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Offline Skillet

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #250 on: November 09, 2017, 08:02:12 PM »
There is a silver lining - I rarely get to eat these fish.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #251 on: November 09, 2017, 08:08:09 PM »
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #252 on: November 09, 2017, 08:33:08 PM »
Yum. I'll cut you a deal. One whole Lake Sammamish perch, for one half of a shark bit Alaska King. No limit!

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #253 on: November 09, 2017, 09:20:49 PM »
Nothing much better than a great winter king up there! Haven't had one in a long time!
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #254 on: November 09, 2017, 09:43:39 PM »
You know it. Anchored up in Symonds right now. 

That might have been the best king I've ever had. And I've got another chunk for tomorrow  :tup:

Sorry AP - your offer is excellent, but I'm just not going to be able to take you up on that one. 

Darn.  :chuckle:
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #255 on: November 09, 2017, 10:37:22 PM »
You know it. Anchored up in Symonds right now. 

That might have been the best king I've ever had. And I've got another chunk for tomorrow  :tup:

Sorry AP - your offer is excellent, but I'm just not going to be able to take you up on that one. 

Darn.  :chuckle:

Always liked Symonds. Loved motor mooching the kelp beds around there. The bay on the south side of Symonds once gave me a 3 week bite all by myself while everyone was fishing the north side. All big greenbacks too. Miss those days.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #256 on: November 11, 2017, 09:30:28 AM »
My office view this morning of the dormant volcano Mt. Edgecumbe.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #257 on: November 11, 2017, 07:48:32 PM »
My office view this morning of the dormant volcano Mt. Edgecumbe.


Awesome! Climbed to the top of that mountain in June of 2004 hell of a view from up there!
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #258 on: November 11, 2017, 07:51:39 PM »
Sweet!!!

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #259 on: December 06, 2017, 05:57:27 PM »
I think I've mentioned this before - but commercial fishing gives you the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows.

Got back to Sitka, seeing all my buddies and getting ready to fish soon.  Fish prices went up again - to the highest I've ever seen - everybody optimistic for the upcoming weather break. Good times!

Then the ADFG announcement about 2018 Taku and Stikine river kings hit.  Based on current projections, there will be NO directed king fishery in SE next year.

For a troller, who expects to earn at least 35% of their annual AK income from the July and August king owners, this is a major gut punch.

It remains to be seen whether or not there will be a sport fishery as well. If not, that would crush the lodges up here.

I really, really hope some revised numbers come in soon to show higher abundance.

Gonna get with a few buddies at the P and drink about it!
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #260 on: December 06, 2017, 06:33:21 PM »
Sorry to hear that man.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #261 on: December 06, 2017, 06:37:00 PM »
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #262 on: December 06, 2017, 06:42:46 PM »
Thanks fellas - no pity party here tho!  Already figuring out alternate plans.

Who wants to go tuna fishing???   :chuckle:
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #263 on: December 06, 2017, 06:52:20 PM »
They were way wrong on our Copper River King projection last year so here's hoping they are wrong there too although it may be too late to do you any good.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #264 on: December 06, 2017, 07:11:01 PM »
I was actually somewhat prepared for this, the Stikine in-river returns last summer are what shut our August opener down.  Was talk of this happening, but the numbers that are in the doc are really low.  Way lower than they suggested would prevent a fishery.

Our fishery is set in stone at the North of Falcon meeting. Even if in-river returns came back with fishable numbers, they've already swam past the trollers.  It would also be really tough to open a fishery they closed during that meeting.

But - I'll get a viable fishing plan put together for 2018 and beyond. It's why I invested in this caliber of boat.  It gives me options a lot of guys don't have.  :tup:

 

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #265 on: December 06, 2017, 08:21:59 PM »
I've heard of a few guys running out of Craig to catch albacore, but never did hear of anyone doing it from Sitka. Would be a hoot!
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #266 on: December 06, 2017, 08:46:27 PM »
Back in the 90s a buddy filled his boat out of Sitka during an El Nino. But there were so many fish that year the canneries quit buying them. He spent the winter peddling them out of his boat.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #267 on: December 06, 2017, 08:47:43 PM »
Sorry to hear that!

Fishing is a pain, 2013 we got $1.50/lb. for sockeye in Bristol Bay. Two years later it was $.40, then the kick in the bros was way up in Kotzebue they were getting $.40 for chums. Go figure. This year was back up to $1.25 or so, for sockeye that is.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #268 on: December 06, 2017, 08:57:53 PM »
Oh, that's harsh - chums on par with reds??

In 2014 and 2015,  some charter ops were catching albacore 20 miles off of Bartolome for a few weeks, and some trollers got in there too.  In 2015, my friends on the Nerka (freezer boat) got a decent score just out past the Edgecumbe wx bouy.  Those were the warm water "blob" years. 

I'll likely fish albacore out of Westport and Ilwaco if I do it.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #269 on: December 08, 2017, 05:01:17 PM »
Good news update - the dept release was pretty poorly worded, and was supposed to reference spring fishing only.  Ocean salmon in July, however limited it may be due to a miniscule quota, is still on the table. 

Got a decent vid of humpacks feeding in Silver Bay a few hours ago.  Pulled over to the side of the road where there was obviously a bait ball and the humpbacks/birds/sea lions were feeding on it. I think there's a quick appearance of some porpoises as well.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #270 on: December 09, 2017, 08:09:10 AM »
That is amazing. And to think, I pull over to watch when I see a family of raccoons crossing someone's driveway!

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #271 on: December 09, 2017, 01:32:49 PM »
Cool!
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