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Welcome to the

11th Annual Seward Halibut Tournament®


ome On Aboard! When it comes to halibut fishing tournaments, Seward offers a great early-season opportunity at some big fish and great prizes. Join in on the fun, fabulous fishing, and a shot at some top-notch awards. The Seward Halibut Tournament® is in full swing for a month starting June 1st. Buy your tickets, ready your gear, prep the boat or book your charter. Just get out on the water this June! Nate Smith, Puffin Charters

Tournament Overview Seward’s Halibut Tournament® highlights this fishery, attracting early season visitors and anglers from throughout Alaska. Because the tournament takes place early in the season, anglers will find it is easier to reserve a seat on one of the many charter vessels. In addition, ramp space and trailer parking is plentiful for those anglers wanting to launch their own boats. The Seward Halibut Tournament® is an important fundraiser supporting a new $2000 scholarship for maritime certification and schooling, visitor center operations and the marketing efforts of the Seward Chamber of Commerce.

How it Works The Seward Halibut Tournament has a 6:00 am start time on June 1 and 8:00 pm end time on June 30th. You buy either a one-day ($10) or a 3-day ($25) tournament entry ticket (and don’t forget your fishing Nate Smith, Puffin Charters license!), then go fishing. Turn in your fish by 8 pm each day to one of the three weigh-in stations, which are J Dock Seafood Company, Captain Jack’s Seafood Locker and the Seward Military Resort. It will be weighed, recorded and entered into the tournament records. Winners need not be present to win.


What a Cast!

Please join in thanking our 2017 Tournament sponsors. Gold $4,000

Silver $3,000

Bronze $1,500

SHACK OUT BACK Copper $500

Catalyst Marine Engineering, Crackerjack Sportfishing Charters LLC, Great Bear Vacation Rentals, Harbor 360 Hotel, Profish-n-Sea Charters, Storm Chasers Marine


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Seward Halibut Tournament® Dates & Details June 1 – 30th 2017


he tournament starts at 6 am on Thursday, June 1st, 2017 and ends on Friday, 8 pm, June 30, 2017. See complete rules & regulations on pages 9 – 11.

Tournament Etiquette & Safety

Resurrection Bay and within the boundary lines for both east and west fishing, is wide open to handle all types of fishermen and boaters in June. However, it sure helps keeping the tournament fun if everyone adheres to the basic rules of the water when boating, is courteous and patient at the boat launch, and at the fishing cleaning stations! For those who are chartering with a local operator, please arrive on time for your departure, park in approved parking areas, and be sure to be conscious of others on the docks!  Be polite with fellow boaters, and respect rights of way. You might even want to brush up on maritime practices before heading out.

Nate Smith, Puffin Charters

 Keep watch at all times, looking and listening for any danger – as per U.S. Coast Guard regulations.  Always boat with a buddy, take turns at the helm or behind the reel. There’s also the option of setting anchor to jig in the changing tides.  Keep your distance from other boats. One of the most common risks for collisions and accidents is multiple boats converging on a hot fishing spot. If you can pitch something into a neighboring vessel, you are too close! 

Maintain safe and respective speeds at all times. We know you may need to “let ‘er rip” in order to reach a distant fishing site in good time, but follow the speed limits when leaving and entering the harbor or operating along the shore and near other vessels. If others are fishing nearby, cut the engine back and try to be silent as to preserve schools of fish.

Let others know where you plan to fish and when you expect to return. It could prove difficult to track someone down in the open water or along the coast outside the bay. A little trip planning in advance can do a lot of good in the event of an incident.

 Don’t talk trash on the radio! Be respectful of radio protocol and switch off emergency channels when communicating with others.  Share the fun! Our goal is for everyone to have a fun, world-class fishing experience for which Resurrection Bay is known.


Prize List Tagged Fish Prizes 2017 Silverado Truck from Chevrolet South Anchorage 2 Round-trip Tickets to Anywhere Alaska Airlines Flies

Multiple Cash Tags 3 available for $1000 15 available for $500 20 available for $250 (Not exceeding the personal daily halibut limit there is not a limit on tagged fish caught per person)

Heaviest Fish Prizes 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place

$5,000 $2,500 $1,500

Prizes also given for:

Photo courtesy of Terry Johnson

Women Cash Donated by Shack Out Back & Custom Rod Donated by Whopper Stoppers Youth (16 years & under) $500 - Cash Match Donated by Storm Chasers Marine and Seward Chamber of Commerce Active Military Stay & Play Package with Seward Military Resort Daily Prize The heaviest fish turned in daily wins a Tourney Hat & a 3 day 2018 entry ticket!



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Past Tournament Winners & Charter Operators

1st Place Jason Greig went out on the Voyager / Cracker Jack Charters 193.6 pounder 2nd Place Pat Daniels went out on the Predator / J -Dock Sport Fishing & Charters 191.2 pounder 3rd Place Aaron Gutzwiler went out on the Sea Quest / Alaska Northern Outfitters 179.8 pounder 3rd Place Adam Wade went out on & Military Prize the Predator / J -Dock Sport Fishing & Charters 179.8 pounder Women’s Prize Braelyn Moltz went out on the ProFish / Pro-Fish-n-Sea Charters 178.0 pounder Youth Prize Joshua Bond went out on the Interceptor / ProFish-n-Sea Charters Captain “T” of Crackerjack Voyager hauling up 116.8 pounder the 2016 winner with this 193.6 pound whopper

Purchase your Seward Halibut Tournament Get Geared Up! apparel & gifts at these locations

Captain Jack’s Seafood Locker 303 S Harbor St. The Tree House at J-Dock 1408 4th Ave E. Once In A Blue Moose (two locations) 230 4th Ave. and S Harbor St. Pit Bar 11857 Seward Hwy 7

