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Kenai, Alaska fishing in June. What do I need to know

5/18/22 @ 4:38 PM
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MindLeftBowie
MindLeftBowie
MEMBER SINCE 4/12/21

  I'll be flying into Anchorage and staying the night to get up and drive to stay off Kenai river for a 7 nights (2 days fishing for halibut in the Cook inlet, 3 days fishing for Kinds and Sockeye in the Kenai river and one day off to mess about on our own, and no fishing the day we get there I guess)

We booked with Rod N Real Alaska https://www.rodnreal.com/ 

This will be my 1st trip there. Anyone have experience with theses guys? 

Any questions besides the obvious I should ask them before leaving? 

I'm not traveling with any gear we will use all the charters stuff (not crazy about not having one of my reel/poles I like with me) but ...

Thank you in advance for any replies.




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6/18/22 @ 1:58 AM
MindLeftBowie
MindLeftBowie
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6/18/22 @ 1:56 AM
MindLeftBowie
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6/18/22 @ 1:51 AM
MindLeftBowie
MindLeftBowie
MEMBER SINCE 4/12/21

Day 3 was unarguably the best day of the three (though my oldest brother will argue anything). We were on the four Aces with Capt. Drake and 1st Mate Dave. We pull up and pay for the day parking ($10) have to drive down the last ramp to the docks and as you pull back to the docks the view just opens up to a harbor surrounded by mountains like a post card.   We get on the boat and meet our Capt. and 1st Mate. Both great guys and fishermen to boot! 

I'd be happy to never pull up another dogfish, cod, arrow head flounder, or skate (one was over 150lbs) @ 350 feet of water ever again. We were targeting the halibuts again but this time in much deeper water surprisingly right next to shore. In Ninilchik we were only in 250, and 150. Using from 2lb to 5lb weights with cut herring on huge circle hooks, I don't remember if I explained the regulations before. You can keep one over 28 inches and one under 28 inches. Under's today were hard to get, and we spent most of our 10hr charter looking for the buts. I got one over 1st it was maybe 38" and one under at 26" but boat only limited out on over's and none were like BARNDOOR I caught in Ninilchik with Capt. Sam. Of course the last over was the toughest to get. 

We spent easily 8hrs pulling up fish left and right (mostly dogfish, cod, arrow head flounder, or skate) and had some old timers with us that needed assistance reeling/fighting half the time on top of all the "catching" we were doing. This poor old guy from PA, caught the biggest and possibly most of all the non-eating species species mentioned above. He was fighting all kinds of fish but couldn't keep any for a while. Throughout those 8 reeling hours, it was hands down the best nature experience I've ever had up to this point in my life. 

Picture fishing in the ocean surrounded by close beautiful snow capped mountains. Glacial waterfalls everywhere flowing down through the tree lines eroding the land making deep trenches flowing with icy cold clean water. Water will always fine a way. After a short just under an hr ride to the fishing grounds, we get set and see a strip of green evergreen trees from one side of the mountain to the other just vanish in to dust. We're fishing and start getting some fish on and I look up and see a huge plume of dust in the air where tree just were and we missed the land slide a whole section of trees from the tree line to the ocean just gone within seconds. After a short time there we could see a group of humpbacks bubble feeding about a 1000yrds away with seagulls and other birds dive bombing bait a the surface around the sights of white water on the horizon from whale ports. We could see full whale breaching over the next few hours as they came right within 75 yards away and passed us only to turn back around and do it all over back out into the ocean. These sights definitely made the 350' 5lb weight, bait checks a feel a little less like work lol. I have some videos of the whales I'll post an Imgur link of. is that the best way?

So we had about 2 hrs left of the charter and we head the the rock fish spot and I don' think the Capt thought we'd limit out that fast but man next thing you know we had 24 fish in the boat. These fish were hitting the weight, skirt, hook, and fish. Once we got them to the surface they would hit on the surface and chase each other around. we pulled up one out of season lin cod (thrown back). We were given the option to go back and halibut fish ( we already had 150 lbs of halibut or head in a bit early and sight see. The old timers were spent and I surly didn't wan to reel in another cod or big skate. So Capt Drake went to see some sea lions in the rookery and soon after the 1st mate Dave went to work filleting all the boats fish while at sea on the way in. Dave was the man and made quick work of filleting that fish to  have ready for us when we got in after a 10hr day and 2 +hr drive back home...

