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* Halibut Enchilada Nights a Hit

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


This is the second year that we’ve done the halibut enchilada fundraiser for the Craig High School wrestling team down on the dock and it was once again a bit hit. Over the course of the summer all of you were kind enough to donate over $4,000 to the wrestling program here in Craig. The money is mostly applied to travel and it allows the team to participate in tournaments throughout Southeast Alaska and at the state championship. As you can imagine traveling to and from wrestling tournaments from remote Prince of Wales Island is quite costly and your kind donations go a long ways to allow these kids to make the trips. We can’t thank you enough for your donation!

Capt. Troy Thain’s wife Di caters this incredible dish once or twice a week for our guests and she does an amazing job. If you missed the link above here’s another link to Di’s delicious Halibut Enchiladas.

Do we plan on doing this again next summer? Heck yes we do!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
888-943-4746

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* Steamer Clam Recipe Appears in Alaska Airlines Magazine

Posted on February 21st, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


A big thanks to outdoor writer Terry Sheeley for including our steamer clam recipe in a recent article he wrote for Alaska Airlines magazine. If you’re in the need for a mid-winter delicacy pick up some steamer clams and give this one a shot. It’s super easy and makes some downright awesome steamers.

I’m already ordering supplies, tying leaders, and ticking down the days before our Alaskan charter fishing season in Craig starts up again. If you’re looking for a saltwater fishing trip in Southeast Alaska this summer drop us a note. We would love to have you join us!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* August 27, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 28th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The coho fishing held up just long enough to have some pretty good action for our last group of guests of the season. We had easy limits the first morning of their trip and then finished up with 20 cohos and 14 cohos the next two days. Some of the fish, including Bob’s beautiful 14 pounder shown below, were soooo fat and nasty. These big August silvers fight just as good as some of the June king salmon we catch around these parts. Strong runs and acrobatic jumps make for some serious fun!

Here’s Bob’s big silver salmon…

Strong winds made halibut fishing a little difficult two of our last three days. On day three we found some nice halibut in the islands and Dan Martin hooked up on this 90 pounder that put up a good fight. Halibut always know how to tangle up all the lines don’t they? One of the guys was able to grab a quick shot before we kicked’er loose. Good one Dan!

I’ve got a pretty sweet Lowrance system on the Polar Bear that has put a lot of fish in the boat this summer. One of the components is the Sirius weather module that overlays weather data and sea surface temperatures onto my chartplotter. It’s an overlay that you can turn on and off quite easily and while I don’t use it all the time it has it’s place.

I use it to tell me what direction the wind is coming from out on the coast, so we can take the most appropriate route to the fishing grounds. Between the Coast Guard weather reports, personal observation, and this killer data system you can get dialed on very quickly in the morning. The other nice thing about this module is that it also recieves Sirius satellite radio that streams thru the HDS10 and right to my stereo system via a couple of jacks. Crystal clear sound all the time!

One of these days we’ll use the SST data on this system to make an albacore tuna run offshore. Locals Bill and Dave Dawley have been itching to make just such a run!

A couple of days ago I was put-putting over to the fuel dock on a rare 70 degree day here when I spotted some fish jumping along the shoreline in the harbor. Charter season is over and I’m pretty much cooked, but I just couldn’t help myself. Usually fish jumping along the shoreline means pink salmon and I didn’t hope for much else. As I drew closer I realized that they were all silvers…lots of silvers!

There were big schools of bright coho jumping and porpoising in 5 to 10 feet of water. I tried trolling cut plug herring around them to no avail and I even cast whole and cut plug herring at them with no weight…nothing. Finally I pulled out a 2 1/4 ounce Pt. Wilson Dart and cast it well out in front of the schools, retrieving it with a pump and dip motion. Hammer Time! I hooked about a dozen big, fat cohos in an hour and landed 8 of them. At first I was releasing them, but I came to my senses after releasing a few and decided to keep fat ones.

Here’s the 4 nice silvers that I kept from this fun silver salmon slamolafest.

