The only fishing I have done is freshwater in Texas - bass, catfish, and bluegill. I just use the cheap gear, spinning and spin-casting reels and my girls use their little pink Barbie fishing rods. I've even caught decent sized cats on those tiny pink rods We have caught a lot of fish and I've never had the need to buy the more expensive stuff.
My wife and girls (4 and 7) and I are RVing through AK for the first time this summer (July) and I need to study up on AK fishing, which is totally different. Can you all recommend a good resource for me to learn the basics - like what kind of gear and bait/lures for what types of fish, and what types of fish to expect in certain areas? I plan on fishing as much as I can, but I'm not looking for trophies or a large catch - just enough for dinner most nights for 4 people.
I'd like to catch a salmon, trout, and grayling since I have never fished for those. I do have a 1/2 day halibut charter our of homer already scheduled, but I will be fishing at different spots along the highway or at campgrounds, whenever we get a chance.
Our RV rental place has fishing gear they'll let us use for a small fee. I'm not sure if that is adequate or not or if cheap stuff doesn't do well with the bigger fish in AK. I have never done fly fishing, but I'm considering getting a fly rod and learning in the next couple of months.
Our tour is something like this:
Anchorage -> Lake Louise -> Delta Junction -> Fairbanks -> Denali -> Talkeetna/Montana Creek -> Anchorage -> Portage -> Cooper Landing -> Homer -> Seward -> Anchorage
We'll be stopping at other places in between.
So, I was looking for an educational resource that could give me enough info about fishing not too far off the highway system (all bank/shore fishing) and maybe some shore fishing in Homer and Seward (or some spots in-between). I can't hike too far out because of the kids.
I found these books:
Got any preferences or other recommendations?