As the 2015 summer season begins to wind down many Alaskans turn their interests to hunting. But there is still plenty of fishing going on in September in Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay. This year the KTUU Weekly Fishing Report team are putting the finishing touches on their own season before old man winter arrives.
On this sunny day on the water the gals are out trolling for feeder King salmon and as a bonus picked up a limit of chickens (small halibut) on their troll gear to "sweeten" the fish box on the trip back to the harbor.
Here it is 2014 and summer is bearing down on us. And as a "kick off" to the KTUU Weekly Fishing Reports season Captain Shane was again selected to take the crew and some guests out for a Spring Fling and go for three different species of fish on this trip. Weather conditions are always a factor and you sometimes much change plans in the middle of the trip to work around the weather factor on a combo trip. And too sometimes the fish aren't as cooperative as you would hope and need to spend some extra time on one type before heading to the next fishing grounds for the next species.
This trip started out on Black Rockfish, commonly referred to as "black bass" because of their similarity to the looks of freshwater largemouth bass. Then it was off to track down king salmon and finish up with halibut. The weather was getting to be a little more than challenging but kudos to the entire gang this day for standing their ground and fishing through it all.
September is a great time for some hot action for winter king salmon out of Homer. But we all are aware our beautiful state is beginning its transition from Summer to Winter and that means lots of weather patterns changing very quickly. One day may be calm and sunny, the next with rain and strong winds and a few days later the white stuff might be falling. Then repeat the cycle. On this year's trip September 17th with the KTUU film crew it was that middle condition. 20+ knot winds made the seas choppy and it only got worse as the day progressed.
But the action was hot and it was fish hitting the gear as soon as it was in the water. Perhaps the 6 foot swells and chop added some enticing action to the tackle that Shane was trolling that day. With the fish cooperating so well the entire gang made quick work of getting a limit of two kings for each of the four anglers on board and was back at the dock before 2pm.
The Fall of 2012 continued to provide some hot feeder king salmon fishing action for Driftwood Charters as reported in the fishing reports on the Alaska Outdoor Journal. This finally got the attention of a Southcentral TV station who seasonally sends out a reporter and film crew to engage in fishing wherever the action is that week.
On this trip the lines were scarcely in the water a few minutes before the action started up and never slowed down.