Fishing report July 18th from Craig Alaska
July 18, 2020
Day 1 we woke up to some nasty southeast winds that would be holding on throughout the day. Rumors had been about a good King Salmon bite up north that turned out to be very legitimate. At 7 AM the boat had 12 kings to go along with 11 cohos. Now the hunt went on for GAF halibut, there were two to be caught. Unfortunately with small tides it was not meant to be so we focused on the keeper halibut, bringing in a nice grade ranging from 38 to 45 inches.
Day 2 Once again we were blessed with a red hot bite first thing in the morning allowing one boat to limit before 7 AM once again. The other boat, ran by captain Harding had a one day charter and finished up shortly thereafter. For the other boat the hunt for GAF halibut continued striking out at the first spot but spot number two delivered. Two nice barndoors measuring in at 59 and 62 inches.
Day 3 the King bite had tapered off and became a slow and steady pick. The nice surprise was that more and more cohos seem to be showing up allowing the boat to finish the day with 7 kings and 23 cohos to go along with a limit of nice grade halibut.
To summarize, the raising of limits from Fish and Game was a very nice surprise with that said it is not going to be attainable every day. A more realistic goal is to catch 1 king per person with every extra king caught to be considered a nice bonus.
Post by: Captain Nils Backstrome