Captain's Chair Captain “T” 2016 Halibut Tournament Winning Captain


ne of the exciting aspects of the month-long Seward Halibut Tournament in Seward is that no one truly knows until the last day who will reign supreme. So, it was not a surprise, that as in years past, the winning halibut was caught on the last day of June. The victorious halibut was a 193.6-pound beauty, and the victory went to the crew of the F/V Crackerjack Voyager and Captain “T” Francisca Barnett. For over 17 years, Captain “T” Barnett has been working as a captain of fishing charters. She has been a professional guide since her early 20’s, and is known for her passion of fishing. Captain “T” was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula, growing up in the small fishing town of Ninilchik, Alaska. As a teen ager she worked as a deckhand for a Deep Creek sport fishing charter boat in the summers. After graduating from high school, she received a tribal scholarship to attend the Alaska Nautical Training Center, thus beginning her path to become a Skipper. Over time she upgraded her license, as well as spent four years full time commercial fishing by chasing albacore and crabbing. In 2004, Captain “T” moved to Seward, and began guiding full time. When she became a mom in 2011, she found it was a struggle to stay competitive in the fishing world and still have time to spend time with her young children. Thankfully, she found that Crackerjack Sport Fishing Charters was willing to work with her parenting schedule. As fate would have it, Captain “T” and her crew brought in the winning halibut last year for the Halibut Tournament. Not only did this feat give Captain “T” bragging rights, but it also secured her a place in an extremely competitive industry dominated mostly by men. Want some advice from last year’s winning captain? “Book early; get your seat on the boat, and make sure you have your lucky fishing hat!” Crackerjack Fishing Charters



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Seward Halibut ÂŽ Tournament DURATION The tournament begins at 6:00 a.m. on June 1 & ends at 8:00 p.m. on June 30. The day of the Combat Fishing Tournament will also be included. ENTRY FEES Tickets must be purchased from an official ticket vendor. Price is $10 for a one-day ticket and $25 for a threeday (consecutive days) ticket. ELIGIBILITY Each applicant for entry shall be subject to approval of, or rejection by the tourney judges. All entrants must have purchased an OFFICIAL VALIDATED TOURNAMENT TICKET prior to the time of the catch and fish must be caught on the date(s) indicated on the ticket. The following are not eligible for derby participation: current employees or owners of a charter company, and Seward Halibut Tournament committee members, and all employees of the Seward Chamber of Commerce. Individuals in possession of a current ADF & G Sport Fish Business Owner and/or Guide License are not eligible. All persons 16 years of age and older must possess a current sport fishing license as required by the Alaska State Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G). Entrants may not proxy fish for another individual while participating in the tournament. ENTRANTS PARTICIPATING WITH NON-ENTRANTS Entrants may not share a vessel with non-entrants with the following exceptions: 1. entrants may participate alongside non-entrants while on board a charter vessel, which is engaged in a passenger-for-hire service and whose captain has pre-registered with the SCOC to act as a Tournament witness. It will be the responsibility of the charter boat captain to ensure that the rules concerning hooking and landing are complied with. Violation of this rule will disqualify the entrant, the boat, and its occupants for the duration of the June tournament; 2. Children under the age of five are considered non-entrants and may be aboard a participating vessel without a personal entry ticket. VALIDATION Persons fishing in the tournament must have their tickets validated at the time of purchase. Any ticket not validated will not be recognized. Tickets sold on board a charter fishing vessel must be reported by Ticket Number to the assigned contact by 9:00 a.m. on the day sold to be considered valid. Ticket numbers may be reported by telephone or e-mail. BOATS All entrants must fish from a vessel that departs from and returns to Resurrection Bay on the same voyage. The fish and angler must be transported to the Seward harbor on board the boat on which the fish was originally hooked and landed. All vessels and entrants must adhere to all applicable rules, including State and Federal regulations. All boats must be available for examination at any time. All charter boats must comply with United States Coast Guard licensing requirements and have current P & I insurance as required by the City of Seward Harbor Department. No boats with commercial fishing gear are allowed to participate in the tournament. TACKLE All fish to be entered in the tournament must be caught on sport fish rod and reel while the vessel is sport fishing only. Crew and vessels on commercial fishing trips are expressly excluded from participating in the tournament. Each entrant may have only one line in the water at a time. Entrants shall hook and reel up their fish unassisted. Assistance may be provided only to safely bring the fish aboard the vessel.


The Seward Halibut Tournament® committee and the Chamber of Commerce would like to clarify that the intent of the tournament rule for the use of a single hook, this means “a single circle or J hook only”, absolutely no treble hooks, snag hooks, or other devices that would increase release mortality and be considered inconsistent with usual and customary recreational halibut fishing practices. The Pacific Halibut biomass is at a near all time low and it is the responsibility of all users to be conservation minded and to reduce release mortality of released halibut when sport fishing.

BOUNDARY LINES There will be boundary lines for the Seward Halibut Tournament® both to the east and west fishing grounds. The eastern line starts at a point on Montague Island. N 59’ 46.066, W 147 49.824 and runs a line to a point N 59 35.993, W 147 49.825 then continues past on a 162’ heading, no fishing East of this line. All passages leading into P.WS are fishable however at the most Northern points of the passages is another line. No tournament fishing beyond the two most northern points of any of such passages. The Western line starts at a point on Outer Island. N 59’20.227, W 150’23.112 and runs a line to a point N 59’15.235, W 150’23.087 then continues past on a 162’ heading, no fishing West of this line. The boundary line for Macarthur Passage leading into Nuka Bay is the two closest points entering from the East. Nuka Bay is closed to tournament fishing. If a vessel has crossed any boundary in a day this such vessel and anglers will not be able to enter a fish for the derby.

