Hi guys, I'm hoping to head up from FL (wife in tow) over July 4th next year (2012) for a week. Literally, "I want to take the trip just for the halibut." Tongue in cheek but true. Have wanted to catch one of these over-sized flounder for years - since I was a kid and finally can do it. Not looking for a 200# fish but 75-100# would be awesome. 50# would work. Please forgive me if the questions are redundant or unintelligent. I get questions for building Hybrids and hunting/fishing/sight seeing in FL that most people know the answers to, well almost everyone except the guy asking it... I'm clueless as to what I've gotten myself into and don't want to talk to a travel agent because travel agents don't fish - they sell based on comission. Plus, if AK guiding is anything like FL guiding - there are plenty of people selling fish trips who should not be. My parents, sister, and cousin have all been there and tried the fishing with less than satisfactory results because they did it in conjunction with tours. I'm also not taking a tour. hmmm. So - here come the questions: Is the beginning of July a good time? If not - when should I go? Where should I go & if possible, who with? Seward has come up a few times - is this the place? Are there any good tasting salmon running around that time? (I hear the pinks taste horrible - so let's skip 'em. I think sockeyes look the coolest with those big hooked jaws.) Any good salmon guides near the halibut fishing grounds? Is it smart to do a fly-in salmon trip? Worth the cost and such for the extra scenery and such? Also - please feel free to recommend lodges or places to stay. I'm trying to do this on $5,000 if possible. $1500 airfare, $X lodging, $X fishing, $X sight seeing (glaciers and what not), and $X shipping fish home. I can spend extra on food. Want to fish a couple half days for salmon (2 people) and a full day for a fattie flatty (may charter a 6-pack for the day if that is wise or may take a second trip for one if necessary - did I say I wanted to catch one of these?). Otherwise, relaxing for a few days with the mountains as a backdrop will be pretty neat. Thanks! PS - I have heard about the threat of the limit going from 2 of any size to 1 at 37 inches or less. That would severely limit my enthusiasm. Any truth to the rumor????