Dream trip or just dreaming???

Robert Muniak

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So I'm purchasing a 30 foot Weldcraft with twin 300 Suzuki's and kicker. Decked out electronics and all safety equipment (epirbs, liferafts, survival suits and so on). Spent a couple thousand hours navigating around yakutat bay over the past 15 years. I live in Cleveland Ohio. I have many trips out of Gloucester mass, Venice Louisiana and Cabo, chasing anything big and tasty. I am planning on a trip after a year of trying to break anything on my new boat that will break. Than towing to Haines. Then navigating the inside passage to elfin. Waiting for a window to travel to yakutat area. I am setting aside 30 days for sufficient time. I will be targeting mostly halibut,ling and kings but I want to dabble with electric reels for deep dropping for tasty creatures(black cod,shortraker). If I really pick and choose my days can I possibly make it to Fairweather grounds? It will be middle of June to middle of July. I can always set up shop in lituya to make it as short of a run as possible. Thanks for any information.
 
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justing

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I wouldn’t recommend it. The weather out on the grounds can change really quickly much quicker then other places I’ve been. There’s a reason u don’t see Charters running there and almost zero commercial boats under 45 feet. Lituya bay is safe but the entrance depending on weather can be difficult too.

Justin
 

Robert Muniak

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With the latest electronics would that help in the situation? Would being able to know wind speed and direction within 500 miles or so from buoy data, or is the fear of winds coming off mountains? I realize it's kind of the lure like wanting to stand on the guardrail at Niagra falls.
 

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sounds like a incredible trip to me.
Might you be looking for a deckhand/fishing parter for a week or two. I could help with expenses.
 

Robert Muniak

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I am sorry but I have guys periodically flying into yakutat for the whole duration. It's pretty unbelievable how cheap the trip will actually be. I calculated about $20,000. And that's with me not even cutting a fish and shipping a couple thousand pounds back to Cleveland. Plus being able to fish halibut every day and not having to buy tags.
 

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Understand. If someone was to back out.and you need a guy Let me know.
Thanks for the reply and good luck with the trip.
JVC
 
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Ah makes sense now. Not sure if its been said before on here but you cant have more then 4 halibut in possession on the boat per person. The feds says if the fish is frozen on the boat or at home it is still considered in possession which is different then how ADFG classifies "in possession"
 

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I am sorry but I have guys periodically flying into yakutat for the whole duration. It's pretty unbelievable how cheap the trip will actually be. I calculated about $20,000. And that's with me not even cutting a fish and shipping a couple thousand pounds back to Cleveland. Plus being able to fish halibut every day and not having to buy tags.
Halibut limit is 4 per year for non residents (you stated you live in Cleveland Ohio) and Lings are 2 per year in most parts of Alaska! Even if you buy tags it still counts toward your annual limit, That's what I was told. In order to ship back a couple of thousand pounds of fillets, Your 4 halibut and 2 lings better weigh more than 4000lbs before processing. That is assuming you can yield 50% of fillets from the whole fish!
 
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Robert Muniak

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I can't get a straight answer. 2019 changed to unlimited for the year on charters in some zones. Some changed to 8 for the year. I am flexible to go to other areas where legally I can keep the fish. Thanks. Wildlife just got back to me. No annual limit for unguided
 
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by the end of it you will have a phd in fed and adfg fishing regs in south east. have to go to more schooling if you want to get a phd in another area of the state though!
 
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I am sorry but I have guys periodically flying into yakutat for the whole duration. It's pretty unbelievable how cheap the trip will actually be. I calculated about $20,000. And that's with me not even cutting a fish and shipping a couple thousand pounds back to Cleveland. Plus being able to fish halibut every day and not having to buy tags.
Have you checked on shipping costs yet? We fished all summer in Homer and shipped fish to family and friends. It ain’t cheap from Alaska. We got a deal on it and it was around $200 / 50 lb box.
 
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kevina

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I can't get a straight answer. 2019 changed to unlimited for the year on charters in some zones. Some changed to 8 for the year. I am flexible to go to other areas where legally I can keep the fish. Thanks. Wildlife just got back to me. No annual limit for unguided
That's great to know!!!
 

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$80 per 100lbs box this year. They changed things up on Alaska airlines that most people haven't recognized. $50 per piece up to 50lbs. But it's $80 per piece up to 100lbs. If my math is correct that's like %5000 in savings
 
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by the end of it you will have a phd in fed and adfg fishing regs in south east. have to go to more schooling if you want to get a phd in another area of the state though!
Totally agree with this! Consult your attorney before you plan that big cross country trip! Fished it when it was any size off charters then dropped to was it 28" (?) then it went back up to 44" then back down to 38" and of course the 80" fish too.........Oh Man........ Plan on one thing it will change again in 2020 that you can count on if IPHC and NOAA have a say in it....... BTW the run across the front of Icy Straits from the entrance is NOT for the faint of heart on a rough day that I can tell you! Pack them BIG Boy Pants!
 

Robert Muniak

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Thanks for any input. I have a good amount of inlet runnings but never enough. Everyone is different. Will only hit it on a slack. That's why I'm trying to get my deepdropping downpat so if halibut changes I have a plan b. I am confident in my rockfish and ling. I just need to fine-tune my halibut approach. Bucket list is a halibut over 300, bluefin over 800, yellowfin over 150 and sword over 400. On my boat though. I think when charter fish the captain and mate are doing the catching
 

CaptJgray

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That trip is totally doable, especially that time of year. fishing was so good this year. tons of big fish.

I can help you out with a few places to try for black Cod, just sucks that its a 4 fish limit... shoot me a PM when you get closer to the planning stages.

2 things to consider, have you looked into putting the boat on the barge in Bellingham? the other was have you looked into shipping the fish through Alaska Air Cargo? Im sure destination matters but we spent about 1.00 a pound for 500 pounds
 
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Robert Muniak

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Looked into the ferry. Crazy expensive and timewise it wouldn't work for me. The fish we ship back to Cleveland adds up to $.80 per lb in 99.0lb containers. Every year it's changing but has never gotten over $1. Been looking at lots for sale up that way so I don't have to be in this predicament. Just have to convince the wife and daughter
 

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hell no....
weird, I usually beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission!

I didn't look while I was there this time but if you need someone local to keep you posted on what's available let me know.