Heading back for my second Kodiak tour...this time with my own boat. My last Kodiak tour I didn't have a boat and was at the mercy of others and all they wanted were halibut and salmon...and that was fine. Did open water salmon and halibut on a fly, so I know what I'm getting into and I have the gear for it. But never saw a lingcod, even as bycatch.
So I guess my question is, what should I expect, and how difficult is this going to be? All the reading I've done on ling is that they get fished out quickly, pressure messes them up, early season is best and so on... Having friends in Kodiak, I've asked them about lingcod and not a single one of them has ever targeted them and most don't even know anyone that does! I've not talked to any charters off the island, but plan to.
So basically, how much pressure do Kodiak lingcod get, and how's their population there? A monster would be nice, but I'm just looking to get into respectable fish on a fly. I'm in a 20' bay boat, so I'm not headed way offshore and will be fishing day trips around Chiniak, Woody and Long Is and the area. I assume I'll be hitting the rocks, pinnacles and kelp? I'll be after rockfish as well, but lings will be the main target.
I like fly fishing big fish with teeth and ling fit the bill. Any and all advice is welcomed.