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    Default Halibut out of Whittier

    Hi all,
    I did a search on this site for threads related to halibut out of Whittier, but there were so many possible threads it was unpractical to search through them all. Please forgive me if this is a post that has been addressed many times. I am hoping to head to Whittier for silvers this weekend. If the gods are kind and we end up with our three silvers each, I hope to target halibut. The ADFG report says "bays with large pink runs". I'm not all that familiar with PWS, not having a boat of my own, and don't know where those bays would be. Can any of you give advice on a spot near Whittier that we might have a shot at some halibut? We'll be in a 24' open Tollman so can't go too terribly far.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Halibut holes in Whittier are tough to find, especially if you are not able to go far.
    Concentrate on silvers, when done there, pick the nearest bay that you are fishing and drop a line down. It's that simple.
    This time of year the butt are moving around chasing fish....especially at the mouths of creeks with pinks running.
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    Provided the weather is reasonably calm, there is no reason you have to hug Whittier with a 24' tolman, I'm assuming a jumbo. I've run my 22' widebody out to Montague in good conditions, but the cabin does make it more pleasant when the weather is less than pleasant.

    Halibut fishing out of Whittier seems to be an either or experience. Either you soak bait for several hours and maybe catch a halibut or two, or you run several hours to Montague where the fish are at. Personally I'd rather run the boat to where the fish are than soak bait and maybe get a bite.
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    Fishing gods may smile on you... but the weather gods are not. Check the reports as it might be a little heavy for a boat that size. Going fishing is the fun part... coming back is the only part that matters! Good luck.

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    Where are you getting your weather reports?

    NOAA is forecasting 15 & 2 for tomorrow in Passage Canal and 15/3 in PWS. I haven't had a problem (yet) with 10/2 in my zodiac.....Sunday is looking a little better tho.

    http://www.arh.noaa.gov/wmofcst.php?...FC&type=marine


    PKZ125-060300-
    PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
    400 AM AKDT FRI AUG 5 2011

    ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY TODAY...
    .TODAY...SE WIND 25 KT BECOMING SW 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 6 FT
    SUBSIDING TO 2 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .TONIGHT...VARIABLE WIND LESS THAN 10 KT BECOMING E 10 KT AFTER
    MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT...SE WIND 15 KT. SEAS 3 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT NIGHT AND SUN...SE WIND 20 KT. SEAS 3 FT.
    .MON...S WIND 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .TUE...VARIABLE WIND 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT.
    $$

    PKZ129-060300-
    PASSAGE CANAL
    400 AM AKDT FRI AUG 5 2011
    .TODAY...E WIND 20 KT IN THE MORNING BECOMING W WIND 15 KT. SEAS 3
    FT. RAIN.
    .TONIGHT...W WIND 10 KT BECOMING E AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY
    FOG.
    .SAT...E WIND 15 KT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT NIGHT...E WIND 15 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .SUN...E WIND 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .MON AND TUE...VARIABLE WIND 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT.
    $$

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Where are you getting your weather reports?

    NOAA is forecasting 15 & 2 for tomorrow in Passage Canal and 15/3 in PWS. I haven't had a problem (yet) with 10/2 in my zodiac.....Sunday is looking a little better tho.

    http://www.arh.noaa.gov/wmofcst.php?...FC&type=marine


    PKZ125-060300-
    PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
    400 AM AKDT FRI AUG 5 2011

    ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY TODAY...
    .TODAY...SE WIND 25 KT BECOMING SW 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 6 FT
    SUBSIDING TO 2 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .TONIGHT...VARIABLE WIND LESS THAN 10 KT BECOMING E 10 KT AFTER
    MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT...SE WIND 15 KT. SEAS 3 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT NIGHT AND SUN...SE WIND 20 KT. SEAS 3 FT.
    .MON...S WIND 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .TUE...VARIABLE WIND 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT.
    $$

    PKZ129-060300-
    PASSAGE CANAL
    400 AM AKDT FRI AUG 5 2011
    .TODAY...E WIND 20 KT IN THE MORNING BECOMING W WIND 15 KT. SEAS 3
    FT. RAIN.
    .TONIGHT...W WIND 10 KT BECOMING E AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY
    FOG.
    .SAT...E WIND 15 KT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT NIGHT...E WIND 15 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .SUN...E WIND 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .MON AND TUE...VARIABLE WIND 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT.
    $$
    3ft seas at whitter can be nasty and a inexperienced boater can get in trouble real quick FOG is a big concern as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Where are you getting your weather reports?

    NOAA is forecasting 15 & 2 for tomorrow in Passage Canal and 15/3 in PWS. I haven't had a problem (yet) with 10/2 in my zodiac.....Sunday is looking a little better tho.

    http://www.arh.noaa.gov/wmofcst.php?...FC&type=marine


    PKZ125-060300-
    PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
    400 AM AKDT FRI AUG 5 2011

    ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY TODAY...
    .TODAY...SE WIND 25 KT BECOMING SW 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 6 FT
    SUBSIDING TO 2 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .TONIGHT...VARIABLE WIND LESS THAN 10 KT BECOMING E 10 KT AFTER
    MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT...SE WIND 15 KT. SEAS 3 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT NIGHT AND SUN...SE WIND 20 KT. SEAS 3 FT.
    .MON...S WIND 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .TUE...VARIABLE WIND 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT.
    $$

    PKZ129-060300-
    PASSAGE CANAL
    400 AM AKDT FRI AUG 5 2011
    .TODAY...E WIND 20 KT IN THE MORNING BECOMING W WIND 15 KT. SEAS 3
    FT. RAIN.
    .TONIGHT...W WIND 10 KT BECOMING E AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY
    FOG.
    .SAT...E WIND 15 KT. SEAS 2 FT. PATCHY FOG. RAIN.
    .SAT NIGHT...E WIND 15 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .SUN...E WIND 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.
    .MON AND TUE...VARIABLE WIND 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT.
    $$
    Same place as you... He said he wasn't familiar with PWS and the boat was open. I would be a little hesitant to head for Montague with that in mind. (not to mention that chop can get nasty past the canal when the tide is colliding with the wind)

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    Gotta go to Montague for consistent butt action....and yes watch the weather...came back Last Sun evening with forcAst saying E 15knots seas 3ft...hit port wells and it was like a somebody shook the water up in all directions....easy 4-5ftr's with heavy rain and dense fog in Passage. East side of knight was a mess, but the western side past lower herring was glass calm.

    Lots of silvers abound, with a few butts mixed in there. But would have to say you have to travel a minimum 50 mi to get into any decent bottom fishing. I'm sure there are the secret honey hols out there, but good luck prying them from others.

    Good luck and enjoy PWS!!!
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    Funny how closely the fishing and weather gods are related. We're not going with this SCA for PWS and Passage Canal. Thanks for the advice everyone.

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