Well, the stars have aligned for me to pack my wife and kids up and move down to Haines before the end of May. I'll be there at least 3 years for work and I'm super excited. My boss has said he will let me borrow his skiff so I have a boat that I can occasionally use but he's a little too busy to show me around that much. I'd like to know who else on here is located in Haines or Skagway and I'd like to learn the lay of the land, since I'd never even visited Southeast until 2 weeks ago. My basic questions:
1.) Kid friendly fishing. Where are good spots for kids (ages 1-7) to get in on the action? What species are available near town?
2.) Salmon methods. I see that dipnetting is allowed under the subsistence methods there. I'm used to dipping the Kenai each summer. Does anyone actually do that or is gillnetting the way to go? How much does a gillnet setup cost?
3.) Shore fishing. Is it possible to catch rockfish or anything else by surfcasting?
4.) Crabbing. How easy is it to catch Dungies or Tanner near town?
5.) Gear availability. Is gear super expensive down there? Should I load up on gear up here before I come down there? If so, what would you recommend.