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Southeast Alaska – Cast and Blast

Written by Brad and posted on August 23rd, 2010 | Comment »

I had the opportunity to take a trip to Southeast Alaska this spring with my Dad, Brother, and a family friend, on a black bear hunt. But we did manage to get a little fishing in, so I figured I would throw a report together.

This trip happened in may, so I hope you can forgive me for waiting so long to post it.

The bear hunting was decent, we ended up filling 3 out of 4 tags, but the fishing was probably better. Thanks to our friends over at Lands End Lodge, we got a good day of fishing in an area we would have been hard pressed to fish in the skiff. We tried out a couple of spots, being a little early in the spring we weren’t sure if the halibut would be moved in yet. The halibut fishing was not fast and furious but we did manage 2 fish, about 130 lbs worth.


The rest of the day was filled with our limits of Ling Cod and Yellow-eye. One Ling would have been upwards of 60″ but the hook pulled right at the boat. I have never seen ling fishing like it was that day. It was incredible. Here are a few more pictures of the days catch.

My Yellow-Eye:


Dad with a slot keeper Ling Cod:

Dad's Ling

Dinner was good that evening, with full bellies we were ready to brave the rain and scenery for a few more days chasing big black bruins on the gravel beaches.


Fishing or hunting in Alaska is hard to beat. I feel very blessed and fortunate to have been able to share this adventure with such good company. It will be a trip I will never forget.

If you are interested in the story of the Bear hunt (and upcoming video) head over to My Hunting Blog @


Brad fell in love with fishing the spring creeks and small rivers of his childhood home in Western Wyoming, however, the opportunity to go with Grandpa to Alaska really set the hook. Brad now lives in Northern Utah where he chases trout as often as he can, and mixes in a few trips here and there to chase more exotic species.

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One Response on “Southeast Alaska – Cast and Blast”

  1. Kyle Says:

    Nice work up there!!! Those will make for lots of good meals for the next little while. Those lings are something else!

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