Being a fishing town can mean a lot of things. But being the Ultimate Fishing Town, now that takes somethingspecial. Dillingham is currently in the running for the World FishingNetwork’s No. 1 fishing destination, and a few locals are gettingtogether to push for the online vote to tally up for a Dillinghamwin. “It’d be cool if all Alaskans could unite behind Dillingham,” saidDillingham native and Anchorage resident Verner Wilson.
He’s hopingenough Alaskans will rally behind Dillingham to bring it from sixthplace, with nearly 1,700 votes on Tuesday evening, into the topspot now occupied by Waddington, NY. VOTE NOW: Make Dillingham No. 1 Dillingham is the only Bering Sea community on the list, and thetop runner for Alaska on the competition leader board. And props for fish popularity isn’t the only prize on the line; a$25,000 award goes to the winning town, to be used for afish-related cause. So, what does it mean to be the Ultimate Fishing Town? In Dillingham it means you can pull shimmering king salmon out ofthe Wood River, fighting the power of the Chinook to land thelargest prize.
It means gathering with family at an Ekuk or Aleknagik fish camp,joining aunties and cousins to put up fish for winter and enjoyAlaska summer. It also means looking out over the Nushagak, filled with thecountless boats awaiting the world’s largest wild sockeye salmonrun. When it comes to fish, Dillingham and Bristol Bay in general don’tmess around. This is a town that doubles in size every summer, strictly on thepromise of silver flashes in the net, jumpers off the starboard bowor the telling tug and dip of an angler’s pole. Smart Car Turbocharger
“Dillingham is what it is because of fishing,” said Dillinghamartist and activist Apayo Moore. “We have a cannery that has beenopen for over 100 years. At one point we were all about thecommercial fishing industry, but now we are also a popular sportfishing destination. To the locals, the fishing season is a reasonto get out of the house and enjoy stocking up the freezer withfamily and friends rain or shine.” Moore is lending her two cents to the survey in more ways than one,including this post on Dillingham’s wall on the competitionwebsite: “How could the wildest fishery in the world be losing to the eastcoast!?! We need more voting! Let’s go Bristol Bay!” In an attempt to spark a voting fire, Moore posted a picture on herartist Facebook page, and vowed that anyone who clicked the “like”tab would be entered in a drawing for one of 10 free prints. Turbo Wastegate Actuator Manufacturer
She’s hoping people will take the hint and go vote for Dillingham,along with liking her photo. The drawing will take place May 31, atthe end of the online competition. Moore wants Dillingham to win not just for the financial prize, butto build its reputation as a rich and interesting place to live andvisit. Moore, like Wilson, tout Dillingham home to multi-billion-dollarfisheries as an obvious choice for fishing fame. Fishing inDillingham leaves no aspect out, whether your interests arecommercial, sport or subsistence. Komatsu Turbocharger Manufacturer
“It’s not just important for commercial fishing,” Verne said. “Butalso we go fishing to put food on the table.” Fish is the center of annual family reunions, a bustling communityand one of the world’s most intense and competitive fisheries. “We get together with our families to put up smoked fish and otherfish to eat during the winter. There’s so many people from not onlyaround the region, but from around Alaska.” Bristol Bay boasts runs of all five salmon species and numerousfresh water species, and is the gateway for large herring andhalibut fisheries.
“We deserve to be the ultimate fishing town because our life isfish, and we attract people from all over the globe to fish ourworld-renowned fishery,” Moore said. If you think Dillingham deserves to win the World Fishing Network’sstatus of Ultimate Fishing Town along with its $25,000 prize go to this website and vote : Hannah Heimbuch reports for The Dutch Harbor Fisherman , where this report was first published. It is republished herewith permission.