NO OVERNIGHT FISHING There will be no overnight fishing allowed. Boats and anglers must leave and return the same day for a fish to be valid. TIMES A tournament day begins at 5:00 am and ends , 8:00 pm, except for the first and last days of the tournament. The weigh-in station closes at 8 p.m. A Tournament entrant can weigh a fish the day after it was caught, but must have a tournament ticket for both the day the fish was caught and the day the fish is weighed. The day the fish is weighed is the day it is counted for the tournament.

WEIGH-IN PROCEDURES All fish entered must be fresh, whole, uncut, and accompanied by the entrant when presented at one of the two weigh-in stations. Fish must be hung by the tail for weigh-in purposes. Any line and/c equipment used to hang the fish during weigh-in will be independently weighed and subtracted from the total seal weight. The stations will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. All entrants must provide their validated tournament ticket for that day prior to weigh-in along with a current fishing license. Entrants and weighing officials must sign the official weigh-in ticket. Periodically, fish will be opened and checked by a tournament judge. Any evidence of fish tampering will result in permanent disqualification from the Tournament. Each entrant will keep his or her halibut after it is weighed in and entered in the tournament. If the entrant does not want to keep the halibut, the weigh-in station will keep it for donation in accordance with State regulations. RULES & DECISIONS Judges shall be appointed by the SCCCVB. Weigh-in officials will be employees of Captain Jack’s Seafood Locker, J-Dock Seafood Company or The Seward Military Resort. Judges may, at their discretion, meet emergencies as may arise with additions to, or amendments of these rules. Judges’ decisions on rules and conduct of this tournament shall be considered final and binding upon contestants, owner/operators, and sponsors. Any decision may be appealed to the SCCCVB, which has the final authority and responsibility for all matters pertaining to the tournament. TAGGED FISH If the tagged fish caught is over 28” and the second fish caught by an angler in possession of larger fish, a photo of the tagged fish can be used with ca1 Iain’s reporting of the tag number to redeem the prize When a fish is turned in, it must be in one piece, with the tag still in the gill. In order to redeem your prize you must willingly and truthfully disclose the latitude and longitude where you caught the tagged fish, and all measurement required by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).



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PRIZES All prizes will be finalized and awarded within three days of the close of the tournament. Prizes are based on the weight of the fish at the time it is weighed on the official weigh-in scale at the designated weigh-in station. Final prize list is binding. Winners need not be present to win. HEAVIEST FISH 1st place $5,000, 2nd place $2,500, 3rd place $1,500 WOMEN Cash & Gift Package YOUTH (16yrs and under): $500 ACTIVE MILITARY Stay & Play Package TAGGED FISH Anywhere from $250 to $5000 per tag in Gear or Cash. Not exceeding the personal daily halibut limit, there is not a limit on tagged fish caught per person. DAILY PRIZE The heaviest fish turned in daily wins a Tourney Hat & a 3 day 2018 entry ticket! TIES A tie for first place for the tournament will share the combined first and second place cash total. A tie for second place will share the second and third place cash total. A tie for third-place will share the third place prize. A tie for the daily prize will be broken by a random drawing in the presence of a tournament judge. PRIZE WINNER RESPONSIBILITIES Any taxes on cash or prizes are the sole responsibility of the individual winners. Winners are required by IRS regulations to provide their social security number or other tax ID number to the SCCCVB when they claim their prize money. WAIVER OF LIABILITY The purchase of the tourna-ment ticket constitutes a waiver of liability absolving the SCOC and its Board of Directors, the Halibut Tournament Committee, and sponsors of the Tournament of any and all damages or liability which may occur upon entering the tournament. Rewards for tagged fish caught and reported after the tournament are worth $100. You must have a valid fishing license and submit information for the (IPHC) to the Chamber of Commerce.


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The Tide is a Changing G

oing into our 11th year as hosting the Seward Halibut Tournament, the Seward Chamber of Commerce team and local event board members have found that it is necessary to be flexible to keep this tournament successful and stay fun. As times change, so do the tides, thus the tournament has had to change too.

No Overnight Fishing

Along with many other sport fishing ports, the fishing spots that are nearby eventually get fished out. One of the changes that has occurred naturally over time is that boats are having to go further out to get their catch. In 2016, to level the playing field, and to encourage more boats to participate, the Seward Halibut Tournament Committee put a ban on overnight fishing. Weigh-in stations open at 9 a.m. and close each day at 8 p.m., so everyone has time to get in with their catch. In this way, it evens it out between the big charter boats over personal vessels. It is important to know that boats and anglers must leave and return the same day in order for a fish to be valid.

Fishing Boundary Lines & Points

Another noted change made last year by the committee are the boundary line locations. Fishing tournament boundary lines outside the bay are located out east by Montague Island and west of Outer Island. This is to ensure that the tournament is open to all sizes of crafts and that no one has a greater advantage to get into the fish. It is important that all anglers familiarize themselves with these boundaries Review the Halibut Tournament Rules & Regulations on pages 9 – 11 for complete boundary points and lines. If a vessel has crossed any boundary during a fishing day, this vessel and anglers will not be able to enter a fish in the tournament.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Seward Halibut Tournament Committee has created a new scholarship fund, raised from proceeds off the Hali-bucks Value Card. This merit scholarship is to assist the further education of local students connected to the halibut fishery or the maritime industry towards vocational training, technical college, and other post-secondary education.

Charter Operators On Board

Seward Chamber Stock / Dreamstime

As far as participation goes, the number of entrants in the tournament has stayed consistent, around 2,500 to 2,700 entries over the past few years. “A pleasing difference is the steady increase in the participation of charter boats and their captains each year” states Chamber Director, Cindy Clock. “ More charter operators supporting this event can only contribute to its growth in the years to come, and that’s just good thing for everyone!”



