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    Default Halibut Shore Fishing- Juneau area??

    I am going to be visiting Juneau in July to welcome the birth of our 3rd grandkid. Exact dates are not yet known, but will be there about two weeks. I have heard that there may be possibilites for shorefishing halibut. Two questions?

    1) What would be some locations we could try halibut fishing from shore?
    2) I have a Schimano 4000 reel on a stout rod. With 40-50 lb test line, would this be adequate? Or what would you recommend for tackle?

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    I doubt you'll catch big ones close to shore. 20-30 pound line should be plenty. I would not use braid where you'll be retrieving line along the bottom.

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    1. Off Crow Point. That's the big long sandy beach out by the Boy Scout Camp. About a 45 minute hike on a well developed trail. You can cast into 40-50 feet deep water. I've caught a few off the beach here casting for dollies and coho's.

    2. False Outer Point. I've picked chickens while trolling with the downrigger in 25-30 feet easily within casting range of the rocks.

    3. North Douglas. Trail from the very end of the hwy takes you out to the some beaches. Pretty much a low tide show. Moderate hike.

    4. Thane/Dupont. Pretty much anywhere from Little Sheep Creek to the Dupont beach. 45 minutes to Dupont. Tricky getting down the to beach off the trail which is 50-100 (elev) above the beach. Traverse the beach at low to mid-tide only.

    5. DIPAC. Try from the fisherman's dock. Chums will be in thick. Probably some big butts hanging around. Never seen any fish for them, but 1/2 a salmon head on a circle hook might just work. Here's a place I'd want heavier line as 100-200# fish could be a possibility. A real easy spot top fish, but it will be combat fishing.

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    I have landed a 40 lb halibut off the rocks that are in the middle of Sunshine Cove before. I was just chucking a pixie or kastmaster for kings. Jeeze that was over 20 years ago.

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    Definately a good spot to try. Only place I've ever caught kelp greenlings from shore was on the outer rocks (facing the Chilkats) at this location.

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    Thanks for the great advice. As I'm new to halibut fishing, any suggestions for lures, colors, how much weight, bait, techniques to try? Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L. G. View Post
    Definately a good spot to try. Only place I've ever caught kelp greenlings from shore was on the outer rocks (facing the Chilkats) at this location.
    Caught a kelp greenling from the beach across from Auke Bay on the NOAA station side....My first year here I tried pretty hard to catch a halibut off the Auke Bay float system....caught a huge scuplin, a halibut skate and a bunch of other trash fish, but no halibut....

    I have also tried out the road on the rocks south of Sunshine...I've heard of people trying out there. I don't like it, the fish you hook run right into the rocks...

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    herring is what just about every body uses. dad used to use squid and octopus with better results most days
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    I have caught many small (<20#) halibut in shallow water using swim baits or plain lead heads with white Kalin scampi tails. The few times I have tried fishing bait (herring, squid) in shallow water I caught only sculpins, pollock, and a few other odds and ends, but no halibut. The reels I have that are similar to yours are filled with 30# spectra with a 50 yd topshot of 20# mono. The liklihood of hooking something big enough to spool you will be very small; there may be a few 100# or bigger halibut around, but not many, and most likely they will be in deeper water. I also like throwing Deadly Dicks for kings and cohos, which may be around then. I have no idea what to use for chums, but some of the other folks on this site do.

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