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    Default winter kings?

    where else can we catch king salmon in the dead of winter? Living on Kodiak it is a "no brainer" but are we the only one who have them in our waters?

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    Thumbs up they are out there waiting..

    as soon as it warms up and the harbor is ice-free again i will be chasing them here!!!
    right now i can't even get my boat out!
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    Dave, what kind of success rates do you find with winter kings? I've given thought to trying it someday, but don't really have the first clue.

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    the success on Kodiak seems pretty good, say 8 out of 10 times you'll score a king and for sure a halibut. this is the average size 25-28 pounds.
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    You can catch winter kings preatty much everywhere. I just consider them Feeder kings cause it hasnt always been winter when I have caught mine. Caught a few in Valdez, PWS, Seward and around Kodiak. I think kodiak is like the only place that has charters dedicated to them though.

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    Oh yeah and as far as sucess rates. I have only caught 1 winter king while targeting them. All the others have been like bycatch. Homer has good Winter kings. As a matter of fact they have a winter king tournament. Good luck.

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    Thumbs up Homer charters

    there are at least 4 guys doing winter (feeder) king charters here.
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    Default Feeder Kings

    Out of Homer, winter(feeder) king success can be anywhere from white hot to scrachy .Though our average is probly somewhere between 15 to 20lbs, fish to 40+lbs are taken.

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    Question for kodiakcombo.Do you guys get white kings up the Karluk???

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    southeast especially down south, not so much up here
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Thumbs up couple boats fished yesterday

    and did pretty well, about 4 fish/boat for a 1/2 day.
    looks like i missed the window though :-(
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    I havent fished the Karluk succesfully, but 50% of the ones landed here near Old HArbor are white.

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    what may be a stupid question: what is a white king?

    I have seen "white king salmon" on sushi menus, but I kind of thought it was probably just farmed salmon with no color in the flesh.

    Is that what the term refers to, the color of the flesh? All the kings I ever caught were white in the belly but orange inside.
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    some thread here, from fg says something about the fish not processing the pigment in the diet? causing the flesh to stay white. this is what a white king looks like, notice the red and white king? they turned out great!
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    I think the red kings have eaten more krill.

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    better contrast of white and red winter kings.
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    Default white kings

    they are white due to a genetic variant that keeps them from metabolizing
    carotene into red pigment.
    (of course since i once lived in california i probably don't have any idea what i'm talking about...<grin>)
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    Default Now Homer Dave-

    Your signature is self-efacing. Not ALL Californians are flakey.

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    Used to fish winter Kings all the time when I lived in Sitka. Commercially and sport. Used to get the best price for winter Kings in the 15-18 pound range as they were considered Resturant size.

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    Default Whittier

    Since my favorite spots in Whittier are now exposed for salmon fishing it's not bad form to say that Whittier has a hit & miss winter king fishery. I took my next door neighbor down there fishing in early march one year for rock fish and he ended up pulling in a 50+ lb king. Anywhere you can find a rookery of birds in the winter is safe place to try for rock fish and feeder kings, according to a biologist friend of mine. I'm going to give that theory a whirl this winter after I get my boat back in action.

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