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Tide Chart Resurrection Bay, Alaska







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Book Now to Butt Out!


hy Charter, you ask? Well, for those of us who love to eat that delicately flavored white fish, but don’t have the equipment nor the experience to make this dream come true: Hiring a professional fishing guide is the way to go. Seward Chamber Stock / Dreamstime

Benefits for Booking a Charter Bottom line, when the bite is hot, your local sport fishing charter knows where to go to get you into the fish. With experienced guides, you have years of knowledge about the local waters at your disposal; and it’s truly hard to put a price on that. And when you think about it, a charter outfit will be equipped with all the proper gear for making your catch. Start adding up what you need, from reels, rods, jigs, line, filet knives, bait, to gas. You’ve paid for a few full day trips right there, let alone saved yourself the cost of buying a boat! Hiring a charter saves you on all those expenses, plus the hassle of maintenance to operate. Safety wise, professional guides on charters work to protect their clients and their catch. Licensed charter boat operators are required to follow specific safety procedures thus reducing the likelihood of accidents happening and keeping their clients in safer waters that can otherwise be dangerous. Conscientious guides can teach proper methods for catching and releasing fish to reduce mortality and help ensure a sustainable fishery for years to come. Charters are familiar with the regulations inside and out, can help to properly identify species and make sure that catch limits are followed properly. Last, but not least, charter operators and guides love what they do. They are the most at home on the water and catching fish. Their love for the ocean life is so strong that they are happy to share it, all season long. So take the guess work and frustration out of your next trip, book an experienced guide and enjoy your day. You won’t regret it! Seward Chamber Stock / Dreamstime



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All Hands On Deck! I

Puffin Fishing Charters

t’s early, your excited, full of energy, and with your coffee in hand, you climb aboard for some fishing with your favorite guide. His boat is humming and ready to go. But did you ever wonder what time your captain “Every day is a new and his or her crew came adventure; it keeps aboard to make it so? More than likely, this hardy group things exciting for started their day at the wee a captain. It’s the hour of 4 am. For charter operators, it begins and ends challenge that keeps with inspection of the motor you going.” and boat. During a typical season a boat can put 10,000 miles or plus on it; repair and maintenance are a constant concern. “You’d be amazed,” says Captain Nate Smith, who has been operating charter boats in the Seward Halibut Tournament for 11 years, “You just checked a boat the night before and there’s something wrong with it in the morning.” For this reason, it is crucial that the captain and crew start their day early enough to account for time it may take to make any repairs. They make sure that the boat is in tip top shape for the day of fishing to come. Once the vessel is checked and ready to go, there is all that gear to prep. The gear on a charter boat gets used daily and sometimes gets abused. All captains and crew know that the fishing trip is only as good as their gear, so painstaking care is taken to make sure that all of their equipment is in perfect condition to ensure the best fishing experience for their clients. Once the boat and the gear are set, the captain and the crew can share their passion for fishing with the clients. Michael DeYoung Photography

It takes years of experience to be a great captain. “The longer you do it,” as Captain Nate tells it, “The more you compile in your memory bank of where to fish according to the tide.”


The way that Captain Nate describes it, “Every day is a new adventure; it keeps things exciting for a captain. It’s the challenge that keeps you going.”

Michael DeYoung Photography

The captain and crew focus their whole day of putting clients on fish, getting the boat in the right spot, anchoring in the proper place to optimize the fishing experience, changing out gear, helping clients reel in their catch, educating clients about the area, the fish species and the love of fishing. And then after nearly 12 hours of fishing, their day is not remotely over.

Once the boat is in the harbor, it’s the deck hand that takes all the fish to the hanging station so that there is photographic proof of the epic experience that just occurred. Then the deck hand fillets all of the fish to then send their clients on their way home with great fish stories and plenty of wonderful meat to share with friends and family. Once the clients are off the boat, the evening inspection of boat and gear begins. Any repairs that need to be done are done before the captain and crew head home. It is hard work, but many love it and do it. For those Captains and Crews on fishing charters there is nothing they would rather be doing than sharing their enthusiasm of fishing and the ocean with their clients. “I get home around 7 or 8 pm, sometimes later, depending on what repairs need to be done,” says Captain Nate. “Spend a couple of hours with the family, get a little bit of sleep, then get up and do it all over again.”

Seward Chamber of Commerce, Dreamstime


Xavier Fores - Joana Roncero / Alamy Stock Photo


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Slinging the Fish Slang You’re going on your first halibut fishing trip with some of the boys and you realize that you only understand half of what they’re saying when talking shop. Brush up on your ‘Flattie’ fishing lingo with this handy list to prep yourself before you head out to sea:             

Flatties or Butt - favorite slang terms for Halibut. Chickens - Small halibut sought after by many chefs for their superior quality. Barn Door - A larger sized Halibut that feels like pulling a barn door out of 300 ft. of water. Shooter - A Halibut that is so big it needs to be shot to keep it. Butt Pad - A padded rod holder that fits around your belly like a belt. A butt pad helps you hold your rod while you reel in that ‘barn door’. Farmer - What to call your buddy who keeps losing fish. Bird’s Nest - A monumental tangle of line on your reel resulting from a spectacular overrun. A Seward Chamber Stock / Dreamstime fishing term that’s often preceded by a loud expletive. Chum - An evil smelling mixture of chopped bait and fish guts heaved overboard or suspended in a net bag to attract fish to your baited hook. Chumming - The term used to describe what a sea sick person does over the side of the boat. Jig/Jigging - In fishing terms, an artificial lure designed primarily to be fished vertically in the water column, this method is known as jigging. Not to be confused with a drunken fishermen’s attempt at dancing. Bait Ball - A densely packed shoal of baitfish just asking to get hit by predators. Hot Stick – The pole belonging to the person on the boat who’s catching all the fish. Mangler – The friend who doesn’t have a clue about casting. Need to watch out for them, unless you want a free piercing job.

