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* June 23rd Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King Salmon fishing has been excellent here since our last report. The bulk of the action has been taking place at some of the coastal king salmon haunts like Granite Pt. and Cape Felix. Pineapple Rock just started kicking out some fish the past few days and those that are willing to deal with the sea lions have been catching some nice kings there lately. A 53 pounder was caught by one of the Waterfall guests a few days ago at Pineapple and Jeff Brown from Klawock caught a 44 pound Chinook at Granite the same day. Those are some nice kings for sure!

Here’s Kees, Sally, Craig, and Margene with a limit of nice king salmon they caught while they were fishing with us last week.

Here’s Terry with a 39″ halibut that he caught aboard the Sea Hunt with Capt. Kim. The halibut limit this summer is one per day either under 44 inches or over 76 inches. Capt. Kim has had a couple of big halibut in the release slot this past week…one he estimated at 120 pounds and another at 150 pounds. Nice halibut and good to see them swim off to spawn!

Barry Brown with the 29 pound king salmon that he caught at Granite Pt. on a really tough weather day. Nicely done Barry!

We’ve found a ton of plastic fishing floats from the Tsunami in Japan the last couple of years but this is the first glass fishing float I’ve ever found in all my days on the ocean. The guys I had on the boat that day said it’s the most excited they’ve ever seen me.

I would expect the king salmon fishing to continue to be excellent here for the next week and we’ve seen a few more silvers show up the last couple of days too. The marine forecast is favorable for the next few days and myself and the rest of the guys are looking to some more great days on the ocean!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters

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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
888-943-4746

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* Bill Vernon Does it Again!

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!

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

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* The Silver Invasion Continues

Posted on July 18th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We’ve had some unbelievable fishing for silver salmon here in Craig, Alaska this past week with limits coming early on most mornings. Some mornings we’ve actually been avoiding some of the larger concentrations of silvers in hopes of finding some quality king salmon.

Just a couple mornings ago that strategy paid off as Dale Maris from Buckley, Washington hooked into a nice fish and said, “This one feels like the right kind!” Twenty minutes later Dale slid this nice 33 pound king salmon into the net.

When the weather affords it the offshore fishing for halibut, ling cod, and yelloweye has been great. Here’s Dave Maris with a really nice ling cod that he picked up fishing on the sand for halibut. Wherever there’s food the ling cod will follow and we often find them out on the sand cavorting with the halibut feeding on candlefish.

On just about every trip we’ve made offshore we’ve ran into at least one oversize halibut…sometimes more. Joe Maris cranked up this 62 inch, 120 pound halibut a few days back on a rocky pinnacle looking for ling cod. Even though it’s a lot of work it’s kind of nice to see these big girls head back to the bottom to do their thing. I’m not sure if Joe’s back would agree with that though!

Here’s Megan Scherting from Bozeman, Montana with a nice king salmon that she caught off Noyes Island. She fished with her dad Tom who’s been fishing with us for quite a few years now.

Craig Connors and gang with their days catch of king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, black rockfish, and a ling cod.

I swear this picture hasn’t been Photoshopped! These are a couple of the gi-normous dusky rockfish that Craig Connors caught with us while fishing for yelloweye’s. I’ve seen a few big ones, but nothing like these monsters.

Because of a last minute cancellation our new host Kara Barlow was able to jump aboard the Polar Bear for a day of fishing yesterday. This is one of the many nice silvers that she caught on a perfect day in Southeast Alaska!

I just completed a long stretch of fishing every day and will be back on the normal schedule again, which means I’ll be able to post photos a little more regularly. The fishing has been unreal and life is good here in Southeast Alaska.

Thanks for stopping by and good fishing to you!

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

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* 2013 Southeast Alaska Charter Season Draws Near

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.

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

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* August 4th, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 5th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


I’m back for a quick August 4th check-in from Craig, Alaska. Silver fishing has been excellent here since my last report and we’re getting limits daily. It’s nice to see some of the silvers moving into the islands now so we can hide from poor ocean conditions when they arise. Our guests have noticed that our silvers seem to be a little bit bigger this season than in years past. Regardless…it’s fun to have great fishing right now!

