Saturday, June 30, 2012

Whittier Herring & Pollock

So I decided I better get at least some kind of fishing in.  Had a few hours to kill so I decided I would go try the herring thanks to KK's report earlier with my kayak.

Started off decent.  Much bigger herring than normal.  I'd say purple label size. Filled a gallon ziplock bag in about an hour and all of the sudden it turned off. All I was catching was pollock. My sonar was still lit up more like baitfish so I thought I'd drop a gopro down to see what I could see.  Well I think a lot of one area was bubbles in the water from what I am guessing is decomposing fish waste.  But as my gopro neared the bottom, it was a big school of pollock. 

Here's a short video.  Sorry about the motion of the camera.  I'll have to figure out a way to stabilize it better.


A little posting catch up... May trips.

Ok.  Been crazy busy with very little fishing.  ARGHH!  But so far this year I have managed one king salmon before the saltwater closure in Cook Inlet and one halibut.

I was down for the Anchor Point Calcutta King derby, May 19th.  The weather forced a delay but a few of us kayakers decided to go anyways.  Probably shouldn't have.  As soon as I land my king, the weather gets nasty.  Barely make it in through the crashing surf.  Still it was good to get a nice feeder king.  It was loaded with hooligan and a couple of sandlances.

Two weeks after wards, I manage a 15 pound halibut.  The halibut was loaded with crab.