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* Coho Fattening Up, Still Catching Some Nice Kings!

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.

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska
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* Fishing, Fireworks, and some Family Time

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Elliott Green had the Midas touch on this last rotation. For some reason his rod nearly always had a fish of some sort on the end of it and on the last day, well, this awesome 32 pound Chinook decided to turn his cut plug herring into breakfast. Way to go Elliott and we’re looking forward to seeing you again next year!

Aaron DeWeese and her husband Kim enjoyed three days of phenomenal fishing, as well. Here’s Aaron with a nice 24 pound king salmon that she caught at Pineapple Rock on the last day of their trip.

Here’s Elliott again with a 42 inch long ling cod. We had two ling cod and an 80 pound halibut on at the same time that made one helluva mess out of the lines. Luckily I untangle lines for a living and was able to sort out the mess fairly quickly and we landed all three fish. The nice halibut was released, of course, as it was in between the 45/68 slot limit. Still a lot of fun though!

I enjoyed a few hours of fishing with the family after dinner last night near town. Funny thing…we mostly just set the rods in the holders hoping to NOT catch fish and low and behold…we did!

52 and 70 feet seemed to be the best depth because we caught a king and 8 nice cohos setting the cut plugs at those depths. Little Ava really enjoyed herself and got her sea legs under her right quick. I’m a lucky guy!

Enjoying a couple of days off to spend some time with the family and catch up on chores before our next gang of fisherman shows up here on the 4th of July. We’re hoping the weather cooperates tonight so we can take the boat out for the great fireworks display that Craig puts on every year. Have a great 4th of July everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
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* Great Fishing and Great Weather!

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!

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

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