Gear Bag 12
Fishing for a Compliment 18
Salmon Sense 22
Fish for the Future 46
Advertiser Index 102
Final Drift 105
Landing Big Halibut, Unguided
by George Dennis 48
If not properly handled, large halibut can break gear and injure people when brought into the boat. George Dennis provides information to help the DIY angler, a growing group due to the current halibut regulations, safely land and boat large halibut.
by Tom Watson 58
Tom Watson gives the low-down on great halibut ports for the charter angler, including unique aspects of each location and charter recommendations from Southeast to Southcentral, Prince William Sound to Kodiak.
What You Need To Know To Hook ‘BUT
by Terry W. Sheely 70
June is “game-on” time for halibut. This primer by Terry Sheely covers basic halibut gear, lures and bait, the importance of scent and techniques to help you load the freezer with delicious halibut fillets.
“That Guy”—A halibut, rockfish and lingcod day trip from Valdez
by Melissa Norris 82
Fish Alaska Publisher Melissa Norris describes the excellent multi-species bottom fishing that exists out of the port of Valdez, including accommodations, regulations, and fishing derbies.
The Fun Factor—Canadian-Style Mooching Reels vs Conventional Reels
George Krumm 92
Editor George Krumm elaborates on the reasons to consider trying a “Canadian-style” mooching reel for salmon. Sometimes efficiency takes a back seat to tradition, aesthetics, and the “fun factor.”
A Great Day in Whittier
by Melissa Norris 6
Just an hour from Anchorage lies the hidden gem of Whittier with easy access to Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska. Join 20-year PWS veteran captain Matt Kopec as we explore Whittier aboard the Swee’ Pea. Check out the extended Alaska Traveler department this month.
COVER / Brian Rhodes of Valdez Outfitters with a massive slab of halibut a client caught while chartering the Lena Claire. © Brian Rhodes/Valdez Outfitters