Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

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I arrived at Anchorage, AK after long 7 hours flight from NJ.

We had dinner at famous Glacier Brewhouse. The place was packed though it is not cheap.

After dinner, we went to famous ice cream shop nearby. I couldn't believe long line waiting for ice cream in chilly weather a 10 pm.


We fly to Yakutat on Sunday morning to meet other anglers there.


























 
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I just check in for a flight to Yakutat. Good thing is Alaska Airline allows three free check-in bags within Alaska.
 
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Can't wait to read your reports, amigo!!
Happy hunting for lunkers, strawberries, rocks.
(And a silent roommate, jaja!)
 

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We arrived at Icy Bay Lodge.








Mel brought lots of drinks as usual. :)


nice pork prepared by Chef Rick.



glacier ice




Jigs from 5 oz to 12 oz.
We normally use 6 oz - 10 oz and the reason I brought 12 oz jigs are sometimes big halibut prefer bigger jigs.



I brought light rods. The heaviest rods are 7'3" Black Hole Charter Special MH rods.
- 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rods
-7'3" Black Hole Charter Special MH rods
-6'6" Black Hole Slow Pitch jigging rods
-6'3" ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod



It is calm and we are ready to go offshore.
 
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We had many big lingcod and yelloweye rockfish on jigs, but big halibut didn't show up for unknown reason.
Luckily I got 82 lb halibut with 5 oz Al Gag jig which is used for striper. I used 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod and IRT 600 DD reel.
Later I used the ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel for fun.











This big ling cod is probably 50 lb as the length is 49 3/4".




The Tai Special weighs only 3.8 oz and the blank weighs 1.4 oz. This rod is probably the lightest jigging rod.


It is calm today and we plan to go offshore again.
 

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We had many big lingcod and yelloweye rockfish on jigs, but big halibut didn't show up for unknown reason.
Luckily I got 82 lb halibut with 5 oz Al Gag jig which is used for striper. I used 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod and IRT 600 DD reel.
Later I used the ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel for fun.











This big ling cod is probably 50 lb as the length is 49 3/4".




The Tai Special weighs only 3.8 oz and the blank weighs 1.4 oz. This rod is probably the lightest jigging rod.


It is calm today and we plan to go offshore again.
Looks great Kil! Any King salmon around? Ken
 

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Unfortunately king salmon fishing has been very slow.

This ling cod is probably about 50 lb. I think this is the biggest ling cod I got off Icy Bay Lodge. My personal best is 58 lb caught off Langara Island, BC years ago. We had three big ling cod close to 50 lb yesterday.

 

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Looking forward to joining you Sunday! Looks nice and calm. Hope offshore went well today!
 
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Marshall had his personal best ling cod and he lost big halibut as the line was tangled with anchor line and I lost big halibut as the 40 lb line got broken. I got rid of old line and spooled with new 40 lb Jerry Brown Hollow line.
We tried hard to catch big halibut without success. On the way to the lodge, we stopped by a halibut nursery ground and I must caught about 15 halibut within one hour with Al Gag jig using ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel.
It was fun with light tackle.



Jumee broke her personal best ling cod again. it was 52" big ling cod which was released.









Marshall's personal best ling cod











 
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Marshall had his personal best ling cod and he lost big halibut as the line was tangled with anchor line and I lost big halibut as the 40 lb line got broken. I got rid of old line and spooled with new 40 lb Jerry Brown Hollow line.
We tried hard to catch big halibut without success. On the way to the lodge, we stopped by a halibut nursery ground and I must caught about 15 halibut within one hour with Al Gag jig using ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel.
It was fun with light tackle.



Jumee broke her personal best ling cod again. it was 52" big ling cod which was released.









Marshall's personal best ling cod











Marshall had his personal best ling cod and he lost big halibut as the line was tangled with anchor line and I lost big halibut as the 40 lb line got broken. I got rid of old line and spooled with new 40 lb Jerry Brown Hollow line.
We tried hard to catch big halibut without success. On the way to the lodge, we stopped by a halibut nursery ground and I must caught about 15 halibut within one hour with Al Gag jig using ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel.
It was fun with light tackle.



Jumee broke her personal best ling cod again. it was 52" big ling cod which was released.









Marshall's personal best ling cod











Thanks for the report Kil. See you Monday ! Ken
 
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Anything you need that I can bring with me ? Let me know. Ken
Ken, when do you leave for Seattle ? I lost all my Al Gag jigs and I like to order them to be sent to you.