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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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* 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
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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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* 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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* July 11th Southeast Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 12th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King salmon fishing has remained very good here in Craig, Alaska this past week and the silver salmon fishing seems to be getting a little better with every day. Most of the really good fishing has been occurring outside of Noyes Island and a few fish are coming out of the islands. Spotty weather kept us off the ocean earlier last week and once we got back out there we found plenty of king salmon biting. Rumors of a few king salmon in the 30’s and 40’s from yesterday and I’m sure it won’t be long before someone bags up a big bruiser in the 50 plus pound range out there.

Here’s Nancie Wilder and husband Ron with her low 20’s king salmon from last week. Most of the king salmon here have been running in the 15 to 25 pound range lately. These fish will tear you up on light mooching tackle. Fun stuff!

Dave Allan was lucky enough to bag this 36 1/2 inch halibut on the last day of his trip here in Craig. The Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife requires all halibut over 37 inches be released aboard charter vessels in Southeast Alaska this year. Hopefully these regulations will help to rebuild the halibut stocks.  Legal halibut have been easy to come by this summer.

Brothers Dave and Greg caught ling cod that were identical twins measuring 39 1/2 inches. They had a $20 bet on the biggest bottomfish and it would have been a tie but Greg’s fish gacked up a good sized rockfish just before we weighed them. Dave’s fish weighed 22 pounds and Greg’s weighed 21 1/2 pound after losing the rockfish. One of several funny stories on this trip and thankfully this one didn’t involve me : )

And here’s a couple more Alaskan salmon fishing videos recorded with the GoPro video camera I have mounted on the charter boat. It’s raw unedited video and you just never know what might happen when I turn the camera on:

Mooching for King Salmon in Southeast Alaska

Salmon Fishing in Craig, Alaska

Looking forward to more great fishing here in Craig this coming week. We’re looking for that first big push of silvers any day now!

Captain Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
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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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