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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 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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