King salmon fishing is petering out here, but the kings that are out there lately have been on the enormous side. Bill Vernon from Yakima, Washington landed the 46 pound king salmon in the photo below while fishing on my boat a few days back. The big king took us into the rocks, kelp, and 13 feet of water before charging back out into the open water where we could land it. A couple of Waterfall boats were kind enough to reel in their lines so we could land this big king salmon. Thank you very much guys!

There’s been at least one or two king salmon over 50 pounds being caught out on the ocean almost daily and that’s been going on for a couple of weeks now. One of the captains over at Shelter Cove Lodge (Aaron) has gotten his guests into king salmon of 51 pounds and 57 pounds in the last few days. The last one took the lady one and a half hours to land. Yes…a lady caught it. They have all the luck!

Here’s Mike Coleman with the 34 pound king salmon he caught with us several days ago. It was on top of the Yaki-Vegas king salmon derby pool until Bill Vernon knocked it off with his 46 pound king salmon. Bill was welcomed back in town with a ticker tape parade, party poppers, Roman candles, and cake and ice cream : )

Jim Marshall grabbed this hefty 30 pound Chinook while fishing with Capt. Troy Thain yesterday. His good friend Chris Miles was kind enough to help him hold the fish up. Plenty of laughs when these guys are in town and oh man the food is good. Chris owns Cookin-On-Wood in Phoenix and cooks up the grub for many of the professional baseball teams with facilities in Arizona. His cookin’ is to die for!

Yet another halibut enchilada feed down at Man Town last night with over 30 people attending this fun night down on the dock. The guests from Prince of Wales Sportfishing, Tranquil Charters, and Forget-Me-Not Charters raised $850 last night to help fund the Craig High School wrestling team this coming season. You’ve all raised $2850 this summer and I hope to continue raising much needed funds for these great kids, and of course coach Troy Thain. A huge THANK YOU to all of you that have donated to his worthy cause!

That’s all for now everyone…good fishing to you!

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

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* July 4th Fishing Report from Prince of Wales Sportfishing

Posted on July 5th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Happy 4th of July Everyone!

We took the boat out last night for the 4th of July fireworks show here in Craig and man what a show. It’s hard to believe how much time and money this little town puts into the 4th of July celebration…very, very cool!

The commercial troll fleet opened up on July 1st and as usual king salmon fishing has slumped quite a bit on the outside. There’s still some fish around…ya just gotta work a lot harder for them. The upside is that some big king salmon are starting to show in the ocean drifts this past week. I’ve heard of at least three fish over 50 pounds being caught on the west side of the Noyes Island the last few days. One of them was a mid-50’s king that one of the Waterfall guests caught very close to us today. What a hog!

Kim DeWeese was lucky enough to hook into this 44 pound king salmon on my boat a few days back. It’s the biggest king salmon landed in our small fleet so far and it put up an impressive battle in sea lion infested waters. Nice work Kim!

Halibut fishing remains darned good on the ocean lately and we’ve caught easy limits of 15 to 30 pound halibut on a daily basis. I haven’t personally targetted any big halibut lately (go figure), but rumor has it there’s been some bigger ones around. Ling cod fishing has been excellent near shore and black sea bass are easy pickin’s just about anywhere on the coast line. We’ve had some fun recently hooking sea bass only to have them devoured by big lingers. Fun stuff!

Capt. Kim came in with a limit of silver salmon a few days ago…the first limit we’ve seen of silvers so far in the fishing charter season here. Unfortunately they were nowhere to be found the next day. There’s been enough silver salmon around out there to keep things interesting and it seems like we hook into a few each day fishing for king salmon. With this many around this early in the charter season we’re all hopeful for a banner coho year here in Craig!

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

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* June 23, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 24th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We just came off three days of stunning weather here in Craig with high’s in the 70’s and 80’s the last couple of days. The warm weather heated up the fishing also as more king salmon and silver salmon poured into some of the ocean drifts. We haven’t seen all that many large kings yet…most of them so far have been in the 15 to 25 pound range.

