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* Halibut Limits Announced for 2014

Posted on January 30th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) just released the halibut catch limits for guided anglers in Southeast Alaska’s Area 2C and they look much the same as last year. The charter sector lost a small amount of quota under the new Catch Sharing Plan resulting in a decrease in quota from 788,000 pounds last year to 760,000 pounds for the 2014 season. This minor adjustment in quota shifted the reverse slot limit to one halibut per day under 44 inches or over 76 inches. This equates to one halibut per day under 40 pounds or over 234 pounds.

Area 2C actually saw a slight increase in the halibut biomass this past year, but under the conservative guidelines of the new Catch Sharing Plan the quota was adjusted down slightly. It’s nice to see an uptick in the halibut biomass, however, as we all want to see this resource thrive.

I’ll post more news about the salmon and lingcod limits as they become available. After the absolutely awesome fishing we had last summer we’re all anxious to get back on the water in Southeast Alaska again. From the sounds of things we should have excellent king salmon fishing once again in 2014. More news later!

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

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* Rockfish Submersion Devices Required for Charters in 2013

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

One of the regulations that’s been looming for a while for sportfishing charters in Southeast Alaska is the requirement to use rockfish descenders for all rockfish caught after an angler has retained their limit. These devices will be required on all charter vessels in Southeast Alaska waters for the summer of 2013.

While it’s going to be somewhat onerous to connect a rockfish up to the device and send it back down to a safe depth before releasing it I’m firmly behind this new rule. I grew up fishing in Washington’s Puget Sound and if you don’t know how many rockfish are left in the sound I’ll tell ya…very damn few!

We didn’t have this rule sooner because no one knew exactly which submersion technique was best for the rockfish. After a lot of experimentation with fizzing needles and milk crates, to name a couple of the test methods, biologists finally landed on this type of device.

Some of the gents associated with this rockfish catch and release project tell me that 50 to 60 feet of depth was all that was needed to relieve barotrauma and get these precious bottomfish headed in the right direction. And get this, they had a more than 90 percent success rate during the study. Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations state that fish need to be released at a depth of at least 100 feet, so I’m guessing that fatality will be next to nothing.

The device in the photo above is made by Shelton Products and it’s had great reviews. You can either order one directly from Shelton or build one yourself. Ron Garner, President of the Puget Sound Anglers here in Washington, has been building them with a large Siwash barbless hook, a couple pounds of lead, and a large snap swivel. I think a pipe jig with an upside down barbless hook attached to it would also work.

Most of the bottomfish that live in Southeast Alaska waters live a very, very long time and releasing them alive is a good thing for the long term sustainability of charter fishing. Yelloweye rockfish, for instance, live as long as 80 to 90 years. When we deplete these stocks it takes several generations to rebuild them.

If using this device means that my daughter can enjoy rockfishing with me in the years to come I’m all for it. I also want to continue taking all of you fishing, as well.

Looking forward to another great summer in Alaska. See you all soon!

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

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* New Alaskan Fishing Video Posted

Posted on February 5th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

Those of you that saw me monkey’ing around with my new Contour video cameras last summer can now see some of the results in our latest Prince of Wales Sportfishing video that I posted to YouTube about a month ago. I use the Contour Roam cameras, which are waterproof right out of the box and are super easy to use. They have an easy On/Off switch on top of the camera¬† so there’s no more guessing as to whether the camera is on, or not.

Click on the image below to check out our latest alaskan fishing video and let us know what you think.

We’ve still got a few openings for the 2013 fishing season in Craig, Alaska. These are all great dates during some of the best fishing in Craig:

June 12-16

June 24-28

July 6-10

August 16-20 (2 seats)

Give us a call at 888-943-4746 for reservations or questions. We’re looking forward to another great fishing season in 2013!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing

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* Halibut Limits to Remain the Same in 2013

Posted on January 26th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

The International Pacific Halibut Commission met in Victoria, BC this week and decided to take no action on guided angler regulations in Southeast Alaska for 2013. This results in the same regulations we had in Craig as last summer with a limit of one halibut per day under 45 inches or over 68 inches.

If you’re wondering what that equates in size it’s one halibut under 43 pounds or over 163 pounds. We’re still able to keep the nice chicken halibut that we’re fond of catching and if you happen to catch a big one you can certainly keep it if you like. We released quite a few halibut very close to the 68″ mark last summer, providing both angst and entertainment for our customers. Watching us measure halibut very close to 68″ inches proved to be quite entertaining!

There won’t have any solid salmon news from Alaska Department of Fish and Game until April. Judging by the run forecasts the last couple years, ocean conditions, and the rebound of quite a few king salmon stocks on the West Coast we expect king salmon fishing to be quite good again. I’ll post more news on the salmon front when we get something solid from ADF&G.

We’ve still got a few seats open throughout the summer. If you’re interested in fishing in Craig now is the time to jump on these openings before someone else does. Call me at 888-943-4746…happy to help or answer any questions you might have.

Good fishing!

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

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