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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

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* August 21, 2012 Craig Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

Where has the summer gone?!! Some of us have also been asking “where have the silvers gone” the last few days. I’ve been lucky enough to put boat limits of silvers on board 5 of the last 6 days, but every day has been nerve racking to say the least.

The silvers have been averaging 6 to 12 pounds with an occasional 13 or 14 pound brute mixed in. Fresh schools that just wash in from the ocean have been the most fun, as they pound the herring with reckless abandon and run wild all over the place. Fun, fun stuff!

We’ve been picking up some nice chicken halibut and since my last report we’ve released quite a few halibut just shy of the 68 inch mark. Measuring these big halibut has been nothing short of a total rodeo. Who knows, our guests might get a bigger kick out of this circus than actually retaining the big barnies. I’ve lasso’d two by the tail in the past couple of weeks that were sooooo close to the 68 inch mark, but not close enough to keep. It’s kind of nice to see them swim off back to the bottom to do their thing actually.

Outside of the usual mix of black sea bass, ling cod, yelloweye, and rockfish there has also been a few big sharks offshore. We’ve ran into both salmon sharks and blue sharks out on the halibut grounds the last few days. Yesterday Robert Aguilera broke off what I’m pretty sure was a shark because fifteen minutes later Sally Kvam’s rod doubled over as a big blue shark wolfed her halibut bait and took off to the races. The shark was about 5 or 6 feet long and we released it after several big runs. I had brief thoughts of boating it until I remembered those teeth…no bueno! Capt. Kim has also run into several blue sharks fishing off of Shaft Rock the last few days, one of which was chewing on a halibut as it neared the surface.

Finally got my small camera back, so here’s a few pics from the last couple of days out on the water.

Craig and Sally Kvam from Poulsbo, Washington with a silver salmon double header!

Robert and Hannah Aguilera from Sultan, Washington with Hannah’s 14 pound coho she caught at Hole in the Wall. She caught a lot of fish…I mean a lot. Go figure!

Craig Kvam admires the days limit of hefty silver salmon caught mooching cut plug herring on our Lamiglas Salmon Moochers with Shimano Tekota line counter reels.

Steve caught this big ling over on Capt. Kim McCarthy’s boat two days ago. It measured exactly 44 3/4″…just inside the slot limit. The big bulge in it’s belly is a big quillback rockfish. Capt. Kim is a bottomfishing machine!

Hard to believe I’m down to my last group of fisherman arriving today. Three more days of fishing and  I’ll be wrapping things up here and heading south with the Canadian honkers, which have been showing up here the last few days by the way. Hmmm…might be time to head south.

I’ll post another report here soon. Until then good fishing to all of you and thanks for visiting!

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

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* July 19th, 2012 Craig Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 19th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

I finally have a moment to post a quick fishing report before we race off and pick up more fishing guests at Island Air Express in Klawock. Here’s a quick run down of the last couple of weeks here in Craig, Alaska.

Early July was really, really good for king salmon fishing here in Craig and then the kings kind of dried up about 6 or 7 days ago. We had some truly spectacular king salmon days early in the month with lots of kings around between 15 and 25 pounds. There were at least a dozen fish over 50 pounds caught out there and one over 60 pounds that I know of. Our biggest is 44 pounds so far this summer.

Luckily the silver salmon were hot on the tail of the kings and fishing for them has improved to the point of being rock solid here the last couple of days. Most of the boats in the fleet are catching limits of silvers or close to it the last few days out there.

When we can get out on the ocean halibut fishing has been excellent for chicken halibut. The halibut fishing in the islands, however, has been very slow. Capt. Kim has made a couple of runs to some offshore pinnacles this past week that have produced excellent ling cod, yelloweye, and black sea bass for our guests.

Here’s a few photos from the last two weeks here in Craig, Alaska.

Jeff June from the Northwest Straits Commission in Washington with a nice 30 pound king salmon caught off Noyes Island. Jeff and his team are responsible for most of the derelict fishing gear removal in Puget Sound.

Mike Hutton, Jim Coe, Jeff June, Phil Stephens, and Bob DeLong with a limit of nice kings caught off Baker Island a little over a week ago. King salmon fishing was really good when these guys were here the second week of July.

Phil Stephens with a nice 25 pound chicken halibut caught offshore in the ocean. Fish like this have been quite plentiful when the weather allows us to get out there.

Al Heeg from San Fransisco caught this Cabezon at East Addington the other day. It’s the first cabezon that’s ever been caught on my boat, but I’ve heard of a few others being caught the last few years.