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For Future Generations

When fishing for halibut an angler may pull in any number of different species of fish or any number of halibut that are not keepers. It is very important for future generations of anglers that these fish are handled with care. Remember that you are not throwing back something that is useless; but rather gently releasing a future keeper.

Every Halibut Counts is a voluntary, grassroots project created by concerned Alaskan charter halibut boat operators, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. This campaign is aimed towards operators, their angler clients and all other recreational halibut anglers to reduce the mortality of halibut caught and released for personal or regulatory reasons. It is intended to inform and encourage crews and anglers about the need and methods of releasing halibut gently, with minimal injury, and encourage them to use best practices when catching halibut, they intend to release. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF & G) assumes release mortality to be about 5% of halibut released by recreational fishermen. Properly Handling for Release – The Basics Every angler should be knowledgeable about the different species of fish. A common mistake made by inexperienced anglers is taking an arrowtooth flounder for a pacific halibut. The arrowtooth flounder, unlike the halibut, has coarse scales and needle like teeth. The meat of the arrowtooth flounder becomes mushy when cooked and is considered inedible. (And the arrowtooth flounder will not win you a prize in the Seward Halibut Tournament!)

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Other Species One May Encounter When Halibut Fishing:  Rock Fish  Flat Fish  Pollock  Pacific Cod  Irish Lord  Sharks  Skates It is important, once a fish is on the line, that an angler makes a quick decision about whether it is a keeper or not. A nice trick is to use a yard stick or lines on the side of the boat to help determine the size of the fish and whether you would like to keep it. The ‘Every Halibut Counts’ campaign suggests that anglers always keep an unhooking device at the ready. A gaff or a rod with a curved end can be slid down the leader until it reaches the bend of the hook, and a quick pull and twist motion will roll out the hook. Anglers should always try to unhook the fish while it is in the water. If unhooking the fish isn’t possible, cutting the leader close to the hook is acceptable. It probably won’t hurt the fish and the hook will most likely fall out eventually. Remember that if a fish is bleeding, gut-hooked or visibly injured, it probably won’t survive. By regulation, any fish not returned to the sea with minimal injury must be kept and counted toward the angler’s daily bag limit. It is also good practice to keep track of how many halibut have been released and to accurately report it.



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Handling Keepers Proper handling of halibut that you plan to keep is important as well. Because of the sheer size and muscle mass of a halibut, improper handling can lead to serious injury or even death. Even a 40 to 50 lb. halibut flopping around on the deck of a boat is no laughing matter, and an ill prepared angler could find themselves easily injured by a very strong tail. Some halibut anglers choose to use a gun to subdue halibut over 50 lbs., but it is important to remember that shooting a halibut in the head runs the risk of destroying the very best part of the halibut, its cheeks. It also creates the danger of a bullet ricocheting and hitting the boat or a person. Many fish hunters have their lucky fish bonker that they use to bonk the halibut over the head, but this can cause bleeding and bruising in the meat if not done properly. Remember when bonking a halibut, the idea is not to beat them to death, but rather to hit them quickly and efficiently on the brain to stun them and stop the thrashing. Once the fish is subdued, immediate cutting of the gills will kill it. Seward Chamber Stock / Dreamstime

After you’ve hooked and reeled up your winning fish, a harpoon or a flying gaff is a wise and safe method of subduing it before you bring it on board. Even with halibut under 50 pound, it is smart to use a gaff before bringing the fish onto your boat. In gaffing a halibut, try to keep the head of the fish in the water; as reeling the line until the head is out of the water will cause the fish to flop about making gaffing more difficult. Grab your leader and lift slowly, having a sharp gaff ready in the other hand. As soon as the head breaks the surface, gaff the crook of the head, where the brown meets the white above the eyeball, as hard as you can.


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SEASONAL BOAT PREP De-Winterizing your Boat


Getting Started

 If necessary, reinstall batteries. Top up lead acid batteries

with distilled water. Fully charge batteries. Clean, tighten electrical connections, especially terminals of battery cables. Coat battery terminals with insulating film of grease, or apply protective battery terminal spray.  Open and close seacocks; handles should move freely. Hoses should be double-clamped with stainless-steel hose clamps. Replace any that look rusted.  Inspect the raw-water intake strainer to be sure it has not cracked, and is clean and free of corrosion. Make sure the strainer’s top fits snugly.  Check running lights. Clean/tighten connections or replace bulbs to assure that all are operating properly.  Check VHF and GPS antenna connections by disconnecting and spraying with moisture-displacing lubricant, then reconnect and test.  Look for indications of leaking at trim cylinders and hoses as well as at hydraulic steering pumps and rams. Replace the O-ring or gasket if leaking.  Make sure the stuffing box or shaft seal is completely dry when the boat is at the dock.

Outdrives and Outboards

 Check outdrive bellows for cracks and tears (look especially in the folds).  Check hydraulic trim fluid. If you didn’t change it last fall, change it now.  Check lower-unit lube level. Creamy oil indicates water (and a bad seal). Many manufacturers recommend

changing the oil every year.

Engines and Related Systems

 Flexible gasoline lines should say “USCG Approved, J1527.” Replace any that don’t.  Are fuel hoses supple, with no cracks, bulges, or soft spots? Do the lines smell like gasoline?(wipe the lines

with a clean rag and then smell the rag) Did you also use a rag to detect odors at connections?  Cooling hoses should fit snugly and be solidly clamped.  Replace any hose clamps that show signs of corrosion.  Replace fuel filters.



