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    Default The Barrens

    Who has been out to the Barren Islands and how did you do fishing out there? We are thinking of making a trip out there.

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    Land of the GIANTS, epic trip every time, it is worth the effort to get out there!

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    Fun trip when you can get the weather to make it.

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    how far is the run ?


    looks like about 60ish

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    It's great fishing.

    Certainly not recommended for the inexperienced mariner. The weather/tides will take a chunk out of you.
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    Lets here some Barren fish stories. I have never been, but have heard stories of big fish and big water.

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    image.jpgTook my biggest overall average load off the barrens in 2010!! We boated 7 over 100 and 1 over 200 and released another over 200 and lost one close to 400 that ate a 30inch lingcod on the way up, we got her with in 15 feet of the boat and you could see that she had the fish bit right to the gills but did not have the hook, couple big head shakes on the surface and she spit out the ling... All this went down in less then 3 hrs.. We fish all over the barrens when ever we can.

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    It is better when it is foggy, very foggy

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    Several years back we took a charter trip out to the Barrens in early spring and the fishing was very slow came back with 2 fish about 40 lbs.
    Had to finish up back outside of Homer.
    We did see a major feeding frenzy of whales that was very impressive.

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    Worst part about running to barren island is tidal rips right by flat island. Kicks my butt every time!


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    I hate the Magnet rip, you can stay out of most of it tight to the beach. If the tide is ripping out I would run off shore 4 to 5 miles to stay out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGH55 View Post
    It is better when it is foggy, very foggy
    Now there's a quality tip, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGH55 View Post
    I hate the Magnet rip, you can stay out of most of it tight to the beach. If the tide is ripping out I would run off shore 4 to 5 miles to stay out of it.
    What is a magnet rip? Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwidaman View Post
    What is a magnet rip? Thx
    Magnet rock, near flat island. Pretty good tide rip in that area

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    I still remember my first solo trip out to Gore, left the harbor around 4am glass calm water, went around the outside of flat and magnet, holy crap!
    glass calm and 30MPH to 8-10' and 5 MPH! Tusty was comming back from Kodiak, so wasnt alone. Laughed when the captain hailed me on the radio to ask if I was ok, he simply stated that it was much smarter to go around the rip, inside or out, than attempt to go thru it!
    have avoi9ded it every time since

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    In 2005 I took some bankers from NYC on an overnight charter out of Homer. Timed the weather right and made it to Shuyak. Five guys on the boat, we all got a limit of halibut in about 5 hours, kept only one under 100lbs and I stuck a 280lb halibut. Limit of Silvers as well. Next day on the way home we stopped @ the barrens and limited on the biggest lingers I've ever seen. Huge tide rip that, if you were lucky, let you hit the pinnicale for a few seconds, but that was all it took.

    I'm glad the weather keeps folks away from those areas. Wouldn't take long for the Barrens to be Barren of fish.
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