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Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
It’s been a while since our last report but it’s not because we haven’t been busy. In fact that’s exactly what’s kept me from posting more often. We’ve been posting almost daily to the Prince of Wales Sportfishing Facebook page though. If you’d give us a follow on Facebook we’d certainly appreciate it.
The king fishing in June definitely wasn’t as automatic as we’ve had the past couple years here in Craig. On my boat I’ve been switching between trolling and mooching on a daily basis to produce kings. When the kings are spread out as they have been it’s tough to beat trolling. Either flashers and hoochie’s or whole herring have been the ticket and of course when we’re mooching it’s all about cut plug herring.
With the Chinook limit dropping from two per day to one per day on July 1st I’ll probably be pulling the Cannon downriggers off the boat at least for a while. With silvers showing up and some really nice kings hitting the kelp I can’t see myself trolling much for the remainder of the summer.
Speaking of big kings there’s been some dandies around this past week. 14 year old Austin Bunting had a 50 plus pound Chinook nearly to the net on Capt. Howie’s boat a couple of days ago only to have a massive bull sea lion swoop in and steal his fish. Heartbreaking but also quite exciting. There’s been a few other fish in the 50 pound range caught around Noyes Island and a few more in the 40 pound class. July is when the big boys show up here and I’m excited to see what the next month has in store for us in the way of trophy king salmon.
Silvers are just now starting to hit the outside and a few schools have already made their way into the islands. Catching silvers on the mooching gear is a total blast and we’re looking forward to that fishery heating up real soon also.
Here’s a few photos from the last couple of weeks of king salmon fishing here in Craig.
The guys from Lowrance electronics were here and had a great trip!
Ren Martin with a 32 pound king salmon.
Bob Keller with a nice halibut that barely made it under the 42″ slot limit.
Happy 4th of July to everyone and good fishing to you!
Posted on June 5th, 2015 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
The king salmon fishing has been fantastic here this past week. We’ve been splitting time between mooching and trolling and both techniques have been producing plenty of hookups on kings in the 15 to 25 pound range.
Here’s our new customer service rep Margaret Carey with a nice king salmon she caught on the Polar Bear yesterday. Margaret has worked at both El Capitan Lodge and Island Air Express here on the island and she will do a great job of handling the shoreside duties while the rest of us are out fishing. Welcome aboard Margaret!
Thanks for stopping by and if you’re fishing with us this summer we’ll be seeing you real soon!
Posted on August 5th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
It’s been a while since my last report but it’s not because fishing hasn’t been great. Fishing has been outstanding since my last report and we’ve had a lot of happy customers leave Craig since then.
The silver fishing has been excellent with myself and the rest of the boats we run with getting limits on a daily basis and there’s been plenty of kings around for the last month. Most days if you target kings you can put a limit of them in the boat. It’s August 4th today and both myself and our guests aboard the Makai had limits of kings, silvers, and halibut. Just when things seem to be getting a little on the scratchy side a new batch of fish washes in, which is a good thing!
We’ve mostly been fishing the outside of Noyes Island with a few forays to northern waters and some fishing inside the islands. Overall the fishing has been great this entire summer!
Here’s a few pics for you…
Pappa John Endsley with a nice 41 inch ling cod that hit one of his famous pipe jigs.
A shot of a halibut tornado at one of our halibut spots offshore. Kinda hard to miss when there’s that many fish down there!
Joe Raniero was just here and landed this nice 26 pound king salmon aboard the Makai with Capt. Troy.
Nancie Wilder caught this beautiful 43 pound king salmon with Capt. Rob on the Polar Bear. Nice fish Nancie!
Ron and Nancie Wilder with a couple of yelloweye rockfish that they caught while they were here.
Rob Dieda landed this great 43 1/2 inch halibut that just snuck under the 44 inch slot limit for halibut. We’ve had quite a few nice keepers right at the lower limit for halibut…and of course some over the limit that we’ve released. All in all halibut fishing has been excellent this summer in our waters!
The salmon and halibut fishing continues to be great here and I’ll post another report when we come back up for air again. Thanks for stopping by folks!
Posted on July 9th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
King salmon fishing has remained good here in Craig since our last report and the silvers are starting to come in the last few days. We’ve seen good numbers of silvers at Roller Bay the last couple of days and our guests aboard the Sea Hunt caught the first limit of silvers yesterday. The action isn’t full speed on the silvers yet, but I would imagine the big push isn’t too far away.
