I saw Charlie’s post and figured I'd share some of my 2012 Alaska fishing experience.
To sum it up - Alaska is truly breath taking!! Everyplace you look it's a postcard image.
A picture doesn't do it justice. Even when standing there it is almost too much to take in - sensory overload for sure!!
I answered the call for a 6th person to fill a 6-pack charter out of Seward . Someone posted this on TidalFish last September and I jumped on it.
We had a charter scheduled for 4-days. Weather had been pretty rough in the Gulf of Alaska for a week prior to our arrival and continued that way through our stay. We were able to get out 3 of the 4 days.
We actually tried on the 4th chartered day. Interesting trip - left out of Resurrection Bay and as soon as we rounded the point into the Gulf we were met by 40kt winds, water spouts and 10+ rollers with a chop. Captain ventured on saying where he wanted to go was protected. He told us he could get there – no guarantee on getting back (night on the boat hoping for calmer seas the next day). At least I THINK thats what he meant. We bailed-out and returned to port. I'll never complain about 4 footers on the Chesapeake again.
A couple of the other guys and I did some fly fishing on the Russian River and on another stream feeding Kenai Lake. We did ok with some smaller Rainbow and Dolly Varden. The Salmon are running late this year so freshwater fishing was kind of slow.
We had 3 good days on the Ocean. We caught Halibut, Salmon, Ling Cod, many species of Rockfish and more. We soaked bait for some of the fish but many were caught deepwater jigging (+/-250 ft mark). Our biggest Halibut (116#) was caught jigging.
So we're pulling in the Halibut and the captains says - "whoa - it's a big one" - then he dissapears into the cabin and returns with a 410 shotgun. Seems those big fish can really do some damage if they come in the boat alive.
Planning on loading up my TF album when I get a chance.
I am already planning to go back. Great place – checked off my bucket list!
Like Charlie said - GO to Alaska!!!