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Posted on April 8th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
Early last week the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a Chinook Abundance Index for Southeast Alaska for 2014 that literally took our breath away. Last year we fished under an A.I. of 1.2 and this summer that number has jumped to astounding 2.57!
What exactly does that mean?
That abundance index translates to limits of two Chinook per day for non-resident anglers for the months of May and June with an annual limit of 6. In the months of July and August we’ll be at the usual limit of one Chinook per day. This is the highest forecast for king salmon in Southeast Alaska in over 20 years folks!
We usually see great king salmon fishing in Craig with a forecast of just half that. This summer the king salmon fishing should be incredible.
I haven’t seen the silver salmon forecast yet but I would imagine it will be very close to what it was last year. The leaders are tied, the bait is on order, and we’re ready for another great summer of fishing in Craig, Alaska.
Lets go fishing!
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Posted on August 16th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
The weather has been nothing short of “WOW!” the last few days here in Craig, Alaska. Most of us are sporting raccoon eyes and some serious farmer tans from our days on the ocean. The fishing, well, it’s been just as hot as the weather!
The silvers have gotten a lot chunkier this past week with quite a few of them hitting the twelve pound mark and few big coho larger than that mixed in. In addition to the fat silvers there’s been some really nice kings on the outside of Noyes Island, as well. The incredible king salmon run this summer has yet to come to an end.
Here’s a nice king salmon that Gary Nugent slid off the kelp on the north side of Noyes Island with Capt. Kim McCarthy about a week ago. Look at the weather…what an amazing morning!
Richard Painter is all smiles after hooking into this awesome 29 pound king salmon that went bonkers after being hooked. This nice king must’ve thought he was a coho because he was slashing all over the surface, jumping, and changing directions every few seconds. It was Richards first experience with a king salmon and I’m pretty sure he’s hooked!
Shortly thereafter Richard tied into this 15 pound silver that went totally “schizo” with amazing leaps and blistering runs. Awesome!
We’ve been having some fun days on the ocean that’s for sure!
I’d like to issue a huge thanks to our guests that have donated to the Craig wrestling team at our halibut enchilada nights down on the dock this summer. Thanks to all of you coach Thain and his wife Di have raised approximately $3500 this summer to help with uniforms, travel, and meals. We can’t thank you enough for all of your help!!!
There’s a little crummy weather in the forecast for the weekend, but I don’t foresee any significant change in the fishing from it. Knock on wood! NOAA is calling for rain and 15 to 20 knot winds thru Monday. If we get closed out on the ocean we’ll spend our time chasing silvers in the islands.
Posted on July 31st, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
Bill Vernon topped the 46 pound king salmon he caught with us last year with a 49.5 pound king salmon two days ago. The big king bit a mooched cut plug herring in 90 feet of water and the funny thing is…the whole thing played out on the sonar.
The Lowrance screen had been blank for about twenty minutes when I picked up a big, bright streak following up one of the leads on the sonar screen. I asked, “Which one of you guys is at 60 feet right now?” Bill raised his hand immediately and I told him to open his bail and drop his back back ten feet…then start reeling again. Sure enough the big king couldn’t resist the sudden change of direction and he pounced all over the cut plug herring. Bill set the hook and the fight was on!
Here he is with his patented trophy king salmon fish kiss!
In addition to this nice king salmon we’ve heard reports of several other big kings being caught off the outside of Noyes Island this past week. This is the time of year when the big’uns roll into some of the trophy king haunts out there and if you’re willing to put in the time, well, you just never know what you might come up with.
Thanks for stopping by and good fishing to you!
Posted on June 28th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
The king salmon insanity here in Craig, Alaska has continued for the last few days with easy limits coming every day. We had limits of silvers one day and near limits two of the days. The silvers have been averaging around 5 to 6 pounds, but we did get into some larger silvers out in the ocean yesterday. The king salmon have been averaging between 15 and 25 pounds and there’s lots of them. All in all it’s been some awesome fishing for the month of June.
Here’s Barry, Bon, Bruce, and Paul with their limits of king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, and an assortment of bottomfish from day one of their trip.
