Since it's creeping up on Winter it might be a good time to review the silver fishing this last Summer in Seward. This was my first full Summer to really get a feel for the silver season. Really never silver fished outside the bay because of the high cost of fuel. Did make a couple of Halibut runs but most of the time was spent inside the bay. My wife and I got to Seward about the 10th of July and fished off and on for two weeks. We went out to Pony Cove and the Narrows and just caught Silvers consistantly the whole trip. Some days we caught them as fast as we got our lines in the water and other days it took five or six hours to catch a limit. Even at it's slowest, fishing was great. The fish were also very large(average fish 9-10 lbs with quite a few in the teens). Most of the time we trolled or wind drifted cut plug herring. Maybe 20% we mooched herring or jigs. We also poked around Fox, Hive, Caines, and Callisto trying to save fuel but always ended up out in the Honey Holes.
We came back to Seward the second week in August. Things were really different. Again we fished off and on for 14 days. We were constantly prospecting all over the Bay to find pockets of fish. One day late in the evening we found a pocket of nice slab silvers out at fox island. Got a limit in about two hours. Thinking we had it figured out we went back the next morning and nary a fish. As the month went by we ended up just trolling between the harbor and 4th of July with an occasional shot out past Millers landing and on out to Fox. Limits were rare but we seemed to put 5-10 fish in the boat each day we fished. Not early season Pony Cove but still fun days. Also that close in fishing was much easier on the fuel bill. All in all a great Summer and looking forward to learning more about the seasonal Silver patterns.
Anyone else see the fishing slow down in August or do I just need to keep learning? Also would be interested in good areas outside the bay that we might hit on the way back from halibut trips. Any tips or timing would be appreciated.