Dipnetting on Kenai North Beach, July 18-19 2015

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A dip-netter shleps his net down Kenai's north beach just before the 6 a.m high tide on Saturday, July 18.
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Unusually large and violent waves failed to keep the early-morning crowd out of the water on Saturday, July 18 at Kenai's north beach.
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Large waves flooded waders and slapped faces during the dipnet season's peak weekend on Saturday, July 18 at Kenai's north beach.
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Garret Rossing inspects a salmon he brought in from Kenai's north beach on Sunday, July 19. Rossing dipnets in deep water with a wetsuit, life-vest, flippers, and a floating wooden-poled net. After netting a fish, Rossing grips it by the gills to bleed it out while swimming ashore.
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Jill Brown (foreground) hauls in a fish while her campsite-mate John Collins (background) heads back into the water during a busy spell on the morning of Sunday, July 19 at Kenai's north beach. Although Brown's fish turned out to be a flounder, the group of four fishers -- who came down together from Anchorage -- netted over ten salmon between them that morning.
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John Collins guts a pair of freshly-netted salmon on Kenai's north beach on Sunday, July 19. Collins scooped out the water-filled hole near his right hand to store the salmon's liver, keeping it cool and fresh while he finished the gutting. Collins said his group planned to cook and eat the fish livers later that night. According to Collins, Alaskan Native cultures ate fish livers, rich in Vitamin D, to compensate for Vitamin D deficiencies due to lack of sunlight during Alaska's dim winters.
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5 year-old Blake Coulson raises a bonker above a fish held by family friend Chelsee Largo on Sunday, July 19. Coulson, with his step-grandfather John Collins and parents Jeremy and Terra, has been going to Kenai's dipnet fishery since the age of two.
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Chelsee Largo (right) invites 5-year-old Blake Coulson (left) to reach into a freshly-opened salmon on Sunday, July 19. Although Coulson was thrilled by the sensation of holding a palpitating fish heart, he was reluctant to reach into the fish to take it.
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5-year-old Blake Coulson holds up a clump of salmon roe before tossing it to the seagulls of Kenai's north beach on Sunday, July 19.
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Tami Collins prepares a brunch of bacon, hash-browns, and eggs for her group of nine inside her pavilion-tent kitchen on Kenai's north beach on Sunday, July 19. Collins and her husband John, who stayed on the beach five days, describe themselves as "glampers" -- or "glamour campers." In addition to the kitchen pavilion, their site also included two outhouse tents equipped with buckets and a sleeping tent with a twin-sized air mattress and cot.
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Jeremey Coulson (center) looks over his campsite's fire-pit while eating a brunch of bacon, hash-browns, and eggs, flanked by John Collins (left), and Chelsee Largo (right) on Kenai's north beach on Sunday, July 19.
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By the afternoon of Sunday July 19, a dip-netting crowd lined the shore of Kenai's north beach.
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Pamela Thomas waits patiently for a salmon to enter her net on Sunday, July 19 at Kenai's north beach.
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Kurt Soeder fillets his family's catch on Sunday, July 19 on Kenai's north beach.
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On Kenai's north beach, Faye Soeder (center) washes a fresh fillet cut by her father, Kurt Soeder (left), while her mother, Jody Soeder (right) stands by to pack the fillet in ice on Sunday, July 19.
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Seagulls swoop down to fight for fish waste flung by Faye Soeder on Sunday, July 19 on Kenai's north beach.
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As the fishery comes to a close around 11 p.m, a man pursued by seagulls carries fish remains to the water on Saturday, July 18, on Kenai's north beach.
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Gulls mass around a cleaning table to feed on cast-off remains on the evening of Saturday, July 18 on Kenai's north beach.
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Tamie Ramsey, a teacher from Anchorage, displays her two largest salmon after the close of the fishery on Saturday, July 19.
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Laura Cafmeyer of Palmer admires one of the five salmon she caught on Kenai's north beach on Saturday, July 18, before filleting it.
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Laura Cafmeyer of Palmer admires one of the five salmon she caught on Kenai's north beach on Saturday, July 18, before filleting it.
 

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