Here’s Jake from Long Island, New York with a chunky king salmon he caught aboard the Polar Bear a couple of days ago.
Jake, Will, Bill, and John from New York with nice limits of yelloweye and king salmon. They also got limits of chicken halibut that didn’t make the photo. John and Jake both released halibut that were in the release slot. I estimated them to be around 50 and 80 pounds…the guys had a kick reeling them up.
Bob, Robert, Jim, and Mustafa caught the first limit of silvers for the summer. Mustafa isn’t pictured. The silvers are already pretty chunky and we’ve seen a few around the ten plus pound mark already. Should be a great summer for silvers!
The Connors and Hine groups show up today and we’re looking forward to another round of great fishing days here in Craig, Alaska. There’s been some downright huge kings being caught out there the last couple weeks. The only problem is the areas they are holding in are polluted with sea lions so we’ve been avoiding them altogether. I might start spending a little time at those trophy spots though….it’s kind of hard to stay away when the guys are rolling in with 40 and 50 pound kings : )
Posted on June 11th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
The king salmon fishing has gotten off to a pretty good start here in Craig. We’ve been getting limits of king salmon every day using a combination of mooching and trolling with Cannon downriggers. The downriggers have enabled us to cover a ton of water on days when the fish are spread out a bit and it’s payed off big time. I love mooching cut plug herring for these beautiful kings, but for the early part of the season the downriggers are tough to beat.
Here’s Mike Hammes with a nice king that he caught while he was here last week.
And Wally Gibbons with a chrome beauty from Pineapple Rock on a stunning, flat calm day in Southeast Alaska.
It’s been awful nice having a two-king limit for the month of June. Here’s Wally, Bill, and Don with their limits of king salmon from one of the days they were here. Good times!
In addition to the kings we’ve already seen a few silvers in the mix too, which is a pleasant surprise this time of year. I’ll post some more pics up in the coming days. Thanks for stopping by!
Posted on August 24th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
We were blessed with amazing fishing here in Craig, Alaska right up until the last day of our charter fishing season, which happened to be yesterday. Fat coho’s were eager to bite our cut plug herring in the islands yesterday morning and then we blasted outside of Noyes Island to enjoy flat calm seas, monster coho, and the last of the king salmon run off of the coast. There are some huge silvers cruising the outside of Noyes Island right now!
Here’s Greg Schermann from Carmel, California with the last king salmon of the 2013 charter fishing season at Prince of Wales Sportfishing.
Greg, Mollie, Brent, and Terry enjoyed limits of big silvers, halibut, and sea bass on a blustery day in Craig two days ago.
One of my childhood friends, Mollie Heilesen, joined me with her husband Brent for our final trip of the season and she nabbed this enormous 44″ ling cod. Great job Mollie!
We’ll make our final run to Island Air Express this morning and then it will take about a week to winterize and put everything away here in Craig. I’ll post some final thoughts here in a couple of days, but one’s things for sure…this has been an amazing fishing year in Craig, Alaska. Oh what a summer!
Posted on August 8th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
It seems as though just about everywhere we go lately there’s at least a few silvers to be caught and some of the better spots have been really hot. Mooching cut plug herring in a swarm of silver salmon is a thrill that you’ll never forget. One second they’re going this way, the next you think you lost it, and seconds later they are jumping on the other side of the boat. Such is silver fishing in Craig, Alaska!
Here’s the Lynden boys after a great day of fishing in Craig, Alaska with Prince of Wales Sportfishing.
Bob Reed caught this 44 3/4 inch ling cod aboard the Polar Bear the other day. Multiple measurements confirmed that this was indeed a keeper within the 30 to 45 inch slot limit. Nice one Bob!
And then lucky Bob followed it up with an awesome 36 pound king salmon that went totally berserk…thrashing all over the surface before falling to the net. There’s still a few of these big dudes around to keep things interesting!
Bob Tessier with a chunky silver salmon that he caught on a morning bite off Noyes Island.
Outdoor writer Dave Vedder caught a ton of fish while he was here. The one that bit this herring eluded him however : )
We’ve had some windy conditions off and on for the last week which have prevented us from spending a ton of time on the ocean. Nothing major…just a little sloppy on the ocean. Luckily there’s plenty of cohos in the islands and we’ve found some halibut in protected waters. Halibut fishing just off the coast has been decent, however, and on most days we’ve been able to get limits of chicken halibut fairly quickly. On calm days, well, the skies the limit!
