is truly a fly fishing addict – in the best way possible! Bob has made numerous trips to remote rivers around the world to fish. He also spends quite a bit of time fishing the remote rivers around Bristol Bay, where he is passionate about protecting the wild fish in such a beautiful, untamed place. So, you’re probably wondering, why are we giving away these flies from Bob? Well, he’s a great friend of ours and we truly enjoy his support. We want you to enjoy your summer with these flies.

To get you started here are a couple of favorite fishing stories from our crew.

“It’s difficult for me to pick a ‘favorite fishing memory’ because for me, fishing is synonymous with all of these: fishcamp, Bristol Bay, summer, fishing friends, spending time on the water, etc. Fishing is what we call our summers in Bristol Bay, and it feels too much like routine life, work, and livelihood to pick out a favorite.

That said, to answer this question, I thought about the few times I fished when it wasn’t work-related. Perhaps a surprise to some, but for me, it is really just a few times. A favorite that stands out is fishing off the coast of my hometown, following a commercial salmon season. The bonito were running up past New England in late summer, and my uncle was excited to try his hand at catching one or two for sport.

I had very little memory of exploring my hometown with the critical, search-determined eye of a fisherman, like I am now very familiar with in Bristol Bay. However, I was eager to try it out in the waters I knew well. So, my uncle obliged and took me and an Alaska friend who was visiting Long Island Sound. Each fish species is so unique. While seeing a school of 100 or so bonito tuna – stirring up the surface of the water – is so different than seeing the jumpers of Bristol Bay, the feelings of enthusiasm are similar. I was the only one who caught (& released!) one that day.” – Elma (Bellingham, Washington)

“My favorite fishing memory…wow, that’s hard to pin down. But I would say, spending time on Owyhee Reservoir with family comes to mind. Not only are we making memories, but we’re catching crappie left and right. To this day, there are certain songs I’ll hear that bring back some of those favorite times of riding in the boat up the reservoir to the secret fishing hole.” – Candy (Ketchum, Idaho)

“While my earliest fishing memory is from when I was eight years old – my dad and I went salmon fishing in the San Francisco-Bay – my most favorite memory is from last summer. Out of Kawaihae harbor on the Big Island, Hawaii, my dad, brother, and I set sail down the coast in search of deep-sea tuna and wahoo (ono). Not even 30 minutes into our fishing trip, my line started singing. I jumped down from the top deck and braced myself for what was to come. While reeling in my 20-lb ono was mentally and physically exhausting, it was worth the fight. We enjoyed the freshest sashimi that night, but most importantly, I’ll never forget how proud my dad was.” – Edie Horstman (Denver, Colorado)

Alright – it’s your turn! Share your favorite memories here. P.S. those memories do not have to be salmon fishing memories!

We’ll be selecting a random winner on June 30th! Good luck, we cannot wait to read and share your stories!

Happy fishing.

Grilling season with pride of bristol bay

Grilling Season with Pride of Bristol Bay

And just like that, grilling season is upon us.

As late-spring turns into early-summer, we look forward to fishing season, family barbecues, hanging outside with friends, and, of course, entertaining. That is one of our favorite things to do in the summer – entertain. When it involves being outdoors with the grill fired up, yard games sprawled across the grass, and friends having fun, there’s no better way to spend the weekend with your loved ones. With that in mind, we wanted to bring you a few grilling tips and tricks for our wild-caught sockeye salmon, from Bristol Bay Alaska. We have the best sockeye salmon you’ll ever have – guaranteed.

Grilling salmon is one of our favorite ways to enjoy this delicious fish. If you received our Wildly Devoted Dinner Box, you would have received this recipe, but if you didn’t, you can click here. We recommend grilling your salmon low and slow. In other words, just barely sear the flesh-side first, and then flip the salmon to the skin-side, and let it cook through to your preference. To prep your salmon for the grill, we love the “Rub with Love Salmon Seasoning”, click here to purchase. We also enjoy grilling our salmon with the basics: salt, pepper, a little bit of lemon, and parsley. Let that marinate in olive oil for a few hours, then grill.

Not only will you love these recipes, but your guests will love them too. Keep in mind that sales are unavailable in June, July, and August. Therefore, be sure to order your case today – either filets or portions. You’ll be able to entertain all summer long and restock in the fall. Enjoy the rest of May, and stay tuned for updates out of Bristol Bay Alaska as we head into our fishing season.

Alaska Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon Grilling Inspiration

Serves 8

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Thaw Alaska Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon portions (snip for safety)
  2. Pat dry with paper towel
  3. Season both sides with Tom Douglas’ Rub with Love Salmon Rub

Grilling: 

Over med-high heat place season salmon portions directly on lightly oiled grill, skin side down. Close grill lid and cook 12 – 15 minutes or until the salmon reaches an internal temp of 140F.

Pan Frying: 

Heat 3-5 T of olive oil in a heavy bottomed saute pan over med high heat. Place seasoned salmon portions presentation side down and cook for 1 min. Turn salmon portions over and finish cooking for another 5-7 minutes skin side down or until the salmon reaches an internal temp of 140F.

Conventional Oven: 

Preheat oven to 400F. Place seasoned salmon on a nonstick baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 140F.

Nutritional Information: 

Sockeye salmon portions are great for health enthusiasts eating Ketogenic, Whole30, Gluten Free or Paleo because they are high in protein, with zero carbs. Wild caught salmon is a great source of iron, selenium, Vitamins A, B, D, and heart-healthy omega 3’s.

