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* July 4th Fishing Report from Prince of Wales Sportfishing

Posted on July 5th, 2012 by .

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Happy 4th of July Everyone!

We took the boat out last night for the 4th of July fireworks show here in Craig and man what a show. It’s hard to believe how much time and money this little town puts into the 4th of July celebration…very, very cool!

The commercial troll fleet opened up on July 1st and as usual king salmon fishing has slumped quite a bit on the outside. There’s still some fish around…ya just gotta work a lot harder for them. The upside is that some big king salmon are starting to show in the ocean drifts this past week. I’ve heard of at least three fish over 50 pounds being caught on the west side of the Noyes Island the last few days. One of them was a mid-50’s king that one of the Waterfall guests caught very close to us today. What a hog!

Kim DeWeese was lucky enough to hook into this 44 pound king salmon on my boat a few days back. It’s the biggest king salmon landed in our small fleet so far and it put up an impressive battle in sea lion infested waters. Nice work Kim!

Halibut fishing remains darned good on the ocean lately and we’ve caught easy limits of 15 to 30 pound halibut on a daily basis. I haven’t personally targetted any big halibut lately (go figure), but rumor has it there’s been some bigger ones around. Ling cod fishing has been excellent near shore and black sea bass are easy pickin’s just about anywhere on the coast line. We’ve had some fun recently hooking sea bass only to have them devoured by big lingers. Fun stuff!

Capt. Kim came in with a limit of silver salmon a few days ago…the first limit we’ve seen of silvers so far in the fishing charter season here. Unfortunately they were nowhere to be found the next day. There’s been enough silver salmon around out there to keep things interesting and it seems like we hook into a few each day fishing for king salmon. With this many around this early in the charter season we’re all hopeful for a banner coho year here in Craig!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters

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