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Alaska trip starting from June 23

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I go to Icy Bay Lodge, AK annually and it is time to go.

It is all jigging trip with light jigging rods and light 6 - 10 oz jigs in 80 ft - 100 ft.

It looks big halibut didn't show up there yet.

I hope it is OK to send live reports from there. :) 

 

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22 mins ago, ksong said:

I go to Icy Bay Lodge, AK annually and it is time to go.

It is all jigging trip with light jigging rods and light 6 - 10 oz jigs in 80 ft - 100 ft.

It looks big halibut didn't show up there yet.

I hope it is OK to send live reports from there. :) 

 

Having been to Alaska several times over last year, I can assure you, if you're on a river/creek with a great steelhead bite, a live report from there would not be appreciated . . . jigging bottom species in 400' of water probably not an issue.  Time and place kinda thing ksong ;)

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2 hours ago, ksong said:

I go to Icy Bay Lodge, AK annually and it is time to go.

It is all jigging trip with light jigging rods and light 6 - 10 oz jigs in 80 ft - 100 ft.

It looks big halibut didn't show up there yet.

I hope it is OK to send live reports from there. :) 

 

You should have invited Ron Arra and Laptew to join you...

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46 mins ago, levari said:

You should have invited Ron Arra and Laptew to join you...

If they want to join next year, they are welcome to take video of fantastic scenery and catching fish. :)

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I arrived at Anchorage, AK after long 7 hours flight from NJ.

We had dinner at famous Glacier Brewhouse. The place was packed though it is not cheap. 

After dinner, we went to famous ice cream shop nearby.  I couldn't believe long line waiting for ice cream in chilly weather a 10 pm.

 

We fly to Yakutat on Sunday morning to meet other anglers there.

 

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What’s on the plate? How was the Ice Cream? Anything special about it or is it the only joint in town with a good marketing ?

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1 hour ago, levari said:

What’s on the plate? How was the Ice Cream? Anything special about it or is it the only joint in town with a good marketing ?

seafood fettuccine and king salmon.

Icy cream is delicious, but I don't get it when they try to eat in chilly weather at 10 pm. :)  I don't think it is anything to do with marketing. 

 

I just check in Alaska Airline. Good thing is they allow three free bags to check in within Alaska.  They changed the regulations last year and they charged for more than 2 check-in bags.  They go back to three free bag policy.

 

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I think live report is OK. :)

We arrived at the lodge finally.

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taking a bush plane to go to Icy Bay Lodge from Yakutat.

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We are here at Icy Bay Lodge

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Mel brought lots of drinks as usual.:)

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Chef Rick prepared very tasty pork

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glacier ice

 

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It is calm and we are ready to go offshore where big halibut and ling cod  are.

 

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Here are jigs I am going to use. The jigs are from 5 oz to 12 oz. 

We usually use 6 oz - 10 oz. The reason I use 12 oz jigs is sometimes bigger halibut prefer big jigs. 

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Here are our jigging rods. The heaviest rods are 7'3" Black Hole Charter Special rods as we like to jig with light rods.

6'6"Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod

6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rods

7'3" Black Hole Charter Special MH rods

6'3" Black Hole Tai Special rod

 

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15 mins ago, levari said:

Nice ....What’s the depth you will be fishing?

80 ft -  100 ft like fluking in Nantucket, but less current. 

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We got many big ling cod and yelloweye rockfish on jigs, but we didn't catch many halibut.

Luckily I got 82 lb halibut on 5 oz Al Gag jig using 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod and IRT 600 DD reel.

We are going offshore again tomorrow as weather is good.

I hope we land some nice halibut on jigs.

 

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I used super light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel later for fun.

I hope I land 100 plus lb halibut with the light rod. The blank weighs 1.4 oz and the rod weighs 3.8 oz.

 

Another nice day today. 

 

 

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This ling cod is probably about 50 lb. I think this is the biggest ling cod I got off Icy Bay Lodge. My personal best is 58 lb caught off Langara Island, BC years ago. We had three big ling cod close to 50 lb yesterday.
 
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