Archive for August, 2011
Posted on August 15th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
Our guests have experienced mostly sunny skies and flat calm seas here for the past week. If only that would last another week, as it looks like the rain and wind are descending upon us again here in Craig. With plenty of islands to hide behind I’m sure we’ll find a kelp bed or three to hunker down next to. The furnaces are fueled up on the boats and we’re ready to roll!
Fishing has been great for silvers and we’re still picking up a few king salmon in the mix. Keeper size chicken halibut have been easy to come by and so have slot limit ling cod, yelloweye, and black sea bass. Calm seas definitely help in that department! With 8 to 10 foot seas forecast for our next group arriving this afternoon we will likely have to work a lot harder for bottomfish.
Here’s Trent, Eric, Trevor, and Eric from Lynden, WA with a fine catch of silvers, halibut, sea bass, and a keeper ling cod from a few days ago.
Big Mike caught this 30# yelloweye rockfish on a pipe jig while working a rockpile in search of ling cod a couple days back. It’s easily the biggest yelloweye I’ve ever seen.
Barry Dikeman caught this 250 pound-ish halibut while aboard the Makai with Capt. Troy Thain. We’ve had at least half a dozen more large halibut in the 70 to 250 pound range released between the Sea Hunt, Makai, and Polar Bear this past week.
I’ve always posted these fishing reports to give upcoming customers a hint of what’s in store for them on their upcoming trip and to let prospective customers know that we’re still kicking here in Craig. I only with I had more time to post more photos and videos here, as I know all of you enjoy seeing your photos here. I’ve been recording quite a few more GoPro videos and will upload them as I have time towards the end of the season. Just three more groups and we’ll be done here in Craig. My how this incredible fishing season has flown by!
Until next week…good fishing!
Capt. Rob Endsley
Posted on August 7th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
It’s been a week since my last report here from Craig, Alaska and things are much the same as they were in late July. The silvers seem to be coming in pulses and one day all the boats in our small fleet will get early limits and then the next day we’re scrambling to find them again. The boats that are sticking-and-staying and picking away at the silvers for most of the morning are getting limits just about every day though.
The king salmon run is beginning to slow down, which isn’t unusual for this time of year. Kind of like the silvers, if you you stick it out and target kings all day long there’s a great chance of getting a nice limit of king salmon. Run around and try to get a mixed bag of species and you might miss out in the king salmon bite though. Some big boys have been caught this past week, as I’ve heard of 56 and 60 pound kings hitting the dock at a local lodge. We’ve been opting for silvers the last few days and have been picking up one or two king salmon a day incidentally mixed in with the silver salmon. I fished kings hard with our group from Yakima, WA a few days back and we had one really solid day of king salmon fishing, boating limits of kings to the low 30’s and losing a few more.
The grade of halibut has been excellent lately with quick limits of nice chicken halibut in the ocean. We’ve also been targetting some big sea bass on the offshore pinnacles and getting nice limits of these great eating fish. Good yelloweye and ling cod fishing for the boats that have made the effort.
Here’s a few pics from this past week of fishing in Craig, Alaska:
The Mildfelts and Billy Vernon pose for the glory dock shot with king salmon to 30 pounds, limits of silvers, halibut, and black sea bass.
Jeff didn’t need to hold these black sea bass waaaaaay out in front to make them look big. They WERE big!
Ryan with his 27 pound king salmon from the Tree Hole off the north end of Noyes Island.
Capt. Troy Thain aboard the Makai nets a nice king salmon for Mike at Cape Ulitka yesterday afternoon.
This humpback whale put on quite the show at the Tree Hole late yesterday afternoon. We sat and watched this young whale breach around the charter boats for about 30 minutes.
We’re in silver salmon mode now and hopefully we get another good shot of them here soon. Until next week…good fishing to you!
Capt. Rob Endsley