June 15th Kingfisher Lodge fishing started out with light winds at 5 am with a forecast for 35 knot winds for the afternoon. Our goal was to get our King salmon early then off to get halibut before the winds made it too difficult to accomplish.
My daughter Anjuli went with us as Nick and Dylan had to go home, so our goal was 5 King salmon and 4 halibut. Dropping in at 6 am we doubled up on Kings landed both of those, we then hooked another landing it. Other boats had got word of the success and with a windy forcast making other spots more difficult to fish were there as well competing for the fish and sure enough they also were landing salmon so our catch rate started slowing down, but we did land one more and hooked 2 more, loosing them. So our total for the morning was 4 King salmon landed and 2 lost.
Then off we went for halibut and were not disappointed as we hooked a very nice halibut right off the bat, but had to let it go since it was about 55″ which falls into the 45-68″ size we must release. Then we hooked a nice halibut and while trying to get it in the boat knocked it off the hook so, with a sick stomach due to that disaster we continued on and eventually landed our limit of medium sized halibut and headed in towards home as the winds were now blowing a steady 25 knots. We are now in the dry of the lodge and watching the winds gust to 35 knots as predicted with rain pelting down and we are grateful for the fish that is now in the walk in freezer ready for the guests trip home tomorrow. Total kings for the group of 5 for 4 days fishing was 19 not including the 6 landed and released.
June 14th 5:14 departure from the dock at Kingfisher Lodge was again a pleasant morning with flat calm waters which made that early morning cup of coffee while underway a pleasure to enjoy not to mention the sea scape that was before us. King salmon fishing was our destination this morning and our goals were quickly realized as we caught King after King finishing our 5 fish limit in exactly one hour. We released 2 others one of which was larger than some that we kept, but having one hooked deep in the throat we kept him and released the larger one that was only hooked in the lip.
Our next destination was halibut and we chose a more northern spot than yesterday’s disapointment of the small halibut. Luck was on our side and we limited on a nicer grade of halibut with the largest measuring in at 43″ or about 40 pounds. The new regulation allows halibut that are 45″ and under or over 68″, all in between those numbers must be released so we were pretty happy to not have to let the larger one go.
Weather forcast for tomorrow is for gale force winds in the afternoon so hopefully we can get our fish and get back before the main storm arrives. Good job to the guests today!
Today we left the dock at 5:15 to a beautiful morning including flat water and partly cloudy skies. A group of 5 with a goal of landing at least 5 King salmon, 5 Halibut, and a limit of rockfish. Our first destination we located a large mass of baitfish and landed 6 king salmon with 2 double headers and keeping 4 Kings and with much optimism continued fishing but never did find the large mass of baitfish again while there so decided to move on to our next spot. Destination number 2 was a bit of a disapointment due to the NW winds that I was not expecting although not unfishable was a bit chilly as we were looking at a hillside with snow not more than a half mile away. We were not long in waiting before Denny hooked a very active king in the 30 pound range jumping and running about and as it turned out had the hook in his nose and is no doubt the reason for all the acrobatic behavior as you could imagine having a hook in your nose you would want it out the sooner the better. So here are some pictures of some beautiful fish and happy faces.
July 11th found us off Noyes island straight off the Pinapple rock this morning. It started out pretty good landing an 18 pound king salmon, then some silver salmon. We kept doing long drifts in 160 feet of water picking up the salmon from the bottom up to 60 feet or so. Mooching of course is the prefered technique and with that you pick up a large quantity of pan sized halibut that raise havoc with leaders but give the fishermen a good pull and every now and then land one worth keeping. Today while trying to release one it shook his head and the salmon hooks ended up in my hand so we had to to a hook removal procedure I have not had to do in the 30 plus years of ocean fishing or in all my 55 years of life. So the guys thought I was like Robert Duval in “Lonesome Dove” since I looked pretty tough pushing the hook through my hand, but the reality was the hook landed in an area with no nerves so was pretty painless. After the surgery we kept picking up silver salmon and a couple more king salmon but then the lumpy water got one of the guys chumming more than we thought necessary so we went north to settle his stomach and ended up off Roller bay landing another king and more silver salmon. By noon we had enough of the rollers and Roller bay and headed to the Cape landing our 5th King salmon and totaled out at 26 silver salmon, so had a great day. We also cleaned up on black sea bass that are quite prolific at Roller bay so the guys got their limits of those bait thieves as well.
July 2nd started out similar to the previous day seeking our Alaska salmon fishing experience. We arrived at our destination around 6:30 am and landing our first King salmon within a half hour or so of arriving. Now the difference of the previous day was Geno hooked 4 kings to Nicks one where today the table was turned and Nick ended up hooking 4 kings to Geno’s one…how does that happen? We all just shake our heads and say, “luck of the draw”. Sportfishing for Alaskan salmon can be pretty interesting as you never know what or how you might hook a salmon. Using the cut plug herring and fishing up and down hoping for that subtle bite that sometimes comes when you least expect it catching you off guard sometimes. So Nick hooks a fish and we think he has the derby winner as this fish is hanging down deep under the boat not running out like many king salmon do. So time is going by fighting the fish, he hands the rod off to Harry who fights it till his hands cramp up, so he hands it off to son Geno and Geno fights it till it finally comes in, a good half hour later all told, and low and behold the fish is hooked in the tail. Nothing harder than landing a king salmon hooked in the tail. So since we have our limit at this point and the fact that the fish is foul hooked we let the thing go…..
There is another Alaskan fish story from our fishing report at Kingfisher lodge. By the way we also tried to go out to the Cape to fish halibut cuz the guys wanted the full Alaskan experience but after 10 minutes of up and down in building seas and realizing that it might be the “Deadliest Catch” the vote was to turn around and fish the calm waters of the inside and hope for some hungry Halibut which we did find a few, so ended a wet and windy day in S.E. Alaska on another great fishing adventure.
June 29th began with Captain Rich on the Trinity heading towards Sumez Island with the idea of heading out to Baker Island off Cape Bartolome. Forcast was for 11 foot seas of the outside so going out wasn’t something he was looking forward to doing despite the fact that the kings are out there. So they stopped short of the cape and doubled on kings one of which was 30.2 pounds, a respectable fish and the other at 20 pounds or so which is a great fish as well. Continuing fishing in the same spot for a hour or so no more bites so they bit the bullet and headed out to the outside. They doubled on kings right off, then got their halibut and by then 2 of the guys weren’t feeling too well so they headed in to finish their black sea bass in protected or semi protected waters. They decided due to the weather to come in a bit early and thus ended their day of fishing.
Today was a wonderful day leaving the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig alaska to flat calm water and arriving to our fishing spot within 45 minutes. We then doubled up on kings mooching for the salmon using our cut plugs. It was pretty steady hooking with a few doubles and singles on kings landing about 15 and keeping our limit which was 7 total. Halibut fishing finished the day landing many small halibut, but sorting to keep the largest which was about 34″ a bit under the 37″ rule but the 37″ ones are hard to find right in that length. While halibut fishing off shore we had salmon hitting our baits as we dropped to the bottom trying to catch the halibut. We had several follow up the halibut to the boat as well as hooking up kings with the halibut gear. When you are having a hard time getting to the bottom with your halibut gear because the salmon are too thick that is a good problem to have.
Returned home on by 2 pm back to the dock to rest up for another day of fun fishing at Kingfisher Lodge.