New 32' salmon boat

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  1. Old Mud

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    Go for it Jerry, if they send you you'll never want to come back !! If you do you Will make another trip and that could just top your bucket list.

    Don't ask me how i know that. :)
     
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    I will, my wife has family that live on Deer Isle, in Sunset and Stonington.
     
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    Some pics from yesterday's opener. First pic is Patriot, 2-4 are Blue Back, 5th is my boat.
     

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    We are just over the causeway just past ferry landing.
     
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    Such a cool thread! Being a blue collar worker and seeing a build thread based on a working man's boat instead of the multimillion-dollar DownEast sportfisher's being built is refreshing to see.

    Best of luck to you this season.
     
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    Thank you. I'm glad both the working boats and the big money sportfishers are being built, shows people are willing to invest and spend money in the boating industry.

    I hope this video works, we were cruising at 2,400 rpms, about 18 knots with 800 lbs ice, 1,400lbs fish, 175 gallons fuel, heading back to the dock to deliver the day's catch.

     
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    very cool!
     
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    How does your Dads boat steam with a load on ? I see your's is a little bow proud but running great for that speed.
     
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    My dad's boat is 37' with 600hp, so it takes some real weight to effect him, vast majority of days we are under 5,000lbs of fish, so he never slows down. 5,000lbs on my boat would slow me down pretty good, I was still only at 92% load at wot with the 1,400 lbs. I bet with 4,000 - 5,000 lb of fish I would be at 100% load at wot. When we get a lot of weight on the boat, then we just run real easy back to port.
     
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    Let's see a net full of Salmon! Maybe a video of you hauling in the net!

    This has got to be the top thread on this forum. Love to see the idea turn into a project, and the project turn into a boat, and the boat going out and be put to real work. Thanks for putting in the time to document all this!
     
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    A couple pictures from yesterday morning about 5am. Heading out to the fishing grounds.
     

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    weather sure looks nice but hows the fishin' been ?
     
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    When running, do you tend to see orange krill in the water, typically in the white edge of the bow wave?
     
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    Fishing started out average, then never picked up like it should in the middle of the month, escapement into the Kenai looks to be running about 5 days late, so they closed us for one opener, they are now giving us our reg openers, but restricted to the east side to reduce our harvest of a run they think is on the weak side. We fished Monday and catches were much weaker than expected, but 2015 and 2017 were both seasons that we had better than expected catches at the end of July and early August, so I'm holding out hope we get a decent shot of fish in the latter part of our season. Every season is different and has its own ups and downs.
     
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    That add almost makes me want to go gill netting up there.

    Almost. :)
     
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    I took these pics today of a 40' Wegley I finished and launched in Jan 2015,


    Fever 3.jpg
     

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    The reason I asked is that I have heard that California salmon tastes better than salmon from anywhere else on the west coast. Being that Cali is so screwed up, water resources going to those with the most money, etc, I am surprised about the fish tastes better. I often see krill in the white water of the bow wave, so perhaps there is more krill here, and the high krill diet providing better tasting fish.
     
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    Kenai River salmon are the best, just ask me :) The Kenai is known for producing nice, big sockeye and world class Kings.

    10 of the World’s Biggest King Salmon
     
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