Friday, May 22, 2009

Halibut, Cod, but no Kings

Yesterday was exciting time to be fishing in Cook Inlet. I went out with some friends and it was one of the best days that I've had fishing for halibut. We caught at least 60 halibut......each! Needless to say my whole body hurts.
We started out trolling for kings but had no luck. We switched over to halibut and after a couple of moves we found the honey spot about 30 miles out from Homer. There were times that the halibut were in so thick that my jig never found the bottom. The largest was about 50lbs but on average they were 15-20lbs. I've caught larger fish but this by far was the most action that I've seen for a whole boat.
So the fishing was great, the camaraderie as well, but the best part of the trip was the ocean was completely FLAT the whole time (check out the water in picture above). I, for one, am prone to being seasick and this was a welcome relief.
So here's an update on the Kenai for salmon fishing. The sonar count has been picking up as of late. Yesterday 79 kings passed through the counter. The trend has been up so hopefully the bite will pick up over the weekend.
For all of you fishing over the weekend, good luck. Otherwise have a safe Memorial weekend.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

So You Want To Be a Kenai River Guide?

I just finished my licensing for 2009 so I'm all legal and ready to go. Here's a list of all the licenses/certificates needed to be a fishing guide on the Kenai River.

*Coast Guard captain's license
*first aid card
*cpr card
*Transit Worker Identification Card (TWIC, fingerprinted and registered with Homeland Security)
*enrollment in a random drug testing program
*liability insurance
*commercially registered boat
*commercially registered trailer
*commercially registered vehicle
*state business license
*state registration/licensing for "fishing guide"
*completion of 40 hrs of class work at Kenai Peninsula College/Kenai River Guide Academy
*sales tax account with the Kenai Borough
*registration with Alaska State Parks, Kenai River Special Management Area
*fishing license

Everything listed above, except the sales tax account, have fees attached to them. And, despite all this, the guys that do this year in and year out do it because they love it.

That would still be me.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sports Authority/Pro Cure

Just a heads up to all my Alaska friends. This Saturday, May 9th, I will be at the grand opening of the Sports Authority in Anchorage from 10:00am until 2:00pm. I am part of Pro Cure's Pro Staff and they asked if I could be there to help represent their product.

Stop by and say hello. I promise I won't go on and on about the new UV enhancement to their egg cures.....

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

2009 Season is Officially Here

Hello to everyone. We hope you had a good winter and are looking forward to spring and summer. I know we are.

It was an uneventful "opening" of the cabins this year. I'm grateful for that because our first guests of the year are coming in today. The first fishing report will be coming later as our guests are staying but not fishing. It is a little bit early for the river although rumor has it that a king was landed the other day.

The unofficial opening of the season occurred last night. Hobo Jim played his first show of the year at BJ's. Jane and I always like to see his first show of the year to get his take on the world. Hobo announced that after he was subpoenaed for the Ted Stevens trial he wasn't going to talk politics. That lasted until his 4th drink!!! As always, a fantastic show and a great ambassador for the state of Alaska.

It's good to be back and we look forward to sharing Alaska with you.