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* Norm’s Big Nookie!

Posted on July 1st, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Norm Allan was lucky enough to catch this nice 42 pound king salmon amidst the horde of king’s out there right now. He caught the big king this morning on a mooched cut plug herring fishing aboard the “Makai” with Capt. Troy Thain at Pineapple Rock.

For such a low abundance index the king salmon run this year has been nothing short of extraordinary. There’s also plenty of silver salmon mixed in to keep the rods bent all day long. Life is good here in Southeast Alaska right now!

I’ll post another quick report in day or two. Until then…good fishing to you!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
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* New Alaskan Fishing Video Posted

Posted on February 5th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Those of you that saw me monkey’ing around with my new Contour video cameras last summer can now see some of the results in our latest Prince of Wales Sportfishing video that I posted to YouTube about a month ago. I use the Contour Roam cameras, which are waterproof right out of the box and are super easy to use. They have an easy On/Off switch on top of the camera¬† so there’s no more guessing as to whether the camera is on, or not.

Click on the image below to check out our latest alaskan fishing video and let us know what you think.

We’ve still got a few openings for the 2013 fishing season in Craig, Alaska. These are all great dates during some of the best fishing in Craig:

June 12-16

June 24-28

July 6-10

August 16-20 (2 seats)

Give us a call at 888-943-4746 for reservations or questions. We’re looking forward to another great fishing season in 2013!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com


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* August 27, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 28th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The coho fishing held up just long enough to have some pretty good action for our last group of guests of the season. We had easy limits the first morning of their trip and then finished up with 20 cohos and 14 cohos the next two days. Some of the fish, including Bob’s beautiful 14 pounder shown below, were soooo fat and nasty. These big August silvers fight just as good as some of the June king salmon we catch around these parts. Strong runs and acrobatic jumps make for some serious fun!

Here’s Bob’s big silver salmon…

Strong winds made halibut fishing a little difficult two of our last three days. On day three we found some nice halibut in the islands and Dan Martin hooked up on this 90 pounder that put up a good fight. Halibut always know how to tangle up all the lines don’t they? One of the guys was able to grab a quick shot before we kicked’er loose. Good one Dan!

I’ve got a pretty sweet Lowrance system on the Polar Bear that has put a lot of fish in the boat this summer. One of the components is the Sirius weather module that overlays weather data and sea surface temperatures onto my chartplotter. It’s an overlay that you can turn on and off quite easily and while I don’t use it all the time it has it’s place.

I use it to tell me what direction the wind is coming from out on the coast, so we can take the most appropriate route to the fishing grounds. Between the Coast Guard weather reports, personal observation, and this killer data system you can get dialed on very quickly in the morning. The other nice thing about this module is that it also recieves Sirius satellite radio that streams thru the HDS10 and right to my stereo system via a couple of jacks. Crystal clear sound all the time!

One of these days we’ll use the SST data on this system to make an albacore tuna run offshore. Locals Bill and Dave Dawley have been itching to make just such a run!

A couple of days ago I was put-putting over to the fuel dock on a rare 70 degree day here when I spotted some fish jumping along the shoreline in the harbor. Charter season is over and I’m pretty much cooked, but I just couldn’t help myself. Usually fish jumping along the shoreline means pink salmon and I didn’t hope for much else. As I drew closer I realized that they were all silvers…lots of silvers!

There were big schools of bright coho jumping and porpoising in 5 to 10 feet of water. I tried trolling cut plug herring around them to no avail and I even cast whole and cut plug herring at them with no weight…nothing. Finally I pulled out a 2 1/4 ounce Pt. Wilson Dart and cast it well out in front of the schools, retrieving it with a pump and dip motion. Hammer Time! I hooked about a dozen big, fat cohos in an hour and landed 8 of them. At first I was releasing them, but I came to my senses after releasing a few and decided to keep fat ones.

Here’s the 4 nice silvers that I kept from this fun silver salmon slamolafest.

When I got back to the dock it happened to be lunchtime, so I tossed a slab of fresh silver on the BBQ and set my sights on a lunch of salmon burgers. I also added a Peterson smoking puck to the BBQ to give the fish a nice Alder smoke flavor…damn that’s gonna be good!

