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23Sailfish
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Posted - 07/17/2016 :  8:11:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit 23Sailfish's Homepage Send 23Sailfish a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, my two best friends in the world and I took the trip to Alaska finally. This trip has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I'm really sorry it took me so long to put this together. If you can figure out how to get there yourself, I highly recommend it, if only for the scenery alone. The weather was picture perfect the entire time, 65-75ish degrees everyday and the sun was shining for the whole trip. The 20 hours of daylight each day provided us with as many fishing opportunities as we wanted, and we took advantage of them as much as we could.

We arrived in Anchorage in the afternoon and immediately made our way two hours south to Seward. Stayed in Seward for two days fishing the Resurrection Bay and nearby areas for cohos and sockeye salmon, snagging and fly fishing for them. One of those days was an offshore charter to go after the cohos and bottom fish. The salmon were few and far in between but the rock fish were plenty. The best way I know to describe a rockfish is kind of like a cross between a black sea bass and a grouper type fish. Good eating bottomfish.

Over the next few days we fished several places, all rivers and streams fly fishing for salmon and trout. The numbers weren't spectacular as we were kind of in the middle of the salmon runs. The king run was over and closed and the coho run was just starting up. If you plan to do this trip, I would do mid to late June or the end of July depending on what species you want to target.

Fishing the world famous Kenai River in Saldotna was a treat in and of itself. The Alaskan people truly have a unique fishing style of their own and it was a learning experience for me for sure. There is very little catch and release there. If you catch it and its legal, you keep it. If the fish is in any way snagged at all on certain rivers, you have to release it, even if its going to die. We saw tons of wildlife, everything from sea lions to giant otters to humpbacks to bald eagles. Didn't see the first bear, but we were happy about that. If you are fishing the more populated areas, you probably won't see them either, but if you are the type to get off the beaten path and find your own private fishing destination, you better bring bear spray just in case.

We took a charter on a Lake Lucille in Wasilla for big rainbows too; that's the lake that Sarah Palin's house is on. We didn't believe the guide, but when she came out of the house and was doing yard work 100 yards away, we all got a big chuckle out of it. It was even funnier that her house is only a few doors down from the Best Western. Certainly not what I thought it would be. The rainbow bite was slow, but because of the recent higher temperatures, we finally found the fish a little deeper than normal. Caught several in the 17-19" range and one at 22". That's bigger than any rainbow I've ever caught, so I was extremely happy about that. The guide showed us a picture of him with a 36" monster that was incredible....we didn't see any of those fish, but we were looking hard for them!

All the sightseeing stuff that we snuck in was fantastic too; there was no shortage of glaciers and wildlife where ever you looked. We even got our own guided tour of Elmendorf USAF base in Anchorage. That is a sweet set up; they even have their own on base skiing/tubing facilities. Not too shabby. I really could have used another week there, but reality sets in and you have to come home eventually. I'll already thinking about planning a trip there next June to get on the Kings. I'll sleep when I'm dead!






This was about 12:30AM


Rescued eagle on the USAF base, could no longer fly


Heading offshore out of Seward




First sockeye on the fly


First day's catch









May all your favorite bands stay together......

Edited by - 23Sailfish on 07/19/2016 09:07:56 AM

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May all your favorite bands stay together......


Edited by - 23Sailfish on 07/17/2016 8:36:22 PM
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23Sailfish
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Posted - 07/17/2016 :  8:18:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit 23Sailfish's Homepage Send 23Sailfish a Private Message  Reply with Quote


A famous Alaskan's house.....


She just happened to be out in the yard....





King Salmon almost at the end of their runs...















May all your favorite bands stay together......


Edited by - 23Sailfish on 07/18/2016 09:48:15 AM
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Easy
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Posted - 07/17/2016 :  9:18:38 PM  Show Profile Send Easy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What river was the first photo of, the Russian or Copper
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on a fishin mission
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  05:43:40 AM  Show Profile Send on a fishin mission a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Man, looks like a great trip!


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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  06:45:59 AM  Show Profile Send Rapchizzle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Where are the halibut pictures?
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23Sailfish
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  08:27:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit 23Sailfish's Homepage Send 23Sailfish a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rapchizzle

Where are the halibut pictures?



