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* July 9th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 9th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King salmon fishing has remained good here in Craig since our last report and the silvers are starting to come in the last few days. We’ve seen good numbers of silvers at Roller Bay the last couple of days and our guests aboard the Sea Hunt caught the first limit of silvers yesterday. The action isn’t full speed on the silvers yet, but I would imagine the big push isn’t too far away.

Here’s Jake from Long Island, New York with a chunky king salmon he caught aboard the Polar Bear a couple of days ago.

Jake, Will, Bill, and John from New York with nice limits of yelloweye and king salmon. They also got limits of chicken halibut that didn’t make the photo. John and Jake both released halibut that were in the release slot. I estimated them to be around 50 and 80 pounds…the guys had a kick reeling them up.

Bob, Robert, Jim, and Mustafa caught the first limit of silvers for the summer. Mustafa isn’t pictured. The silvers are already pretty chunky and we’ve seen a few around the ten plus pound mark already. Should be a great summer for silvers!

The Connors and Hine groups show up today and we’re looking forward to another round of great fishing days here in Craig, Alaska. There’s been some downright huge kings being caught out there the last couple weeks. The only problem is the areas they are holding in are polluted with sea lions so we’ve been avoiding them altogether. I might start spending a little time at those trophy spots though….it’s kind of hard to stay away when the guys are rolling in with 40 and 50 pound kings : )

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
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* Fishing, Fireworks, and some Family Time

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Elliott Green had the Midas touch on this last rotation. For some reason his rod nearly always had a fish of some sort on the end of it and on the last day, well, this awesome 32 pound Chinook decided to turn his cut plug herring into breakfast. Way to go Elliott and we’re looking forward to seeing you again next year!

Aaron DeWeese and her husband Kim enjoyed three days of phenomenal fishing, as well. Here’s Aaron with a nice 24 pound king salmon that she caught at Pineapple Rock on the last day of their trip.

Here’s Elliott again with a 42 inch long ling cod. We had two ling cod and an 80 pound halibut on at the same time that made one helluva mess out of the lines. Luckily I untangle lines for a living and was able to sort out the mess fairly quickly and we landed all three fish. The nice halibut was released, of course, as it was in between the 45/68 slot limit. Still a lot of fun though!

I enjoyed a few hours of fishing with the family after dinner last night near town. Funny thing…we mostly just set the rods in the holders hoping to NOT catch fish and low and behold…we did!

52 and 70 feet seemed to be the best depth because we caught a king and 8 nice cohos setting the cut plugs at those depths. Little Ava really enjoyed herself and got her sea legs under her right quick. I’m a lucky guy!

Enjoying a couple of days off to spend some time with the family and catch up on chores before our next gang of fisherman shows up here on the 4th of July. We’re hoping the weather cooperates tonight so we can take the boat out for the great fireworks display that Craig puts on every year. Have a great 4th of July everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
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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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* 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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* 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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* “Hammer Time” T-Shirts Available for Christmas

Posted on November 13th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Christmas is just around the corner and what could the fisherman in your family want more than one of our “Hammer Time” fishing t-shirts. We’ve got plenty of them in stock and can get them shipped out to you pronto. Our “Hammer Time” t’s are $20 apiece plus $5 for shipping and free shipping when you order 3 or more shirts.

Call Rob at 1-888-943-4746 for credit card payment or send a check and a note telling what size(s) you want to:

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Beat the Christmas rush…order a shirt for your honey now : )

Ben Rogers from Defiance Marine in Bremerton, Washington sporting his “Hammer Time” t-shirt!

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