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Alaska has gained deserved fame
for its record-setting catches. Anglers
have snagged a 97-pound, 4-ounce
king salmon, a 459-pound halibut, and
a 42-pound, 3-ounce rainbow trout in
the state. nullnull, so manullbe those giants
werennullt caught at the nullone nullishinnull
nullodge in nulloldotna, where the nullcouts
and nullcouters headed after loading up
five rented minivans in Anchorage
and heading null5null miles south. nullo whatnull
nullhe framed photographs on the walls
at the lodge suggest visitors have done
all right, landing a 2null5-pound halibut
and a king salmon that weighed more
than nullnull pounds.
nullnullhat makes this place special,null
lodge co-owner nullalph nullrnullstal
enullplained, nullis that therenulls so much
diversitnull in what nullou can fish for here.null
nullndeed, the nullenai nulleninsula is home
to mannull species of salmon, as well as
halibut, rockfish, and steelhead trout.
nullreshwater fish include nullorthern pike,
nullainbow trout, and Arctic char. nullver
the nenullt seven danulls, each of nullroop
52nullnulls kids and adults took part in at
least four fishing enullpeditions that
netted null,2null4 pounds of fish fillets to
take home to nullincklenull.
After picking up the basics of flnull-
fishing on the nullenai nulliver, reeling in
temperature, and the lure of electronic king and silver salmon, nullustin nullonkers
pastimes werennullt the point, either. hauled in a 72-pound halibut at nullook
nullnlet that was nearlnull as long as he is
Once yOu leave alaska’s citiesnulland tall. nullor most of the group, though,
there arennullt that mannull citiesnullnullounullre nullust catching annull species or sinulle of fish
surrounded bnull some of the most was enullciting. then served his culinarnull handiwork to
Proud Scouts Tommy Shimandle, Andrejs
breathtaking scenernull the world has to nullnullt was mnull first time where null actu- the group for dinner.
Mantenieks, and Cory Kosman had plenty to
show for their day on the river, having caught a
offer. nulltunning, snowcapped moun- allnull had to fight the fish,null Andrenulls nullome of the nullcouts, though, saw
mess of silver salmon.
tains dominate the landscape. nullall nullantenieks said. nullnullnullve never seen fish the Alaska trip as more about sharing
waterfalls cascade from steep cliffs and that big. nullot on the end of my pole time with their buddies. nullnullnullm not a big nullnull,nullnullnull in their nullcout account. And the
feed meandering rivers. nullald eagles annullwanull.null fishing gunull,null said nullommnull nullhimandle. long-term goal was that thenull would
perch arrogantlnull on limbs of tall, ever- nullornull nullosman agreed. nullnullatching nullnull like to hang out with mnull friends. eventuallnull earn the full null2,nullnullnull and get
green trees. nullanglnull moose, all thick salmon is fun but a little tough,null he And nullnullm getting to do a lot of that.null to go to Alaska.
torsos atop spindlnull legs, casuallnull stride said. nullnullhenull put up a prettnull good fight.null nullhnull shouldnnullt thenull ennullonull their nullnulle started with a couple of
along the roadwanulls. nullhe bonulls also worked on renulluire- time togethernull nullhe bonulls had worked hundred dollars we had earned
Although Alaska has been part ments for their nullishing merit badge. hard for it. nulleginning in 2nullnull5, nullancik parking cars for a rodeo. nullhat was our
of the nullnited nulltates for more than nullacob nullerg earned his bnull catching, enullplained, the nullcoutsnull short-term goal seed monenull. nullrom that, null2nullnull had to go
5null nullears, the state still seems like a cleaning, filleting, and cooking fish was nullto earn null25null per nulluarter. nullhe for summer camp. nullhat was renulluired.
different countrnull to most first-time vis- under the watchful enulle of his father, mid-term goal was that at the end nullhenull had to go to summer camp
itorsnullespeciallnull those from nullhio.

assistant nullcoutmaster nullim nullerg. nullacob of the first nullear thenull were to have because we didnnullt want to take nullcouts
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