The guys with another limit of chunky king salmon. King salmon fishing has been W.F.O. to say the least!
The forecast calls for a little wind the next few days, but nothing that we can’t fish in. Looking forward to seeing some our usual suspects at the airport in Klawock this afternoon. Off we go again!
Posted on June 24th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
The title of this post says it all. We’ve been blessed with some totally awesome fishing here this past week and the weather hasn’t let us down either. This summer is off to a great start!
Here’s a guy you’ve seen here quite a few times before. It’s Craig Kvam with yet another beautiful king salmon!
There’s been quite a few silvers around already, as well. This is a 17 pounder that Joe Williams caught fishing with Capt. Rafael a couple of days ago. Unreal to see a silver of this size this early in the season.
It’s always neat to see how far your king salmon will run on the line counter. This one burned off 460 feet of line before it ran out of gas.
Here’s Jeff “Buckethead” Bailey with his 44 1/2″ halibut that weighed 41 pounds. This one just made it under the 45″ slot.
The offshore bottomfishing has been awesome when we’ve gone out there. Here’s a huge ling cod that decided to hitch a ride to the surface on a sea bass. We already had our limit of lings and after some encouragement this big mamma drifted back into the depths.
Team “Slice and Dice” (Tim, Katie, and Maggie) with some nice kings from the other day. They do a great job of filleting and packaging our guests fish while they’re here in Craig.
Don’t forget Shannon…she’s also part of Team “Slice and Dice”!
The outlook for the weather looks great for another few days and we don’t see any reason why the great fishing won’t continue. There’s plenty of kings and silvers out there that are willing to chomp on a cut plug herring. Life is good!
Posted on May 6th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
Aaah….I just tied my last mooching leader for the upcoming fishing charter season in Craig, Alaska. Shame on me for not getting this done during football season. The Seahawks were so fun to watch last fall that I hardly had time to tie leaders during the games. With all the moves the Seahawks have been making next fall could be even better!
I used to tie all my leaders with a 5/0 hook in the front and a 4/0 trailer and now I’m just using straight 4/0’s for everything. The larger 5/0 hook was great for holding the front of the cut plug herring, but the larger size made it a little more difficult to drive the hook home on a king or silver salmon. The 4/0’s seem to set the hook themselves. Some of the other charter captains run straight 5/0’s, some run a 4/0 with a 3/0 trailer and they all catch plenty of fish. The straight 4/0’s just seem to work a little better for me.
And yes, I’m a huge fan of Mustad hooks. In Alaska I use Mustad 92568 black nickel hooks, which are 2X strong hooks that hold up to the wide variety of fish that our guests might hook while we’re mooching for salmon. In Washington, however, I pretty much stick with the Mustad 92604 fine wire bait hook whenever I’m using herring. All of these hooks are super sticky sharp and they work great…or I wouldn’t use them.
Troy’s new North River is in Washington right now getting it’s full compliment of Lowrance electronics installed and then it’ll be headed for the barge next week. In the meantime I’m as busy as ever loading up on supplies and trying to get some quality time in with the family before heading north here soon.
I’ve talked to a few of the guys in Craig the last couple of weeks and there’s already some king salmon showing up around town. A troller friend had a solid catch on his last trip of the winter season last week and I’m crossing my fingers that more king salmon will right behind the fish that he found off the coast. In the meantime there’s lots of work to do to get things ready for this summer.
Posted on April 5th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game just announced the king salmon limits for recreational fishing in Southeast Alaska. Here’s how the recreational limits play out for non-resident anglers fishing in Southeast Alaska in 2013:
January 1- June 30 - Nonresident’s harvest limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length;
July 1 - July 15 - Nonresident’s harvest limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through June 30 will apply toward the two fish harvest limit.
July 16 - December 31 - Nonresident’s harvest limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through July 15 will apply toward the one fish harvest limit.
We’re experiencing a decrease in the king salmon limits this year because the Chinook Abundance Index, which is the barometer used to gauge the king salmon runs in Southeast Alaska, came in at 1.20. We’ve seen the index go as high as 1.69 in 2011 and as low as 1.07 in 2008. When the index hit’s a certain level it automatically triggers a set of recreational limits as set forth in the Salmon Treaty between the U.S. and Canada.
