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Not everything anglers in Alaska pursue swims up rivers or hangs out in lakes. Our local marine waters along the entire coastline of Alaska is filled with many species of fish that anglers find irresistable as table fare. This six pack of anglers were out on a Halibut only charter July 16th with Capt. Shane at Driftwood Charters in Homer. Due to the new International regulations on charter boat angler halibut limits, only one of the angler's two halibut can be OVER 29 inches in length. Gone are the good old days when a rack was filled with 50 pounders. But when your big fish is in the category that these fish fall in its not so bad to have that second smaller fish. Photo Courtesy: Driftwood Charters


11 year old Donavan Tracey was on a family trip for halibut out of Homer on a friend's boat. The bite was pretty good that day with some nice size fish but mom had the biggest fish of the day. Well that is until Donavan's bait got a hit and the fight was on. With a little assistance he was able to reel in this whopper that weighed almost 200 pounds. Now that's a fish story when the fish is bigger than you. Photo courtesy: Zaneta Massey

In my assessment Alaska's Sockeye Salmon is the #1 rated fish in North America's freshwaters. I even go so far as to say its a World Class fish and deserving of that title even ahead of our King salmon. Pound for pound there is no other fish that I have encountered that is so powerful, so acrobatic, and so determined to beat you than a red. It is by far what most Alaskans wait all year for and what the majority of our visiting anglers target to fill their fish boxes for the ride back home. It is the staple of Southcentral anglers.

Because there are thousands of visiting newbies as well as a number of Alaskan anglers who are relatively inexperienced at catching sockeye salmon legally, I have put together some guiding information as well as the recipe for tying up the Kenai Krill Killer sockeye fly. You may prefer a plain old coho fly or a yarn fly but this pattern and its unique fishing properties will result in far fewer foul hooked fish and you will still put just as many on the stringer legally. For those who are expert sockeye anglers that have no trouble getting your fish you can pass on this article and get out there fishing. The reds are pumping into the Kasilof and Kenai rivers as I write this today.

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS - The Kenai Krill Killer

FRIDAY 6-6: A new season has arrived and with salmon moving up Cook Inlet that means bears are also setting the dinner table for the feast that is coming soon. And one of the most popular bear viewing experiences in Alaska is the Wolverine Creek sockeye salmon run and the large numbers of bears that visit the area to fish for these fresh reds. Today was the first trip of the season for Talon Air Service taking anglers on flyout fishing trips to this location from their Soldotna float plane base. The reds appear to be running about ten days ahead of schedule providing an unexpected early kickoff to this fishery. And right on cue the brown bears are beginning to move into the area to fish for the same reds before they migrate from the Big River Lake up into the creek. Anglers limited out on 3 sockeye each and the bears in the photo were the additional entertainment for the day. Talon Air Service is AOJ's oldest sponsor and Allan and I have known each other over 40 years. They offer flyout fishing trips to Wolverine Creek and for those who are just interested in Bear Viewing they have trips where you spend your viewing time on a comfortable pontoon boat among the bears. Visit the Talon Air Service Website for all the details about the many flyout trips they offer for a variety of other experiences besides Wolverine.

Here is the 2014 PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND NONCOMMERCIAL SHRIMP FISHERIES UPDATE. April 15th was the opening of the Personal Use and Sport shrimp season in Prince William Sound. All participants are required to have a permit. Permits are available at Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) offices and major license vendors in Anchorage, Seward, Valdez, Whittier and Fairbanks. A maximum of five pots per person with maximum of five pots per vessel is allowed. Each pot must meet the mesh size and biodegradable escape mechanism requirements described in regulation and outlined on Page 62 of the 2014 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary.

The official notice has finally been announced by the International Halibut Commission who oversees commercial and sport caught halibut.

Watch a great video on how to clean Alaska razor clams dug at Clam Gulch on the Kenai Peninsula.

Every other week of each month there are a set of minus tides that provide outdoors lovers an opportunity for some good fun and exercise. And oh, some excellent eating too. So if you had your fill of fishing and want to pursue some other Alaskan game, there are plenty of razor clams waiting for the summer diggers. And to make the process of cleaning your clams an enjoyable activity I've whipped together a quickie clam cleaning video that will warm the hearts of every digger that has been doing it THE HARD WAY all these years. The video will open in a new window. CLICK HERE or on the photo above to activate the clip. PLEASE DRIVE SAFE~! -KK-
IPHC Rules regarding Filleting Of Halibut at Sea

Know the proper way to fillet your halibut at sea in Alaska's ocean waters of the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound.

ANCHORAGE -- Under federal rules that are in effect now, a halibut may not be cut into more than two ventral (bottom side) pieces, two dorsal (top side) pieces and two cheeks, all with the skin on. Anglers are allowed to consume halibut while at sea after filleting. This new rule applies statewide.

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