The day we chartered offshore happened to be a non halibut day designated by their Fish & Game; we had no idea until we showed up that day. The regs there are outrageously complex. I'll have that trip set up next year though. Apparently Seward isn't the best place for halibut either. You can get on them there and we saw people that did, but you have to travel a lot further. Homer is the place to go for Halibut, and that just wasn't in our schedule this time around. We did catch several pacific flounder which were pretty interesting.

This trip was about getting as many species on the fly as possible. Let me tell you something; a 10lb sockeye fights about as hard as a redfish, no lie. I never would have thought that, but the 9wt got a workout on this trip.




quote:
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What river was the first photo of, the Russian or Copper



We didn't fish either; fished several days in Resurrection Bay and the Kenai.


May all your favorite bands stay together......

Edited by - 23Sailfish on 07/18/2016 08:31:48 AM
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  09:41:47 AM  Show Profile Send DFreedom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Awesome stuff Ricky! My (and Peapod's) smoked salmon is in the mail?

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23Sailfish
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  09:54:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit 23Sailfish's Homepage Send 23Sailfish a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Of course! I didn't bother to freeze Peepod's fish; gonna send it to him next week sometime.....




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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  10:23:48 AM  Show Profile Send Bonzo72 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
best photodump on here in a while...looks like y'all had fun...you should have some stickers waiting on you...

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Cracker Larry
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  10:58:26 AM  Show Profile Send Cracker Larry a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Beautiful That's a place I've never been. Don't much like cold!

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Easy
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  11:28:49 AM  Show Profile Send Easy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yep, Resurrection Bay isn't a Halibut hot spot! You have to go about 2 hours out in the Gulf for the biggen's!
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  11:52:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Optiker's Homepage Send Optiker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nice report and pics, thanks

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Posted - 07/20/2016 :  4:01:10 PM  Show Profile Send sophish a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wonderful photos, love the one of the two Eagles in the tree gave me goose bumps. The time spent with great friends is never long enough and it looks like ya"ll had a fine time.
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carolinacoot
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Posted - 07/21/2016 :  11:59:50 PM  Show Profile Send carolinacoot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dang 23, after those pictures I'm scared to share mine. You do such a beautiful job with that camera. I was just trying to figure out the camera I had on my Alaska trip.


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23Sailfish
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Posted - 07/22/2016 :  5:45:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit 23Sailfish's Homepage Send 23Sailfish a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
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Beautiful That's a place I've never been. Don't much like cold!

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I don't think it ever dipped below the mid sixties, and that was at night, the few hours of it that we had.

I'd take that weather any time!



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Posted - 07/22/2016 :  6:34:44 PM  Show Profile Send DoubleN a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, looks like an awesome time!

Good for you. Thanks for posting!

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Posted - 07/24/2016 :  7:33:19 PM  Show Profile Send runbabyrun a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was waiting for these, figured would be the next best thing to going and allot cheeper, thanks 23 very nice.
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23Sailfish
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Posted - 08/24/2016 :  08:33:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit 23Sailfish's Homepage Send 23Sailfish a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bump for Redstripe.


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SC2079BS
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Posted - 02/07/2017 :  7:40:00 PM  Show Profile Send SC2079BS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Alaska is an amazing place...going back on trip #2 August 16-26.

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23Sailfish
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Posted - 02/09/2017 :  07:55:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit 23Sailfish's Homepage Send 23Sailfish a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm still trying to make that June trip happen....its gonna be tight though.




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SirSpear
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Posted - 04/19/2017 :  9:59:55 PM  Show Profile Send SirSpear a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Awesome photos and a fantastic looking trip! I went almost ten years ago and had a great time, did much of the same fishing as you (Kenai, Seward, some random spots). I will tell you that you didn't miss much on the halibut. Aside from the size of the beasts, it's pretty boring fishing -- you just wrench something heavy up from the bottom of the sea pretty much 100% vertical and that's about it. Honestly if I go back, I'll skip halibut. You hit the best of the fishing for sure!
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