|FishinDude2010 and a few friends have been planning our Alaska trip for a while. We finally did it this year and boy what a trip it was. I'm not going to bore you guys with a lot of stories and will let pics explain most of it(just tooo many stories to tell). It was an EPIC fishing trip.
Our fishing guide up in Alaska is pretty much a buddy of ours so fishing with him was just ridiculously awesome. Basically, whatever we wanted to catch that day, he would put us on the spot. Although, not much to it in Alaska since the fishing pressure is near zero where we were at. We were fishing areas where no sport or commercial fishing had ever been done. We were some of very first people to ever fish some of these locations.
We first got into Anchorage and did the tourist stuff. Then onto a Penn Air flight (only game in town) out to a place in the boonies called King Salmon in this twin turbo prop plane.
Now onto the next single prop plane to get out to a place called Chignik which is even further out into the boonies. The wind was pretty scary with slight drops but the scariest was... the co-pilot just eating his sandwich, drinking his soda, and the pilot READING A NEWSPAPER!! haha that's how they do it up there I guess.
We landed on a runway which was really just a gravel runway which was a bit freaky especially with the stall indicator buzzing like crazy as we landed.
As you can see, no one around for miles and miles... Our lodge was on this coast. Had running hot water, a generator for electricity, and nice bedrooms.
First real catches of the trip were roughly 100+ pacific cod in 1~2 hours. We used metal jigs but we couldn't even hit the bottom before we got a cod on the hook. It was just non-stop action of simultaneous hook ups for everyone on the boat. Our guide and the cooks filleted up all our catches near the lodge.
One of our buddies landed a 170+lbs halibut. FishinDude had a 200+lb halibut on his line but it bent the hook and got away.
Here's my measily 100lb halibut
Petting my 100lb halibut. Notice the 170+lb halibut on the ground. Both had fillets that were 8+ inches thick.
Total hali count for that day was 9 (one short of limit because we were busy fishing for blackies)
Deck full of ling cod snapping at our feet. We limited out (12 total) on lingcod in less than 30 mins. It was RIDICULOUS!
We limited out on black rockfish in less than 30 mins too
Fish locker full of fish. Notice how clean the deck is.
Deck full of pacific cod that we kept getting while trolling for salmon. We started piling fish on the deck cause the fish locker was already full of fish!!
Notice the halibut in there. Our buddy caught an 80lb halibut on a salmon rod setup. When he hooked it, we all were wondering what's taking him so long to reel up a salmon (he kept complaining it was super heavy hahaha)
Aftermath... bloody deck. Literally had blood EVERYWHERE from bleeding out fish on the deck
We also put out some crab pots. It was a pain to pull up but man, it was filled FULL of tanner crabs. Tasted GREAT too!
Crab and salmon anyone?
FishinDude caught a salmon on a flyrod setup when we went up the river.
King Salmon that was hooked up in the river. Had to catch and release in the rivers but at that point, we had way too much fish.
Another salmon that we accidentally hooked. The river was just FULL of them. You could literally scoop your hands in the river and pick one up (I actually did that). All these were catch and release.
I tried uploading some pics of a fox, bear, and a bald eagle but seemed to have trouble but I figure, all of you folks are here to see pictures of fish
That's basically it. After 2 hard days of fishing, we had already caught over 700lbs of fish so the last day, we just did a catch and release up in the rivers. We each brought back 2 50lb boxes of fish EACH which were frozen/vacuum sealed (guides took care of it all). We had to leave a lot of fish behind. Between the 5 of us, we brought back 500lbs of filleted fish!!
The trip was just AWESOME and I'm already thinking of going back next year. One thing is for sure, this Alaska trip has spoiled me to fishing anywhere else. If anyone wants info on our fishing trip, PM me and I'll pass the info along.
|I love this photo. This is only one day's worth of catches! We call this the Fish Market Photo.
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