Every interview we do teaches me more about the people who work here in Bristol Bay. It’s funny that I've worked along side some of the people whom we’ve spoken with on camera. Yet I'm suprised about how little I really know about them and their background. It’s been so interesting to learn about how Jerry Liboff gave up graduate school studying economics to live in Alaska. Robert washed dishes at the Muddy Rudder restaurant in Dillingham and then lived in Tent city until he got a job crewing. He’s now one of the most prolific fishermen in the Bay. Genevia retired as a teacher and now runs the boat with her grandchildren. I’m blown away with the sophistication of this group of fishers. I’ve learned about peoples humble start to the fisheries and now how they are such seasoned veterans. I’ve heard stories of boats being passed down from generation to generation kept in the family for decades and hopefully passed on for decades more. One thing becomes very clear, we are all in the same boat. The salmon are the blood flowing through the veins of the rivers. The salmon feed the earth, the animals and the people. The salmon is the life force in Bristol Bay Alaska.
This series of pictures was taken at Lake Aleknagik. Midnight into the early morning provided us with still water and inky skies that just don't go dark enough at this time of year to see the stars.
We stayed with the Mershon's at the Silver Fin B&B on the Lake. Don't let any fisherman tell you he or she doesn't enjoy a real bed once in a while!