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Old 05-01-2014, 08:26 PM   #26
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Not true for areas I have fished the last 10 years(Homer, Seward, Russian River). The halibut and salmon are the best I've ever eaten.
Over here in the middle east, the only salmon you can get in the supermarkets is that crappy farmed salmon from Norway/Scotland. A fresh salmon steak (red or silver) from the Kenai river would absolutely blow people's minds -- wild vs. farmed salmon is an amazing difference, and Alaskan wild vs. any other wild is yet another magnitude of order better (but I might be a homer on that point).

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Old 05-01-2014, 08:27 PM   #27
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You bet! As you know, you can't go to Homer and not have a beer or two at the Salty Dog.
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I hope Champ goes up there before TC and has Chef make him a Samitch.
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I hope Champ goes up there before TC and has Chef make him a Samitch.
In Alaska, all 40s are run in snowshoes....

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Nice! Have a drink at the Salty Dawg for me, my brothers....


I've been there....it's right on the Homer Spit, if I recall correctly.
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I've been there....it's right on the Homer Spit, if I recall correctly.
It is, indeed -- and bonus points for using the term "spit" correctly.

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Lived in Fairbanks for 6 years. Remember having to stay in the car while my dad dumped the garbage as bears often came flying out of the dumpsters. Had moose wander in the front yard and a siren would go off warning people. Made ice skating rinks in the yard all the time. Days that were days forever and nights that lasted much too long. Cars with their hoods up all night with batteries plugged in with blankets over them. Going to dog sled races and the greatest day....the first day of the year we could wear shorts. It is a very different country, awesomely beautiful, and to an extent, overwhelming. I'm somewhat jealous. Haven't been back in awhile.
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Lived in Fairbanks for 6 years. Remember having to stay in the car while my dad dumped the garbage as bears often came flying out of the dumpsters. Had moose wander in the front yard and a siren would go off warning people. Made ice skating rinks in the yard all the time. Days that were days forever and nights that lasted much too long. Cars with their hoods up all night with batteries plugged in with blankets over them. Going to dog sled races and the greatest day....the first day of the year we could wear shorts. It is a very different country, awesomely beautiful, and to an extent, overwhelming. I'm somewhat jealous. Haven't been back in awhile.
Too funny... for 15-year-old me, this was a huge deal as well. Didn't give a **** that it was only 50 degrees out, I had been waiting for 7 months to wear shorts, goddamit!
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Thanks all for your encouragment and salutations !
This is NOT my first trip to AK, i have driven the alcan and fished the kenia and red river.
Skagway, seward, homer, denali, kayaking, river rafting, the prince willy sound...
But this is the first time Iam going for summer employment.
I will keep in touch with all my fellow and female maners and hopefully see some of you when that seatle game goes down
I leave may 9th, thanks again for the positive vibes.
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Thanks all for your encouragment and salutations !
This is NOT my first trip to AK, i have driven the alcan and fished the kenia and red river.
Skagway, seward, homer, denali, kayaking, river rafting, the prince willy sound...
But this is the first time Iam going for summer employment.
I will keep in touch with all my fellow and female maners and hopefully see some of you when that seatle game goes down
I leave may 9th, thanks again for the positive vibes.
Hope you enjoy it, my man -- remember to breathe deeply as much as possible, the air is so much cleaner and full of oxygen than just about anywhere else on earth. Just talking about it makes me homesick.

There's nowhere else I'd rather be in May-September... if only the winters weren't so damn brutal!
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Not true for areas I have fished the last 10 years(Homer, Seward, Russian River). The halibut and salmon are the best I've ever eaten.
I am talking since the Fuukishima spilled radiation in the ocean the last 2 years.
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So will I, for the 10th year in a row! I will be in Homer 6th-8th fishing for Halibut, maybe Kings, and Seward 12-14th fishing for bottom fish and Silvers. Have you been there before? There is a reason we go back every year.
Nope. Never been. Which is shocking as I have traveled extensively around the World and am passionate about fishing.

This will be a quick trip, as we are dropping off the 2 and 3 year old in SEA and have limited time.

Trying to decide how best to spend the fishing time. So many choices. I was leaning towards bringing our packrafts and hitting the Kenai River canyon area or similar. However could hit the Bay in a rental boat. Or do a charter out of Homer.

Any fishing must-do recommendations for first week of Aug?
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Nope. Never been. Which is shocking as I have traveled extensively around the World and am passionate about fishing.

This will be a quick trip, as we are dropping off the 2 and 3 year old in SEA and have limited time.

Trying to decide how best to spend the fishing time. So many choices. I was leaning towards bringing our packrafts and hitting the Kenai River canyon area or similar. However could hit the Bay in a rental boat. Or do a charter out of Homer.

