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* Vedder’s “Coho Chaos” Article Now Online

Posted on September 30th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


I just updated the press page on the website with an article that my good friend Dave Vedder wrote for Saltwater Sportsman magazine back in 2009 aptly titled…”Coho Chaos”. It’s uploaded as a .PDF and you’ll have to use your viewer to zoom in on the read. Vedder fishes with us just about every summer and we have a ball with this guy. Here’s a link to the article…“Coho Chaos – Saltwater Sportsman Magazine”.

I’m already busy plugging groups into the 2014 fishing calendar for next summer. If you want to have some fun fishing in Southeast Alaska next summer give me a shout at 888-843-4746 or you can shoot us an email from our Contact page on the website. We’d love to see you in Alaska next summer!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
888-943-4746

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* August 15th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

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
Craig Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* -July 21st Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 21st, 2008 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Bret Thurman, aka “Vinny Testosteroni”, caught the last king of the summer that we were able to bonk, just before the closure on July 16th. While it wasn’t an exceptionally huge king it was special, well, because it was the last one. Since July 16th our three boats have been catching about twice as many kings as they were prior…go figure!
We’ve been working a bay for silvers lately that we’re calling “all day bay” because we’ve been parking there first thing in the morning and not leaving. The fishing isn’t red hot, but the bay snaps a few times throughout the day and if you’re there when it does the action can be pretty hot. There’s also some kings mixed in with the silvers and we released two nice kings in there yesterday. Silvers continue to move in from the ocean and we’re hopeful they start to concentrate in a few other areas, as it won’t take long for this little bay to catch on with the fleet, if it hasn’t already. Most of the king haunts are pretty much vacant of pressure now and if our guests want to cnr kings you don’t have to ask me twice.
It’s rare to catch our silvers very shallow, as they always seem to be between 60 and 120 feet. Bonsai Bay, or All Day Bay as we’re calling it, is loaded with bottom hugging candlefish and the silvers are cruising the bottom, rustling them out of the sand for an easy meal. For the most part chartruese leads seem to be getting more hits than the orange leads, but that might also go with the fisherman working the stick.
Halibut fishing continues to be very good when the wind isn’t howling. We spent two of the last three days fishing in gale force winds with torrential rain and I spent most of the day yesterday by myself on the back deck working the gear while the fellars enjoyed the new cabin heating system. Ron, the gent holding the two silvers below, had a severe stroke two years ago that kept him from coming up last summer. He was back in the saddle this summer, however, and whacked the fish leaving his rod in the holder and dashing out of the cabin whenever he got a bite.
While we fished for salmon yesterday the paper-rock-scissor crew (they lost) and Capt. Kim ventured to the ocean despite the winds and hammered a big load of fish and chips. He and the crew jigged the ridge I talked about in one of my blogs and caught halibut to 155 lbs and a mess of ling cod, some of them pushing 5 feet in length. Capt Gary got Keith into the 105 lb halibut below 5 days ago fishing a hump in 250 feet of water with meat rigs. We usually don’t make a fuss over big halibut, but there seems to be plenty of them cruising around our inshore bottomfish haunts this year.

We’ve had guests from Washington, Colorado, California, and Arizona this past week and I hope to see many of them back next summer. Thank you all for joining us!

 

Kim Benson with one of her kings.  Women always catch more fish!

Kim Benson with one of her kings. Women always catch more fish!

Phil and the gang with a load of fish and chips

Phil and the gang with a load of fish and chipsBret Thurman with a king he picked up in the ocean

 

 

 

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* July 9th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 9th, 2008 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Before the last low pressure front blew in four days ago we were having a little better luck on both kings and silvers fishing the southern portion of our range, around Sumez Island. Strong southerly’s changed that whole program, however, and for the last three days we’ve been essentially hiding in the islands to escape the wind.

The nice thing about fishing here is that there’s protection from the wind around every corner and with this last rotation of customers from New York we used that protection daily. We returned to a halibut spot in the islands that I discovered two weeks ago that offered enough protection from the wind to get the job done, with plenty of chickens carpeting the bottom we jigged up limits of chickens in fairly calm seas without venturing into the open ocean. 16 oz. jig heads with white scampi tails tipped with halibut skin soaked in Pautzke’s Nectar was the ticket. The halibut skin is nearly impossible to tear off the hook, so it’s not necessary to crank the jig up every time a chicken takes a whack at it.

The wind kept us away from some of the better king fishing and we didn’t see or hear of many kings caught the last few days. One here, one there, and for some of the guys that stayed in the same hole all day long for three days in a row, well, they found a couple more. Me, I can handle three to four hours of grinding and then I get restless. All day, every day, in the same hole, shoot me!

Yesterday afternoon the ocean finally layed down and we snuck out to a proven deep water troll lane and found what we were looking for. I parked next to a ball of bait on the surface with no birds around it (fish pushing it up) and it was on like Donkey Kong. A mess of silvers were harrassing the bait from below and every time we pulled alongside the mass of bait we doubled up on silvers. It was late in the day, but we hammered down on a bunch of silvers before cranking up the Classic Rewind for the ride home.

Psycho king fisherman on my boat for the next round and as long as the wind holds we’re going to hit it hard, with at least one major voyage on tap. Sorry for the lack of pics with this report. I took some great pics, including one of young Hailey next to a loaded fish hold, and the disc in my camera didn’t feel like saving them. New disc on the way, more pics with the next report.

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