The Popsie Fish Company
The Popsie Fish Company has been set-net fishing for sockeye and coho salmon in the Egegik District of Bristol Bay since 1987. Starting from humble beginnings, the family business has grown to own 3 sites and permits. They are now leaders in the Egegik District set-net community. "Popsie" was the grandchildren's pet name for Paul Neal, Jr., a successful businessman who set the example for hard work and self-reliance. While Popsie did not fish himself, his son Tony carried Popsie's example forward to his own family. The Neal family honored Popsie by naming their fishing company after him.
Tony and Gwen are the founders and mainstays of the company, managing the ebb and flow of family members and crew, and managing the business throughout the year. Their children Sarah, Jeff, and Siri grew up through grade school, high school, and college spending their summers at fish camp, learning to work hard and developing the self-reliance Popsie exemplified. Sarah, Jeff, and Siri continue to be involved in fishing as the years go by, collectively spending many summers working the nets. And now, as the grandchildren get older, a new generation of fishers has joined The Popsie Fish Company.
During the salmon season, which runs from early June to late August, the family members who are able to gather at our Fish Camp, situated on the outer beaches of the mouth of the Egegik River. Any vacant spots are filled with hired crew if needed. These months are spent working the nets as the tide and regulations allow, trying to catch every salmon we can while making sure that quality is kept to the maximum. When the season is over, the family again disperses to their homes- be it Alaska, Oregon, Florida, or even Ireland. The rest of the year is then spent marketing and selling our fresh and smoked salmon products, working other jobs, and preparing for the next season.
Should you wish to know more about us or what we do, we are always willing to talk. Pick up the phone or drop us an email...
The Popsie Fish Company Story...
Jake O'Neill, Fisher & Sales
Sarah O'Neill, Force of Nature
Erin Olsson-O'Neill, Fisher
Chris Olsson-O'Neill, Sales
This map shows the mouth of the Egegik river, where the Popsie Fish Company operates it's fishing camp. Egegik is a Yup'ik eskimo village located on the south bank with year-round residents, but the north side of the river is only inhabited during fishing season.
Our camp is located on the north side of the river, 8 miles from Egegik, closer to "Big Creek" which can be seen near the center of the map. Our camp and set-net sites are located to the southern end of the tidal flats visible on the map.
It is a cozy camp, with accomodation, storage, and washing buildings set just back from the beach.
Drop in any time if you are in the area!
Kaitlyn O'Neill, Fisher & Sales
Sam Johnson, Project Manager
Damon Nash, Fisher & Sales