I, along with probably thousands out there, take too many things for granted. Here in the USA, we all can do pretty much what we want and when we want to do it as long as we have the means to do so. I got the wake up call recently with my saddle PE. Luckily I am still around to enjoy life!! My upcoming Alaska trip is going to be so special!!! This being my 26th year fishing Alaska, I have taken it for granted!! I am so fortunate to be able to fish special places like Alaska and meet so many wonderful friends worldwide. I am doing fine, starting to workout. Will definately be 100% ready to catch some monster silvers and char at my buddy GAry LaRose's Pumice Creek Lodge. Gary and I have become very good friends over the years and I cannot imagine fishing in Alaska elsewhere as the fishing cannot get better!! ON a side note, would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts, and prayers! I definately do not take friendship for granted and would try my best to helpout all! Thanks again and I will be on the river shortly!! Bob
Having had the opportunity to fish in various Alaska Halibut derbies, I constantly check the leader boards each month to see if any "monsters" have been landed. Some of the biggest halibut in Alaska come from the towns of Seward, Valdez, and Homer. Each of these towns have numerous charter boats available to take you out to the best halibut grounds. Each city also has a great run of silver salmon. The largest halibut caught in these derbies gives the winning angler a great payday exceeding $1000. Derby tickets are normally $10 per day and about $50 for the season. The Seward Derby ran from June 1 to the end of June. The winning halibut weighed in at a whopping 312.2 pounds. The Valdez Derby runs from May 17 to Aug 31. Currently a halibut weighing in at 203.6 pounds leads the derby. The Homer Jackpot Derby runs from May 15 to Sept 15. Currently a 196.8 pounds halibut is in the lead. Years ago while fishing out of Valdez our group of 5 landed a 300, 297.250.225 and 4 more monster halibut exceeding 100 pounds. We did not even place in the tournament!! The average halibut weighs about 30 to 40 pounds so monsters are not the norm! Halibut are in my opinion the best eating fish I have tasted. So, if heading to Alaska this summer, make sure to buy a halibut derby ticket and you might catch a monster worth thousands of dollars!
Friend and avid fly fishermen Jeff Berg recently made a return trip to Scott Lake Lodge in search of monster Northern pike on the fly. Scott Lake is located on the border of the NorthWest Territories and Saskatchewa. Here over 100,000 acres of water teaming with monster pike, huge lake trout, and trophy arctic grayling awaits avid anglers. Scott Lake caters especially to fly fishermen putting them on monster pike daily. Their boats have bow casting platforms which aids in fly casting to pike. Jeff has visited Scott Lake numerous times and says this was perhaps his best trip there for monster pike. Jeff and his partner landed a total of 21 monster/trophy pike over 40 inch including 2x 45in. The best fly according to Jeff was a 6in black bunny leach. Jeff said the ice had recently gone out which stage the pike up in the warmer shallow bays. Often, they can be sight casted and resemble large logs laying in the water sunning themselves. For more information check out www.scottlakelodge.com
Avid redfish angler, Dr. Gary Clark, reports fantastic action out of Venice, LA for big bull redfish. This past week, Gary, along with friends Dave Fields and Jeff Stagg, caught a whopping 121 bull redfish while being guided by Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born to Fish Charters. The majority of the redfish were in the 20lbs range with 3 bulls going between 30-34 lbs. According to Dr. Clark, the El Grande Lures Boom-R-Ang fluke inline with a popping cork was the ticket to landing these bulls. Earlier last week, friend Cole Lundquist also took a group of three to fish with Capt. Kennedy. Cole's group had similar results with perhaps more bulls in the 30 lbs range. The group also caught a few bonus jack crevelle and shark. The fishing in Venice is world class and for a fraction of the cost you would pay for International Trips. Capt. Keith offers everything down to you license. Keith was a prior top notch chef and his meals are another highlight of the trip. A few openings remain for the summer action so give Keith a call at 504-908-3108