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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
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* August 4th, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

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


I’m back for a quick August 4th check-in from Craig, Alaska. Silver fishing has been excellent here since my last report and we’re getting limits daily. It’s nice to see some of the silvers moving into the islands now so we can hide from poor ocean conditions when they arise. Our guests have noticed that our silvers seem to be a little bit bigger this season than in years past. Regardless…it’s fun to have great fishing right now!

King salmon fishing is petering out here, but the kings that are out there lately have been on the enormous side. Bill Vernon from Yakima, Washington landed the 46 pound king salmon in the photo below while fishing on my boat a few days back. The big king took us into the rocks, kelp, and 13 feet of water before charging back out into the open water where we could land it. A couple of Waterfall boats were kind enough to reel in their lines so we could land this big king salmon. Thank you very much guys!

There’s been at least one or two king salmon over 50 pounds being caught out on the ocean almost daily and that’s been going on for a couple of weeks now. One of the captains over at Shelter Cove Lodge (Aaron) has gotten his guests into king salmon of 51 pounds and 57 pounds in the last few days. The last one took the lady one and a half hours to land. Yes…a lady caught it. They have all the luck!

Here’s Mike Coleman with the 34 pound king salmon he caught with us several days ago. It was on top of the Yaki-Vegas king salmon derby pool until Bill Vernon knocked it off with his 46 pound king salmon. Bill was welcomed back in town with a ticker tape parade, party poppers, Roman candles, and cake and ice cream : )

Jim Marshall grabbed this hefty 30 pound Chinook while fishing with Capt. Troy Thain yesterday. His good friend Chris Miles was kind enough to help him hold the fish up. Plenty of laughs when these guys are in town and oh man the food is good. Chris owns Cookin-On-Wood in Phoenix and cooks up the grub for many of the professional baseball teams with facilities in Arizona. His cookin’ is to die for!

Yet another halibut enchilada feed down at Man Town last night with over 30 people attending this fun night down on the dock. The guests from Prince of Wales Sportfishing, Tranquil Charters, and Forget-Me-Not Charters raised $850 last night to help fund the Craig High School wrestling team this coming season. You’ve all raised $2850 this summer and I hope to continue raising much needed funds for these great kids, and of course coach Troy Thain. A huge THANK YOU to all of you that have donated to his worthy cause!

That’s all for now everyone…good fishing to you!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
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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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* July 29th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 30th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Limits of both king and silver salmon were easy to come by here up until about three or four days ago in Craig, Alaska. Fishing is still good for both…just not the stupid salmon action that’s been spoiling us most of the summer.

Our guests that spend some time targetting king salmon are finding limits on a near daily basis and we’ve had 42 and 48 pound king salmon hit the dock this past week. The silver salmon fishing remains what I would call decent, with the four boats in our small fleet getting anywhere from a half a limit per day to full limits. It seems like few of the hatchery silvers are pushing into the islands from the Klawock Hatchery and hopefully that run continues to build. There seems to be a little gap in the silver run right now and we’re all hopeful that another push will come in headed for the hatchery.

We’ve been blasting offshore to catch our limits of chicken halibut and picking up a few nice sea bass, yelloweye, and ling cod while we’re out there. The pipe jigs that dad and I made two years ago continue to produce the most halibut bites of anything we drop over the side. The things really work!

Here’s Lester Surgener from Bakersfield, CA with his 48 pound king salmon from last week. He caught it with Capt. Kim aboard the Sea Hunt. Kim has been on a king salmon tear lately!

My dad, John Endsley, and his buddies Frank, Joe, and Paul with a limit of nice king salmon from the last day of their trip (yesterday). It’s sure nice to fish with pops and the rest of the guys up here in Alaska!

Here’s a great link to a weather cam here in Craig…courtesy of Nancie and Ron Wilder who visited us in early July.

Craig, Alaska Weather Cam

Sorry…no new videos to upload with all this rain and wind we’ve been experiencing lately. It looks like the weather is going to calm down in a couple of days and I’ll bust out the GoPro camera again when it does.

Good fishing!

Captain Rob Endsley
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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* 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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* Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 1st, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King salmon fishing has been rock solid here in Craig, Alaska this past week. On some days we’ve gotten into totally wide open king salmon bites and on others we work a little harder for some quality fish. Regardless, it’s been a great ride here this past month for king salmon!

There are few places on the west coast where you can mooch cut plug herring the way it’s done here in Craig and have so much opportunity to catch multiple species. It’s hand’s on fishing…you feel the bite, you set the hook, and you fight the fish!

Here’s magician’s John Walton and Doug Bennett with their first ever king salmon. Hope to see these guys back here again!

Craig, Alaska veterans Sally and Craig Kvam with Sally’s 35 pound Chinook. Our local Trooper was even kind enough to record her catch on her license for her. Good stuff!

Dale, Craig, Dustin, and Vince with a nice limit of king salmon. We had three great days of fishing with these guys.

Dustin finished the trip with this 30 pound Tyee!

And Papa Vince took the group jackpot with this upper 30’s king salmon.

Here’s a couple of videos from the new GoPro video camera I added to the charter boat this summer. I’ve turned it on a few more times and will get the videos loaded as I have time.

