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* -August 2nd Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 2nd, 2008 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


This report is a few days late because on our last turnaround day I layed on my back most of the day, recoupering from 3 gale force winds in 9 days. During that 9 day stretch we had three gales well over 30 knots, 5 days over 20 knots, and one day of 15 knots. The last three days have been downright pleasent, however, and Capt. Rob is alive and kicking again. The rough weather didn’t keeping us from catching fish, as we have the boats and equipment to get the job done in just about anything Mother Nature can throw at us.The silver fishing has been very good for a couple of weeks now, but it really busted wide open during our last rotation. On the last afternoon with the Fowler gang from Bellingham we dropped into a kelp patch without a soul in sight and it was wide open chaos on fat cohos to 15 pounds. The fish were hovering in 40 to 50 feet of water and all four rods would light off the second we reached the ledge that was holding gobs of bait and a horde of silvers.

On this last rotation we had coho chaos every day on both Kim’s boat and my own. Yesterday we were drifting over a huge school and I just told the guys, Hang On! The guys baits were below the school, which was holding 25 feet deep, but with the line counter reels they quickly adjusted and WHAMO! All four rods went berserk, Richards rod pulled directly under the boat as his fish shot the wrong direction and right into a line on the other side of the boat and the two back rods were immediately tangled. Of the four fish hooked two were landed and who knows what happened to the other two. This is kind of how it went every day…good clean fun!

Jim Wilson from Georgia had the lucky rod yesterday, releasing a chrome chinook of about 25 pounds and another in the low 30’s. Jim was all smiles, but he and Denny, both from Georgia, just couldn’t figure out why the fish needed to be released. Releasing Chinook and huge ling cod “just ain’t right”.

Halibut fishing has remained rock solid and it seems like we get big fish every day. During one of the gales last week Kim managed to fish the ocean for a couple of hours one morning, getting Mark Yuasa into a 155 pound halibut. Mark was here to do a story for the Seattle Times, which should appear sometime in August. Dave Vedder was also on board, enjoying the good fishing and the even better weather. On board the Polar Bear we’ve had halibut over 90 pound three of the last four days.

With the weather looking like it’s going to hold for another week, or so, we’re hopeful the fishing will even get better. Yesterday while we halibut fished offshore I gawked at the sonar, which was picking up school after school of silvers. I don’t think we’ve even seen “Wide Open” yet!

 

 

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