Sockeye Salmon (Fall Catch)

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Sockeye salmon is the most beautiful of the 5 wild Alaskan salmon species with brilliant ruby red flesh and chrome-bright skin. The firm flesh has an amazing wild taste and is the most “salmony” of the 5 species. If you love the flavor of salmon, my sockeye is your fish.

Preorder Preorder Period:
January 1 - June 15.

Your seafood will ship to your doorstep on September via FedEx Express after the fishing season. I will announce the exact ship date June 15.

I offer my sockeye in two cuts––portions and fillets. A fillets is the whole "side" of the fish, trimmed and cut to aesthetic perfection. Fillets generally weight about 1-1.5 lbs. each and are the ideal cut for families. Portions are a fillet cut in half, leaving a tail half and a collar half. Portions are generally about 0.75 lbs. but can be as small as 0.50 lbs. or as large as 1 lb. each.

I offer my sockeye salmon with or without pin bones. Pin bones are the the small (but not dangerous) bones running down the middle of a salmon fillet. My deboned sockeye is generally 80-95% boneless with one or two pin bones sometimes remaining in the collar area of the fillet. The tail portion is naturally mostly boneless.

I vacuum seal my salmon in heavy 5mm bags and pack them in sturdy waxed presentation boxes. Your fresh-frozen seafood will keep in your freezer in pristine condition for at least 12 months.

Who, Where, When, & How:

  1. Who Caught It? 
    I did. Traveler Taj Terpening. My crew of 2 or 3 help out too. My Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) permit number is S04T 60089E.
  2. Where Was it Caught?
    On the Ugashik River in Western, Alaska. The town of Pilot Point is nearby (population 69). I fish at just upriver from my cabins on my Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Shore Fisheries Lease (S 09° 11" W 15222', tract A on diagram 1309). 
  3. When is this Species Caught?
    Sockeye return to our river in early June and run until early to mid-August. I catch most of my sockeye in Late June and through July, with a very small amount caught in early June an early August. Fishing generally opens in the first or second week of June with a period called "free week," where fishermen can fish a 5 day a week schedule. When free week ends mid-June, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) opens the fishery on a day to day basis via announcements over the radio.
  4. How was this Caught?
    My permit allows me to catch salmon by setnet, which is a style of fishing using a short net (50 fathoms) stretched from shore. I pick fish from the net by hand and immediately gill, gut, and pressure bleed each one. The salmon then rest in slush ice until I cary them up the beach to my fillet cabin for filleting, vac bagging and blast freezing. In many cases my fish are frozen within a hour or two of being caught.

Interesting sockeye info:

  • Sockeye the superfood – If we're splitting hairs, of the 5 species of wild Alaskan salmon, sockeye is the healthiest. Why? Because sockeye eat from the very bottom of the food chain. They eat zoo plankton and krill, and those little guys eat phytoplankton, which eat sunlight.
  • The color of sockeye – Sockeye salmon has the brightest flesh of the 5 species. Sockeye flesh is brilliant ruby red and tastes deliciously wild and salmony. Where does that color come from? Because of their diet. The plankton and krill they gobble up while at sea are tiny, sometimes microscopic creatures with shrimp-like exoskeletons that are often pink or orange. Sockeye absorb that color and make it their own.

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