"If the fish had not opened its mouth, it would not have been caught."

MLB


6/18/22 @ 12:36 AM
MindLeftBowie
MindLeftBowie
MEMBER SINCE 4/12/21

Woza, WHAT. A. TRIP. Sorry for the lull in  updates, My phone lost signal after writing a long report for day 3 one my way back from Seward, and have been having problems posting since. 

I'm home now near Chicago. I will go back and post reports each day but have to look through some pics and gather my thoughts. It will be in multiple posts as the weekend passes. I will stay the guides, Capt. and staff at Rod n Reel were top notch. I plan to go back and do this trip a few different ways which we can get into after the reports But I will ALWAYS use Rod n Reel in some way on all trips.

 I'll leave this post with this. There are many places a man or woman MUST travel to before dying. Alaska is one of them. 

6/12/22 @ 1:20 AM
MindLeftBowie
MindLeftBowie
MEMBER SINCE 4/12/21

Some more pics

6/12/22 @ 1:17 AM
MindLeftBowie
MindLeftBowie
MEMBER SINCE 4/12/21

It’s 9:48 local time after a tough day flossing for sockeye. Its a new technique for me and was a long day. I thought I snagged two in the 2nd half of the day after getting things flowing with my floss,  and my brother had two or three jump but didn’t land any. It was educational at the very least and of course still had great views but icy glacial waters and leaking hip high boots, flossing can get tiresome 

We were out from 5:30 am to 11am.  Another rod and reel guide came in with 3 hard earned sockeye  bastards! Lol 

Had a moose come right up by us on the shore line and just hang out and watch is fish.

Hitting the hay for an early rise tomorrow 2:30am local time to leave at 3 for a drive to Seward for a 6:30 departure on the ocean. I think we’re going to try for the kings since we cant get them in the river. 

Day 2 in the books 

But for now I must sit here and ponder the yonder
Herbivores ate well cause their food didn't never run

MLB


6/11/22 @ 10:14 PM
LJ Walleye Master
LJ Walleye Master
USER SINCE 9/6/13

Keep em coming MLB. Love your pictures and reports.  Can’t wait!!!

6/11/22 @ 2:19 AM
MindLeftBowie
MindLeftBowie
MEMBER SINCE 4/12/21

Whoa! the sights while fishing were out of this world 

6/11/22 @ 2:12 AM
MindLeftBowie
MindLeftBowie
MEMBER SINCE 4/12/21

Checking in from Soldotna, Alaska. Halibut fishing today in Ninilchik. Tomorrow Sockeye salmon fishing on the Kenai river(Kings closed on the Kenai river due to low numbers coming in, bit are open in the ocean) Sunday a 2hr 45 min drive to Seward for a “combo day” Rockfish yellow eye rock fish, and a few other fish. If they  are catching  King Salmon(non Resident stamp is $100) we’ll go Get the stamp if the numbers are low I’ll save the money.  Then a day off to possibly drive to homer or do a fly in to fish and see the bears.looking for recommendations ? The two more days sockeye fishing on the Kenai river.

Today we limited out on Halibut out of Ninilchik. 6men on the boat all caught 1small 1big. I caught one just over 100 lbs and one 40 that was lost on the side of the boat and a bunch of smaller ones we threw back 20+ lbs. bunch of big cod, small shark, huge skate, Saw porpose, Whales, more bLd eagles than Ive ever seen. Moose every where. At the end of the day we We ended up with 121lbs of halibut cut and ready to freeze. 

Tomorrow is 5:30 am just in front of the cabin. Its 11:04pm local time. 

Day 1in the books. 

CrabInYourShoeMouth,

MLB

6/6/22 @ 7:43 PM
antler junkie
USER SINCE 8/17/05

Hope you have a great trip ! ( I know you will ) Good luck and don’t forget to post when you get back.


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