Here’s my lunch of three salmon burgers made with salmon that was less than 30 minutes removed from the water. I ate all of them and then slipped into a food coma on the dock. My gosh life is good!

Some of you have emailed asking about the halibut enchilada fundraisers we hosted for the Craig wrestling team all summer long. Thanks to all of you we raised approximately $5,000 for these hard working kids. A huge thanks to Di Thain…the coaches wife…for putting together these awesome meals for our guests. Good stuff and we’ll do it again next summer!

The fat lady is working her vocal chords and I’m just a few days from heading south. Overall we had a really good charter fishing season here in Craig, Alaska and we’re already excited about next summer.

I’ll start plugging in fishing dates for 2013 sometime in September after I get back to Washington and decompress. A huge THANK YOU to all of you that joined us this summer and we look forward to fishing with you once again next year. Thank you, thank you, thank you…and good night!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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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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* August 7th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 7th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


It’s been a week since my last report here from Craig, Alaska and things are much the same as they were in late July. The silvers seem to be coming in pulses and one day all the boats in our small fleet will get early limits and then the next day we’re scrambling to find them again. The boats that are sticking-and-staying and picking away at the silvers for most of the morning are getting limits just about every day though.

The king salmon run is beginning to slow down, which isn’t unusual for this time of year. Kind of like the silvers, if you you stick it out and target kings all day long there’s a great chance of getting a nice limit of king salmon. Run around and try to get a mixed bag of species and you might miss out in the king salmon bite though. Some big boys have been caught this past week, as I’ve heard of 56 and 60 pound kings hitting the dock at a local lodge. We’ve been opting for silvers the last few days and have been picking up one or two king salmon a day incidentally mixed in with the silver salmon. I fished kings hard with our group from Yakima, WA a few days back and we had one really solid day of king salmon fishing, boating limits of kings to the low 30’s and losing a few more.

The grade of halibut has been excellent lately with quick limits of nice chicken halibut in the ocean. We’ve also been targetting some big sea bass on the offshore pinnacles and getting nice limits of these great eating fish. Good yelloweye and ling cod fishing for the boats that have made the effort.

Here’s a few pics from this past week of fishing in Craig, Alaska:

The Mildfelts and Billy Vernon pose for the glory dock shot with king salmon to 30 pounds, limits of silvers, halibut, and black sea bass.

Jeff didn’t need to hold these black sea bass waaaaaay out in front to make them look big. They WERE big!

Ryan with his 27 pound king salmon from the Tree Hole off the north end of Noyes Island.

Capt. Troy Thain aboard the Makai nets a nice king salmon for Mike at Cape Ulitka yesterday afternoon.

This humpback whale put on quite the show at the Tree Hole late yesterday afternoon. We sat and watched this young whale breach around the charter boats for about 30 minutes.

We’re in silver salmon mode now and hopefully we get another good shot of them here soon. Until next week…good fishing to you!

Capt. Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* July 29th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 30th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Limits of both king and silver salmon were easy to come by here up until about three or four days ago in Craig, Alaska. Fishing is still good for both…just not the stupid salmon action that’s been spoiling us most of the summer.

Our guests that spend some time targetting king salmon are finding limits on a near daily basis and we’ve had 42 and 48 pound king salmon hit the dock this past week. The silver salmon fishing remains what I would call decent, with the four boats in our small fleet getting anywhere from a half a limit per day to full limits. It seems like few of the hatchery silvers are pushing into the islands from the Klawock Hatchery and hopefully that run continues to build. There seems to be a little gap in the silver run right now and we’re all hopeful that another push will come in headed for the hatchery.

We’ve been blasting offshore to catch our limits of chicken halibut and picking up a few nice sea bass, yelloweye, and ling cod while we’re out there. The pipe jigs that dad and I made two years ago continue to produce the most halibut bites of anything we drop over the side. The things really work!

Here’s Lester Surgener from Bakersfield, CA with his 48 pound king salmon from last week. He caught it with Capt. Kim aboard the Sea Hunt. Kim has been on a king salmon tear lately!

My dad, John Endsley, and his buddies Frank, Joe, and Paul with a limit of nice king salmon from the last day of their trip (yesterday). It’s sure nice to fish with pops and the rest of the guys up here in Alaska!

