Retired Military Father (Captain) is coming up to spend some time with his new granddaughter (my 5 month old). We have a chance to rent the 20' military boat out of Valdez on the 11th. The boat is only allowed to go as far out as Bligh reef. Dad just spent a few days on the kenai with other friends and basically struck out on the reds (too late) so would like to get him in on some silvers and maybe halibut so he can go home with some fish and stories for his friends (along with cute pictures with his grand-daughter). Question is two parts.
1) By the 11th do you think we would be able to get a run out far enough and safe enough (we are pretty experienced boaters) to get into some silvers and/or halibut.
2) I have gear used for Valdez silvers in the harbor area (divers, flashers, dodgers, etc. etc.) but if we go what other gear might I think about picking up if any.
3) Not sure if there is a depth finder on-board those boats so finding halibut beds might be a bit tough so any tips on doing that without depth gear, or any ideas on where to start a search.
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