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Silvers in Valdez
« on: August 19, 2008, 09:26:32 AM »
Fished Silvers this weekend in Valdez.  Sat. found a good hole outside the harbor along the town side of bay, caught limits mooching.  Had 5 adults and 2 kids on board.  Sun. trolled, ran thru the narrows did well.   Brought home 160 lbs of fillets.

Valdez was not as crowded as previous years, one good thing about higher gas prices I guess.  Only rained at night, otherwise nice weather, for Valdez anyway.
Ramp fees are only $5 per day.

We do this trip every year, next year we're planning on staying a week and adding some halibut to the catch.   It's a long drive from Anc. but well worth it.  The towns pretty much built around the harbor so everything is close by with lots of RV parks etc.  We try to get a water front space in the Sea Otter RV park at the harbor entrance.

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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 10:07:03 AM »
Good report Neal,  I had heard that the Silvers were a bit late this year but sounds like they were actually about right on time.
Next year......
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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 08:18:50 PM »
mooching............?  wha'z mooching?  Bruce

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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 09:20:59 PM »
mooching............?  wha'z mooching?  Bruce

Mooching is more or less like jigging with bait. rig your bait per whatever method you are working with. Drop your bait to the level of the fish. Raise and lower your rod (and hence bait) until the fish strike.
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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2008, 10:58:11 AM »
I thought mooching was trying to get a free ride on a Tolman skiff to go silver fishing ;)
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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2008, 01:22:38 PM »
I saw you heading to Anchorage on Monday afternoon about 3:30 between the bridge and Chugiak.  I told Crystie, That's a Tolman and then saw the green paint and Skiffkits sign and figured you were coming back from Valdez.  How long is that drive?  It is something I am thinking about next summer.
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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2008, 01:42:53 PM »
With the camper and boat it's about 6 hours from Anc., keeping in mind they've been working on the road between Chickaloon and Glennallen and there's usually about a 30 minute delay.  We almost always stop at Sheep Mountain Lodge on the way back for some good eats.

It's definetly one of the most scenic drives in Alaska or anywhere for that matter.
You guys should join us next year.  Gary & Deb Porter, and Tanana Brian aka "Sloooow Builder" should show up too. 

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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008, 02:26:21 PM »
I might have to try and make it.  Haven't launched out of Valdez, and have been meaning to take the family there.

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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2008, 02:34:32 PM »
Sounds good to me.  My wife mentioned it sounded like fun.  Tolman gathering in Valdez next year.  Keep me posted ondates for next year. 
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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2008, 05:19:47 PM »
My wife is keen on being out with other boats we know near by.

Sounds like an excuse to get together over the winter for some pizza and suds  ;D

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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2008, 09:40:34 PM »
mooching............?  wha'z mooching?  Bruce

Mooching is more or less like jigging with bait. rig your bait per whatever method you are working with. Drop your bait to the level of the fish. Raise and lower your rod (and hence bait) until the fish strike.

ok.........and what's jigging?  Years ago on FishyFish someone up in Alaska told a tale about standing in a river netting fish and tossing them up on the bank for their wifes to catch......and only Alaskans could take part......is this what you guys call jigging?  Sounds more like residential mooching to me.......  :  )   

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Re: Silvers in Valdez
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2008, 03:08:15 PM »
A typical jig is a metal fish shaped lure (candle fish or herring like) that for salmon will be 2-3 oz.  You drop it down 30-60 feet, and lift it and drop it which appears to the salmon like a wounded bait fish.

A typical mooching rig is a 2-3 oz lead banana sinker to which a ~30" mono line is affixed with two hooks, a "hootchie" (rubber squid like lure) and a piece of herring slightly larger than a postage stamp is attached to the hook.  It is also dropped down and jigged.

The netting is called dipnetting.

There is plenty of public assistance for the moochers, also pfd's and the "energy rebate" this year.