I am coming to Alaska for 8 days in the first/second week(s) of August. I will be staying in Sterling but I want to rent a car and do a 1-day combo trip for rockfish/lingcod/halibut. This, to me, sounds like the most fun and the best value. So, I just wanted some ideas from all of you so I can help alleviate some of my concerns about where to fish and which captain to fish with. I have spoken to one captain and I had a pretty good feeling about them and where they fish out of but I wanna keep their name and location quiet so I get some less leading responses. With that in mind, here goes:
1) The combo trip is of utmost importance. I really want to try to hook into some of those big lings/rockfish only Alaska has to offer. I am sure I can catch quality halibut in many places but I will have to rent a car to get wherever I go and I really want to experience the combo trip. I have read stories where some captains will sign you up for a combo trip and change it to a halibut-only trip at the last minute because it is less work. With all of the effort i will be putting into the trip, I want a captain who loves the ling/rockfish side of it too.
2) Location is only important with regards to trying to keep my travel within 100-miles each way. I know Ninilchik is about 60-miles from Sterling while both Homer and Seward are around 90-miles. Of course, the less travel the better.
3) Quality of the fish definitely matters. I want to go where the best fishing is. I may not get up to AK again so i really want to make this memorable. I have heard the lingcod(which is the type of fish i am most excited about catching) is better in some places than others. I have also heard there is a two-fish per person limit on lingcod around Ninilchik and Homer while Seward has a one-fish limit. True?
Finally, I just want to have some fun. I love people and I love to fish and want to fish with someone who has that same outlook. I will pay a little more for the right service if it makes a difference.
Anyway, sorry for such a long post and thanks in advance for any responses I get. Have a great day and God bless!