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    what do you guys think I should expect regarding fishing this weekend (june 11th)? is there a good chance I will catch a king? I'd prefer more salmon than halibut, the freezer is full of the latter.

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    A king is a lucky bonus, not something to count on out of seward. imho.

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    June is typically the hot month for halibut in Seward. I'd say the chances of catching a king are pretty slim unless you specifically target them. I have caught feeder kings around this time of year off the southern end of Montague, if you want to run that far. But you never know...I've also had incidental catches of kings while fishing for halibut in 300' of water in Aialik Bay in June. Good luck!

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    Just to give a report...we went out June 11th and fished in 380' of water off of Latouche island (NW of montague). Our group of 16 caught a lot of those little mud sharks, a lot of pacific cod, some yelloweye, 1 giant lingcod (of course we returned it to its waters), and a lot of 15-30 # halibut.

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    That's some deep water for small fish. I often wonder why everyone thinks deeper is better for halibut. I know some times of the year it is, but not always. Biggest fish I've seen caught this year so far have been in about 80 feet of water. I got two, one about 50# and the other about 75#, but the same spot produced a pair over 100# before the tide flipped and the bite stopped.

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    I wasn't too happy about all that cranking of 400' of line!

    I also would have rather spent half the "combo" charter sitting outside the boat harbor catching resurrection river bound reds, but we didn't do that either. no salmon caught.

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    Yeah, I was wondering what the "combo" was for. It's not the right time to be doing those trips. You can't really even target salmon yet. Might get lucky and get a king, but the reds don't really bite and silvers aren't in yet. Lings aren't open yet. The only real "combo" you could do would be halibut and rockfish, but you often catch some of both just fishing for halibut. I hope you didn't pay extra for the title of a "combo" trip.

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    No worries, my company was paying the bill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuke4u View Post
    No worries, my company was paying the bill!


    Right on. No complaining, then, eh?

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    One annoying thing was they said we shouldnt keep the pacific cod because it was wormy. But other people have said this is good eating. What is true?

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    There are several variations in cod; and Pacific cod are caught in much deeper water. I did not see the fish; but I am sure it was the less desirable kind. The cod you caught was probably the kind you see as bait in crabs traps such as on; Deadliest Catch. The charter has no motivation in not letting you keep desirable fish; so I think they did you a favor.
    Never heard of a charter targetting reds in Seward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuke4u View Post
    One annoying thing was they said we shouldnt keep the pacific cod because it was wormy. But other people have said this is good eating. What is true?
    bot are true... all fish are wormy, some just more noticeable than others... just look at it as extra protein...

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    Not surprising the captain didn't want to keep the cod, most seem to think they are the scourge of the ocean! I keep the ones that show no sores on the outside and they tend to not have many or any worms at all. If you do find a couple just pluck them out and don't let the wife see! They are very good eating in my opinion, in fact I think i'm going to start using halibut for cod bait... Not really but I do prefer them over halibut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuke4u View Post
    One annoying thing was they said we shouldnt keep the pacific cod because it was wormy. But other people have said this is good eating. What is true?
    I take those statements as both ignorance and laziness. Ignorance that cod are fine eating fish, and laziness on the part of the deckhand that has some addtional fish to fillet.

    Yes, cod have worms, but so do halibut and lingcod, and imagine rock fish, though I haven't found worms in rockfish.
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