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f you took the steps to properly stow your boat at the end of the season, then de-winterizing in the spring should be a breeze. Starting with uncovering your boat and giving it a thorough cleaning inside and out is advisable. While your cleaning, it is good to look for cracks and gouges in the hull and check for any missing rivets. Here are six steps courtesy of Seward Heavy Industrial Power to make sure that your boat is ready to get back out on the water after winter:

 Clean or replace the air filter.  Change engine oil unless done in the fall (preferable). Check fluid levels: transmission, hydraulic steering

fluid, and coolant.  Check belts for tension and wear.  Check raw-water and freshwater pumps for seepage, which indicates a gasket needs to be replaced.  Replace raw-water impellers if they are more than a year old.  Examine exhaust manifolds for signs of corrosion and water seepage that indicate blockage. If you suspect a problem, remove the manifold.  Replacing the (inexpensive) gaskets at the heat exchanger every year helps prevent corrosion at the housing and lets you look for gunk that can clog the stacks.  Test bilge blower and inspect hose.  Inspect outer jacket of cables for cracks and swelling, either of which indicates the cable must Seward Heavy Industrial Power be replaced. Use waterproof grease at the ends.  Inspect the anodes on the shaft, outdrive, and engine cooling system. Replace any that are close to half- deteriorated.

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Power Boat Prep & Alaska Boat Safety Checklist Know your boat. Before each departure, check that your boat is in good working condition, is properly equipped for emergencies, and that passengers are properly briefed. Avoid inconvenience and potential danger by taking a few minutes before departure to check the following: Lifejackets for each person (proper size-fit, worn, fastened)  Throwable Type IV flotation device with floating line, attached to boat  Fire extinguisher(s) fully charged, mounted securely  Sound producing device(s) (air horn, whistle, bell)  U.S. Coast Guard-approved visual distress signals (with current dates)  Navigation lights  Boat registration (properly displayed, certificate onboard)  Proper ventilation, backfire flame arrestors (inboards)  Drain plugs installed/sea cocks closed  Marine VHF radio(s) and other equipment tested  Fuel, oil sufficient for trip - 1/3 Out, 1/3 Return, 1/3 Reserve  Vessel loaded properly and all items secured from shifting  Battery fully charged, secured, terminals clean and covered  Bilge pump and backup manual bailing device(s) functional  Tools/parts (batteries, fuses, spark plugs, belts, prop, prop nut kit)  Anchors (2), each with own chain and line, one attached to boat  Auxiliary propulsion (spare engine, sail, paddle, oars)  Spare food, drinking water, clothing, shelter (tent or tarp) Seward Chamber of Commerce Stock  First aid and survival kits  Navigation tools. GPS, compass, charts, maps, tide book  Weather and sea conditions (forecast and observation)  Float plan prepared, given to responsible party  Passenger briefing: stability rules, proper clothing, float plan details, location of and how to use emergency equipment, how to start, stop and steer the boat, handling emergencies. 

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hese days, almost all fishermen have their favorite halibut fishing spots marked by GPS, which means getting back to your “honey-hole” requires relatively little in the way of navigational skill. If you are fishing a previously marked rock pile, mud flat, or depression, knowing where to drop anchor can dictate whether or not you’ll have success. Anchoring does take some skill if you want to be precise about how and where you fish a particular spot. For the purpose of this article I am going to assume your boat is properly equipped with suitable rope, chain, anchor, and lifting gear (buoy or windlass). Most commonly a claw style anchor, a boat’s length of heavy galvanized chain, and quality 3-strand nylon anchor line (rope). Also, I’m assuming that you know the basics about deploying and retrieving the anchor on your specific vessel. This article focuses mainly on how to effectively drop your anchor to end up on, or at least very near a specific spot for halibut fishing. Upon arriving at your chosen fishing destination, take a visual look around. Unless I’m at the local “chicken-hole” where boats often anchor close together, I like to make sure I’m not fishing within a half mile of other vessels in the area. This distance ensures you won’t be affecting another vessel by interrupting their bite and they won’t affect your ability to attract halibut toward your boat once you set anchor. This is also a good safety precaution to ensure that you will not swing into another vessel if the tide or wind shifts or if your anchor drags. After a visual check of the area I turn my attention to my fish finder. Spotting halibut on the sounder is somewhat rare but I like to take a look at the bottom to check the bottom structure and composition and to see if there is any bait or other fish in the water column. Often I will mark any notable features or bait on my GPS plotter and then turn my attention to anchoring the boat. In order to anchor the boat as close as possible to the GPS mark I’m trying to hit I take into account the wind and current (tide) at the time. Also, keep in mind the tide cycle and where your boat might swing or move as the tide changes. Often, I will “check the drift” by watching the direction and speed the vessel moves on the plotter when the engines are not in gear. I try to estimate the amount of time it would take to drop anchor and come tight on the slack in order to see how far the boat moves in that amount of time. By paying attention to the drift and the depth of the water I’m able to get a good idea how far in front of the mark I need to drop the anchor to land on the spot. Seward Chamber Stock / Dreamstime

Pay close attention to the depth of the water and how strong the current and wind are to be sure you have enough anchor line and can deploy the proper amount of scope to keep the anchor holding. If you are anchoring your boat strictly for fishing and not trying to weather an impending storm you can likely get away with using less scope than the 5:1 ratio recommended by nautical norms (especially if you use extra anchor chain). Still, you cannot anchor in 250 feet of water against a strong current if you only carry 300 feet of anchor rode! Pull the boat ahead of the mark, up into the wind and tide and drop the pick. With any luck your reckoning skill will land you right on your spot when the anchor line comes tight! At some fishing spots I find precise anchoring to be more important than others. If you are fishing a small structure, anchoring close to the mark might be more important than if you are fishing a flat bottom without notable features. Either way, these anchoring techniques should help you land on your spot, stay in the good graces of the boats fishing around you, and hopefully catch more halibut. Good luck fishing and be safe out there!



