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Posted on Aug 3, 2011 in
Scintillating Sitka
by Mike Mazur

We had a simply amazing first day fishing and filming Sport Fishing TV in Sitka, Alaska. Running out of the Kingfisher Lodge, the gang and I are already off and running to a stellar show.

Working the waters of Sitka Sound, we hooked our first salmon - a coho, or silver - just 5 minutes after putting lines in, and we went on to catch two monstrous kings in the 40-pound class (Dean and I each scored a big one).

But the action was just getting started. In the afternoon, we pushed out a couple miles into the Pacific and dropped down baits in about 300 feet, where we were hoping for some of Alaska's various bottom dwellers.

It was a winning game plan. Two hours later, we'd caught three big lingcod pushing 30 pounds, a beautiful yelloweye rockfish, and I capped off the day with a 100-plus-pound halibut, which we released.

Amazing action.

I'm simply blown away by the beauty of this place and the quality of the fish. I'm sure I gasped like a kid many times on camera as those monsters popped their heads above the surface - couldn't help it! It was THAT shocking seeing these amazing fish for the first time ever! Of course, the fishing isn't always this good here in Sitka - we had an exceptional day. But who knows what tomorrow will hold. It could even be better!

From the wilds of Sitka, Alaska, good fishing to you,

Mike Mazur
Senior Editor,
Sport Fishing magazine