September 10, 2013 – World travelers Mike Dunham and Karen King sailed to Alaska from St Croix via the Panama Canal. They came not only to see Alaska but to catch big ling cod. They caught several during their four day visit to our Alaska Fishing Lodge. Halibut, yelloweye rockfish and coho salmon were also caught during their stay.
Ling cod fishing around Kodiak is very challenging. Location and bait presentation is extremely important when trying to land a trophy sized ling cod. Often times we get right up against vertical rock cliffs and jig with cripple herrings or bucktails in the frothy water at the edge of the cliffs. The fish seem to be in the turbulent Alaska waters picking off the bait that can either not see as well in the frothy water or are disturbed by the waves crashing against the vertical banks.
Most times it is impossible to anchor so we must motor fish to keep the boat in position. When we are able to get positioned properly these great Alakan fighters are there for the catching. Mike and Karen caught several ling cod during their stay using these techniques in addition to lots of nice halibut.