August Issue of Alaska Sporting Journal Mag

Each July Coho, AKA Silvers flood into the Gulf of Alaska making their way to the home streams from which they came. The waters surrounding Seward Alaska is one of the top destinations for these hard fighting fish, and with a limit of 6-per person inside of Resurrection Bay, it’s no wonder that anglers follow these bright fish right to this amazing town. As a charter boat skipper there is nothing that puts a huge smile on anglers as the aggressive bite and fight of the silver salmon. The silver salmon usually weigh 8 to 12 pounds, but individuals weighing 20 including a world record of 26lb 11oz have been landed. Silvers in salt water or when they first hit fresh water are bright silver hence the nickname, with small black spots on the back and on the upper lobe of the tail fin. They can be distinguished from Chinook salmon by the lack of black spots on the lower lobe of the tail and by their white gums; Chinook have small black spots on both tail fin lobes and they have black gums. According to ADF&G Silvers enter their spawning grounds in Alaska from July to November. In the waters surrounding Seward Alaska the silvers begin to show in the ocean as early as June and are regularly filling fish boxes by July 10th each year. By Mid-August Resurrection Bay is jam packed with silvers, plus local rivers like the Kenai begin to produce these salmon as well. Although each of the five salmon species have a similar life cycle, each of the five have a different life span. All salmon are similar in the way that a female digs a nest, called a redd, and deposits 2,400 to 4,500 eggs. As the eggs are deposited, they are fertilized with sperm, known as milt, from the male. The eggs develop during the winter, hatch in early spring, and the embryos remain in the gravel utilizing their egg yolk until they emerge in May or June. The amount of time spent in the ocean is where each of the five salmon species differ. For example, some males which are small and called jacks, mature and return after only 6 months at sea no bigger than -12 inches, while most male and female silvers stay 18 months before returning as full size adults of that 8-12lbs, but often times break 15lbs in the waters surrounding Seward. As a charter boat skipper who chases silvers over 60 days each summer, I have two angling strategies trolling and mooching. In June when these salmon are just starting to show, I have found that trolling is the best way to find and catch, once silvers are thick by mid-July, sitting atop of a bait ball and dropping a mooching rig is the quickest way to fill the fish box. Trolling The setup for trolling silvers is simple, I use a Lamiglas Kenai Kwick 803 series rod, with the Tica Sea Spirt line counter reel spooled with 40lb mono trolling between 1.2 and 1.5mph. This rod and reel combo is perfect for trolling silvers and can double as a mooching rod. For hardware there is no better flasher than the Yakima Bait Big Als Fish Flash, I use the #10 size. The reason I only troll with the Fish Flash is not only the high quality components, or huge selection of colors, but when you hook a fish while trolling this flasher you only fight the fish not the flasher. Due to this flasher design it spins freely in the water, hence no flasher drag. If you are not trolling with down riggers, use a B-N-R Tackle spreader bar ahead of your flasher. This setup will keep your dropper weight down and away from your flasher, for weight I recommend a 6-8oz cannon ball sinker. Use an 8ft leader from the flasher to you bait or spinner, split your leader in the center with a bead chain swivel to avoid a true mess. The final step is the bait or spinner selection. Green label plug-cut herring brined with Pro-Cure Brine-N-Bite is my bait of choice, as for spinners a pink roster tail spinner is hard to beat. If I am fishing more than one rod, which I am 100% of the time, I split my gear 50-50, ½ spinners and ½ plug cut herring. This combination will fill your freezer! Mooching Once the silvers are thick enough to mooch, it’s a crazy feeding frenzy and one I often dream of. The first thing I look for is birds diving on bait, it’s like a big sign that says, fill your freezer HERE! I make a straight track to the bait ball while stopping short to be sure not to run through the bait ball and push the salmon deep and possibly turn off the feeding frenzy. Often times there will be a few boats mooching a bait ball and having an amazing bite, when another boat will show up, and drive right over the bait which will destroy the bite, don’t be that guy. Even worse is when a boat gets their limit and pushes up on step, blowing past the other boats and right over the bait. So, slip atop the bait and slip out, it will be appreciated by everyone around you. The mooching setup is as easy as it gets. I use my same Lamigals 803 trolling rod and Tica reel, a 4-6oz banana sinker with a bead chain connected to one end of the weight. Add a 12-20 inch 40lb leader with a Hoochie King hoochie skirt to the bead chain end of the weight. The hoochie skirt is such a versatile lure in the ocean color and size matter check out for huge selection and best prices I have ever found. You will lose a lot of these amazing baits, so buy in bulk, pink, and chartreuse are my go to colors. Once on top of the bait ball, drop your hoochie skirt down past the bait ball than reel-stop-reel-stop-reel is the best way to work this bait. The bite can be soft, and often times you will get bit while drooping your bait. If your fishing 200ft of water and your dropping to 80ft but your line goes slack at 20ft its not bottom, close your bail, reel in your slack than set the hook, you got a fish on! With 6 lines in the water and a feeding frenzy under the boat, there is no better fishing fun in Alaska. How to call silvers to the boat. An additional tip that will help make these sometimes non-aggressive fish bite is the Pro-Cure Chum Bomb. If you are marking fish, but they just won’t bite, its chum time. Many charters have learned the importance of a chum bag. Cut about 10lbs of black label herring in thin and small chunks, put the chopped bait along with a 3lb weight in a chum bag, than soak the chum with Pro-Cure Herring, Squid or Sardine oil. Place the bag in the water off your stern about three feet down. Be sure to shake the bag as you drift to let the scent and herring chunks float out. You will bring the slivers right to your boat, start a feeding frenzy, plus the school will follow your boat as you drift. In addition, dropping chum bags will really put these fish on. Chop up 2-3lbs of herring in the smallest chunks as you can. Put herring chunks in a bag with Pro-Cure Herring oil. Put a 24oz jig attached to a halibut rod, in the bag as well, and be sure to tie the bag to your line, and cut slits in the bag to let the air out. Drop the jig down to about 30ft, jerk aggressively to break the bag and free the chum. I do this every 10mins at different depths to bring and keep the school at my boat. Using these techniques will bring on a bite, my best trip in 2015 was 36 silvers for 6 anglers in 19 minutes. Trust me, it works! Locating Silvers in Saltwater Once these chrome beast hit the rivers they are much easier to track down, but when targeting them in the salt it can be a bit more of a challenge. First thing to do is locate bait, as with most salt water fishing, find the bait, and find the fish. A good pair of binoculars is a must, scan the water for bird’s hovering and diving, or even better, salmon jumping. Remember, these salmon are heading to their spawning grounds in some river, so studying your navigation carts is crucial. For example, Johnstone Bay which leads to Excelsior Lake, is located in the Gulf of Alaska just east of Resurrection Bay and has a run of silvers that push into the lake and then into streams to spawn. I target these silvers every year as they stack up in the saltwater near the entrance to the lake waiting to push in and spawn. Moreover, I have found silvers to follow the shore lines or contour lines which can be seen on your chart plotter that are located just before the shore. I believe it’s because the salmon are chasing bait, which can be found on shelfs and structures along the shore. If you have fished Seward for silvers in the past there are the regular everyone knows, type of spots like Pony Cove, but trust me, there are so many more places to fish, just study your chart and you will find new hot spots. Seward Silver Salmon Derby Adding to the silver salmon excitement in Seward is the 61st annual Silver Salmon Derby which runs August 13th thru the 21st of 2016. This derby is one of the oldest and largest derbies within the state and has a huge lineup of prizes and categories which make your chances to win something pretty high, and each year someone wins the grand prize of $50,000.00. Other prizes include, 1st– $10,000 + (weight of the fish in Silverhook, Kaladi Brothers Coffee) 2nd– $5,000 +(weight in Silverhook Coffee) 3rd– $2,500 +(weight in Silverhook Coffee) 4th-$1,000 5th– $750 Tagged- Vehicle ~ Details coming soon! Tagged -Vehicle ~ Details coming soon! Tagged- $10,000 Tagged- $5,000 Tagged- $1,000 Over 40 different prizes and categories to win, including mystery fish, 49th heaviest, hotel stays, ASLC Family Adventure passes, Kayak Trip, and so much more! Awards Ceremony & Salmon Bake at Branson Pavilion on Sunday afternoon, August 21st. Visit for more info on this crazy fun derby, and book your fishing trip with