Here’s a great link to a weather cam here in Craig…courtesy of Nancie and Ron Wilder who visited us in early July.

Craig, Alaska Weather Cam

Sorry…no new videos to upload with all this rain and wind we’ve been experiencing lately. It looks like the weather is going to calm down in a couple of days and I’ll bust out the GoPro camera again when it does.

Good fishing!

Captain Rob Endsley
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 1st, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King salmon fishing has been rock solid here in Craig, Alaska this past week. On some days we’ve gotten into totally wide open king salmon bites and on others we work a little harder for some quality fish. Regardless, it’s been a great ride here this past month for king salmon!

There are few places on the west coast where you can mooch cut plug herring the way it’s done here in Craig and have so much opportunity to catch multiple species. It’s hand’s on fishing…you feel the bite, you set the hook, and you fight the fish!

Here’s magician’s John Walton and Doug Bennett with their first ever king salmon. Hope to see these guys back here again!

Craig, Alaska veterans Sally and Craig Kvam with Sally’s 35 pound Chinook. Our local Trooper was even kind enough to record her catch on her license for her. Good stuff!

Dale, Craig, Dustin, and Vince with a nice limit of king salmon. We had three great days of fishing with these guys.

Dustin finished the trip with this 30 pound Tyee!

And Papa Vince took the group jackpot with this upper 30’s king salmon.

Here’s a couple of videos from the new GoPro video camera I added to the charter boat this summer. I’ve turned it on a few more times and will get the videos loaded as I have time.

King Salmon Fishing with the GoPro

King Salmon Fishing w/ GoPro

The big boys are starting to come in off the ocean the last few days. I’ve heard of two 40’s, a 45, 47, and 49 pound Chinook the last three days and I’m sure it won’t be long before someone tops the 50 pound mark. July is the month for hawg kings around here and I think we’re going to see a bunch of trophy class king salmon coming out of these waters this year!

The silver salmon have been trickling in here for a couple weeks now and by the looks of thing we could see some great silver fishing in July. I’ll report back in another week!

Captain Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com
888-943-4746

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* June 6th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

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

http://forum.theoutdoorline.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=438

Piscatorial Pursuits

http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/686742/1/Report_SE_AK_POW_Island.html

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
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com
888-943-4746

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* Strong King Salmon Run Forecast for SE Alaska!

Posted on April 26th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We should see more days like this in 2011!

We should see more days like this in 2011!

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game just released a Chinook Abundance Index for Southeast Alaska of 1.69, the highest Chinook forecast since 2007. What exactly does that mean? It means there’s going to be plenty of king salmon around this summer for us to catch!

With this high forecast comes a higher possession limit for non-resident anglers of 5 Chinook for the year in Southeast Alaska. Non-resident anglers can retain two Chinook per day in the month of May until the possession limit is reached and one per day from June thru September.

This is great news and while we’ve had pretty darned good king salmon fishing the last couple of years, we’re excited to see the return of some “good-old-days” king salmon fishing to Craig and Southeast Alaska. Will someone catch a 70 plus pounder this year in Craig? That lucky angler could be you!

Captain Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com
888-943-4746

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* August 27th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 28th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


My big, fancy Nikon camera went kapuuut shortly after our last report on August 5th. I’ve taken a few shots since with a Nikon Coolpix and luckily we’ve gotten some additional awesome shots from guests to use here.

Our August salmon fishery has been about as goofy as it gets. One day we’re on the silvers and doing well and the next they are few and far between. Luckily we got a good shot of king salmon in the middle of August to keep us going.

The Ram Construction group that joins us every year had some exceptional king salmon fishing offshore during their stay here the first week of August. A calm ocean allowed us to roam around and we had some great fishing, with limits of king salmon to 27 pounds and some decent coho action mixed in.

Ram’s owner, Mike Hammes, snapped up the 200 pound halibut in the photo below on a 16 ounce glow-in-the-dark scampi tail jig. The battle was a total rodeo and lasted nearly an hour. It was Mike’s biggest halibut to date and he grabbed the Ram halibut jackpot that usually belongs to Stu Heaton. Good times!

