Posted July 17, 2013 09:29 pm - Updated July 17, 2013 09:29 pm
Susie Strausbaugh of Soldotna shared this photo of her children, Jordan and Jacob, after her family boated a 270-pound halibut. She writes, "I grew up here on the peninsula and as a teenager always wanted to move out of state. You always heard the stories of people who lived in the Lower 48 being able to drive to concerts, go shopping, go on road trips from state to state. I left briefly but decided it just wasn't for me. Alaska is a one of a kind state. There is nothing like it. It's where you can truly enjoy what God's given us. There is so much to do if you're not afraid to get out there and get dirty! I've gone fishing many times over the years. Ever since I met my husband, Heath, 15 years ago, I've been rainbow fishing on the Kenai, red fishing on the Russian, king fishing on the Kasilof, and halibut fishing out of Homer. But I have never experienced what I did this past weekend when I went to Whittier for the first time. I caught a whale! Well at least that's what it felt like. It only took about 30 mins to bring this fish in but it was a rough 30 mins! The whole family, Heath, myself and our children, Jordan (age 9) and Jacob (age 6) contributed to bringing this fish in. It's about 270 pounds! We put it in the back of our little 20 foot boat and it practically filled up the whole thing! We have since packaged it and have had some wonderful dinners! But the greatest part about catching this fish is that finally I now have a braggin picture!"
Jim Opdahl of Payette, Idaho, left, hoists his 55-pound king caught on July 4, with guide, Ken Smith of Drifter's Landing, and Barbara Opdahl of Pierce Idaho with her 15-pound king.