Posted on July 26th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
My dad was just here for the last few days of fishing with his long time friends Joe, Bob, and Frank…a.k.a. “The Old Grinders”. We also had the Tarvin and LaBarge groups aboard the Sea Hunt and Makai and all the groups caught plenty of fish and had a great time.
Here’s the “Old Grinders” with their last days catch and Dad managed to get Ava to hold still for a few seconds for this photo. Great times with these guys!
Dad scored this nice 43 inch halibut on one of the 16 ounce pipe jigs that he builds for me.
On the same pipe jig he also caught an awesome 43 inch ling cod. The pipe jigs work!
The Sea Hunt was having similar results nearby as Jim Henderson cranked up this big ling cod that went 46 inches and quickly went back in the water. Not after some shenanigans though : )
Then the boys dropped back down and tripled up on 100 plus pound halibut that all went back to the ocean floor. How they managed to keep from tangling the lines up I’ll never know. Quite the catch by the LaBarge gang over on Capt. Kims boat.
Kind of sounding like a broken record now, but once again I’ve got to say that fishing remains unbelievable here in Craig, Alaska this summer. Fishing has been off the hook for silvers, kings, halibut, and bottomfish here the past few days. We’ve got a little wind in the forecast for the next group and I’m hopeful we can still roam around like we have been lately. Either way I’m confident that we’ll find fish. It’s been one of those summers!
Posted on July 18th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
We’ve had some unbelievable fishing for silver salmon here in Craig, Alaska this past week with limits coming early on most mornings. Some mornings we’ve actually been avoiding some of the larger concentrations of silvers in hopes of finding some quality king salmon.
Just a couple mornings ago that strategy paid off as Dale Maris from Buckley, Washington hooked into a nice fish and said, “This one feels like the right kind!” Twenty minutes later Dale slid this nice 33 pound king salmon into the net.
When the weather affords it the offshore fishing for halibut, ling cod, and yelloweye has been great. Here’s Dave Maris with a really nice ling cod that he picked up fishing on the sand for halibut. Wherever there’s food the ling cod will follow and we often find them out on the sand cavorting with the halibut feeding on candlefish.
On just about every trip we’ve made offshore we’ve ran into at least one oversize halibut…sometimes more. Joe Maris cranked up this 62 inch, 120 pound halibut a few days back on a rocky pinnacle looking for ling cod. Even though it’s a lot of work it’s kind of nice to see these big girls head back to the bottom to do their thing. I’m not sure if Joe’s back would agree with that though!
Here’s Megan Scherting from Bozeman, Montana with a nice king salmon that she caught off Noyes Island. She fished with her dad Tom who’s been fishing with us for quite a few years now.
Craig Connors and gang with their days catch of king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, black rockfish, and a ling cod.
I swear this picture hasn’t been Photoshopped! These are a couple of the gi-normous dusky rockfish that Craig Connors caught with us while fishing for yelloweye’s. I’ve seen a few big ones, but nothing like these monsters.
Because of a last minute cancellation our new host Kara Barlow was able to jump aboard the Polar Bear for a day of fishing yesterday. This is one of the many nice silvers that she caught on a perfect day in Southeast Alaska!
I just completed a long stretch of fishing every day and will be back on the normal schedule again, which means I’ll be able to post photos a little more regularly. The fishing has been unreal and life is good here in Southeast Alaska.
Thanks for stopping by and good fishing to you!
Posted on July 11th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
The last couple of days have all about the variety for us. We even made a few drops on some rocky structure yesterday in search of a vermillion rockfish for one of our guests, Bob DeLong.
Here’s Jim Coe with the nice 33 pound king salmon he caught with us a couple days ago. There’s been a few larger Chinook showing up in our waters the last few days and we even got word of a 63 pounder being caught by another one of the lodge operations near Craig. Yowza! We ran into a couple of big schools of kings yesterday that tore us up before moving on. Fun stuff!
Chuck, Bob, Jeff, and Jim with a Tyee and some nice bottomfish to round out the day. Bob’s ling cod was about as close to the 45″ slot limit as you can get…what a hawg! We also caught plenty of silver salmon on this particular day.
This is the red Irish lord sculpin that will sometimes latch onto a cut plug herring. They have spectacular colors for a lowly old bullhead. Very cool fish!
Fishing remains excellent here in Craig, Alaska. We’ve got great numbers of silver salmon around and the king numbers are starting to rebuild again.
Thanks again for stopping by!