Saturday, September 23, 2017


Recently returned to the Alaska Peninsula for the 28th straight year in search of monster silver salmon and arctic char.  Pumice Creek Lodge is located about 100 miles south from the town of King Salmon.  Here lies the best silver salmon fishery in the world, The Cinder River.  I was joined by friends Dr. Cole Lundquist, Dr. Kevin Cleary, and Joe Bullock.  Later in the week friend Jeff Wilcox would join us for perhaps my greatest silver salmon catch to date.  Lodge owner, Gary LaRose, informed us of a new hotspot where the silvers were practically swimming on top of each other. The location was a small outlet in Mud Bay which is on the Cinder River.  On the first day the fishing was practically insane!  Silvers could be seen with their fins sticking out of the water making it fairly easy to land a silver on practically every cast.
 Cole lead the way with over 130 silvers.  I landed 115 which is not a good day but a fantastic day.  The past few years on the Cinder are producing numerous days with 100+ silvers landed per person.  The rest was of week was similar.  I fished some of my old hotspots upriver and found them loaded with silvers.  Wading the Cinder River is one of my fishing highlights each season.  One day during the week we went over to Lava Creek for a 1/2 day of casting small spinners for arctic char.
 The fishing was good, but not as good as normal because the creek was slightly high and the flow was extremely fast.  Still, we all were able to land between 40 to 50 char many in their beautiful spawning coloration.  Pumice Creek is remote as you will not see others during your stay.  Less than 15 folks fish the Cinder and Lava each season.  Make sure to get into these fisheries while an opportunity exists.  For more information you can contact me and I will put you in touch with the lodge owner.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Venice Redfish update

Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born to Fish Charters says the fishing is still redhot for big bull reds out of Venice.  The recent hurricane did not slow down the bite according to Capt. Keith.  On Tuesday, a monster red of 41 lbs was brought into his boat by a very happy client.  The fishing should continue strong the rest of the year.  Keith has a few openings so book a trip now!  Venice can be reached by flying into New Orleans then renting a car for a 2 hr drive.  Everything is included in Keith's package such as tackle, meals, and accommodations.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


The Halibut derbies out of the towns of Valdez and Homer are in full swinging and coming to a close in a few weeks.  Currently the leader in Homer is a halibut weighing 240 lbs while the top butt in Valdez is a monster weighing 374 lbs which will be the largest halibut entered in the Valdez derby.  A one day ticket costs $10 and there are numerous payoffs including over 15K for the winner.  Both ports offer prizes for tagged fish plus weekly winners.  So, if you heading to Alaska you have a few weeks to catch a true monster and take home a suitcase of prize money!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Top Tactics for Monster Bull Reds

On my recent trip to Venice while fishing for bull redfish with Capt. Keith Kennedy of "Born To Fish Charters", certain tactics paid dividends on big bulls.  First off we used popping rigs consisting of popping corks from the  These corks produce lots of noise thus drawing in the big bulls.  Attached to these poppers where Berkley Havoc Sick minnows in either the 4 in or 5 1/2 in models.  They have the appearance of a real fish and have tremendous action during the popping process.   We rigged up the Sick minnow on 8/0 Owner circle hooks with a 1/8 oz bullet weight.
For some topwater action, the top lures were the Halco 4 1/2 in Roosta Popper and the Dahlberg Whopper Plopper 110.  So, make sure to get into the great redfish action in Venice which is going on right now.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Had the opportunity to fish out of Venice, LA for monster bull reds with friends Jeff Stagg and Dr. Gary Clark during August 10 to 12.  We were guided by Capt. Keith Kennedy of "Born To Fish" Charters.  The fishing was redhot.  On day 1 we landed a total of 30 bull reds up to 36 lbs.  The top lures were popping corks rigged with 8/0 circle hooks attached with Berkley Havoc Sick minnows.  We fished in 8 to 12 feet of water and observed hundreds of mullet mulling around in the area.  Numerous double and triple headers were obtained throughout the day.  The majority of the bulls landed were between 22 and 28 lbs which were weighed/ photographed/ and released.  The weather was perfect in the early morning with calm winds.  We however dogged a few thunderstorms in the late morning.
 Day 2 was another ideal day.  The winds were down and the sun was shining.  We again saw numerous birds feeding on baitfish which led us to a great day of catching big bull reds.  We landed 34 reds with the largest weighing in at 23 lbs with the majority of the bulls weighing between 18 to 22 lbs.  A few black tip sharks were in the area which broke off a few of our lures.  On Day 3 we awoke to black skies with thunderstorms in the area.  Looking out for the safety of all, Capt. Keith awaited out the storms and we left the dock in the late morning.  We dogged a few thunderstorms which limited our fishing.  We still landed 12 bull reds up to 32 lbs and 2 jack crevalle which the largest pushing the scales at 30 lbs.  I highly recommend this trip to all.  Capt Keith does everything in his power to put you on big bull reds.  He provides all tackle, meals, and lodging. His meals are simply delicious to say the least with dishes of shrimp and blackened redfish on the menu.  Venice is easy to get to. Fly into New Orleans and rent a car for the 2 hour ride to Venice.  It is a trip you will not forget.  Capt Keith books fast.  Give him a call at (504) 908-3108.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Rapala Magnum 40

Rapala has recently introduced the Magnum 40 to the USA.  Previously, this lure was available only in Australia.  The Mag 40 has a massive lip allowing it to reach depths of up to 40 feet.  It was recently awarded the "Best Saltwater Hard Lure" at the ICAST 2017.  This should be a fantastic lure for the huge golden dorado at La Zona.  I anxiously await to try them out!

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Besides fishing, one of my other hobbies is collecting fishing lures.  Having a "tackle store" in my basement, I have thousands of lures for multiple species.  While fishing for Yellowcheek on my recent trip to China, despite my low catch rate, I predominately used the Jackall Gantarel and Gantarel Jr. lures.  These are jointed body lures representing bluegills.  With a steady retrieve they swim slow and natural, or give it a twitch and the lure turns 180 degrees sometimes triggering a strike.  The body has a wire through harness with rotating hook and natural looking pectoral fins. On a steady retrieve the lure dives about 3 feet.   They come with feathered hooks, but I replaced them as I deemed them not very strong.  Am anxious to see if these lures can hold up to the fierce golden dorado of La Zona.