Alaska Charter Halibut Permit

Over 300 small businesses are being wiped out by the unconstitutional action, overreaching, and redistribution of wealth by the federal government. Read on.... Effective February 1, 2011, new federal regulations go into effects that are designed to close 40% of all charter halibut fishing businesses in Alaska. The actions of the North Pacific Marine Fisheries Council (NPMFC) effectively eliminate competition and free enterprise. Businesses that qualify for a federal charter halibut permit will be big winners with this new law, and unfortunate companies that don't qualify under these ridiculous rules will be forced out of business or be required to purchase a permit from a company that is being issued one for free in this government-aided redistribution of wealth. What does this mean to the average American consumer? No competition, increased prices, and no incentive for the big winners in this game to improve quality or safety due to this government-sanctioned monopoly. If they can get away with it here, what sector is next? Although the government predicted that permits would be traded and sold for $5,000, speculative winners have permits posted online for $100,000 and more. Many small family businesses simply cannot afford to fund the windfall retirement funds of other charter companies and we have organized to overturn, amend, or modify the rule. Charter Operators of Alaska is a nonprofit organization that has applied for tax-exempt 501(c)(6) status and was founded in the wee hours of 2011 to save and protect hundreds of American jobs, defend the rights of small businesses engaged in or dependent on charter halibut fishing, and fight federal government overreaching.

New For 2010 When We Are Not Fishing In Alaska

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Seward Alaska 2008 Fishing Report

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Seward Alaska Fish Recipes

Here you will find great ways to prepare your Alaskan Fish. Thank you for fishing with Fish Seward Alaska Inc. We look forward to charter fishing for Alaskan Halibut, Alaskan Salmon, Ling Cod, and Rock Fish.

Seward Alaska Fishing Report 2009

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Seward Alaska Fishing Report 2010

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