jigging trip to Icy Bay Loge, Alaska

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I have been fishing British Columbia and Alaska about two dozens times.

Now I settle down at the Icy Bay Lodge and fish there annually just because fishing is fantastic, especially on jigs.

I got 270 lb halibut on a jig on the first year. The beauty of fishing there is you can use light 8 - 10 oz jigs as we fish only 90' - 100'.


heading for Yakutat from Seattle



arriving at Yakutat


waiting for a plane to Icy Bay Lodge at Yakuat Lodge bar.


heading for Icy Bay Lodge





our cabin


food was excellent prepared by Chef Rick







It is 11 pm and it is time to go sleep for the next day fishing.

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You don't have to buy ice here. :)



black bass is a nuisance here.



My first ling cod using light 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod



My daughter Jumee got her first ever ling cod using the same 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod.



her first yellow eye rockfish ever


Steve who lives in California wanted to catch big ling cod and his wish was granted on the first day. :)



Mike who lives in NJ and he got his first ever halibut using Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod.


See Fred's happy face. He uses Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod.


Steve lives in NJ and he got his first ever ling cod using 7'3" Black Hole Charter Special rod.



Chris who lives in NY got the taste of big ling cod using ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod. The blank weighs only 1.4 oz and it is lighter than normal trout rod.









Happy birthday Steve. :)

happy anglers on the first day.

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It was another gorgeous day.





Jumee's 150 lb halibut using Black Hole Cape Cod 80g jigging rod.







80 lb halibut using 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod









115 lb halibut by Chris using 6'3" Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod



nice halibut by Steve using Black Hole Cape Cod 80g jigging rod







fighting a monster skate



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not a bad day at all :)
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Wed is non-halibut day. So we chose king salmon jigging. We got only 2 king salmon on jigs, but king salmon were there as we landed 3 king salmon and lost three on troll.



We still caught halibut while king salmon jigging. We released them all.



Chris got two king salmon on FCL LABO SL 120g jig.


smallest halibut on a jig













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We opted to go offshore again as weather was gorgeous.
We could see the summit of Mt Saint Helias which is second tallest mt in Alaska.

I did not take many pictures as most halibut was 30 lb - 60 lb.
We must caught about 30 halibut and countless ling cod/rockfish, all on jigs. We kept two halibut.





















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The final day.
Finally we had rain and it became windy.
We stayed close to the shore.
We started to troll for king salmon, but bait and salmon were gone.
We decide to anchor very close to the shore ( 1 mile). I didn't expect much and I thought our trip was over. But to my surprise, there were many halibut inn 20 lb - 60 lb range. I released 11 halibut on jigs myself.



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Steve fighting 75 lb halibut using 7'3" Black Hole Charter Special rod.










huge skate










At the end of fishing, we picked up shrimp (spotted prawn) traps in the bay.
What a finish of this trip. :)

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British Columbia and Alaska on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing. Looks like you were well looked after.
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Thanks for posting this great post. Always good to see something different.
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Well done Kil Song, you have done quite a few trips up there chasing halibut.

Love those light rods, what carbon content are they?
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Great pics and report, thanks for sharing.ClapClap
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Wicked stuff, thanks for posting!!
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I made the second trip to Icy Bay Lodge.
This time our Black Hole staff Esther and Jane joined the trip.
Weather was good this time too and we could go offshore three times.
We landed lots of big halibut on jigs this time.



244 lb halibut by Ken using Black Hole Cape Cod 80g jigging rod



197 lb halibut using light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod





























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