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    For the past few years, I've been fairly successful fishing for reds in the Sound over the 4th of July weekend. But this year, I didn't see anybody catching much. From what I saw, even the commercial guys looked like they weren't doing very well.

    So, I was wondering if the run timing is off this year (was I too early, or maybe too late?), or was it just a case of bad luck?

    How'd everybody else do this week/weekend?
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    We had a blast on the reds over the weekend before the 4th. Went for them 2 days and killed 40. Could have taken a couple more day's limits easily enough but we took what we would use. Nice sized ones up to almot 10 pounds (on a digi scale). It was my second time for them and this trip was more fruitful than last year's attempts.

    I will be more prepared next time. 2.50/lb for fillet and pack/freeze at the processor in whittier adds up quick on headed gutted reds.

    We were out the 29th, 30, 1, 2, and 3rd.

    If you look at the commercial fishing EO reports it will show that the red runs in PWS are way above expected escapement.
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    I wanted to get out the weekend before the 4th, but I had to work. I looked up the commercial reports after I posted earlier, and came to the conclusion that either I was too late, or it was just plain bad luck. But, realistically, I think the bad weather had a lot to do with it. Maybe I can get back out there before all the fish are gone...
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    I'm going out Thursday and Friday, catch a couple on the way out to eat that night, fish for halibut, then pound em on the way in., several spots in the sound one can pick up limits pretty quick with minimal efforts.

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    Forgive my ignorance but when you guys are talking about catching reds in the salt are you trolling or snagging?

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    We like to refer to it as "Harvesting"

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    Got limits in Main Bay on Wednesday of last week during the 24-hour commercial closure. The price to pay was having to then anchor in a cove in Main Bay for 1-2 days while the water settled down.

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    Not so much fishing as it is catching. I did have one rod with a walleye reel setup with 12 pound test - that one you had to be very patient with. The king rods with 30 pound braid on them - well, it is much better for controlling a 10 pound fish.

    The key is to use the right type of lure. Silver ladies seem to be our goto lure when fishing reds in the salt. It picks em up like no other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishingyoda View Post
    Forgive my ignorance but when you guys are talking about catching reds in the salt are you trolling or snagging?
    I'll second that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Silver ladies seem to be our goto lure
    ?? Got a link??
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishingyoda View Post
    Forgive my ignorance but when you guys are talking about catching reds in the salt are you trolling or snagging?
    Sight casting into the schools and snagging seems to work best.
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    Sure: http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shop...ct/15825/38088

    Silver really is the color of day on the Salt!

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    Ah... very similar to what I use. I know 'em as a "Main Bay Fly".
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    i was in Jackpot bay for the 2nd, 3rd and fourth. not a red to be found and i have always done good on those dates there, any word on coghill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bering Nomad View Post
    i was in Jackpot bay for the 2nd, 3rd and fourth. not a red to be found and i have always done good on those dates there, any word on coghill?
    Coghill usually peaks around the 4th so i's say your a bit late.

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    This is from the F&G website:

    Sport Fish Area Fishing Report
    Prince William Sound


    Current Sport Fish Area Fishing Report

    July 10, 2012

    Fresh waters

    Salmon

    ē Sockeye salmon fishing in the Eyak River continues to be productive. Anglers report catching their limits at the weir and at holes near the Mountain Slough cutoff.
    ē The Coghill River sockeye salmon run is ramping up and fishing is expected to be good this week.
    ē Eshamy Creek remains a bit slow for sockeye, but should improve later in the month.
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    Actually the coghill gillnetters productivity has gone down each of the last two openings according to the surveys.

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    Any recent news on Sockeye activity? I plan to take the kids out on Monday and hope to get them some action.

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    We pulled a limit out of Main yesterday. It was a little slow, but there are still fish there. We were going to go back this morning, but the weather turned sour so we headed back in to Whittier early.
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    Limits for the two of us at Main yesterday in about 1.5 hours. Fish in thick, and only two other boats besides us at the time. Like Rod, we'd planned on heading back to Main today. Instead, headed back to Whittier yesterday evening were jockying around for a while waiting for a spot on the dock to open up. At least it wasn't windy then.

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