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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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* August 13th, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 13th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

Silver salmon fishing has been what I would call “decent” since my last report. Some days we get into a good bite and limit out rather quickly and others we have to pick away at them all day long to get limits. The silvers seem to be a pound or two heavier this year and have been a blast on the mooching tackle.

There’s still a few king salmon in the 15 to 20 pound range mixed in with the silvers. Our guests this past week have caught a few on the outside of Noyes Island and also inside the islands while fishing for silvers. The trollers just got an opener for king salmon and apparently they have another 79,000 pounds to catch. We haven’t seen that many kings in close to the beach, but maybe they are getting them offshore. Perhaps we’ll see yet another push of kings before the summer is over??????????

We’ve been catching the usual assortment of bottomfish, including some nice chicken halibut, sea bass, ling cod, and yelloweye rockfish. There’s even a few nice halibut starting to show up in the islands now, which is a pleasent surprise.

We hosted yet another halibut enchilada night down on the pier last night and the good guys from Ram Construction in Bellingham, Washington contributed over $1,000 in cash money to the Craig High School wrestling team. Holy crap guys…you are amazing! All of us thank you so much.

So far this summer our guests and crew have raised approximately $4300 for these hard workin’ kids and we’ll probably host at least one more din-din down on the dock before we give the coaches wife a break. Thanks again Di!

Sorry no photos this week…I lost my little Nikon camera. Ouch!

Rob Endsley
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Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters

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* June 10, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 11th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

Thanks for checking out our first Prince of Wales Sportfishing report of the 2012 season here in Craig, Alaska. This past week has been all about shaking down the boat and doing a bunch of scouting for king salmon out in the islands. I had my usual crew of Steve Maris, Jim Heins, Scott Sypher, and Michael Parker in for some fun fishing before the real work begins in a couple of days.

King salmon fishing has been fairly slow here overall. We’ve been lucky enough to stumble into a few fairly decent bites the last few days out there though. I hate to admit it but we’ve been using my new Cannon downriggers to cover a lot of water and find fish. Not to worry…we’ll still be mooching. The downriggers have allowed us to cover about ten times more water than we normally would and it’s been a valuable asset this early in the season. Several of the other top charters in town have added downriggers to their boats and are seeing the same results.

A couple of days ago we hooked a few fish trolling in an area and we were marking quite a few king salmon, so we broke out the mooching gear and were able to hook several more on cut plug herring before the bite shut off. Pretty darned fun!

It seems like the fishing has been getting a little better every day and there’s news of lots of king salmon to the north of us. It’s just a matter of time before those fish move down into our waters and then we should see very solid king salmon fishing.

Here’s the gang with yesterdays limit of king salmon. We had limits 3 of the last 4 days out there. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good!

Check out Steve’s football king. This one was a white king that was shaped more like a yellowfin tuna.

Scott Sypher is always Mr. Lucky up here. On the first day he nailed a 27 pound king and a 34 pound halibut.

We spent one day bouncing around offshore in search of nasty critters like these big lingcod. This years ling cod slot limit is one ling between 30 and 45 inches and another one over 55 inches if you’re lucky enough to hook into a beast like that. It’s huge improvement from the old 30 to 35 inch slot limit we’ve had here for several years.

Jim “Bucket” Heins with a big yelloweye he picked up on one of the offshore pinnacles.

I’ll do my best to keep the photos coming over the course of the summer. This is a good place to highlight some of the great fishing we have here in Craig, Alaska. It’s a pretty darned fun place to spend the summer and I’m excited about our fishing prospects for 2012!

Captain Rob Endsley
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Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters

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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

Piscatorial Pursuits

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
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