Even on years when the abundance index has been very low we’ve still experienced spectacular king salmon fishing in the waters around Craig, Alaska. I’m always a “glass half full” kind of guy and I see this as a great opportunity to harvest a nice king salmon in late July and early August when the big boys are around. Heck, you’ll probably get to catch and release a few other king salmon in between hooking silvers, halibut, ling cod, bottomfish, and all the other fish that you might catch with us on your trip.
Posted on July 12th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
King salmon fishing has remained very good here in Craig, Alaska this past week and the silver salmon fishing seems to be getting a little better with every day. Most of the really good fishing has been occurring outside of Noyes Island and a few fish are coming out of the islands. Spotty weather kept us off the ocean earlier last week and once we got back out there we found plenty of king salmon biting. Rumors of a few king salmon in the 30’s and 40’s from yesterday and I’m sure it won’t be long before someone bags up a big bruiser in the 50 plus pound range out there.
Here’s Nancie Wilder and husband Ron with her low 20’s king salmon from last week. Most of the king salmon here have been running in the 15 to 25 pound range lately. These fish will tear you up on light mooching tackle. Fun stuff!
Dave Allan was lucky enough to bag this 36 1/2 inch halibut on the last day of his trip here in Craig. The Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife requires all halibut over 37 inches be released aboard charter vessels in Southeast Alaska this year. Hopefully these regulations will help to rebuild the halibut stocks. Legal halibut have been easy to come by this summer.
Brothers Dave and Greg caught ling cod that were identical twins measuring 39 1/2 inches. They had a $20 bet on the biggest bottomfish and it would have been a tie but Greg’s fish gacked up a good sized rockfish just before we weighed them. Dave’s fish weighed 22 pounds and Greg’s weighed 21 1/2 pound after losing the rockfish. One of several funny stories on this trip and thankfully this one didn’t involve me : )
And here’s a couple more Alaskan salmon fishing videos recorded with the GoPro video camera I have mounted on the charter boat. It’s raw unedited video and you just never know what might happen when I turn the camera on:
Looking forward to more great fishing here in Craig this coming week. We’re looking for that first big push of silvers any day now!
Captain Rob Endsley
Posted on June 19th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
The numbers of king salmon seem to have fallen slightly here this past week from the wide open action we had in early June. Overall the king salmon fishing remains very strong here now though and fish are spread out in quite a few areas. The weather and ocean conditions has been nothing short of spectacular!
Mike Campbell from Lowrance electronics scored this 44 pound Chinook a few days ago aboard the Polar Bear. It’s the biggest king we’ve seen so far, though we’ve heard of at least king larger. Nice work Mike!
Bob DeLong and gang experienced flat calm seas and great fishing the last three days. We got on some good king bites and picked up easy limits of legal chicken halibut offshore every day. Looking forward to seeing Mike, Jeff, Jim, and Bob again next year!
Captain Rob Endsley
Posted on June 7th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .
My apologies for not getting a report up sooner. We don’t have internet service yet and won’t have it for another week or so.
King salmon fishing has been nothing short of spectacular here in Craig, Alaska for the past couple of weeks. We’ve been having so much fun mooching cut plug herring that we haven’t even broken out the new Cannon downriggers yet!
Here’s a few pics from the last week of fishing:
Jim “Bucket” Heins with a mid-30’s “Tyree” that he released. The Canucks have Tyee’s…we have “Tyree’s”
Michael Parker with one of the typical king salmon we’ve been seeing here lately.
David Garst and Madeline Mair from West Virginia with a pair of king salmon. West Virginia…thus the “Tyree”…I like it!
Parker with a beauty of a king salmon
Jim with our first silver of the summer.
Here’s a couple of killer trip reports from forums in the Pacific Northwest!
The Outdoor Line
Thanks for checking in and don’t forget to give us a shout at 888-943-4746 to plan your Alaskan king salmon fishing vacation!
Captain Rob Endsley