Brothers Steve Maris and Joe Maris were just here with the Piscatorial Pursuits group. They were lucky enough to land 21 and 32 pound kings one afternoon with Capt. Troy Thain. Nice work guys!

If you’re joining us here in Craig, Alaska this summer don’t forget to purchase your Alaska fishing license online. Here’s some directions and a link to the ADF&G website to purchase your license and king salmon stamp.

Thanks to all of you that have joined us so far this summer and we look forward to seeing many of you here before our fishing charter season closes up the end of August. Fish On!

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

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* July 4th Fishing Report from Prince of Wales Sportfishing

Posted on July 5th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

We took the boat out last night for the 4th of July fireworks show here in Craig and man what a show. It’s hard to believe how much time and money this little town puts into the 4th of July celebration…very, very cool!

The commercial troll fleet opened up on July 1st and as usual king salmon fishing has slumped quite a bit on the outside. There’s still some fish around…ya just gotta work a lot harder for them. The upside is that some big king salmon are starting to show in the ocean drifts this past week. I’ve heard of at least three fish over 50 pounds being caught on the west side of the Noyes Island the last few days. One of them was a mid-50’s king that one of the Waterfall guests caught very close to us today. What a hog!

Kim DeWeese was lucky enough to hook into this 44 pound king salmon on my boat a few days back. It’s the biggest king salmon landed in our small fleet so far and it put up an impressive battle in sea lion infested waters. Nice work Kim!

Halibut fishing remains darned good on the ocean lately and we’ve caught easy limits of 15 to 30 pound halibut on a daily basis. I haven’t personally targetted any big halibut lately (go figure), but rumor has it there’s been some bigger ones around. Ling cod fishing has been excellent near shore and black sea bass are easy pickin’s just about anywhere on the coast line. We’ve had some fun recently hooking sea bass only to have them devoured by big lingers. Fun stuff!

Capt. Kim came in with a limit of silver salmon a few days ago…the first limit we’ve seen of silvers so far in the fishing charter season here. Unfortunately they were nowhere to be found the next day. There’s been enough silver salmon around out there to keep things interesting and it seems like we hook into a few each day fishing for king salmon. With this many around this early in the charter season we’re all hopeful for a banner coho year here in Craig!

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

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* June 23, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 24th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

We just came off three days of stunning weather here in Craig with high’s in the 70’s and 80’s the last couple of days. The warm weather heated up the fishing also as more king salmon and silver salmon poured into some of the ocean drifts. We haven’t seen all that many large kings yet…most of them so far have been in the 15 to 25 pound range.

Here’s Bruce Stevenson and Barry Browns with B’s 25 pound chrome king salmon he caught a few days back off the west side of Baker Island.

Barry again with a 44 1/2 inch halibut that just made it under the legal 45″ slot limit. Halibut fishing has been lights out for nice chicken halibut at a couple of the offshore halibut haunts as long as we can get there.

The coho seemed to like the hot weather here also, as a bunch of them showed up offshore today. Pauly, Bruce, Barry, and Bon landed 15 cohos today between catching kings and halibut. That’s a welcome sight this early in the season!

Capt. Kim McCarthy on the Sea Hunt took his crew offshore a few days back in search of toothy critters and man did they find them. His crew caught and released lingcod all morning on salmon gear until they had four hogzilla lings very close to the 45″ limit.

Looks like rain is on the way again here, but we’re used to that. I’ll post some more fishing photos in a few days. Fish on!

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

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* July 28th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 29th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

Then they were gone! We had a great week prior to our last report, with quite a few salmon around to bend rods and then in the matter of a few tides they vanished. Since then we’ve been working very hard for 6 to 10 silvers and a king salmon or two per boat per day. Not the end of the world…but definitely not the sizzling hot action that we all hope for when our customers show up here in Craig, Alaska.

Many of the large power trollers here in Craig have been having good success 15 to 20 miles offshore, with rumors of 100 to as many as 300 silvers per day with king salmon mixed in. Then a week ago they were seven miles offshore and just two days ago most of the troll fleet was working within sight of St. Joseph Island just north of Noyes Island.

You can bet these guys aren’t going around in circles out there for their health. The fish that we’ve been holding our breath for seem to be headed this way and we saw the first good king salmon bite in nearly a month yesterday just inside the ocean. Along with the king salmon came a few ocean silvers in the low teens, the kind that engulf a cut plug and hit the air before you even know what’s going on. Hopefully the vanguard of a big push of salmon heading this way!

