Filipinos fish for the perfect catch in Alaska

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 22, 2014

ANCHORAGE, AK. – It’s every fisherman’s dream to fish in the waters of Alaska, where the oceans, rivers and lakes are abundant with salmon, rainbow trout, halibut, and many other kinds of fish.

Here in Alaska, kababayans get the best that nature has to offer. Here, kababayans can go fishing – even in the middle of downtown.

Ship Creek is in downtown Anchorage, where brothers Ven and Vener Laurio and their friend Ed Canlas go to fish for salmon.

“Nawawala ang stress mo,” said Vener Laurio, who has been fishing for 20 years. “Tsaka ang fulfillment nito, pag nakakakuha ka ng isda, masasaya ka. Pag kasama mo mga kaibigan mo, it’s some kind of competition: ‘Ang laki ng nakuha ko, hindi mas malaki sa akin!’ Yun bang ganong biruan.”

The peak season for salmon fishing in Alaska is from May through October.

“Pag sinabing close, close season,” said Ed Canlas, who’s been fishing for 10 years now. “Di ka puwedeng magfishing kahit pa nakita mo may isda dyan. Di mo puwedeng kunin.”

And while fish is abundant here, fishing is still regulated. At Ship Creek, each licensed fisherman is limited to three catches a day – the number could differ depending on the place.

And of course, they cannot sell what they catch.

“Naku, katakot takot na fine ang aabutin naming dyan,” said Ven Luario. “Hindi dapat ibenta talaga kaya tinawag nila na personal use only.”

But for now, they’re enjoying what’s left of the nice weather in Alaska to get what they love most – a good catch.

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