Did you actually get 900 pounds of fish total? The rule of thumb is that you get about 35% of the weight of the fish on the hoof as fillets. If you got 350 pounds of fish on teh hoof, you should get about 125 as fillets.
I hunt and fish for food, not for pleasure. My Wife and I eat Tuna steaks, 4 to 5 times a week until it's time to fish again.
I also do not take more than I need. I caught my Cow tuna of 237 pounds, and while the bite was still on, put away my rod. That combined with the fact that there were others at the rail without a fish.......
I like to fish fot trout, but don't like the taste, so I release them carefully (another treatise could be done on that subject) Alaskan salmon and halibut and california and mexico tuna come home to my freezer. I have passed off a hot rod, and will not apologize for my "kills". I truly believe that sportsmen are the best conservationists, as they know best what they are dealing with. p,.s. don't ask me to hunt, and I will never condemn you for doing it.
Whoa pigsticker, chill out you don't need to bite my head off. I don't care how many you keep. I just don't see why you would pay that much money to go out and then stop just cause you had caught enough to stock the freezer. When I go out, I will catch enough to stock the freezer and keep fishing for the fun of it and either let em go or give it away. I guess you have been picked on a lot before, but you are yelling at the wrong guy...
Step back and re read the posts guys, I didn't see T in A's post as anti harvest, and I'm a life long subsistance harvester strongly opposed to "playing with my food". We do need to stick together to keep our RIGHT to harvest.
Do you guys really eat that much tuna?
Yup, as well as as many deer and elk that I can legaly harvest, my family usualy eats fish 3 or 4 times a week. Tuna "only" gets old quick though and it's nice to toss in a halibut dinner, or dodo, yellowtail and if lucky wahoo, at least once a week. It's been 6 years since my health problems caused me to leave Alaska and we are fianly getting back to where salmon are something more than "salmon AGAIN dad?".
Sorry to hear that ya had to leave Alaska. The greatest place on earth. I lived in Dutch Harbor, working the Bering Sea from 1984-1986. Towed the Drilling rigs there and back. Trecherous as hell, but, I'd do it again.
I miss Alaska a lot. I hope that you get to go back for visits at least.
Yea, I miss living in Alaska but it's changed for the worse.
My last job there was the head of maintenance for the Alaska Marine Highway (state ferry system). We had 16 terminals that I was responsable for from Whitter to Ketchikan. It was a high pressure job but I loved it. Every day on the water, and some days in the water due to the 168" and more of rain. I realy liked working in Kake and Hoonha, Angoon sucked.