As is always the case here, you just never know what’s going to happen when you drop a cut plug herring into the depths. Ty Beaudry isn’t a stranger to fishing in Craig and had a morning to remember on the first day of his group’s trip here recently, hammering a 46 pound king within the first five minutes of fishing with Capt. Kim McCarthy on the Sea Hunt. After landing his huge king salmon they spun around and nailed a 38 pounder on the next drift. How’s that for the start to an Alaskan fishing trip!

Ty with his 46 pound king salmon caught in Craig, Alaska.

When the ocean’s cooperated we’ve had no trouble at all grabbing limits of chicken halibut from 15 to 35 pounds, as well as sea bass, yelloweye rockfish, and various other “cellar dwellars”. Getting the ocean to cooperate, however, has been a little challenging lately. With the Puget Sound in Washington now closed to all bottomfishing below 120 feet it sure gives us a new level of respect for our bottomfish species here in Southeast Alaska.

Capt. Rob Endsley

Prince of Wales Sportfishing

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* July 15 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 15th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

Silver salmon fishing has improved slightly the past few days with huge minus tides sweeping some of these great fighting fish into the islands. We’ve had four boats running lately and it seems like at least one will hit the jackpot every day and grab an entire limit of silver salmon with the other three somewhere around a dozen or so fish for the day, while losing or missing at least that many. When a school of snappy silver salmon passes under the boat doubles, trips, and quad hookups can happen fast!

Debbie and Denny Adams from Athens, Georgia are pictured below with “Lady Lucks” 28 pound king salmon. Much of the better king salmon fishing has occurred on the ocean recently with some trophy class fish being taken at the usual haunts. There definitely aren’t great numbers of king salmon out there right now, but those that are willing to work the better king salmon areas have a shot at the fish of a lifetime.

Denny holds up the 50 pound halibut that Debbie hooked on a salmon rod after bagging her first king salmon.

John Morris from Virginia bagged this great ling cod after he and the gang aboard the Rover caught their limits of silver salmon. From the sounds of things they were having a ball…we could hear them a quarter mile away hooting and hollering. These guys get it!

After a mixed bag of silver salmon, king salmon, halibut, and yelloweye for the first two and a half days we decided to target some bigger halibut with the heavy gear the last afternoon. With one minute left on the halibut clock Dick’s rod doubled over with this 70 pound flattie. Dick calmly reeled this great halibut up to top off he and the rest of the crews fish boxes with some fish and chips. He and wife Nancy are pictured below.

Capt. Kim pulled in just as we were leaving and after several drifts Ryan Wieder from Vancouver, Washington slammed the hook home on this 156 pound to finish a great day of fishing. Ryan and rest of the crew on the Sea Hunt were also lucky enough to get a full limit of silver salmon first thing in the morning. Nice work guys and thank you again for the engagement card and gift!

Rob Endsley

Prince of Wales Sportfishing

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* Ocean Provides Best Action

Posted on June 16th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

Last week we were seeing consistent action for king salmon in the open ocean with most days in the double digits for hookups. With heavy seas this past week, however, that action has been curtailed considerably. The fish really haven’t moved into the islands in any great numbers and the coastal spots, if you can get to them, have been the producers. We’ve already caught some silvers here recently and by the looks of things we should have a great year for coho.

Scott Sypher with a 26 pound king salmon he caught last week in the Chicken Hole

Scott Sypher with a 26 pound king salmon he caught last week in the Chicken Hole

Scott Sypher, Mike Parker, Jim Heins, and Steve Maris with limits of king salmon from 22-26 pounds

Scott Sypher, Mike Parker, Jim Heins, and Steve Maris with limits of king salmon from 22-26 pounds

A humpback whales slaps the water offshore

A humpback whales slaps the water offshore

The boys enjoy a double header at one of the highway holes offshore

The boys enjoy a double header at one of the highway holes offshore

Here’s a couple pics from fishing the last couple of days. The guys from Griffin Maclean Insurance in Bellevue worked thru some very difficult conditions to catch fish with us these last few days. With 18 foot seas on the ocean the first day of their trip we spent all of our time in the islands looking for king salmon and managed to hook several nice king salmon to 24 pounds on the foul weather day. We’re hoping a few more fish file into the islands soon to give us some options when the ocean kicks up.

Here’s a couple pics from yesterdays trip to the ocean, which proved successful.

