Saturday, September 24, 2016

ALASKA REPORT

I was again fortunate to fish the Alaska Peninsula for the 27th straight year.  Stayed at Gary LaRose's Pumice Creek Lodge.  Fished the Cinder River for silver (coho) salmon and Lava Creek for arctic char.  Was at the lodge September 11 to 18, 2016.  The fishing was simply unbelievable.  My best day for silvers was a whopping 101 landed between 12 to 20 pounds.
 All in the group had great days.  The char fishing for char was practically a bite per cast.  One day my group of 4 landed and released over 700 char.  The second day we fished Lava Creek I counted 161 char landed my myself with the others around the same figure.
 The fishing at Pumice Creek Lodge keeps getting better each year.  Gary does a great job making sure things go well and guide Rudy really knows where to put us on the fish each day.  The season on the Peninsula has turned to fall with colder weather and some rain and strong winds which is typically.  The lodge is located about 100 miles south of the town of King Salmon.  Here, you will not see any other fisherman other than perhaps a monster brown bear!  Check out Gary's site at www.garylarose.com.  Cannot wait to get back in 2017!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

ALASKA STATE RECORD PINK SALMON BROKEN TWICE

The standing Alaska pink salmon record lasted 42 years until last week!.  The monster weighed 12 pounds 9 ounces and was landed on the Moose River.  Earlier last week the long standing record was broken with a 12 pound 13 ounce pink caught on the famous Kenai River.  However, this Alaska record only lasted 3 days.  Robert Dubar landed a 13 pound 10.6 ounce which measured in at 32 inches and was also caught on the Kenai.  The current world record pink is a beast weighing 14 pounds 13 ounces and was caught in the state of Washington.  Pink Salmon run every other year flooding numerous rivers.  During the spawning season pinks get their famous hump back which also gives them the name humpy!  They are a blast to catch on light tackle and can be had cast after cast.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Transporting fishing rod

Currently, it appears the airlines are placing stricter restrictions on the size and amount of bags one can check in during flights.  Most airlines allow for 1 bag to be checked during International Flights free of charge.  High fees are then enforced for additional baggage.  Transporting fishing rods can be a chore.  Not only due they use up your free baggage, but many airlines now have size restrictions.  What I have been doing is to use quality 2 piece fishing rods and pack them in a Plano Side-By-Side Rifle Case.  The case is lockable and airlines approved.  It has side by side compartments of which I place all rods in one side and fishing tackle in the other side, thus having a checked bag and not paying the high fees.  This particular case is 53in x 12in x 6in which allows for lots of room.  So, before paying additional baggage fees on your next fishing trip, consider a side by side rifle case!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

REDHOT REDFISH ACTION

Avid angler and friend Dr. Gary Clark along with friends Jeff Stagg, and Don Cutter recently spent 3 days with Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born To Fish Charters out of Venice, LA.  Dr. Clark reports the action was nonstop for all 3 days with multiple triple headers.  The majority of the bull reds weighed in over 20lbs with the largest being 31lbs.  This was Don Cutters first trip for redfish with Capt. Keith.  Don whom many will remember for running peacock bass operations in the Brazilian Amazon was amazed with the quality and quantity of reds!  He says he definitely will return.   Gary and Jeff are avid anglers fishing with Capt Keith many times during the year.  Gary said the top lures were any 6 inch plastic shad and the 7 in Monster 3X-Big Lures under popping corks.  The Monster 3X was recently introduced by a Brazilian Company at ICAST.  The owners claim numerous giant golden dorado have been landed on this plastic since it was recently introduced.  Dr. Clark says this is the toughest plastic lure he has had his hands on and the stretch of the lure is amazing!   I definitely plan to check this lure out before my next trip to LaZona.   Capt Keith has a few openings remaining but they are booking fast.  His 3 day trip offers one of the best bargins in the fishing world.  Keith does the cooking with delicious meals, provides the housing, and all fishing equipment.  Give Capt. Keith a call at 504-908-3108 before the season is booked full!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

60lbs King Salmon. Possibility or Days of the Past?

