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    Default Best day of Ling fishing ever!

    Well it has been 3 long years in the making of trying to get after some Lings. Whenever we could get out and fish, the weather would always throw a wrench in things. And if the weather wasn't the issue, the fish were. We found a grand total of 1 legal Ling between 2008 and 2010. Needless to say, it was tough.

    The majority of our fishing was done out of Homer, but this time we decided to try PWS. The weather was good, and off we went. It was tough though. It took several hours to find the fish, but when we did.... WOW. PWS July 2011 183.jpg My biggest Ling ever. 47" and in the 50# range.

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    My 47" and a 49" Ling my dad caught.
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    PWS July 2011 235.jpgThe yelloweyes were very cooperative as well.

    And just for good measure, we drifted into a 101# Halibut. PWS July 2011 264.jpg
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    looks like fun. i get too seasick to get out there where the bigguns are. my dad went out this past weekend out of homer and the boat got 3 in the 60lb range. jealous of both of you. lings that is
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    The final tallies were: 6 Lings, 4 yelloweyes, other rockfish and 2 Halibut in two days of fishing. All 6 Lings were found in one day (we had a proxy) and the next day.... they were nowhere to be found. PWS July 2011 219.jpgPWS July 2011 205.jpg
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    Any chance you opened the belly to see what they (Lings) were snacking on?
    Nice fish by the way! Did you work 'em over with some lighter tackle?
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    Nice!

    The sound can produce some nice lings, always a blast to catch and good eating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Any chance you opened the belly to see what they (Lings) were snacking on?
    Nice fish by the way! Did you work 'em over with some lighter tackle?
    BK
    I would say they were feeding on Pink salmon. They were everywhere out there.
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    Wow.........those are some really nice fish.I'm so jealous.Well done .

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    oh yummy, is that busch or busch light i see?

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    Flat seas and nice fish. Tough to beat that. Nice trip!
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    looks like it's time again...

    ling and yelloweye, and salmon sharks,( especially sharks, and big halibut too..) have HIGH levels of mercury... DO NOT feed them to children, or women who may intend to have children.
    No BS, the state's own data supports this, do a search on the forum or PM me for the data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    looks like it's time again...

    ling and yelloweye, and salmon sharks,( especially sharks, and big halibut too..) have HIGH levels of mercury... DO NOT feed them to children, or women who may intend to have children.
    No BS, the state's own data supports this, do a search on the forum or PM me for the data.
    Nope. Not going to any small kids, so no worries. Or any women thinking about kids.
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    Those are some nice looking fish for sure.

    Hey, did you borrow my cooler by any chance?


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    What does a guy look for when targeting Ling Cod specifically?

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    Lings like hanging around the edges of weedbeds, steep rocky pinnacles that climb from the deep, and usually somewhere on the edge of the big water like down by Montague, LaTouche, Bainbridge, southern end of Resurrection bay and so on. They need lots of feed coming by and the southern end of the Sound offers this.
    Whole pinks are what we usually find also in the bellys, especially when they have that huge gut hanging like your pics show. Awesome job!
    Homerdave, thanks for heads up on the mercury warning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hntr View Post
    What does a guy look for when targeting Ling Cod specifically?
    We found a deep shelf that went down to like 600', but not very fast, and we'd get in a spot parallel to that shelf that was about 89' or so and drift till we got to about 200'. Seemed like there was a little hole or edge of structure at about 150', cause the 3 biggest ones we got were in almost the exact same spot.
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    Lunkers!!!

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    Wow nice fish. What is the difference if any between what makes a good ling spot vs what makes a good yelloweye spot ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mapman5 View Post
    Wow nice fish. What is the difference if any between what makes a good ling spot vs what makes a good yelloweye spot ?
    Depth. You generally won't find Yelloweyes in water shallower than say 200'. Lings can be found in any depth, but usually 50 to 150' works best.
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