We can talk all day about how great our fishing trips are. Why not hear about it from one of our recent visitors?
We are excited to talk to another one of our great visitors today. Tom Asarch visited us with his grandson and they had a great time. There were many highlights to the trip, but we’ll let Tom tell you about those. Here’s what he had to say:
“This was my oldest grandson’s 16th birthday present. We both decided we would like to go fishing in Alaska. The one on one time with him for those five days was terrific. His favorite thing about the lodge was the food. He loved the breakfast and dinners at the lodge. The fishing was exciting and fun, but he looked forward to that and had a great time.
The trip was fantastic. That was probably due to the fact we caught tons of fish. We caught yellow eye, salmon, sea bass, and lingcod. Even though there were six people on the boat, everyone caught a bunch of fish. I think I have pictures of eight or 10 whales that were there too. The scenery was beautiful, and it was a very memorable trip. All the trips were great. My favorite one happened to be Seward.”
The trip was fantastic… we caught tons of fish.
Thanks so much to Tom for joining us at the Alaska Seascape Lodge. It was a pleasure to host you, and we hope you’ll come back to see us soon. If you have any questions for us or would like to book your own fishing trip, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.
Catching sockeye salmon isn’t hard. There’s a very simple trick to it that I want to show you.
On the Kenai River, we have a large run of sockeye salmon that come through toward the end of June and the end of July, and everybody’s always asking me, “How do I catch them?”
It’s actually quite simple.
Sockeye salmon usually run very close to the riverbank—as close as three to four feet if the water is fast. If I’m standing on that bank, I keep an extra supply of hooks in my pocket instead of carrying them around in a tackle box or a fanny pack, because the trick to catching sockeye salmon is changing hooks often.
After casting out your line, your hook will be hitting rocks and ripping through the water quite a bit, which means it can get dull within 10 to 15 minutes. Changing hooks is a tactic I always tell my guides to help their guests with so when they do hook a sockeye salmon, there’s no chance of escape. In case you’re wondering, I use a 4/0 Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Octopus hook.
Fishing is like anything else—you want to play like everyone else is playing.
One of the questions I always hear is, “What size weight should I use?” That ultimately depends on the current. I like to use the lightest weight possible. Typically, a good weight is a large split shot weight. This allows the hook to gently tick across the bottom of the current and prevents it from sticking. You only want to feel the hook stick on a fish. When you use too heavy of a weight, you’ll feel it stick more often to the bottom and mistake it for a fish.
Another question I get asked pretty often is, “What size line should I use?” The sockeye salmon here in the Kenai River are usually only six to eight lbs, but they can really pull when they’re channeling inside an eight-knot current. This is why I usually advise a 20 to 25 lb test.
Many times, you’ll hook these fish in the back while they’re running downstream through the current, so a higher-pound test can prevent them from stringing your line out. You don’t want to fight a fish with 100 yards of line out while jumping over rocks and dodging trees every time you hook one. There are other fishermen out there, and it’s common courtesy to not interfere with their area.
If you have any more questions about how to fish on the Kenai River, feel free to give us a call or visit us online. We’d be happy to help!