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* Winter Troll Fishery Off to Good Start

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


I constantly monitor the fishery data that comes out of Southeast Alaska as it pertains to our fishery in Craig and this totally awesome piece of news just landed in my email inbox about the winter commercial troll fishery that’s underway right now.

One of the many indicators that ADF&G uses to determine Chinook abundance in Southeast Alaska is the winter troll fishery that started about a month ago. So far in the troll season it’s the best fishing the commercial troll fleet has seen in the last 20 years. As of right now the catch is three times greater than the 10 year average for this fishery and that spells good news for the summer of 2014. The data from ADF&G points towards the best winter troll fishery in over 20 years!

The Chinook the trollers are catching right now are the “feeders” that make up the bulk of our Chinook fishery in Craig in the early part of the summer. Of course by the time they reach us in Craig, Alaska they aren’t feeders anymore but full-fledged adult king salmon.

If you were with us in 2013 you got to witness some of the most amazing king salmon fishing most of us have ever seen. Many of the salty old veterans that have fished our waters for close to 30 years say it was by far the best they had ever seen. I don’t want to jinx us…but the summer of 2014 could be just as good!

In between chasing mule deer, duck hunting, and river trips here in Washington this fall I’m already pining to be back on the water in Craig soaking a herring for king salmon. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

We’ve still got some prime June dates open for 2014 if you’re interested in a trip like this. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll keep you posted when we get some more news. Ciao!

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
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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
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* Margene’s First King Salmon

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


Here’s Margene Smalaaden from Poulsbo, Washington with her first king salmon ever…a nice 25 pound chrome beauty. She caught it on a mooched cut plug herring in some pretty tough ocean conditions this morning. This girl was all smiles after this king hit the deck. Way to go Margene!

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* July 19th Southeast Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 20th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The silvers came pouring into the waters around Craig in big numbers around a week ago and we’ve been getting limits or near limits every day since. The fish are averaging 5 to 10 pounds right now and we’ve had some wide open action mooching cut plug herring for these scrappy fish. There’s also still plenty of king salmon available at all the usual haunts. There’s been a few fish in the 40’s and one of the charters from Klawock brought in a whopping 58 pounder yesterday. I would imagine there will be a few more fish like that in the next few weeks.

Here’s a few pics from this past week. These are just a very few of all of the great fish that have hit our dock.

Steve Maris with a limit of yelloweye rockfish and ling cod.

The Holt family with limits of nice king salmon from Prince of Wales Island. I grew up with these guys…man the stories.

Judy and just one of her king salmon. Capt. Rafael described her as the “sweetest lady ever”. All that good karma bodes well on the fishing grounds for Judy and husband Joe!

Last but not least here’s a couple of Alaska fishing videos from the GoPro video camera to wet your whistle.

King Salmon Recorded by the Stam Cam

Silver Salmon Fishing in Craig, Alaska

The salmon and halibut fishing has been outstanding here this summer and these videos are just a brief sampling of what Craig, Alaska has to offer. Come and join us here in Alaska one of these days!

Captain Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
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* Great fishing continues in SE Alaska!

Posted on August 10th, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We just came off another great week of fishing here in Craig, Alaska with daily coho limits and wide open action on both halibut and ling cod.  King salmon fishing is starting to fizzle, but there are still a few kings around here and there.  Yesterday we got into a completely stupid coho bite on the Polar Bear…one of those scenes you just never forget.  Every pass we made past a particular kelp patty was producing one to three hookups and then a massive school moved in with silver salmon finning all over the surface and crashing bait in every direction. The guys were dropping their baits over the side and watching the silvers zip in and grab them right next to the boat. On the last circus bite one big coho was twisting around in the kicker motor, two more were literally ripping monofilament across the surface as they slashed and jumped wildly around the boat, and the fourth fish (a king) was screaming line off the Tekota until it finally stopped around 200 feet.  As I quickly tried to uncoil a 14 pound coho from the kicker motor propellor Stu exclaims, “Mikes got a king!” Mikes 26 pound king jumped from the water and landed with a Ka-Wooosh!  I quickly gaffed the fish next the prop, cut the line, grabbed the two other ‘hos and off we went to get Mikes king.  Three big ‘hos on the deck and a king in the bag. That would be the definition of coho chaos!

Halibut action has been absolutely wide open right now for chicken halibut from 15 to 35 pounds right now and there are bigger flatties around if guests want to put in the time. The ling cod fishing has also been very, very good and we’ve limited the last two groups on keeper ling cod, releasing plenty of bigger ones.  Both the lings and the halibut are stacked in the areas the trollers are working and the action on heavy scampi tail jigs is fast, very fast.

Mike Hammes and his 26 pound king salmon 

Stu Heatons 82 pound halibut, winner of the Ram group halibut jackpot

Stu also took the Ram king salmon jackpot with this 29 pounder.  The jackpot money all went to our fish cutter Tim “Slice and Dice” Koentop, who’s wife Nan is fighting cancer right now. Our prayers are with them!  

Rod Tople with a big ocean fresh 14 pound silver salmon

Always a good time with the Marshall group. They also were kind enough to donate their group jackpot to Tim’s family.  Thank you so much guys and we look forward to seeing you again next summer!

Fishing in SE Alaska is about more than filling up the freezer. The wildlife and scenery our guests enjoy here is second to none and whale shows like this one occur almost daily.  This big humpback was slapping it’s tail repeatedly on the surface on the way in a few days ago and we were able to grab some great pics.

Look closely and you’ll see the bubble ring around this feeding humpback whale. This whale was bubble feeding along the same kelp line we were hammering the coho on yesterday and on several occasions we had to move because the bubbles were getting a little too close for comfort. 

Capt. Rob Endsley

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* Here come the kings!

Posted on June 17th, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Each and every day we’re seeing an improvement in the king salmon action here in Craig.  The key to success lately has been the “stick and stay” program and we’ve been sticking to a deep troll lane off of Baker Island that has been producing king salmon all day long.  We’re mooching in anywhere from 200 to 240 feet of water and the bites are occurring anywhere from 30 feet deep to right on the bottom.  Paul’s big 36 pound hawg was caught just off the bottom today in 210 feet of water and shortly after landing that one we doubled up on king salmon in the low 20’s at 80 feet.  The beauty of mooching is that we can cover it all!

The silver salmon are also making an excellent early showing and with this many fish around now I can only imagine how the fishing will be in July.  Our cohos have been running anywhere from 4 to 8 pounds and I’ve heard of a couple of bigger fish already.  A nice bonus to the king salmon this time of year!

Trust me…I know how hard it can be to not set the hook immediately when a fish grabs your bait on the drop.  Click the reel into gear and reel, reel, reel like son of a gun until the line comes tight…then reel, reel, reel some more to get it even tighter…then set the hook once the fish is already on and peeling line.  Sounds easy doesn’t it!  Fish that hit a mooched bait on the drop are the hottest fish in the ocean, yet they can be the toughest fish to hook because the insulation usually melts off the wires and the fuses blow the second the bait goes “thunk” and the brain says “SET THE HOOK DUMMY!” 

Paul’s arms are about tuckered out after the fight on this 36 pound king salmon.  At one point the line counter read 360 feet…that’s when we decided to chase it : )

 

The doctors, Barry, Bruce, Bon, and Paul with an early limit of 16 to 36 pound king salmon on a glassy Pacific Ocean. 

 

Rob Endsley

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