So the hooligan and herring runs should be in full swing in the inlet. I'd think the sandlances should be available.
The small chickens I have been catching in the Deep Creek to Anchor Point area all have crabs in them and just about nothing else.
You would think with the salmon smolts and everything else in the water, they would be eating it. Almost makes me wonder if herring is the most effective bait. I've yet to see one in a halibut stomach,
The kings have sandlances that I have seen and new reports indicate hooligan. Even the Irish Lords puke up baitfish. You'd think if they can catch them, the halibut certainly could. Makes you wonder if the heavy pressure on them causes them to drop herring off their preferred feeding list through decades of harvesting them mainly with herring though I know the commercial guys use a lot of other baits.
So what do you find in the stomachs of the halibut you catch in Cook Inlet. I fish from a kayak so I was wondering if it was any different for those fishing offshore further or I guess even compare notes closer in.
Stomach content of a halibut I caught this Monday off Whiskey Gulch. This one actually had one sand lance in it. The shrimp was black and very hard shelled. The crabs look like small hair crabs. I know there is a bias against harder foods remaining longer, but I am amazed at the lack of "fish" in the stomachs.
Stomach content from my king from two weekends ago.