When I tagged along with my brother Chris for last year's final salmon drift gillnet opening in Cook Inlet I had no idea it was the harbinger of this summer's commercial fishing venture — nor that it would reopen doors to something much deeper.
Our conversations during the long winter nights culminated in the favorable decision that I would be working the decks of the Chipmunk, the aluminum gillnetter he leases. Though fishing together seemed like any normal business arrangement between two brothers what transpired since we began picking salmon together has taken us to our foundational roots as two little Minnesota kids, infatuated with fishing.
I am the complacent one, happy in the moment and at peace with all in the universe. Chris, on other hand, enjoys the moment, but he's always bent on the propensity to go looking for better prospects in everything he does.
It made for a great mix as the calendar rolled through July and the search for a good hit of salmon was on. I stayed busy on deck and in the galley but managed to grab my cameras whenever I thought I could snag enough footage for a video. I slept in a hammock on deck the night of the July supermoon and filled my eyes and my SD cards with ethereal sunsets, green-blue waters, fish and all the other rich memories that accompany the life at sea.