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How to Catch Salmon in the Beautiful, Complicated Alaskan Waters

Published July 27, 2023

Going along for the ride as a master reels in what might be the best-tasting sustainable seafood there is


Paid subscribers to The Bittman Project can use the code at the top of today’s newsletter to get five percent off any order at Yakobi Fisheries, which you’ll read about below. (The code expires August 7, so if you subscribe in the next week, you’re good.) Maybe five percent doesn’t seem like a lot … but we’re not talking about Cheez-Its here. We’re talking about real wild fish that takes a lot to catch, process, sell, and ship, as we’ve documented (we hope). And FWIW, The Bittman Project’s cut is … zero. We just want you to enjoy this best-in-class fish (and to become a paid subscriber, natch). We — Mark and Kathleen — put our Yakobi order in last week.


On a small fishing boat, rocking from side to side in a cloudy spray under a low, overcast sky, we weren’t scared, exactly (well, perhaps one of us – Mark – was) but we certainly didn’t feel secure. Salmon blood and water were splashing everywhere, the footing would’ve been bad even had the boat been stable, and everywhere the two of us went we were in the way.

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