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 Dec 28, 2007; 12:09AM - NUSHAGAK RIVER ALASKA
 Category:  Alaska
 Author Name:  DAN ROSS
 Author E-mail:  danross1955@hotmail.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Well off to Alaska,the Nushagak river known for it's number's of fish foto is of Bob Shea of Chico California.As Bob fished for Kings 4 days and finally stopped at his 106th fish some as big as 40lber's.He also spent a day chasing Rainbow's and caught 50+ on a fly rod. He is excited about coming back in 08 for silver salmon.You too need to join us and exsperience some of this awesome salmon fishing. 1-800-767-7326, danross1955@hotmail.com
 Apr 25, 2007; 01:17PM - Ketchikan Alaska
 Category:  Alaska
 Author Name:  Ken Teune
 Author E-mail:  fishingketchikan@kpunet.net
Report Description: Winter is finally over in Ketchikan, Alaska and the King Salmon season is just gearing up. Winter King fishing was good with many fish in the 15-25lb. class being caught. The spawners will coincide with the cruise ship season which begins on May 7.

Halibut and snapper catches are fair with little effort on the part of most charters but as larger halibut move in towards May we'll see size and catch increases as more charters gear up for the summer season. There are a lot of herring in the area which will keep fish close and this is the bait of choice through May and early June when artificials will begin producing.
 Sep 1, 2006; 08:59PM - Alaska Action
 Category:  Alaska
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The last thing my wife said to me at the airport was, 'Don't forget to bring home some halibut'.
So this was our 'meat fishing' day. Rick Collins of Explore Alaska Charters usually takes tourist from the cruise ships on 1/2 day salmon fishing trips. Today we would be using downriggers in the morning to pick up some salmon and then bottom fishing for a limit of halibut in the afternoon.

The first downrigger was set with a large flasher and a green squid skirt. A 'hoochie'. As Rick reached to set the second rod, the first rod bent double and the reel screamed, signaling a strike. A great start for a day of fishing. My brother, Lynn, was closest and grabbed the rod . After a short fight, a fat silver salmon lay on the crushed ice in the fish box.

It took almost an hour to get the three downriggers rigged and set. The fishing action was so fast that they kept getting hit before all three could be rigged. Rick was really working hard. Every time he went to set up a rod the other two rods would go off.

Since it was the first trip to Alaska for Lynn, and my son Chris, I let them reel in the fish while I used video and digital camera to capture all the excitement. Most of the salmon action was from silvers. We also landed two nice kings and several pinks. Then there was the assortment of bottom fish too. It was the perfect fishing day...... calm seas, a light breeze, and non stop strikes. Rick was earning his pay today.

After lunch we moved to area where the 260 foot deep shelf dropped off into deeper water. Using stand up rods with a 6-0 reel, and a 2 pound weight, we made our first drop for halibut. Rick took away my cameras and handed me a rod. It was time for me go to work, while he took a break. With the braided line you could feel the weight bouncing off the bottom. Then tap, tap, tap. Rick warned me not to set the hook. 'Let the halibut take the bait and the circle hook will do the rest.' Well the halibut took it, the rod was almost torn from my hands. Within 15 grueling minutes a nice 35 pound halibut lay on the back deck. (I don't know how in the world people can land a 100+ pounder.) Meanwhile Chris and Lynn were standing with bent rods draped over the side of the boat. The bite was on.

In less than 2 hours we had our limit of 2 halibut each and sat exhausted as Rick headed the 'NOOYA' for home. At the pier our catch was unloaded, cleaned, shrink wrapped, frozen, and packed for shipment. Final score: three, 50 pound boxes of halibut and salmon fillets, frozen and ready as checked baggage for the airline. Not bad, not bad at all.

Oh yea, we took several fillets back to the B&B and enjoyed fresh salmon right off the barbie as the sun set slowly in the west. Tomorrow night, bake halibut and crab. LOL

Aloha,
Stan


 Aug 24, 2006; 05:17PM - Fly Out Fishing Trip
 Category:  Alaska
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: It was raining. How can we fly out to a remote lake in weather like this? But float planes loaded with tourist from the cruise ships were taking off every minute. Those on a flight/seeing trip to Misty Fjords today would defiantly see lots of mist.

You haven't experienced Alaska unless you include a float plane trip to some remote fishing spot. Our guide, Dan, was waiting at the lake with a boat to take us up the river in search of Cutthroat Trout. The Hook Up fly shop who arranged our trip described this place as 'nonstop cutthroat action'. That turned out to be an understatement.

Due to all the rain the water was a little high and a dark stained color. With out the sun it was hard to see the fish. So we just blind cast into likely spots and watched as our fly vanished with a splash. A sharp tug on the line was instantly followed by a wild jumping trout. Frisky doesn't really describe these wild beautiful fish. The action was so good we tried different flys, just to see what all they would hit.

In one spot where a large still pool empties into a stretch of rapids, my brother Lynn made 7 casts with a Madam-X and landed 7 fish. The fishing was that good.

This was the first trout fishing trip for my son Chris. He took right to it, listening to Dan's advice and coaching, Chris was catching way more fish than the rest of us put together.

Trout in this area feed on small mice and shrews. The 'mouse fly' looks real enough to frighten an elephant. You just cast it up and accross the current and kind of skitter it slowly along as it drifts down stream. Talk about wild surface strikes. You'd think the mouse would only attract larger fish, but one little trout wasn't much longer than the tail of the mouse. LOL

Finally I had to take a break. As my brother and I sat on a rock eating our sandwiches in the driving rain, Chris came splashing up with a big grin on his face and said, ' Woooo Daddy, ain't we having fun.'

Yea, I'd go fishing there again, in a heart beat.

Aloha,
Stan
 Sep 7, 2004; 04:50PM - Ketchikan Fishing Report
 Category:  Alaska
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Our cruise ship was only docked in Ketchikan for 5 hours. Right at the end of the pier was a tourist place with a little fly shop called The Hook Up. There I met my guide Seth Conrow. Within 15 minutes we were standing just below a small set of rapids on a little stream ..... both hooked up to a pink salmon. Now these fish weighed between 4 and 5 pounds, maby larger. They were just out of the ocean, hard fighting, high jumping, and attacking our purple or pink egg-sucking-leach flys with wild abandon.

As the tide rose, the little pond grew larger and filled to overflowing with more fish. Pinks, Silvers, Reds and Dollies. I was standing in knee deep water with fish all around me. When a harbor seal invaded the pool the salmon were literally jumping on shore to escape.

After 2 hours of non stop action, I had to quit.
Tired but happy.

Would I go again? In a hart beat. I still havenít experienced the fly out fishing to a remote river, the small mountain lakes filled with trout, or working the edges of the kelp beds from a boat catching all kind of interesting species. (I understand the Saltwater Black Bass attacking popping bugs is something to see.... wild)

Aloha,
Stan
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