Spring has been slow to come to Seward this year. As a matter of fact this has been the coldest sping in 15 years in Seward. In addition over the last two years water temp near the bottom at 50 fathoms have been the coldest they have been in 15 years ( I got that from an oceanographer at the U of A site here in Seward)
So.....The bad news..The ocean has been rough and getting out over the last two weeks in to the ocean from Seward has been challanging. When the boats are getting out, they are catching some halibut close to home..That is within 9 miles of Cape Ressurection.
The good news....The weather is going to get better very soon AND the fishing in the Bay has been surprisingly good. Last Saturday we had fishermen catch 16 decent halibut 20 - 50 pounds in the bay along with a mess of cod. The other boats from our office also did similarly with decent catches of keeper coming close to home.
Where?? Look for rocky reefs in 270 - 550 feet of water. The spot just offshore of the old dock North of Caines Head produced a few nice fish for us on Saturday before going deeper and catching more. I am sure any of the areas where any of you have caught in the past in the bay will hold some fish now. Just sit it out. It took two hours to catch out first fish and we put in 14 from 1 PM until 3....the bite just got better and better but it took a long time.
Looking forward to better weather all the way around!