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    Alright I am pretty new to this sea fishing. I have been paying charters for many years now and I finially bought a boat for myself. I have made one run to Valdez already. I had some luck in Jack's Bay with salmon. I really would like to find some good spots for some rock fish and the butts. Any of you out there have any luck around Bligh Island? Fishing the Northern coast? I am in a 22' boat so I am not really ready to bring it out to Montague or Hinchinbrook. I am set up with a good GPS/Fish Finder. Can anyone here help point me in the right direction?
    What about shrimp pots? I had some luck setting them out there near Alyeska area in about 120' of water. Where would be another good spot to try? I am pulling them by hand stil so I would like to keep them is relativetly shallow water 200- or so if possible.

    Thanks for all of your help so far, I am finding loads of useful info so far just reading these other great topics!

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    come on guys, anyone gonna help out the new guy? lol

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    My post "Valdez Silvers", has lots of info...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanly View Post
    My post "Valdez Silvers", has lots of info...
    Yeh, thanks for talking about the comm fishers! I did not know about that. So anyone out there know anything about shrimping and finding some flat fish out there? Bligh Island?

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    Yes, Bligh Island would be a good spot to try for Halibut and Lings. Shimp pots are best dropped in 300ft of water over hard rocky bottom. Places like Jacks bay.

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    Well thanks for the info " Steelieguy ". I plan on trying Bligh Island. I was really hoping someone out there could shoot me a little more info about fishing that island. Any land marks that you have had good luck with? Where is a good place to find out a little more info about shrimping? Any of you guys ever mounted one of those open hub style anchor winches? Use them for your shrimp pots to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by powderhound View Post
    Any of you guys ever mounted one of those open hub style anchor winches? Use them for your shrimp pots to?
    I used to have an anchor winch but they are a big pain in the butt to pull an anchor in any current, don't even like it for shrimp pots, too uncomfortable, slow and annoying.
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    how slow are those capstan winches? about 75ft a min? That is doable for me. Well back to my main questions, anyone have any info about Bligh island? I am gonna try to head out there, I just was hoping one of you gentelmen would shoot me in the right direction for some Halibut and rock fish. Come on Please!

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    Powderhound, last year was my first year shrimping around Valdez but after we got in about 300' and baited it with 1-2 coho carcusses and a 2-3 cans of cat food we tore em up. I dont know what your shrimp pot is like but ours had a hole in the middle that we could put roughly a 12oz tupperware (Gladware?) or some sort of plastic bottle that put the cat food in and cut small holes in it.

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