Here’s Bruce Stevenson and Barry Browns with B’s 25 pound chrome king salmon he caught a few days back off the west side of Baker Island.

Barry again with a 44 1/2 inch halibut that just made it under the legal 45″ slot limit. Halibut fishing has been lights out for nice chicken halibut at a couple of the offshore halibut haunts as long as we can get there.

The coho seemed to like the hot weather here also, as a bunch of them showed up offshore today. Pauly, Bruce, Barry, and Bon landed 15 cohos today between catching kings and halibut. That’s a welcome sight this early in the season!

Capt. Kim McCarthy on the Sea Hunt took his crew offshore a few days back in search of toothy critters and man did they find them. His crew caught and released lingcod all morning on salmon gear until they had four hogzilla lings very close to the 45″ limit.

Looks like rain is on the way again here, but we’re used to that. I’ll post some more fishing photos in a few days. Fish on!

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

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* 2010 Season Looking Good!

Posted on April 8th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Indicators Point Towards Strong Salmon Fishing in 2010!

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a Chinook Abundance Index of 1.35 in late March, which translates to one Chinook per day and three in possesion for non-resident anglers in 2010. This number isn’t surprising, however, as ocean indicators have pointed towards very strong Chinook numbers up and down the north Pacific coast for 2010. That’s great news for all of you joining us this summer in Craig!

Eric with a fat king salmon he caught at the Tree Hole in late July
We’ve chimed about the new hatchery Chinook program in Craig for the last couple of years and we’re excited to see what this year brings. According to our calendar we should see the first return of adult king salmon back to the waters around Craig from this program in May and June.

Depending on how well these fish faired out in the big blue we could see approximately 10,000 more king salmon cruising our local king salmon haunts this summer. These fish come from a stock of king salmon that get as large as 65 pounds!

In addition to the prospect of great king salmon fishing in 2010 we’re also expecting a good “jag” of silver salmon into our waters this summer. Those same ocean conditions responsible for rebuilding the king salmon runs are also helping those fiesty silver salmon that make July and August so much fun.

Wild silver salmon stocks in SE Alaska are expected to fair well this summer and huge plants of coho the past few years by the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association (POWHA) should make for some “Wide-Open” action for silver’s in 2010.

The POWHA plants approximately 4.2 million silver salmon smolts, the largest silver salmon hatchery program in Alaska!

Halibut Limit the Same in 2010

I just got off the phone with Greg Williams from the International Pacific Halibut Commission and he assured me that our halibut limits would remain unchanged for 2010 in Southeast Alaska. That means a one fish per day limit with a fish of any size for our guests this summer.

Lowrance Structure Scan Added to “Polar Bear”

Screen shot from Lowrance Structure ScanUntil now side-scanning sonar was always reserved for the Navy, large commercial fishing vessels, and multi-million dollar yachts. Not any more!

Lowrance’s new “Structure Scan” operates on the HDS platform that worked so well for us last year and offers both side-scan and down-scan capabilities. This new system is going to be a valuable tool for locating schools of salmon, baitfish, and bottomfish and halibut-holding habitat in our waters. Expect to see more about this system on our Fishing Reports page during the summer and over on my blog on The Outdoor Line website.

New Passenger Van

New Prince of Wales Sportfishing Passenger Van for 2010

We’ve added a new passenger van to the fleet this summer. Watch for the white Prince of Wales Sportfishing van on your arrival day in Craig, Alaska.




Purchase Your Alaska Fishing License Online

CLICK HERE to apply for your Alaska fishing license before you arrive for your trip with us in Craig this summer. It’s quick and easy and if you apply early ADFG will mail your license to you well in advance of your trip.
Prime Dates Still Available
We’ve still got a handful of prime-time king and silver salmon dates available throughout the summer. Give Rob a call at 888-943-4746 to inquire about available dates or email him at rendsley@earthlink.net.

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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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