The Candini’s were the next to join us and they jumped right in with some wide open king salmon action on their first morning. We tripled up on big Chinook immediately, losing one of them after a brief battle and getting solid hooks into the other two. While those two fish were screaming around the bay Chris kept bombing bait at the school and missing bites. He did everything text book and they just wouldn’t stick. No biggy!

Finally I had to spin the boat around to keep one of the fish from running into the kelp and we lost the school. After a great battle Jerry and Milo landed their kings, 27 and 39 pounders. I had some great photos of their kings, but unfortunately they went bye-bye when my camera went down. Sorry guys!

We slid offshore in the fog and Chris drove the hook home on a 20 pound king salmon within five minutes. The bite was on and we were getting bit repeatedly, but the combination of a six foot swell and pea soup fog drove us back into calmer waters. No problemo…we managed to grab a quick limit of chicken halibut on the way in. Below is a photo of Milo with the 30 pound chicken halibut he caught on an 18 ounce pipe jig tipped with salmon belly. He’s always smilin’…

The Kvam’s and the Quades were on tap next and got to experience some outstanding salmon action. We hit Hole in the Wall on their first morning and caught four or five coho before Sally hooked into a 30 pound king salmon. She landed the fish after a great battle under sunny skies. After the bite died we diddled around at Roller Bay, hooking a handful of fat silvers, a bunch of sea bass, and a limit of halibut.

The ocean was relatively flat the next day, so we blasted well offshore to an area another charter captain said was holding a good mess of silver salmon. We were the only boat in the area and it didn’t take long to find the fish. We hooked around 30 silvers in two hours and landed half of them before the tide turned the bite off.

Amidst all the chaos Kathryn layed into a king salmon that ran off 400 feet of line out of the gate. We chased the fish on glassy calm seas and she landed it 25 minutes later, an identical 30 pound Chinook to Sally’s. This was Kathryn’s first time salmon fishing and well, she was hooked!

We ran back to this area again the next morning and the silvers were still jumping on like crazy. Our first drift produced twelve hookups and while we only landed four of them…who cares…we were having a ball! The schools would come and go and every other drift would produce wide open action with silvers running all over the place. Ms. Nicole also joined us for the day and when it was all said and done we landed 27 silvers and lost just about as many. Fun stuff!

On the way home we dropped on an offshore rockpile and cranked up a mess of ling cod on pipe jigs and scampi tails.

Sally’s 30 pound king salmon

Kathryn’s first king salmon is a 30 pound beauty!

We took some time to go cave-hopping while we were there, pulling the charter boat into two massive caves full of puffins and other nesting sea birds. Awesome!

Strong winds forced us inside the islands for a couple days on our last rotation of the summer, the Webb and Mihalic groups. Salmon fishing was slow, slow, slow and after several hours of “watching the paint dry” we decided to torment some sea bass and halibut.

The Webb group, fishing on the Polar Bear, got nice limits of sea bass and three of their four chicken halibut messing around in the islands. We ran back towards town at the end of the day to look for signs of salmon and after actually hooking up on two silvers Neal’s salmon rod doubles over with a huge halibut.

An hour and another rodeo later we landed the 160 pound beast and the guys were all smiles. In Alaska you just never know what’s going to happen!

Here’s Neal hooked up on yet another strange sea creature, this time a huge octopus.

Greg holds up the big yelloweye that he caught fishing aboard the Siketi with Capt. Mike Hailey. The guys had a great time fishing with Mike, catching a mixed bag of just about everything in the sea.

After four days aboard the Siketi with Capt. Mike I was lucky enough to take Greg, Tom, John, and Ted on my last charter of the summer. Nice group of guys from Colorado that fished with us for 5 days. Here’s Tom with his first saltwater king salmon.

Check out the teeth marks on Gregs silver salmon. All of our salmon on this particular day were gashed up with teeth marks…salmon sharks!

A few play days for us before we pack up everything and head back to Washington for the winter. Even though our fishing here in Craig, Alaska was a roller coaster ride this summer we still had a great time, had many memorable experiences, and look forward to seeing you all back here again sometime.

Rob Endsley

Prince of Wales Sportfishing

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