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acific halibut are vital to our economies, cultures, and livelihoods in coastal Alaska. Yet, each year, millions of pounds of halibut is thrown back into the sea each year as bycatch. Such high levels of bycatch has a direct affect on Alaska’s subsistence, sport, and commercial fisheries. At Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC), we’ve been working for more than 20 years to ensure our state’s halibut stocks remains healthy for future generations to harvest and enjoy. Reducing halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea has been a major priority of AMCC in recent years. For example, in response to advocacy efforts by AMCC and others, fisheries managers voted in 2012 to reduce halibut bycatch limits in the Gulf of Alaska for the trawl and hook and line groundfish fisheries--the first significant reduction in halibut bycatch limits for the trawl fishery since the late 1980s. In 2015, fishery managers voted to significantly reduce bycatch of halibut in the Bering Sea groundfish fisheries. AMCC is now supporting a shift to managing bycatch of Pacific halibut based on abundance, rather than hard caps. This initiative, along with efforts to advance ecosystem-based management and address ocean acidification and climate change impacts, will help ensure the long-term conservation of this species so vital to our economy and way of life. Our team is actively engaged in the policy making process and works with fisheries managers, scientists, community fishermen, and coastal residents to advocate for healthy fisheries and sustained access to those fisheries by Alaskans. We invite you to learn more about our work and how you can help support the long-term health of Alaska’s marine ecosystems! Visit

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Founded in 1994, Alaska Marine Conservation Council is a community-based, nonprofit organization committed to protecting the long-term health of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and sustaining the working waterfronts of our state’s coastal communities. Our members include fishermen, coastal residents and other Alaskans who care deeply about Alaska’s oceans.


Seward Boat Ramp Procedures Avoid Ramp Rage, Carnage and Comedy in 3 Easy Steps 1. Pay Your Launch and Parking Fee in Advance.  Daily parking and launch fees may be paid by cash or credit card at the pay stations in the parking lots. Season parking passes may be paid by cash, check, or credit card at the parking office. Seasonal launch passes can be purchased at the harbor master’s office. 2. Prepare your vessel before entering ramp area.

 Check that all required safety equipment and the vessel’s registration card are on board.  Make sure the trailer coupler is connected securely to the ball hitch and unplug the trailer lights.  Check the condition of the battery, the motor, and the angle of the drive unit.  Make sure the vessel’s drain plug is firmly in place.  If you have a gasoline inboard, run your exhaust blower (for at least four minutes) prior to getting on the ramp so you don’t have to wait.  Have at least three experienced people ready to launch the vessel — one to back the trailer into the water, one to help release it and one to hold the boat.

3. Move the vessel to the boat ramp, get people in position to hold and release boat.

 Once your vessel is launched and secured to the courtesy dock for loading passengers, quickly move the towing vehicle off the ramp and out of the way.

Retrieving Your Vessel 1. Get your vehicle in the launch/retrieval line.

When retrieving, do not pull your vessel into a launch lane until the towing vehicle is at the ramp. The line is formed by vehicles with trailers, not by vessels in the water.

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Back the trailer into the water so that approximately two-thirds of the rollers or bunks are submerged. Move the vessel onto the trailer far enough to attach the winch line to the bow eye of the vessel. Finish pulling it onto the trailer by cranking tthe winch. Consider adding an additional bow safety chain to secure the bow eye to the trailer. Shut off the vessel’s engine, and raise the drive unit. Tow the vessel off the ramp and out of the way of others.

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3. Secure & Prep Vessel for Travel in Staging Area

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Ramp Safety Advice from a guy who’s seen it all: If you have an incident on the north ramp, chances are it’s Mike from Bay Barge Co. Dock Store who’ll be running out to help. With over 25 years of his business serving boaters and anglers he’s seen a lot of action on the boat ramp. Mike has a couple good pieces of advice. 1. Don’t take off the safety chain. Mike has seen more than one boat has slid off its trailer and onto the cement. “Getting the boat back on takes a whole crew — and it’s expensive. It’s usually a new boat owner or someone who’s borrowed a boat.” 2. Parents — keep kids away from the ramp area. “I’m constantly concerned about kids running around. Drivers can’t see ‘em because the bow masks what’s in front of them. And some drivers charge up the ramp really fast.” 3. Strategize. You can’t necessarily avoid the morning and afternoon ramp rushes, but you can strategize. Allow lots of time for waiting your turn, know how to launch/retrieve efficiently, etc.

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Situated at the head of Resurrection Bay and alive with activity, the Seward Boat Harbor is the perfect place to launch adventures -- on and off the water. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling marina, get the supplies and marine services you need, and find information and access to all the region's main attractions, including everything from fishing, kayaking and day cruises to glacier walks, flightseeing and more.

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Seward has tons to see, do and experience without ever touching a fish. But you could touch an anemone, see a whale, hike a mountain, enjoy a spa day and oh so much more!

Indoor Attractions

The Alaska Sealife Center is our most famous indoor attraction. It’s packed to the gills with amazing creatures and information about the area’s sea scape. Looking for a souvenir? There are many shops both near the small boat harbor and downtown (take a free shuttle and get there in 5 minutes...or walk the Historic Iditarod trail along the beach). Downtown is also home to the museum, art galleries, day spas and more.         

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Get into the heart of the famous wildlife and glaciers of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park on a half-, full-day or overnight cruise, sailing charter, sea kayak tour or scenic flight. Or you could pan for gold, hike up to a glacier, fly through the forest on a zipline and more.         

