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    We will be heading to Whittier this weekend to try some shark fishing. Using a charter service. Never done it before. Any tips out there?

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    If your going with a charter they should know what to do, good luck and give us a report back of the whole days events.

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    Tip # 1---Stay in the boat
    Tip # 2---Don't unhook shark by hand
    Tip # 3---Keep hands away from mouth--the sharks.......duh
    Tip #4---Have a friend take photos in case you are using your hands for something else...

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    Salmon shark I presume?

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    What charter service are you going with? I've been trying to get one booked, but was told by Orion in Valdez that they no longer do them and Justfishwhittier charters was booked for the year only doing 2. Any others out there doing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruzer17 View Post
    What charter service are you going with? I've been trying to get one booked, but was told by Orion in Valdez that they no longer do them and Justfishwhittier charters was booked for the year only doing 2. Any others out there doing this?
    Try Matt at; http://www.fishwhittier.com/
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    Thats who I talked to...he's booked for 2 trips thus far this year and believes that's all he is going to do.

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    Definatly give a report when you get back I have been wanting to do a shark fishing trip for years but have not been able to find a group of guys that will commit to going and I have not been able to find a charter that has room for just one guy without buying the boat.

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    We got hosed on a shark charter out of Valdez on the 4th of July weekend.. Was really an expensive boat ride. Was overbooked and left late, 2 rods in the water for 6 people... We had like 1 hookup early in the day, and the "girl" sorta stopped reeling it in and lost it.. Then nothing the rest of the day. Was a beautiful day. But no fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkPaladin View Post
    We got hosed on a shark charter out of Valdez on the 4th of July weekend.. Was really an expensive boat ride. Was overbooked and left late, 2 rods in the water for 6 people... We had like 1 hookup early in the day, and the "girl" sorta stopped reeling it in and lost it.. Then nothing the rest of the day. Was a beautiful day. But no fish.
    That was a good description of my trip.......several years ago when ADFG was first concerned with the initial interest in salmon shark fishing.

    Now, after those several years of "research" and "emergency" shark fishing restrictions, no new info is readily available.

    Indeed, even guiding interest/productivity is waning.

    My experience with it is that:

    1) They aren't easily hooked

    2) They are even less easily boated

    3) There is no need to be particularly proactive in "protecting" them

    4) If you do find a charter able and skilled at filling your needs, the cost will be beyond the average desire to pay here in Southcentral Alaska for charter fishermen

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    Out of curiosity, how much meat, on average, do folks take home when/if they boat a salmon shark?
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” ― H.S.T.
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    We've done a few shark trips, first one was with a charter and once we figuard out how the process worked we then started fishing them on our own. It's a blast and we've always caught and kept a few for the freezer. You have to have your timing down as when to go and where, but once you find them then the fun begins. We've been fortunate as we've never been skunked, not even close.

    As far as meat goes, you can expect about 2/3's or so return of weight. There are no bones in those things, just gut, cut the heads and fins off and you're left with the takehome minuse the cartlage around the spine area which is about the diameter of a golf ball.

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    Trip was canceled due to 20 foot seas in the fishing area. sigh..... Maby next year.

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