Fetha Styx and Kurt Ferse are teaming up again for the summer season in Southeast AK. After a seemingly endless winter of tying leaders and staring at charts, I will soon be back on boat #16 with Waterfall Resort, fishing off the coast of Prince of Whales Island. Guests will get to fish some of Fetha Styx finest saltwater rods this summer for both salmon and bottom fish.
Salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska means mooching. There is simply no more efficient or exciting way to fish in these often shallow waters. Multiple species can be targeted simultaneously and if a school of salmon swims through, be prepared for some seriously chaotic and fun action with numerous fish jumping on at all depths and fisherman doing the dance around the boat. One of the thrills of being a guide in Alaska is choreographing guests around the boat as uncooperative fish head in all directions. Fetha Styx has really perfected the rod for this fishery. The Pro Series have the perfect balance of sensitivity and power. The only negative I have encountered is that it has made the rest of my rods obsolete! And of course it can handle anything that decides to bite. Part of the thrill of fishing in SE Alaska is the very serious possibility that your next bite is going to be a monster. You can read some of the exciting tales from 2009, including landing a 267 lb. halibut on a Fetha Styx Alaska Pro Series rod in the archived blogs to see what I am getting at.
Excitement for the summer season has been building since the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the 2010 abundance index for Kings is a big improvement over past seasons. With the addition of the now mature Kings introduced from the Klawock hatchery, this summer is shaping up to be an epic season. (Check out this King from last summer! -Ed.)
The halibut fishing has really been hot the last couple of summers as the big guys have moved in chasing the extraordinary number of silvers that returned to the waters off Prince of Whales Island. 2009 saw an incredible resurgence in big halibut (100+ lb). Four of these monsters past the 250 lb mark on the scales last summer! Big smiles and sore backs abounded.