May 2019 Pebble Mine Update

This week we are celebrating a small victory in the fight against Pebble Mine! Thanks to the efforts of many individuals, the public comment period has been extended an extra 30 days!

At Pride of Bristol Bay, we believe it is essential to celebrate the small victories within this fight of our lives to protect Bristol Bay. The whole Bristol Bay community– you included!– now has until June 29th to collect as many signatures as we can to tell the Army Corps of Engineers that their Draft EIS statement is insufficient and send a strong signal that we believe in the environmental sustainability of Bristol Bay. You can do that right now, click here!

Significantly, this is also encouraging news coming from the Alaska Senatorial offices of Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, who have both been previously wishy-washy on the Pebble Mine issue. It is hopeful that both have spoken out with this concern, and we will continue to pressure them to listen to the majority of their constituents during the next year or more of this process.

That being said, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay (CFBB) are demanding more and calling this skinny 30-day extension a “slap in the face.” CFBB Representative and Dillingham resident Holly Wysocki shared the following in the Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay press release.

“An extra 30 days does nothing to change the fact that Pebble’s federal permitting process is fundamentally flawed, including a Draft EIS with unacceptable information gaps. There is not enough real substance in the Draft EIS to warrant this process moving forward any further, which is why Bristol Bay’s commercial fishermen continue to request that the Army Corps suspend this process until our questions and concerns are addressed,” said Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay representative and local resident Holly Wysocki. “We risk our lives fishing each summer in Bristol Bay; the least we deserve is a fair and rigorous permitting process.”

Learn more about Holly and her family in this video. We look forward to sharing more fishermen’s stories with you this spring and summer. Submit your comment today! Additionally, we have extended the sale of our Wildly Devoted Dinner Box. Order one today and join us in being Wildly Devoted. We threw a dinner party and had a great time – time to plan that June BBQ to bring friends and family together around this important issue. Eat well and bring meaning to your meal.

Cook Once, Eat All Week

NEW From Fed & Fit: Cook Once, Eat All Week

Our good friend Cassy from Fed & Fit has just released a fantastic new book that will make your life easier. Cook Once, Eat All Week is a meal prep method designed to save your time, money, and sanity, and is truly different from other meal prep methods out there.

So far, we have started with the first week of the book and the recipes are amazing, and the time saved in the evenings have been huge. With the longer days of summer among us, the time is valuable and it’s allowing more time to be spent with the family. Keep your eye out in the next couple weeks for a complete review, in the meantime head over to amazon and purchase her book.

Cook Once, Eat All WeekWhat’s Included in the Book

6 Months worth of Dinners

The book contains 26 weeks-worth of gluten free meals that can all easily be modified to multiple dietary needs. In total there are:

  • 8 weeks of low carb-friendly meals
  • 23 weeks of grain-free and Paleo-friendly meals
  • 25 weeks of dairy-free meals
  • 24 weeks of egg-free meals
  • 25 weeks of nut-free meals

Supplemental Recipes

Cassy and her team have also included a chapter of supplemental recipes with 45 quick and easy recipes for proteins, starches, and veggies that you can use for extra meals throughout the week. These are perfect for times when you haven’t prepped and just need dinner in a pinch!

Storage and Reheating Tips

In addition to the recipes, they are there to tell you everything you need to know about storing, freezing, and reheating your meals so you’re never left guessing.

Visit Fed & Fit for more information.

We Hosted A Party. Here’s What You Need to Know!

Hi there, I’m Candy, a wild salmon lover and a big supporter of Pride of Bristol Bay. As we talk about the threat of Pebble Mine, I’m not sure how you feel about it, but I would hope your thoughts mirror my feelings. The possibility of losing the world’s most beautiful and plentiful sockeye salmon watershed is terrifying. So, we told our friends about it. My husband and I then hosted 12 of our friends to talk about the threat of Pebble, as well as share the bounty of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The feedback was unanimous, “Why is this even a thought?” We heard that question quite a few times throughout the evening. So, from the moment that our first friends showed up, to the moment the last friends left, we had a great evening of educating, discussing, and indulging.

The takeaway and the FAQ’s from the evening.

First, we heard that the smoked salmon and dip was the best our friends had ever had (Bravo, Captain Steve!). Then we heard that the salmon was the most flavorful, yet not over powering, salmon they had eaten. Not to mention the color blew most of them away. Generally speaking, everyone knew about the beauty of wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, but to experience it in the context of the Pebble threat really put it into perspective for most.

Second, we were being asked “what can we do to help?” That answer was simple, and you can do it as well. Visit savebristolbay.org to take action and sigh up for updates so that you’re in the know, and can spread the word among your friend groups.

Question 1: Why is this even conversation today? Savebristolbay.org explains it best!

Question 2: Why in Bristol Bay? Along with being a watershed plentiful with sockeye salmon, there are also precious metals in the land around Bristol Bay.

Question 3: What is the big deal? If Pebble receives their permit and breaks ground, it would pave the way for many other mines.

Question 4: Would this mine also impact the animals in the area? Yes, Bristol Bay is huge, and is home to numerous birds of prey, brown bears, and other fish. All of which would be impacted greatly by the mine.

Question 5: How can we get more of this delicious salmon that you cooked for us tonight? Visit prideofbristolbay.com and have the choice of ordering portions or fillets, delivered directly to your door.

To sum it up, your voice does matter! We were shocked by the engagement and knowledge from our friends about Pebble. Continue to spread the word and help us fight a battle worth fighting.

Buy your wildly devoted dinner box here.