great videos man. Thanks for sharing.
Did you speed up some of the video?
Or do Valdez Silvers take caffeine pills?
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I'm headed to valdez this weekend, and planning t hit the public dock.
As far as line I was going to use 30# power pro with a swivel and a spinner lure. Will this setup spook the silvers? Should I use a mono leader?
Please reply or PM.
I can't wait to slay some fish.
Lol.....yeah thats what I thought when I first saw it. When its low tide the water is down about 20 or so feet, I saw people rig the hoop with the rope, stick a rock in the net to keep it from floating, and when the fish got close, or right above the submerged hoop, then you just lift the rope up and you would have it. Of course there were some people that would lift it straight up with the hook and line, but then I would see alot of people lose their fish doing it that way. I guess you just can't knock it until you try it.
I was using a whole trolling herring. Attached to a gamakatsu two-hook mootching rig. Tossed the thing out as far as I could, no weight or bobber or anything. Just let it settle, drift around, whatever. After it's had time to sink a bit, very very slowly reel it in. Speed it up just long enough for it to flash some color, then stop again and let it settle. I got seven fish that way (I have a proxy, too). The next day, tried trolling from a boat, had bad luck. We got two in about 6 hours. Anchored in a spot where the fish were consistently jumping like mad and used the exact same technique as from the dock and I got another 7 fish, the other two I was with got 4 or 5 each.
I saw a similar setup used on the Cocoa Beach pier in Florida. They had hoop nets that were rigged to be lowered and raised flat on long ropes. You'd hook a fish and there was always somebody willing to drop the net for you...once the fish was in the net you dropped you rod and hoist it hand-over-hand.
It was effective and fun. The great thing was the nets were left on the pier full time so you didn't have to go buy your own. Sort of like the life jackets they have for kids at most boat docks.
"My rod and my reel, they comfort me."
We were down there recently. The net setup works very well. Even a smaller size hoop. You just remove all the longer parts of your net handle, and rope it on three sides for balance. You would be amazed how well it works. Even pulled up a heavy starfish, husband caught on his herring line.
It does sound like fun, but what about when several folks have a fish on...could be a net cluster....
Sweet post and great VIDS
Can't wait to try Valdez.....
Many people are fishing the harbor entrance at the RV campgrounds and behind the Best Western. The fish are even into the small boat harbor itself.
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I'm not familiar with the lay out for fishing in Valdez so I've got to ask, does anybody have any experience using fly fishing silvers from a float tube in Valdez? Anybody even think it is a worthwhile idea?
Thanks for any info or thoughts.
Nice videos, thanks for posting them and getting me motivated for this weekend.
Nice music in them too!!
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