King Salmon are one of the most popular salmon on earth.  Those die hard King anglers would crave at landing a monster exceeding 60lbs.  Whoever where on earth do these 60lbs exist?  The Kenai River in Alaska is always at the top of the list when monster kings are discussed.  The Kenai is a glacially fed 85 mile long river which has 2 runs of Kings.  The first run starts in Mid May and lasts through June.  The second run starts toward the end of June, lasting through July.  The second run normally produces the largest Kings.  In 1985, Less Anderson landed a monster 96.4lbs King which is the official IGFA all tackle record.  However, the king population is on the downturn on the Kenai. Smaller kings in drastically reduced numbers have been the norm for the past few years.  Often the escapement does not meet up to DNR criteria, so the Kenai is shutdown.  Saltwater fishing in Deep Creek, Alaska which is located on the East shore of Cook Inlet is another option but then again the size and numbers are down in recent years.  British Columbia and the USA West Coast such as the Columbia River off good King fishing but not many exceeding 50lbs.  In the late 1960;s Dr. Howard Tanner was one of the main players responsible for introducing salmon into the Great Lakes.  Howard experiment to raise Triploid salmon which would grow huge failed, so now catching a King exceeding 30lbs will put you in the newspapers.  In the mid 70;s King eggs were transplanted into some rivers of Southern Chile for the purpose of commerial ranching.  However, the enterprise failed, but the Kings survived. Rivers like the Petrohue in Chile offer a decent shot at kings over 60lbs and a few each year slightly over 70lbs.  So for the meantime, 60s kings might be a thing of the past.  Sure wish I would have fished the Kenai years ago when I first visited Alaska as a 60lbs replica could be hanging on my wall replacing the 44lbs which I caught on the Alagnak River!

Monday, July 11, 2016

TANZANIA TIGERFISH

There is an excellent article written by Mr. Matt Harris in the July/August/September 2016 edition of the International Angler.  The article " One of the world's most exciting and undiscovered fly fisheries" discusses the fantastic monster tigerfish of the Mneyra and Ruhudji Rivers in Tanzania.  Harris discusses the Hydrocynus tanzaniae, tanzania tigerfish, which was identified in 1986 as a seperate species.  These tigers are much bigger than the common Zambezi tigerfish.  A few years ago, along with a few friends, I was able to cast a line into these rivers.  I was not disappointed as numerous tigerfish in the "teens" we landed and everyone in the group landed at least 1 tiger tipping the scales at 20lbs.  Fly fishermen would really enjoy battling with these monsters.  The trips are split into 2 sessions, a few days at the Mneyra Camp and the remaining time spent at the Ruhudji camp.  Numerous hippos and crocs were seen each day.  Each in the group also had the opportunity to view a few elephants during the stay.  However, the wildlife was nearly as abundant as seen on my trip for Nile Perch at Murchison Falls, Uganda.  Join the IGFA to get a great magazine as the International Angler and keep up on fishing news worldwide!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Venice, LA redfish update

Avid redfish anglers, Gary Clark, Jeff Stagg, and David Fields recently spent 3 days fishing with Capt. Keith Kennedy out of Venice, LA for monster redfish.  Dr. Clark reports on day 1 the fishing was absolutely crazy with over 50 trophy reds over 20 lbs being landed with the largest going over 31 lbs.  Some weather moved in the following 2 days but the guys still managed to catch more trophies including a monster tipping the scales at 36 lbs.  The top lures were the saltwater fluke Boom-r-Ang in FoxieFreddie coloration and large Bomber mud minnows in black/chartreuse tail.  Due to recent last minute cancellations, Capt, Keith has some openings during this prime time bull red season.  Keith provides everything from housing, all meals, fishing equipment, and even your license.  Give him a call at 504-908-3108 to have a fishing experience of your lifetime!