Canning Kenai reds, Texas style

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2001

Roland and Willie Mae Kennedy are retired from Alaska and now live in Jewitt Texas. Like the mighty Kenai River Sockeye Salmon, Roland and Willie Mae now return every summer with traveling companions James and Jolene Moore, from Livingston Texas.

With their campers parked at the Riverside House in Soldotna, the troop went to work setting up their own canning process, "We're going to can it up and take it back to Texas and divide with our kids and 15 great grandchildren," said Willie Mae who added that the fishing has been pretty good, "Sometimes they have to sit up to two o'clock in the morning to catch enough to fill my canner. Out of one fish I get about three jars canned."

The Texans had also done some claming while on the Peninsula, but seemed to prefer the salmon fishing, "I like those salmon real well, but those clams they'll do, but not near as good as the salmon," said Jolene Moore whose husband James admitted that it was his first time claming and that he never realized anything could dig so fast.

The Kennedy's and the Moore's have already headed back south to Texas, but like the salmon that they love to eat, they'll be back again next summer, "Good Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise!"

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