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eward’s majestic surroundings await your exploration by foot, bike, paddle, boat or however you roll. Walk the beautiful beach along the Historic Iditarod Trail interpretive path, take the Seward Chamber Stock / Dreamstime self-guided downtown mural tour, or hike up into the mountains or out along the coast to Tonsina Point. Or rent a bike, kayak or paddleboard. Be sure to arm yourself with current information from the Seward Visitor Center first, then go have fun!  Sea Kayak  Bike  Hike  Paddleboard  Water taxi (to hiking, kayaking or scenic viewing locales)  Self-guided Walks: Downtown Murals, Historic Iditarod Trail, Exit Glacier Trail.

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f and when you need to clean your fish (or just want to see the fillet knives a’ flying), head to one of the four public sport fish cleaning stations at the Seward Boat Harbor. The tables are located in front of Bay Barge Dock Store near the NE Launch Ramp, at the head of J Dock and B Dock, and near the end of Q Dock by the entrance channel. Please adhere to the following policies:

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Make sure your knives are sharp! Dull knives slow the cleaning process. Have fish in tubs or coolers, knives, and fish storage containers all readily at your disposal. Position yourself in line or near the next spot that looks ready to open. Keep it friendly — and keep your sense of humor. Afternoons can get crazy busy with every angler angling for a spot. Do not throw fish waste, unwanted bait, or bait packaging into Seward Boat Harbor waters. Use gut barges ONLY for fish guts and carcasses. (Do not use for garbage or anything else!) If it’s busy, do your final “special” trimming at home. Clean up your station when you’re done.

For halibut you are not entering in the tournament, it’s best to clean them off shore... The Seward Harbor has demonstrated a genuine commitment to implementing best practices that help reduce pollution, improve water quality and protect the marine environment. All, while providing boaters with a safe and productive marina for business and recreation. The Chamber thanks the harbor, the Alaska Clean Harbors Advisory Committee, and YOU for working together on these efforts. Xavier Fores - Joana Roncero / Alamy Stock Photo



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laska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) is proud to connect Alaskans with premium quality, sustainably sourced seafood harvested by small boat fishermen. For more on the nonprofit’s community supported fishery, visit This recipe is courtesy of Marsh Skeele, a commercial fisherman from Sitka and AMCC supporter.

Halibut cheeks

Halibut cheeks are treasured by many seafood lovers for their sweet flavor and scalloplike texture and shape. A rich Spanish romesco sauce is a worthy accompaniment to this prized fish. This recipe serves four.


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Romesco sauce

1 cup roasted red pepper; chopped 1 cup poached almonds; or marcona (if you don’t have time to poach) 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 5 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons good quality sherry vinegar 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons olive oil + canola oil to make 1 cup Salt and pepper

Make the romesco ahead of time. In a food processor with the blade set in place, add the peppers, almonds, smoked paprika, garlic and sherry vinegar, and pulse for 30 seconds. Add the egg yolk and pulse again for 10 seconds. Turn the food processor on and slowly drizzle the oil in a slow, steady stream. As the food processor runs, the romesco will emulsify. It should take about a minute to add all the oil slowly. Once all of the oil has been added, let the sauce blend for an additional 30 seconds. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pat the halibut cheeks dry and then season lightly with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat with enough butter and oil to barely cover the surface of the pan. Add the halibut cheeks, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook in separate batches if necessary. After 30 second turn the pan down to medium heat. Cook the halibut cheese for an additional 3 minutes on the first side and then flip. Cook the other side for 3 minutes and immediately remove from pan to avoid overcooking. Place the halibut cheeks on a serving platter. Spoon the romesco sauce over the fish. NOTE Don’t freeze romesco sauce; it’ll break. It will keep for 3-4 days refrigerated. Photo courtesy Alaska Seafood



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Cabela’s 155 W 104th Ave. Alaska Mining & Diving Supply 3222 Commercial Dr. Trailer Craft 222 W 92nd Ave. ACVB (Downtown) 524 W 4th Ave 4th Avenue Marketplace/Downtown 333 W Fourth Ave ABC Motorhome Rental 3875 Old International Airport Rd Sportsman’s Warehouse 8681 Old Seward Hwy. B & J’s Sporting Goods 113 W Northern Lights Blvd. Carrs/Safeway Huffman (Dominion Distribution Stand) Huffman Carrs/Safeway Abbott (Dominion Distribution Stand) Abbott Great Alaska Holidays Motor Home Rental 9800 Old Seward Hwy

Elmendorf/Ft. Rich Outdoor Rec Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson SOLDOTNA Soldotna Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 44790 Sterling Hwy. Sportsman’s Warehouse 44402 Sterling Hwy. Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing 44648 Sterling Hwy. KENAI PENINSULA Seward Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 2001 Seward Hwy, Seward Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center Mile 48.7, Sterling Hwy, Cooper Landing Kenai Chamber of Commerce & CVB 11471 Kenai Spur Hwy, Kenai

Other Locations: Alaska Butcher & Equipment, Bass Pro, Beartooth, Deweys Cook Inlet, Middleway Cafe, Mooses Tooth, Mossy’s Flyshop, New Sagaya, Play It Again Sports, The Bait Shack

Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor 201 Sterling Hwy, Homer Other Locations: Girdwood Tesoro, Portage Train Depot

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was an incredibly passionate and loving man. He was so many things to so many people. He was an entrepreneur, an outdoorsman, an adventurist, a husband, a father, and so much more. He had an ambition that was unparalleled, running two businesses in two different states while raising a family that he fought for everyday. He had a wild side, living life to the fullest throughout his adventures in the outdoors. More than anything else, he cared for so many people. He was a selfless man who found so much joy in giving. He was a mentor to countless people. His wife, daughter, and son were fortunate enough to have front row seats to his beautiful life. They carry on his business and his virtues with pride. Honoring the life of their dearest loved one and encouraging all who knew him to do the same. May he be remembered through the fondest of memories and Rest In Peace. 35










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