Advanced Research

Maybe its too much.  I don't know.  I think a lot of on water time is a great subsitute for this level of research.  But it does reinforce to me why somethings I just "knew" are the way they are.  Huh?  

Since we are looking into fishing the Homer Winter Derby, here's a great example.  I know that sandlances are a abundant prey source when I fish in October.  Will they be the prey source in March?  Don't know!  So I looked it up but focusing on more marine research being done by government agencies instead on the water fishing reports.

You will find a wealth of information.  What did I get out of this one paper?  It shows how the currents run in KAchemak Bay.  It describes the different shoreline types and the prinicipal species.  If I am king fishing in the ISlands, I may take a small shovel to collect steamers, etc.  It's a great read for anyone interested in Kachemak Bay.  Why is Anchor Point such a good place for kings (look at the currents and kelp bed info)

This paper though older leads me to believe I am successful near the spit in October due to congregations of sandlances that apparently spawn east of the Spit.  But this also makes me wonder what the principal prey species in March?  In late April there are Herring and Hooligan that come into the area to spawn.  I think end of March is too early.  

Though I think sand lance is what the salmon are here for.  It's over ten years old but here's an interesting graph of trawl surveys in July:

So am I going to catch more fish reading  all of this? I hope so.  But really there is no substitute for being on the water.  Not to give away my tv viewing habits but years back I really enjoyed the show "Good Eats" by Alton Brown on the food network.  I am a good cook.  I didn't need to know the science behind the cooking.  But I found it fascinating and I do believe it allows me to improvise or to try new things.  Makes fishing that much more enjoyable.