When I got back to the dock it happened to be lunchtime, so I tossed a slab of fresh silver on the BBQ and set my sights on a lunch of salmon burgers. I also added a Peterson smoking puck to the BBQ to give the fish a nice Alder smoke flavor…damn that’s gonna be good!

Here’s my lunch of three salmon burgers made with salmon that was less than 30 minutes removed from the water. I ate all of them and then slipped into a food coma on the dock. My gosh life is good!

Some of you have emailed asking about the halibut enchilada fundraisers we hosted for the Craig wrestling team all summer long. Thanks to all of you we raised approximately $5,000 for these hard working kids. A huge thanks to Di Thain…the coaches wife…for putting together these awesome meals for our guests. Good stuff and we’ll do it again next summer!

The fat lady is working her vocal chords and I’m just a few days from heading south. Overall we had a really good charter fishing season here in Craig, Alaska and we’re already excited about next summer.

I’ll start plugging in fishing dates for 2013 sometime in September after I get back to Washington and decompress. A huge THANK YOU to all of you that joined us this summer and we look forward to fishing with you once again next year. Thank you, thank you, thank you…and good night!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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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 27th, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The cohos have moved in here big time with limits the norm here the last few days. Halibut fishing has also been great out on the ocean when we can get outside…not much for halibut in the islands yet. There aren’t many king salmon around out there right now, but the ones that are there are rather large. There’s been at least one or two 50 plus pound king salmon caught by the lodge boats every day for the last week. Every bite you get could be the one!

Here’s repeat customers Ron and Nancie Wilder along with Uncle Franky and my dad John Endsley. Pretty amazing day of fishing to say the least…plenty of cohos out there right now that are more than willing to take a mooched but plug herring.

Scott Hall brought his daughters Beth, Bailey, and Peyton up for his 50th birthday and some father/daughter time. What a great bunch of girls Scott…good job man!

Beth Hall with her 35 pound halibut that just made it into the retention  slot. You go girl!

Grandpa John Endsley was up for a few days of fishing and got a chance to catch up with his new grand daughter Ava while he was here. My lovely wife wife Nicole is on the left.

The halibut enchilada fundraiser put on every few days by Di Thain down on the dock has been a huge hit this summer. So far our guests have raised close to $2000 for the Craig High School wrestling team. She makes halibut enchiladas that are Di-No-Mite!

A huge thank you to all of you that have contributed so far this summer. I can’t tell you how much it means to us. Without this much needed money many of these kids wouldn’t be able to afford to travel with the team. School sports here in Southeast Alaska is a very complicated with expensive float planes, hotels, and meals just to travel to meets and the state finals.

This has become so popular that Capt. Rafael with Tranquil Charters is now bringing his guests over too. The food is great, there’s a lot of laughs and fish lies told, and it’s all for a very worthy cause. Thanks again everyone!

Fishing has been excellent lately and we have high hopes that it will continue. Another thank you to those that have joined us so far this summer and we look forward to seeing the rest of you soon…very soon!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* June 28, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 28th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The king salmon run continues to build here in Craig and we’ve seen really good numbers of king salmon in the 15-25 pound range in the ocean the last few days. Getting at them has been a little tricky, however, as the weather has been pretty snotty on the outside. The Demers/Warren group I just had on my boat were tough as nails though and we fished in the teeth of the weather two of the last three days and had a ball catching king salmon in very marginal ocean conditions.

Here’s Elliot Green with his first king salmon ever on his first saltwater fishing trip ever. Pretty awesome to see Elliot hook a bunch of kings on the ocean mooching with a cut plug herring. He picked it up quick!

Ty Warren, Don DeMers, and Elliot Green with yesterday’s limit of king salmon, halibut, ling cod, yelloweye rockfish, and black sea bass. Not pictured is Max Warren…who contributed his fair share.

Our first ever halibut enchilada benefit was a huge success last night. Di Thain makes the best halibut enchiladas on earth and brought enough of them down to feed the whole gang and then some. Our guests and friends raised close to $400 for the Craig High School wrestling team to help with their travel costs. A huge thank you to all that contributed last night. We’ll be doing it again soon!

Capt. Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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