Below is an e-mail I received from the
father of our latest Outdoor Wish Kid Bridger Card. With the help
of Ed Schlief of Alaska Bowhunting Supply and folks like yourself
Benefit4Kids was able to send Bridger and his family on a week long
Alaskan fishing trip. Our sincerest thanks to all of you that help
us help kids.
Steve Pray, Benefit4Kids
Here is Bridger's Dad's diary of their
What an amazing trip! Ed was fantastic
and put together an incredible trip for Bridger. He will never forget
this experience and his love for life and the outdoors will be with
him forever! I'll give you a run down of how it went and attach some
photos. I'll also make some hard copies of pictures and send them
to you as soon as possible.
Day one: We flew into Anchorage and Ed
met us at the airport with the motor home, We picked up some groceries
and then drove down to Portage Glacier to our first camp.
Day two: Ed picked us up at Portage with
his boat and we made our way to Whittier by way of a 3 mile long tunnel
(an experience in its own right) put the boat in at the marina and
headed out to look for Chum Salmon. On the way out to the fishing
grounds we came across a pod of Minki whales and enjoyed them and
the beautiful scenery. After a 1 hr boat ride, we started to troll
for Salmon and it didn't take long before we started to hook up on
Chum Salmon and had a great time. In one area we saw about 30 Bald
Eagles feeding on salmon all around us. After a few hours of salmon
we went to a new area to fish the bottom and we were able to catch
many Greenling and a few rockfish. What a great start. We then put
the boat back on the trailer and made our way back to camp. The boys
had to hike up to a snow cave along the way that was beautiful. We
got back in the motor home and drove to Seward where we spent the
night next to the ocean.
Day Three: Woke early and walked along
the beach and saw our first Sea Otter and watched him play in the
ocean for a while then went and found Ed at the marina to start the
next day of fishing. Another hour boat ride with amazing scenery and
we started to troll for Silver Salmon. We started to pick up fish
here and there and Bridger was in heaven. As we trolled near shore,
Bridger caught a black Rockfish about 5 lbs and thought he might want
to get serious about them in the afternoon. After a few more Silvers
and another encounter with a whale, Bridger talked us all into fishing
for Rockfish. What a great idea that turned out to be. We moved to
a new area and started to jig for Rockfish and caught 5 pounders as
fast as we wanted. We also started to drop a big jig to the bottom
and started to hook up on large Ling cod. Up to 40 Lbs!!! What an
amazing creature. We practiced catch and release for the majority
of the afternoon and had a ball on some big fish. After all that we
made the long drive to Homer.
Day Four: We woke early and fished the
Homer fishing hole on our own and managed to land 6 King salmon of
about 15-25 lbs on our own (The big one got away). We then got on
the water taxi to Seldovia that took us buy bird Island with many
varieties of birds, Sea Lions, Otters, and again some amazing scenery.
We got checked into our hotel in Seldovia and then decided to try
our hand at some King salmon in Seldovia slough that afternoon. We
managed to land 2 about 30 and 35 lbs. They are progressively getting
Day Five: We Got on the boat with Bill
and Bob to fish for Halibut and had a wonderful day of catching one
after another of delicious bottom fish. We kept enough to fill a cooler
and had a great time doing it. The best part is, none of us got seasick.
After cleaning our catch we got back on the "taxi" to Homer
and the Motor home and then made our way to Soldotna.
Day Six: 5:30 am we got on the boat with
Jon Sheffrey and went after the mighty Keni River Kings. What a great
guide he was and we cant thank him enough for the time he showed
us. We caught 7 kings that day including a monster of 48 lbs, 50"
long and 27" around (what do we need to do to get a glass mount
of this fish?) It was the big fish of the trip and we were all very
excited to say the least. This was a morning none of us will ever
forget. We drove from there to the Russian River campground and spent
the evening fishing for Red salmon. Hooked a few but kind of slow.
Day Seven: Slept in today as I think
we are all a little beat but then fished for Reds and a few Rainbows,
caught enough to keep it interesting but then we took a hike to the
Russian Falls to watch the Salmon leap up the river toward their spawning
grounds. What an incredible place Alaska is. We then drove back to
Anchorage and met Ed again. I cant tell you enough how wonderful
he was to us the entire trip. This is truly a great man and outdoorsman.
We feel we have made a friend for life and would like to send our
warmest wishes to him and his wife. Thanks again for all you did for
Bridger and our family.
B4K Notes: Bridger's trip was
arranged by Ed Schlief of Alaska Bowhunting Supply.
Travel expenses for Bridger and his family were paid for in part by
Lee Morrow of QuantumAI.
expenses were covered by Benefit4Kids