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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2009

At the present time I find myself working in the Shirleyville area which is one of my favorite places to work in Alaska. The area is crawling with bears, besides being one of my favorite spots to go fishing. The only thing I hate about this area is the bugs! They are way over populated and relentless to say the least. Lucky for us it has been cool and windy which tends to make flying difficult for members of the insect world.

The Shirleyville area and Beluga is also famous for having some of the biggest mosquitoes on earth. I swear some of these monsters are on steroids or some other enhancement drug. No, they are not as fast or quite as big as a hummingbird but maybe in a year or two they will be! They fly rather slowly but they are huge and go right after you until you finally connect with a glove or hat to knock them down. Of course you no more than knock that one down and there are 25 more to take their place. Then at the same time you have white socks and also the real small but fast mosquitoes after you too.

Then after it warms up you have several squadrons of horseflies and deer flies that join in the battle against blood carrying creatures that inhabit earth. These flies bite hard and can about drive you crazy with their constant buzzing over your head. Some seem content to just bother you for several hours while others attempt to land and bite you as soon as they land.

Imagine just how dangerous these pesky insects would be if they somehow were able to increase their size till they were the size of small birds. Imagine a flock of hummingbirds coming after you trying to haul off a load of your blood? They would be fast enough to bite you and fly off before you even knew you had lost about of a cup of your blood.

Perhaps we could eventually use these new hybrid mosquitoes to fight terrorism in the world. Get a remote control unit set up on these bugs and send them to battle bothering our enemies. I am convinced that mosquitoes are getting bigger and if they continue growing like they have in my life time who knows just how big they will eventually get.

Once you find a method of surviving with these bugs there are plenty of other things you can do for recreation in this area. There is good fishing, berry picking, fantastic water fowl hunting besides the great bear hunting. And the area is also close to Mt. Redoubt just in case you were looking for some fresh volcanic ash! This is also a picture takers paradise with wildlife and also the ocean to add to your list of opportunities.

Driving to work one morning we spotted a large grizzly heading down the road with a cub about 250 lbs. following mom. The sow veered off the road to our right and even though we could still see the cub sitting not too far off the road she never came back. I tried using the cub cry to hopefully entice mom bear to come back so we could get a better look, but mom never appeared again.

The local commercial fishermen are hauling in kings with their nets here and it seems to be a pretty good year so far. I heard rumors of an 80 lb. king being caught so far but it might be as real as a 3 lb. mosquito, because up to this point I personally have not seen either one yet. You know how fishing stories sometimes seem to get stretched each time by certain people?

Imagine this being the case as one of our story tellers tangles with some of the hybrid mosquitoes over here. Yes that's right. Jeb got attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes and knocked down along the river. He was a screaming and a carrying on as these huge bugs began pumping blood out of him faster than a pipe line pump station. We fired a couple warning shots over their heads but they wouldn't stop 'til we attacked them with tree limbs and knives.

The last one we pulled off Jeb was the biggest one by far and after we finally killed it, it took three of us to grab it by the legs and drag it back to the truck. I guess Jeb and his family are taking it to the taxidermist to get it mounted. No, I have not been drinking.

See you next week!



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