King Salmon Fishing with the GoPro

King Salmon Fishing w/ GoPro

The big boys are starting to come in off the ocean the last few days. I’ve heard of two 40’s, a 45, 47, and 49 pound Chinook the last three days and I’m sure it won’t be long before someone tops the 50 pound mark. July is the month for hawg kings around here and I think we’re going to see a bunch of trophy class king salmon coming out of these waters this year!

The silver salmon have been trickling in here for a couple weeks now and by the looks of thing we could see some great silver fishing in July. I’ll report back in another week!

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

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* -September 4th, Civilization

Posted on September 4th, 2008 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


After three months of dragging my knuckles on the ground and speaking in grunts and clicks I’m finally back to civilization. Here’s a little video I just put together that shows a little of what we do in Las Craigas in the summer. Hope you enjoy it and I hope to see you all fishing sometime this winter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYbrFS-ZWMc

Rummaging thru some pics and came across this one. Just a few salmon mixed in with all this bait:

Check out all the silver salmon around this bait. Unreal!

Check out all the silver salmon around this bait. Unreal!

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* July 9th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 9th, 2008 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Before the last low pressure front blew in four days ago we were having a little better luck on both kings and silvers fishing the southern portion of our range, around Sumez Island. Strong southerly’s changed that whole program, however, and for the last three days we’ve been essentially hiding in the islands to escape the wind.

The nice thing about fishing here is that there’s protection from the wind around every corner and with this last rotation of customers from New York we used that protection daily. We returned to a halibut spot in the islands that I discovered two weeks ago that offered enough protection from the wind to get the job done, with plenty of chickens carpeting the bottom we jigged up limits of chickens in fairly calm seas without venturing into the open ocean. 16 oz. jig heads with white scampi tails tipped with halibut skin soaked in Pautzke’s Nectar was the ticket. The halibut skin is nearly impossible to tear off the hook, so it’s not necessary to crank the jig up every time a chicken takes a whack at it.

The wind kept us away from some of the better king fishing and we didn’t see or hear of many kings caught the last few days. One here, one there, and for some of the guys that stayed in the same hole all day long for three days in a row, well, they found a couple more. Me, I can handle three to four hours of grinding and then I get restless. All day, every day, in the same hole, shoot me!

Yesterday afternoon the ocean finally layed down and we snuck out to a proven deep water troll lane and found what we were looking for. I parked next to a ball of bait on the surface with no birds around it (fish pushing it up) and it was on like Donkey Kong. A mess of silvers were harrassing the bait from below and every time we pulled alongside the mass of bait we doubled up on silvers. It was late in the day, but we hammered down on a bunch of silvers before cranking up the Classic Rewind for the ride home.

Psycho king fisherman on my boat for the next round and as long as the wind holds we’re going to hit it hard, with at least one major voyage on tap. Sorry for the lack of pics with this report. I took some great pics, including one of young Hailey next to a loaded fish hold, and the disc in my camera didn’t feel like saving them. New disc on the way, more pics with the next report.

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* June 28th Fishing Report

Posted on June 28th, 2008 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Bon's 44 lb king salmon

Bon

The wind finally quit blowing here in Craig, at least for the moment. We’ve fished in some pretty horendous conditions lately, with water spouts coming off the ocean on two seperate occasions here in the last week. Not enough wind to keep us from fishing, however, and the North River gives a certain level of comfort when the conditions get tough around here.

King fishing has picked up a little bit, with some kings hitting the west side of Noyes Island the last few days. We mooched up two kings today in 50 feet of water, both in the high 20’s, and two more in 200 feet of water offshore. Bon Hartline picked up a 44 pounder with us, seen in the picture below, a few days ago mooching on the deck in 55 feet of water. The fishing has been tough and the best approach is to grind, grind, grind and make every bite count. When you get bit keep reeling until the rod is fully loaded before swinging for the fence, as the fish have to turn with it first or the bait comes right out of their cold black lips.

Halibut fishing continues to be consistent with a ton of chickens around. If guests want to work a little harder for their halibut we’ve been finding some larger fish working some of the rocky structure offshore. We landed the 110 pound ‘but that Chris is holding in a 30 knot gale just offshore yesterday, which turned into a total rodeo the second I let go of the kicker motor. The kicker was in full reverse holding the drift and once I let go off we went with the wind, with mamma in tow. A harpoon poke thru the gill plates and a .410 shell ended the battle shortly thereafter and we raced off to calmer water.

The forecast for the next few days looks awesome!

Dixon Entrance to Cape Decision- 400 PM akdt Sat Jun 28 2008
.Tonight…SW wind 10 kt in the evening becoming light. Seas 6 ft. W swell. .Sun…Light winds becoming N 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 6 ft. W swell. .Sun night…NE wind 10 kt. Seas 5 ft. .Mon…NE wind 10 kt. Seas 4 ft. .Mon night…Se wind 10 kt. Seas 5 ft. .Tue…S wind 10 kt. Seas 5 ft. .Wed…Se wind 10 kt. Seas 4 ft. .Thu…Se wind 15 kt. Seas 6 ft.

 

Bon's 44 lb king salmon

Bon's 44 lb king salmon

Jerry and Chris Candini, father and son, with their catch of the day
Jerry and Chris Candini, father and son, with their catch of the day

The "Polar Bear" in front of Noyes Island

The "Polar Bear" in front of Noyes Island

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