Rob Tobeck shows off the 30 pound king salmon he grabbed outside of Noyes Island.

Rob Tobeck shows off the 30 pound king salmon he grabbed outside of Noyes Island.

Paul Dent with his 28 pound king salmon, also caught on the outside of Noyes.

Paul Dent with his 28 pound king salmon, also caught on the outside of Noyes.

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* The Saltwater Experience!

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

A saltwater angling adventure in Southeast Alaska is perhaps is one of the most dynamic experiences one can enjoy in the outdoors. Five species of salmon, halibut, ling cod, and over 30 species of rockfish make the west side of Prince of Wales Island a very special place for wetting a line, but the experience doesn’t stop there. The fishing alone isn’t what makes this place so special, it’s the scenery, marine wildlife, the North Pacific’s rugged coastline, and the ever-changing tide and currents that swirl around hundreds of islands that really make Prince of Wales Island an exciting place to fish. Sharing this dynamic experience with close friends and family is what life in the outdoors is all about!

A picture is worth a thousand words! I can describe this experience a hundred different ways, but nothing highlights the saltwater experience better than a photo.  These photos and more are available on the Prince of Wales Sportfishing Photo Gallery page.

We’re hosting all of our Southeast Alaska fishing videos over on The Outdoor Line video page. Check’em out when you get a chance!

Preseason scouting turned up this mid-30’s Chinook for Jim “Bucket” Heins. A better king salmon run than 2008??? You bet it was!

Pre-season scouting turned up this mid-30's Chinook for Jim "Bucket" Heins. A better king salmon run than 2008, you bet it was!

The sweetest lady on Planet Earth, Diana Rumley, bags her first Chinook ever. After a 30 minute battle-royale she landed this 42 pound Chinook!

From the sweetest lady ever to salmon slayer extraordinaire. Tim Linderman with a mid-30’s King on one of those mornings at Cape Ulitka.

You’ve heard that women catch more fish. Well, they do! Bob Say snaps a few photos of Danielle’s 37 pound beauty over on Capt. Kims boat.

A double on a king and silver, both in the upper teens, made this rodeo-bite a memorable experience for all of us! Lots of fun with Al and Julie again this year.

Mac’n Cheese, Top Ramen, and king salmon with a side of halibut. Food for college! I just found this pic from 2008 and couldn’t resist.

Tim “Slice and Dice” Koentopp prepares to slice and dice a thousand pounds of halibut. If you’re into halibut check out these great halibut fishing vids, “Al Sloka’s Halibut” & “Pipe Jig Hammers Halibut”

Those big halibut aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Deb Adams lifts this great-eating chicken halibut for a quick photo off St. Johns Island. We catch plenty of these halibut throughout the summer!

The Marshall gang shows us how to have some fun back at the pier. Chris Miles, owner of Cookin’ on Wood in Phoenix, Arizona (and a POW Sportfishing pro-staffer) whips up a mean mess of grub every night on the dock.

Just another day in paradise! Robert Aguilera lands another fat coho while a humpback whale breaches in the background.

“Quck, everybody grab a fish for a picture before the rain hits!” The Hine gang from Bakersfield with a very quick dock shot before heading for cover. Yes, it rains in Southeast Alaska!

Pete Rathwell with our biggest silver of the summer on the last trip of the summer. A 17 pound brute from Black Rock near Warren Island.

Rick shows some variety with a yelloweye rockfish from an offshore ocean pinnacle.

Ling cod numbers continue to build off the coast providing some pretty wide-open action in 2009. Here’s Robert with a keeper-sized ling caught on a pipe jig. A couple of ling cod videos worth checking out, “No Mas!” & “Ling bites it’s own tail”

A massive school of baitfish slides under the Polar Bear with a wide open coho bite following shortly thereafter.

Capt. Troy hauls a nice halibut aboard the Makai for the Preddy gang from Texas.

A little silver chaos for the Beaudry gang over on Capt. Kims boat. These guys brought 30 pounds of Kobe beef for our evening barbecues on the pier!

One bite of burrito, one chug of salsa! Nothing like a little hair of the dog in the morning.

It wouldn’t be a Southeast Alaskan experience without the humpback whales. A few photos from Rob Endsley’s collection.

From Capt. Rob Endsley, Nicole Huggins, and the great people we work with in Craig, Alaska we sincerely hope you’ll join Prince of Wales Sportfishing for another great summer of fishing and adventure in 2010!

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