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* Closing the Books on an Amazing Season

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We were blessed with amazing fishing here in Craig, Alaska right up until the last day of our charter fishing season, which happened to be yesterday. Fat coho’s were eager to bite our cut plug herring in the islands yesterday morning and then we blasted outside of Noyes Island to enjoy flat calm seas, monster coho, and the last of the king salmon run off of the coast. There are some huge silvers cruising the outside of Noyes Island right now!

Here’s Greg Schermann from Carmel, California with the last king salmon of the 2013 charter fishing season at Prince of Wales Sportfishing.

Greg, Mollie, Brent, and Terry enjoyed limits of big silvers, halibut, and sea bass on a blustery day in Craig two days ago.

One of my childhood friends, Mollie Heilesen, joined me with her husband Brent for our final trip of the season and she nabbed this enormous 44″ ling cod. Great job Mollie!

We’ll make our final run to Island Air Express this morning and then it will take about a week to winterize and put everything away here in Craig. I’ll post some final thoughts here in a couple of days, but one’s things for sure…this has been an amazing fishing year in Craig, Alaska. Oh what a summer!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
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* Fishing Still Rock Solid in Mid-July

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Fishing remains stellar here in Craig, Alaska with daily limits of silver salmon and a few king salmon mixed in to keep things interesting. In addition to great salmon fishing the halibut fishing has also been outstanding with quick limits on most days.

Here’s the Hall’s and Ansolabehere’s with limits of silver salmon, halibut, and the remainder of their punches of ling cod and yelloweye rockfish.

Chris and Dan picked up nice 44 and 42 inch halibut with Capt. Rafael yesterday.

Lings are fond of the pipe jigs that dad builds for me every spring. These are 16 ouncers that we tip with a little salmon belly meat. Very lethal rig for lings, yelloweye, and halibut! Jack Hall was very happy about catching this fatty.

The reason it was so fat…a nice dusky rockfish digesting in it’s big, fat belly. Lings are voracious feeders and will feed on just about anything…including a copper pipe with some lead in it!

Fishing remains awesome here in Craig and we’re all back out on the water again tomorrow. The forecast looks great for the next few days with diminishing seas and wind. It’s Hammer Time!

Good fishing to you!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
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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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* 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
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 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
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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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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* King Salmon Showing in Craig!

Posted on May 18th, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


2009 Cancellations:

August 22-26, 8 Seats-Polar Bear/Capt. Rob Endsley, Sea Hunt/Capt. Kim McCarthy  

July 4-8, 4 Seats-Sea Hunt/Capt. Kim McCarthy

Call Rob Endsley at 888-943-4746 or email rendsley@earthlink.net for info on these great fishing dates and package specials.

After two years of below-average king salmon fishing in the Craig area it’s hard not to get excited about the upcoming season.  Reports like “it’s wide open” and “quite a few king salmon around” have been few and far between during the pre-season for, well, too long.  With a Chinook Abundance Index of 1.33 and a relaxing of regulations to allow the harvest of 3 kings by non-resident anglers it appears as though we’re headed into a great summer for salmon fishing!

Bon with a 46 pound Craig, Alaska king salmon from 2008!  We're hoping to see more king salmon like this in 2009.

Bon with a 46 pound Craig, Alaska king salmon from 2008! We're hoping to see more king salmon like this in 2009.

Improved ocean conditions don’t just help the king salmon, silver and pink salmon numbers are also benefitting from a cooler ocean and more plentiful bait, with those runs expected to be up considerably this summer in Southeast Alaska.  It’ll be bid-ness as usual for silver salmon this summer, with a 6 fish per day limit.  It sounds like a good time to be dropping a herring over the side in Craig!

Sunny skies and silver salmon!

Sunny skies and silver salmon!

No more tears!

Other good news is the addition of a trophy ling cod to the non-resident bag limit.  The 30″ to 35″ slot limit will be retained, but now if you happen to catch a gator over 55″ you can keep it as part of your one ling limit.  No more tears as that giant ling swims back into the depths!

The only bit of somewhat bad news is the reduction in the halibut limit from two per day to one per day.  What this amounts to is the elimination of a halibut under 32″ from the bag limit and about 6 pounds of halibut fillets, or even less if you keep a small chicken halibut.  The bummer about this deal is that is doesn’t put more fish in the ocean, it simply re-allocates them over to the commercial sector.  For more information on this log onto www.charterhalibuttaskforce.com and snoop around the website.  A lawsuit is pending on this issue.

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