Landing a Kenai king

It was an exciting king salmon opener on the Kenai River for 10-year-old Gavin Fox, of Anchorage who landed a 30-pounder while fishing with his father Jeremy Fox and grandfather John Scott.

Gavin Fox relayed the story near the Poacher’s Cove boat launch Tuesday as his father cleaned the day’s only catch.

“They weren’t watching,” he said of his father and grandfather. “It was (dad’s) pole, but he let me reel it in.”

The only other thing the family caught was grass, said Jeremy Fox as he filleted the king salmon into manageable chunks.

“It’s really slow for an opening day of king fishing,” Scott said. “Water’s high and murky, it’s in the fish’s favor.”

Still, the family enjoyed the trip that started at 5 a.m. and had ended by about 9:30 a.m.

Gavin Fox said it wasn’t his first or largest king salmon. With a bit of help from his grandpa, Gavin Fox remembered a 47-pound king salmon he landed at 7-years-old.

“You were lucky buddy,” Scott said.

Do you have a tale of one that got away? Landing the big one? A recipe you’d like to share? Send them to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

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