Any fishing must-do recommendations for first week of Aug?
Not sure how the fish will be biting (every season is different), but for just enjoying nature and scenery, the Kenai River option you mention above is vastly better. Fishing in Kachemak Bay / around the Homer area can be pretty windy and cold, even in the middle of summer. Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty fabulous, but if I could only choose one, I would choose to be slow-trolling on a packraft on the Kenai somewhere. It's like being in the middle of a picture postcard. With the possibility of hooking a 50-lb. king salmon at any moment....




... and don't forget to post hero pictures when you come back!

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I just hope that Chef has internet trouble during the season while in Alaska.
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Nope. Never been. Which is shocking as I have traveled extensively around the World and am passionate about fishing.

This will be a quick trip, as we are dropping off the 2 and 3 year old in SEA and have limited time.

Trying to decide how best to spend the fishing time. So many choices. I was leaning towards bringing our packrafts and hitting the Kenai River canyon area or similar. However could hit the Bay in a rental boat. Or do a charter out of Homer.

Any fishing must-do recommendations for first week of Aug?
the kenia is amazing, even if you never catch a fish !
But first week of august may be a little late in the season for parts of the kenai.
Get some reliable info on that specific week for salmon fishing!
Fighting a 50 pound KING is the best short of a 200 pound marlin.
Halibut fishing is like pulling up luggage, so unless your first priority is filling a freezer, go for the king salmon !
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Hope you enjoy it, my man -- remember to breathe deeply as much as possible, the air is so much cleaner and full of oxygen than just about anywhere else on earth. Just talking about it makes me homesick.

There's nowhere else I'd rather be in May-September... if only the winters weren't so damn brutal!
I am just hopefull i get enough dark night to enjoy some star gazing The alaskan ski at night transcends life on earth I am so damned excited!
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the kenia is amazing, even if you never catch a fish !
But first week of august may be a little late in the season for parts of the kenai.
Get some reliable info on that specific week for salmon fishing!
Fighting a 50 pound KING is the best short of a 200 pound marlin.
Halibut fishing is like pulling up luggage, so unless your first priority is filling a freezer, go for the king salmon !
This.

It's a good picture when you haul in a 200-pound halibut, but it's not nearly as exciting as catching a 25-pound silver or red salmon.
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I am just hopefull i get enough dark night to enjoy some star gazing The alaskan ski at night transcends life on earth I am so damned excited!
If you're up in the Copper River area from June-August, you'll have about 60 minutes of true dark per night.

However, having a daylight barbeque at 10:30 p.m. is also a pretty otherworldly experience. Enjoy it, my man, I'm truly jealous.

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So which cruise line are you working for Zam? I still say Princess but id be fun to know. Come on, you can spill the beans. It wont affect anything.
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Kupesdad can also fill you in on places in the Anchorage area, I believe (if he's still checking this site)....
I've lived here for 50 years so I can fill you in on pretty much the entire state. PM me with any questions you may have and I will answer it to the best of my ability based on what you want to do and how much you want to spend. It is a beautiful state and depending on time and money I can definitely give you my opinion on what I would do in your place. kupe
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It's a good picture when you haul in a 200-pound halibut, but it's not nearly as exciting as catching a 25-pound silver or red salmon.
Since a 25 lb red or silver would be a world record... Silver's (coho) can get close to that but a big Red (sockeye) is anything over 12 lbs.

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Not true for areas I have fished the last 10 years(Homer, Seward, Russian River). The halibut and salmon are the best I've ever eaten.
The salmon are fine.. halibut too although the one's that are 100 lbs + have parasites but they are all protein.. mmmmm Here is a 40lb rainbow trout

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the kenia is amazing, even if you never catch a fish !
But first week of august may be a little late in the season for parts of the kenai.
Get some reliable info on that specific week for salmon fishing!
Fighting a 50 pound KING is the best short of a 200 pound marlin.
Halibut fishing is like pulling up luggage, so unless your first priority is filling a freezer, go for the king salmon !
Unfortunately the King Salmon season on the Kenai expires on July 31. You can catch rainbows and possibly silvers at that time although it's a bit early for silvers. The king fishery the last 6-7 years has been awful due to overfishing by commercial trawlers and others but there are other options. You are correct with regard to halibut... too much like work.
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Kupe....you fish much for northern pike?

Alaska is often overlooked when people think of trophy northern pike fishing (due to the popularity of other species), but I know there are some lakes and rivers that offer outstanding northern fishing.

I do a lot of fishing for northerns, walleye, lake trout, splake, and brook trout in remote outposts in Ontario and Manitoba in Canada, but plan on doing a lot of fishing in Alaska in the future.

I've been to Alaska three times, but didn't do much fishing as my dad was a wildlife photographer and the trips revolved around photographing wildlife (brown bears most of the time).
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