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Old 14 November 2011, 23:01   #1
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Hello from Alaska

Been lurking but just joined...lots of good info. here.

I have a Zodiac Hurricane RIB powered by a 115hp 2-stroke Mercury. Last season was my first with this boat. I bought the boat from someone who bought it at a state auction and it was in bad shape. 3 weeks later had a worthy vessel for my kind of fishing here in AK. We normally run from 40-150 miles a day in seas from flat calm to 10`. It is propped to redline @ 40mph...too much chine walk beyond that.

Mods so far...
Aluminum center console
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And of course fresh wiring and batteries.

Looking forward to learning more here.

It`s a bit cold here and too much snow for the all-shined-up pics so here`s a couple during the build.





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Old 15 November 2011, 03:31   #2
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Looks a nice boat!!

You'll have some fun in that, especially with the scenery Alaska way.
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Old 15 November 2011, 09:51   #3
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Hi and welcome to RIBnet. Alaska looks nice and sunny in the pics. What fish are you catching up there ??
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Old 15 November 2011, 09:56   #4
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Hello and welcome. Fish fingers?
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Old 15 November 2011, 22:53   #5
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Thanks guys :)

Lots of fish to go for but the ones I target the most are...in no particular order...


Halibut
Ling Cod
Rockfish
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Trout
Grayling

Some pics if you are interested.







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Old 15 November 2011, 22:55   #6
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More pics cause we can.







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Old 15 November 2011, 23:01   #7
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last round...











Anywho, you may have noticed I love my home!
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Old 16 November 2011, 04:46   #8
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Nice looking Rib, your pictures have made me very jealous, in my twenties I worked for various Cruise Liners for about 8 years, while I travelled extensively all over the world I did spend a lot of time in Alaska during the cruising season most years and have very fond memories, best place ive been for outstanding natural beauty, visited Skagway, Juneau, Ketchiken, Seward, Sitka etc etc. Great times, would recomend Alaska as a destination not to be missed to anyone.
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Wow!! some awesome fish there AK2AZ The ling and Halibut are massive...
The orange one I presume is a rockfish. I would like to see some pics of you landing those size of fish on your new rib

As for camping!! with the potential for bears to call at the camp
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Old 16 November 2011, 11:22   #10
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Alaska;

Nice fish.

Is that a Yelloweye rockfish?

If so, nice to see them doing well; they're illegal take here in CA.

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Old 16 November 2011, 20:34   #11
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Alaska;

Nice fish.

Is that a Yelloweye rockfish?

If so, nice to see them doing well; they're illegal take here in CA.

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Yep, it`s a Yellow Eye. They have a small limit of one per day where I fish and if you get one you must retain the first one...and it is recommended that you move after taking one.
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Old 16 November 2011, 21:02   #12
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Wow!! some awesome fish there AK2AZ The ling and Halibut are massive...
The orange one I presume is a rockfish. I would like to see some pics of you landing those size of fish on your new rib

As for camping!! with the potential for bears to call at the camp
We`ve had some good scares but that`s part of why we do it...the unknown. I carry plenty of hardware but haven`t had to shoot one yet.

Instead of posting more pics here`s a link to a slideshow I did over the last 2 summers. Some pics of the soft bottom Achilles that I was using but needed a rigid for the long distance stuff.
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Congrats my friend. We have to GREECE beautiful places but honestly I envy for fish caught. I would love to be with you
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Fantastic photo's to wet the appetite of all Sportsmen! A place I plan to visit in the future for sure! And ALL for TWO CENTS AN ACRE! What Foresight. Keep the photos comeing.:tumbs:
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Two cents an acre? I could afford 5 acres!!!! OMG amazing fish!
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Two cents an acre? I could afford 5 acres!!!! OMG amazing fish!
Thats how much the Yanks paid the Ruskie's for it!!
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They PAID the Ruskies? What a waste of good nuclear weapons!
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They PAID the Ruskies? What a waste of good nuclear weapons!
Not many of those around in 1867... BOTH got plenty now
Mind you,Sarah Palen tips it for the Yanks
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Old 17 November 2011, 15:08   #19
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Ah c'mon Max ya fooled me there then! 2 cents then is like 2 grand now prolly....... Now I can't afford a ranch suddenly.
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[QUOTE=Courageous;430147]Ah c'mon Max ya fooled me there then! 2 cents then is like 2 grand now prolly....... Now I can't afford a ranch suddenly. [/QUOΤΕ As you can see everywhere financial difficulties
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